Should doctors prescribe exercise?

We, as a society,  all know the dangers of living unhealthy and the benefits of exercising. We all know that exercise makes you feel and look better. But for some reason “hitting the gym”  still doesn’t rank very high on our totem-pole of priorities. Instead we’d rather be immersed in a bowl of ice cream, sitting on the couch and watching our favorite TV show.
Then when the effects of inactivity start to show up (high blood pressure, backpain, high cholesterol), we go to the doctor and the doctor will give you some pill to reduce these symptoms.

My question to you is: should doctors start prescribing exercise instead of medication?

Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well-known health advocate, has an interesting take on exercise.  He believes that it should be prescribed, like any other medication, in daily doses.

“The simple act of writing out a prescription for exercise is an excellent approach to being proactive in regard to your health. It’s also far more logical, inexpensive and actually radically reduces your risk of almost every chronic disease known to man. A daily exercise routine is one of the main factors in achieving optimal wellness.”

Whether you think about it or not, each day you are faced with the option to get your daily does of exercise or not.

Will you find the time to hit the gym today, or will the busyness of the day leave you exhausted on the couch? Quite frankly, you don’t have reasons to not do it – you only have excuses.

It’s time to get serious about exercise.

So what can you do? Well,you could start by changing your attitude toward exercise. If you go into it with a bad attitude, chances are you won’t enjoy it. It’s time to accept the fact that you can enjoy exercise.
Fit people make exercise a priority. Along with keeping a job, paying the bills and going to the doctor, exercise is an important part of their lives. What I’ve found is that fit people put exercise before leisure time. Sure, fit people enjoy leisure, but it is scheduled around their workout time.
So treat exercise time with the same importance that you would a business meeting or trip to the dentist.

Consider the following:

Have you written off exercise based on a particular type of routine – maybe you would enjoy something different. The truth is that no one can deny how great it feels to accomplish a challenging workout. It’s rewarding, invigorating and feels great. You simply need to find the right form of exercise for you.

Try to pinpoint the main reason that you dislike exercise. Is it the uncomfortable workout clothes that you own? Maybe it is time for a new style. Is it trying to decide what machine to use at the gym? Maybe it is time for a personal trainer (and when you look for a trainer, you go to Marion Personal Training, right?) .
Is it the pain that you feel in your shoulder when swimming? Maybe it is time to find a new form of cardiovascular exercise – one that won’t aggravate your injury.

See, the truth of the matter is that there are many different forms of exercises that will give you the results that you want. Don’t like the gym? There’s a program for you. Don’t like running? There is an alternative. Don’t have the time? There are time friendly exercise routines that will give you incredible results in under an hour.

Like I said, when it comes to exercise you have tons of options. But it all starts with ditching the excuses.


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