Exercise As Medicine Report

Exercise As Medicine Report
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Exercise As Medicine Report

Introduction

When we typically think of “medicine,” you most likely conjure images of pills or perhaps some sort of medical procedure. But this way of thinking about health, wellness, and treatment is too narrow, and as a society, we must start considering all the ways that lifestyle, including our diet and exercise habits, can not only help us prevent diseases but can also be used to treat various disorders.

The concept of exercise as medicine, as a therapy for healing and treating diseases and disorders of the mind and body, is gaining momentum among the conventional medical community.

There is more and more evidence to support the use of exercise to treat specific diseases, and we now understand better than ever the impact of

regular exercise of the prevention of disease, as well.

Our guide explores how we need to rethink exercise and its role as medicine in our healthcare routine. We will explore the research linking exercise to disease treatment and prevention and examine the many diseases that can be treated using exercise therapy as well as ways to use

exercise to prevent disease and remain healthy. We’ll even help you figure out how to get started exercising, even if you haven’t been active in a while.

Table Of Contents

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………1

Rethinking Exercise………………………………………………………………….2

The Evidence On Exercise As Medicine ………………………………………..3

A Growing Problem………………………………………………………………….5

Diseases That Can Be Treated with Exercise ………………………………….5

Heart Disease……………………………………………………………………………5

Hypertension…………………………………………………………………………….6

Type 2 Diabetes…………………………………………………………………………6

Depression ……………………………………………………………………………….7

Anxiety …………………………………………………………………………………….7

Arthritis……………………………………………………………………………………7

Fibromyalgia …………………………………………………………………………….8

Osteoporosis …………………………………………………………………………….8

Back Pain………………………………………………………………………………….8

Dementia …………………………………………………………………………………8

Asthma…………………………………………………………………………………….9

Sexual Dysfunction…………………………………………………………………….9

Exercise as Prevention ……………………………………………………………10

Prevents Heart Disease …………………………………………………………….10

Lowers Cholesterol…………………………………………………………………..10

Lowers Cancer Risk…………………………………………………………………..10

Prevents Cold and Flu……………………………………………………………….11

Getting Started with Exercise as Medicine………………………………….12

Types of Exercises…………………………………………………………………….12

Special Considerations……………………………………………………………14

Final Thoughts ………………………………………………………………………15