The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified physical inactivity as the BIGGEST cause of death and disability worldwide.
Research shows that a low level of physical activity exposes a patient to a greater risk of dying than does smoking, obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol. For older men, regular physical activity can decrease the risk of death by 40%.
39 disease specific clinical guidelines have been written for doctors that include physical activity as a PRIMARY TREATMENT.
Research has shown that REGULAR EXERCISE can:
- Reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by approximately 50%.
- Lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%.
- Reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer’s disease by approximately 40%.
- Reduce the incidence of heart disease and high blood pressure by approximately 40%.
- Lower the risk of stroke by 27%.
- Lower the risk of developing type II diabetes by 58%
- Be twice as effective in treating type II diabetes than the standard insulin prescription and can save $2250 per person per year when compared to the cost of standard drug treatment.
- Can decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioral therapy.
- Active individuals in their 80s have a lower risk of death than inactive individuals in their 60s.
- Adults with better muscle strength have a 20% lower risk of mortality (33% lower risk of cancer specific mortality) than adults with low muscle strength.
- A low level of fitness is a bigger risk factor for mortality than mild-moderate obesity. It is better to be fit and overweight than unfit with a lower percentage of body fat.
- Regular physical activity has been shown to lead to higher SAT (US Leaving Cert) scores for adolescents.
- In an elementary school setting, regular physical activity can decrease discipline incidents involving violence by 59% and decrease out of school suspensions by 67%.
Exercise in Medicine: The InMotion Lifestyle Program
If you have a history of or have been recently diagnosed with: Cancer, Diabetes or have been told you are ‘pre-diabetic’, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Heart Disease, Anxiety, Arthritis, Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. The InMotion Lifestyle Program is for you.
We run an 8 week physical activity program designed to challenge and educate our clients. Each client is given a personal assessment- including 6 or 12min walk test to assess cardio vascular fitness as well as a thorough musculoskeletal screen. From here a physical activity program is prescribed and each client is lead through the program. Once everyone is confident with moving, each client is placed into a group of similar physical capacity. Our aim is to use the group dynamic to be both a social and physical stimulus for our clients.
The program consists of initial assessment and program design, implementation session/s, twice weekly group sessions included in this are informal education times looking at areas such as nutrition, hydration and basic anatomy and physiology – this can be increased as fitness improves.
This program is designed to be a lifestyle changer- physical activity is a habit. By surrounding our clients with like minded people facing the same challenges as they are we aim to create a self propelling physical activity group that will require only monitoring and the occasional kick in the tail.