Take 1 dose of exercise 3X a week....

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Take 1 dose of exercise 3X a week....
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 11:49am

Has your doctor ever prescribed exercise for your overall health? Does he/she ever ask you about your exercise routines? According to Health Day News, if your doctor is fit, he/she is more likely to prescribe exercise to you. "If physicians think their own fitness is important, chances are they'll advise exercise for their patients too, a new study finds.

The research found that physically fit doctors were more likely to push for physical activity in patients than inactive doctors.

Because people often take their doctor's advice seriously, "these findings suggest that improving health care providers' physical activity levels may be an easy way to help reduce physical inactivity among the general population," Isabel Garcia de Quevedo, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an American Heart Association news release." more

Both my family doctor and OB/GYN are exercise enthusiasts and ask me each visit about my exercise habits and offer advice. What about yours?

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 3:14pm

My PCP will ask at my physical how much I'm working out and what I'm doing.  My GYN will just ask if I'm exercising.  

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 7:12pm
I don't wait for my doc to ask me?..I tell him. He thinks I go a little overboard on the working out, but, hey, that's my stress relief. :O. I think that diet and exercise, "lifestyle modifications" are more important and in each patient's control. Too many people want a magical pill so that they don't have to be accountable for their own health, IMHO.
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Sun, 03-31-2013 - 8:45pm

Hmmm, given that I normally see my doctor when I've injured myself from running too much, or falling when I was skiing or... no, he doesn't usually bring it up.  It's such an important part of health, though, that I think they should. At the same time, it's such a known component of health that they wouldn't be mentioning anything new. Mine also asks about smoking and alcohol use.  At this point, everyone knows smoking is bad for you.  I asked that in my pt workshop--whether we should tell the cleint it's better to stop. The instructor said they know. It's great if you can add some new fact to it, eg. destroying air sacs so you can't breathe as well when you exercise but to tell them it's bad for them puts up a barrier and adds nothing.