Many physicians disagree or argue over what the best forms of treatment are for their patients – However, everyone can agree that regular exercise can save lives. Millions of health studies make the case, prove and show that physical activity is beneficial for your heart, your bones, your joints, your brain, and more. And yet, not all medical professionals will give this advice.
Some doctors might emphasize the importance of physical activity to their patients and why others don’t: Doctors were less likely to promote and advise patients to lead an active lifestyle if they didn’t lead one themselves. It’s been speculated that doctors that typically incorporate daily physical activity into their lives have been found more likely to recommend physical activity to their patients. But if they didn’t practice it, they didn’t preach it!
Physical inactivity is a global problem. 1 in 5 adults is physically inactive and that inactivity is responsible for approximately 5.8 million deaths a year worldwide.
This is why it’s important that health-care providers take the time to recommend physical activity to their patients because so many do listen to their doctors’ advice. In order for this to happen, it’s suggested doctors must become more physically active themselves.
Some hospitals and health systems in the United States are creating incentives for doctors and nurses to be more physically active. For example, wellness programs offer staff members free pedometers and yoga lessons, as well as access to local fitness or recreational facilities. Hopefully, more hospitals will follow this trend.
Until then, when you go in for your check up, check in with your doctor. Does he or she find the time to be physically active? If so, how? If your physician is overweight, don’t assume they don’t exercise!