Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine

Physical inactivity is THE major public health problem of our time. In fact, according to The Lancet, "physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide ... in view of the prevalence, global reach and health effect of physical inactivity, the issue should be appropriately described as Pandemic, with far-reaching health, economic, environmental and social consequences."

Exercise however, is a powerful tool for both the treatment and prevention of chronic disease and obesity, as well as premature death. In fact, if we had a pill that conferred the proven health benefits of exercise, physicians would prescribe it to every patient and healthcare systems would find a way to make sure every patient had access to this wonder drug.

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The Exercise is Medicine Movement is an international movement based on the belief that:

  • Most people can find simple ways to incorporate physical activity and exercise into their daily routines;
  • More should be done to address physical activity and exercise in the healthcare setting;
  • Physical activity and exercise should be incorporated as a key health indicator and standard of medical care as a ‘vital sign’; and
  • Certified exercise professionals serve as important resources for Canadians and their healthcare providers. 
  • Physical activity assessment and exercise prescription must be a standard part of the disease prevention and treatment paradigm for all patients.