Physical activity decreases the risk of many health issues, strengthens your bones and muscles and improves self-image and mental health. Regular exercise can help prevent injury and get you back on your feet faster after an injury. Strengthen your muscles and you’re likely to help prevent injury to ligaments, joints and tendons in the area. If you ever need to have a procedure for an injury, the better you are going in, the better you’ll be coming out.
Exercise is Medicine™ is a national initiative to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment in the United States. Our Sports Medicine physicians have been involved with the program since its inception in 2007.
A key component of Exercise is Medicine involves calling on healthcare providers, regardless of specialty, to review and assess every patient’s physical activity level at every visit. Additionally, a prescription for exercise, or referral to a qualified fitness professional, should be included in every treatment plan at a primary care office visit as well.
At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we fully embrace this philosophy. Research proves that exercise has a role in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension. In addition, recent studies even show that exercise across the lifespan prolongs one’s life by up to three years. The amount of exercise needed for these health benefits is much lower than amount needed for fitness. We encourage you to:
- Schedule your annual wellness visit with your healthcare provider or make plans to discuss physical activity at your next appointment
- Complete a pre-exercise health assessment to determine any factors that increase your risk for exercise-related illness or injury and discuss with your physician
- Ask for and expect your physician to provide guidance on how you can meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, plus muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups performed on two or more days per week)
- Get moving
Exercise is Medicine also provides tools, such as an exercise time-finder, to help you succeed with your new exercise plan. Your Prescription for Health informational guides provide recommendations for exercising safely with a variety of health conditions. If you are ready to exceed the minimum recommendations or want to improve performance, comfort and safety, our Sports Medicine specialty programs can help you.