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Exercise Prescription

            Here’s a prescription. 

I’ve believed for all the years that I’ve been an exercise and health professional that exercise prescriptions should be given out just as prescriptions for any other therapy or medical necessities by our healthcare providers. There is nothing in the world that affects our bodies and health more than simply exercising every day. 

Exercise is the only activity that affects everything. Everything! Our hearts, our circulation, our blood panel, our weight, our bone density, our skin, our energy levels, our sleep, our digestion, our lungs, our muscles, our joints, our brains, our abilities to metabolize our medications, our metabolism, our memories, injury prevention and the list goes on and on. There is not a single drug or medical procedure that can do all this, all by itself to our bodies.  Which leaves me mystified that exercise prescriptions aren’t given out regularly by our healthcare professionals to simply exercise every day.

This thought came to me last week when I witnessed and helped a friend shuffling around outside of the pharmacy, while they were waiting on a prescription for one of their various ailments. This friend had been a past member of our club and had previously been very dedicated to exercising regularly and consistently, but that was a long time ago. 

All they could say to me was thank you for helping and how embarrassed they were for their current condition.  I simply gave them a squeeze and said that they are welcome back any time to get started again and I’d be so thrilled to see them return, knowing that exercise would help them even more now. 

I wondered that if they held a prescription in their hand for exercise from their healthcare provider, would that have made a difference?  Would they have stuck with that prescription and been in better health and shape at this point in their life?

It truly saddens me when I see the aging process or an injury take away so much from a person’s life.  Even when you are in your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s you don’t have to shuffle around like an old person.  Even when you are in your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s you don’t have to be so fearful of falling.  When you are in your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s you don’t have to give up on life!

Another testimony from one of our very first members came when he returned to MedX after being tired of being tired and weak.  He told me that when he realized that he couldn’t bend over to pick up his small dog because of his back pain and that he needed to come back in and work on his strength.  He told me that the best shape he was in was when he was regular with his exercise.  He allowed an illness to disrupt his routine for four months and he simply didn’t come in for years after that.  After getting back to his regular exercise he admittedly began to feel better.  He knew that it would take a longer to build back what he lost but with the returned movement and structured exercise, he felt immediate relief.  

            Coming off of 14-16 months of pandemic shut down, now it is more important than ever to reevaluate your personal exercise program.  Especially, if you are one of those who have settled back into an exercise-less daily routine.  It’s time for you to receive that prescription to get back into the gym and re-start that specific movement towards building strength, flexibility, balance and injury prevention.  It’s time to kick those aches, pain and weakness to the curb and start feeling better.  There’s no other way to make that happen without having daily exercise into your day, every day.

            American College of Sports Medicine, where exercise is studied and proven worthy of its benefits, sets the basic exercise requirements for exercise at 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that works all major muscle groups.  Moderate cardiovascular activity means 30 minutes, five days a week or vigorous intensity aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes, three days a week.

            It really doesn’t take that much to get started again. So, here’s your prescription!

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