By Ann Gates (@exerciseworks) This blog is an excerpt from: www.exercise-works.org blog on exercise as a medicine label Generic name: Regular, daily exercise Uses: For the prevention and treatment of most non communicable diseases such as: heart disease, cancer, hypertension, stroke, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, musculoskeletal […]
Category: Exercise prescription
Feasibility and efficiency of an under-desk exercise device: a pilot study
By Drs Vadim N. Dedov and Irina V. Dedova ABSTRACT Background/Aim – Sedentary behaviour is associated with a variety of chronic diseases and considered as a health hazard. Worksite interventions, which decrease sedentary time and increase physical activity during working hours, may improve health of sedentary workers. Methods – In this study we tested a specially […]
Physical inactivity in Nigeria: A short analysis (part 2 of 2)
Guest blog by Damilola Alawode (@DAlawode) Read part 1 here In Nigeria, government policies (e.g., policies that might influence health) can arise at three levels. There is the Federal Government, state governments, and local governments. Local governments tend to follow the policy laid down by state governments. Though there is a national health promotion draft policy, […]
Physical inactivity in Nigeria: A short analysis (part 1 of 2)
Guest blog by Damilola Alawode (@DAlawode) I usually ask my patients: are you physically active? The response I receive the most is: I don’t have time to exercise doctor. Shocked? Don’t be. It is a common misconception among the general populace, doctors inclusive, that physical activity and exercise are synonymous. A brief informal survey in […]
Do household chores add years to life?
By Callista Haggis (@CallistaAnne) and Karim Khan They are the bane of what should be a fun weekend of socialising, watching sport on TV (I mean exercising) and checking out BJSM on your iPad. Household bloody chores. The newspapers loved two of BJSM’s recent papers and inspired the bold and over- simplistic headline above. But […]
Exercise for older adults: New UK guidelines!
By Ann Gates, @exerciseworks ‘Keeping Gran and Gramps fit and healthy’ should be part of the Olympic legacy in its truest sense and part of every nation’s health priorities. Regular exercise and increased aerobic fitness are associated with a decrease in all-cause mortality and morbidity. They are also proven to reduce disease and disability, and improve […]
Overcoming barriers for health professionals to give more exercise advice and support to patients
By Ann Gates (@exerciseworks) It is unacceptable in 21st century medicine for 36 million people to die from preventable and treatable diseases! A recent BJSM paper reviewed the barriers to health professionals in giving exercise advice and support to patients within the context of a primary care consultation. This review identified three key barriers to successful brief […]
The challenges of health communication in a modern world of entertainment
Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective (A twice-monthly series on the BJSM blog) By Dr Wilby Williamson Preaching about physical activity and demanding compliance with 150 minutes of activity per week, as I do with my friends and family, often falls on deaf ears. Changing tack to discuss differences between London’s bus drivers and […]
Guest post: Exercise is Medicine’s Bob Sallis. Every Body Walk campaign. Fun videos!
Thought you might be interested in seeing our latest edition to the Every Body Walk campaign. This PSA features the cast from The West Wing TV show. We are releasing this virally, and its had over 300,000 hits in 3 days. http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/3dc51a407a/walk-talk Behind-the-scenes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCZQqu2Xlms See also Bob Sallis’ compelling case for doctors including exercise […]
Call to action for World Physical Activity Day 6th April 2012: Help patients get active!
Guest blog by Ann Gates (@exerciseworks) Call to action for ALL heath professionals: Exercise direction to patients is emerging as an essential clinical skill in the prevention and treatment of both acute and chronic lifestyle diseases. Dr Bob Sallis MD has long advocated that regular exercise is a medical ‘vital sign’ in assessing […]