Exercise is Medicine. An initiative by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) focusing on prevention; this plan showcases that regular physical activity can decrease the risk of developing and hopefully reduce symptoms of chronic diseases. Studies show that half of adults will be obese by the year 2030. Obesity and physical inactivity are an underlying cause of increased risks of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This is a staggering amount of people. We must promote the importance of daily activity and help decrease risks of disease; its time to show our younger generations the importance of healthy lifestyles.
The Exercise is Medicine Initiative
The ACSM has implemented the Exercise is Medicine initiative to bring primary health care providers, the health care system, communities resources, and fitness professionals together. In an effort to encourage the promotion of a healthy lifestyle; the initiative works to change and to make sure patients are being physically active in daily life. The Exercise is Medicine implementation focuses on expanding evidence-based data to showcase how physical activity plays a major role in prevention and control of chronic diseases. ACSM is working with global partners to create a system and tools for physicians to implement this healthy lifestyle and refer patients to qualified health and fitness professionals to be prescribe and exercise routine.
Here are the Exercise is Medicine Benefits:
- Decrease risk of cancer
- Increase bone health
- Decrease dementia
- Increase muscular fitness
- Decrease risk of stroke
- Increase mental health
- Decrease Cholesterol levels
- Weight management
- Decrease risk of heart disease
- Stress reducer
- Decrease risk of diabetes
- Increase mood
- Decrease risk of hypertension
ACSM recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity cardiorespiratory training. Train all major muscle groups two to three days per week. Flexibility should be trained two to three days per week to increase range of motion. Functional fitness should be trained to help increase balance, coordination, and agility (important for those over the age of 55 to help improved activities of daily life and preventing falls).
Let’s make it a point in our own lives to make a change, to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right and being physically active to help prevent the risk for disease. Make it a point to show and teach your family the importance of living healthy.
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