Take Time To Exercise, It’s Doctor’s Order

Okechukwu AKAS
Whether it is prescribed or bought over the counter, drugs is critical to health care worldwide. Whether we take it for a simple headache or much more demanding conditions such as high blood pressure, we expect it to work, especially if it is recommended by the doctor or pharmacist. Drug business is a multi-billion dollar industry and, many could not have survived illness without them.
A patient takes his drugs religiously because; ‘It is the doctor’s order’ – so, there is an element of credibility attached to it. Many would hardly disobey the instructions of their personal physician.
We are used to having our doctor prescribe one drug or another, but if the same doctor prescribes exercise regiment rather than usual medication, would you take it? Well, this remains a big question begging for an answer.
Sad to say that even in most advanced nations like the United States, it is amazing that doctor’s networking is so uncommonly explored by the personal training community. Based on this, there was a press release based on a survey by American Medical Association in November 2007 announcing the launch of a new initiative called “Exercise is Medicine.”
The essence of this programme is two fronts; first, to encourage doctors to prescribe exercise for their patients, and secondly, to encourage the public to incorporate physical activity or exercise into their daily lives.
In the press release, the result of the survey by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) revealed that nearly two-thirds of patients would be motivated to exercise if advised by their doctor and given additional resources. This survey revealed two important facts on exercise.
First, ACSM recognised that exercise can curve the precipitant dependence for medicine by all groups of the society. This means that rather than walking into your doctor’s office and expect him to write you prescription for some drugs, he or she would have chosen the alternative. The second entail that over 40 million people in America who are overweight and obese would be informed that they must engage in some type of exercise.
Exciting indeed! Moreover, this fact would be driven home to many young men and women who walk about with over 38-inch waist as if a large waist is evidence of good living.
Imagine if the doctors in Nigeria will follow such directive, the effect would be quite obvious. We would have a nation with a healthy work force. So if you happen to be among the lucky ones that a doctor prescribed an exercise regiment, be sure to take the full dosage, because it is a lifestyle.


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