Exercise Labeled the Miracle Cure-All

Posted 06/26/2015 | By HealthCorps

Recently the professors at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in the United Kingdom labeled exercise as the miracle cure-all, after reviewing a number of well-recognized studies.  The report they released: Exercise: The Miracle Cure and the Role of the Doctor in Promoting It.  The goal of the report was to provide doctors with the tools necessary to help them promote exercise to patients.  The report was described as a source of ammunition for doctors to motivate patients.  Among the highlighted statistics on exercise impact:

  • 31% reduction in cardiac mortality
  • 90% improvement in self-esteem and well-being (specifically from outdoor activities)
  • 25%-53% reduction in pain among patients with osteoarthritis
  • 57% lower rate of prostate cancer progression
  • At least a 10 mm Hg drop in blood pressure among 31% of patients
  • 50-80% lowering of risk of developing type2 diabetes
  • 30-50% reduction in risk of falls among older adults
  • 30% lower all-cause mortality rate
  • 45% reduction in risk of bowel cancer

Though the report was mainly intended to help doctors to inspire patients, the fitness industry can also use information like this to interest new clients or to keep clients inspired, especially when they are frustrated and thinking about abandoning their exercise commitment.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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