With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games starting. My blog is a timely reminder to endorse physical activity.
As the Australian public cheer on their favorite athletes from the comfort of her/his living room. An oxymoron of sorts is: the likely proposition of more gluteus maximus (plural – glutei maximi) on the couch, equates to: more sedentary behavior, and less hip extensions!
A recent perspective paper in the Medical Journal of Australia discusses: an “evidence-practice gap” of physicians, with inadequacy in discussing and prescribing physical activity to patients. NOW, in no way am I slanting a bias towards exercise physiologist/scientists. However, physicians are typically the first line of contact for patient care, and thus, with physical inactivity being the fourth leading cause of morbidity/mortality worldwide (1) my premise is thus justified right? The authors found: that physicians who were themselves physically active, were more adept at discussing exercise as an adjunct; over physicians and medical students who are physically inactive (3).
The benefits of physical activity are very well known (2). I am an evidence based analytical thinker; so when the evidence is very strong and robust – the likelihood for adherence is highly likely. Of course, there are “health professionals” and unfortunate reality television shows; that promote unhealthy physical activity.
Which is why,
I challenge the reader, to ask her/his medical/health professional: about the recommended physical activity guidelines. Do you know yourself, what the minimum physical activity guidelines are? What if your job entails eight hours of sitting a day… how much physical activity should one be achieving, based on evidence?
So many interrogatives!
Query your medical and allied health team about the physical activity guidelines.
Ask your medical and allied health team – “am I safe to move”?
Lastly, trust your source of information, including mine – by doing further research, while being mindful for confirmation biases.
Enjoy the games, and cheers to moving more!
- Lee IM, Shiroma EJ, Lobelo F, et al. Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: an analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy. Lancet 2012; 380: 219-229.
- Pedersen BK, Saltin B. Exercise as medicine – evidence for prescribing exercise as therapy in 26 different chronic diseases. Scand J Med Sci Sports2015; 25: 1-72.