The “miracle cure” – Exercise!

Guest Blog by Dr Iseult Roche

 Similar to the recommendations in Monday’s guest blog from the British Heart Foundation, the AcadeIseult Rochemy of the Medical Royal Colleges , has recently highlighted the importance of exercise and reinforced how important it is for Doctors to encourage this too.

The new report called Exercise:The miracle curehelps structure how doctors can issue exercise “prescriptions” and generally promote exercise among patients.

Although this may seem obvious and ‘common sense’ as most doctors already do this, in the day-to -day consultation, with an ever increasing number of life-style modifications and cessation advice that has to be given, exercise and its’s level of importance can be overlooked. 

GPs are in the best position to educate patients regarding exercise. Certainly the thought that exercise may have a beneficial impact on many long-term heath conditions including Dementia and Diabetes, highlights and focuses the level of importance that should be placed upon exercise promotion and accessibility .

However, this gimghumanfutureoes further than the GP practice –  it is a public health duty to encourage a variety of exercise options to people of all levels of ability and age, and perception must be changed too. A great deal has already been done to promote sport and physical activity across the UK, but emphasis must be placed on promoting this to all age groups, and enable suitable exercise accessibility for older people.

Prof John Wass, of the Royal College of Physicians, said: ” this report reinforce previous findings that regular physical activity of just 30 minutes, 5 times a week, can make a huge difference to a patient’s health.”

Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Dr Maureen Baker, is reported as saying “There is no doubt that exercise is beneficial for our patients’ physical and mental health – but the extent of the benefits, as outlined in this report, are astounding.


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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