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 is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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