Is exercise really medicine

PART 1Reflect back on the past few weeks of exercise challenges and tests. Do you feel like the outcomes of these assessments accurately portray your current state of health? What area of fitness do you think you are most lacking? What are two TANGIBLE ways that you could set out to improve the area/areas most lacking? (Note that these are not necessarily “best case scenarios” but rather two ways that are practical for you to implement where you are in your life right now).
PART 2Picture yourself in the doctor’s office. You receive the news of a new diagnosis. “But you’re in luck” the doctor says, “We have a treatment that can manage the condition and possibly reverse it.” Knowing that sounds too good to be true you ask the obvious next question, “What are the side effects?” He smiles and says, “No negative side effects. And you will likely notice an improvement in your sleep quality, energy levels, and mood.” He fills out the prescriiption sheet and hands it to you…
Prescriiption pad with “30-60 minutes of daily exercise” recommended
There is plenty of evidence to support regular exercise as a mechanism for prevention and treatment for so many conditions. Fitness levels have a direct correlation to longevity. Knowing all of this, why do you think people are willing to pay more money for prescriiptions they have to take regularly than a pair of walking shoes? Read the two short articles below and share your opinions about the readings.
Article 1: Should doctors prescribe exercise and diet changes to people who are not obese? (Links to an external site.)
Article 2: Exercise incentives for cheaper insurance (Links to an external site.)
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