May is Exercise is Medicine (EIM) month. EIM is an initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine designed to help all Americans understand the important health benefits of exercise. North Memorial Medical Center is part of the Exercise is Medicine Network and supports their message of good health.
Benefits of Exercise
Why should you exercise? Dr. Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, chair of Exercise is Medicine explains in a release.
“As a family physician, it is very clear to me that my patients who exercise are healthier. They are far less likely to suffer from chronic disease than my patients who do not exercise. If they do develop a chronic disease, they tend to need much less medication to control it. I also find that patients who exercise tend to feel better. They are less anxious and stressed and have more energy than patients who do not exercise. That is why I have concluded that exercise is medicine and that is why I prescribe it to virtually every patient I see.”
How to Start an Exercise Program
If you are ready to get moving, start by talking to your primary care provider at North Memorial Medical Center to make sure you are healthy enough for physical activity. Then choose an activity that you enjoy enough to participate in at least 3-5 days per week. Use one of these links to help get the ball rolling.