What’s Your Medicine?

May is Exercise is Medicine Month. I’m so excited to have another reason to tout the benefits of being physically active.

I believe exercise is better than medicine because there are only positive side effects. You can reduce the risk for heart disease, cancer and stroke, and make a dent in obesity risk too!

The hardest part for most is making the first move from the sofa or office chair. Once you get moving, the benefits begin to appear. The body immediately starts producing endorphins, the happy hormones, that give you that feeling of exhilaration. The long-term effects include a healthier, more efficient heart, improved endurance, and a better overall quality of life.

You may not be ready for the suggested goal of 150 minutes per week. That’s okay! Do what feels good for now. Do something you enjoy. And find a friend to join you.

Check in with your doctor and see if your cholesterol, triglycerides and blood-sugar levels are within the ideal range. Tell your doctor about Exercise is Medicine.

Exercise is Medicine is a joint effort, that began in 2009, between the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA). The goal is to have physicians check on patients’ physical activity and exercise participation as an important part of their overall treatment plan.

Doctors would hopefully motivate their patients to seek out a fitness professional to help get them started on a safe and effective path to lifelong exercise.

How many minutes of exercise did you do today? I challenge you to examine your daily doses of exercise during the month of May. You may be surprised at your health outcomes!