Can Exercise be a form of Medicine?!

Exercise as a form of Medicine
Exercise in its own way is a very effective form of medicine. Exercise, as a form of adjunct treatment can help to reduce and relieve the negative effects that are associated with many conditions and chronic diseases. Let’s look at some of the many numerous conditions and chronic diseases that exercise can help to treat:
• Cancer
• Diabetes • Chronic Pain
• Osteoporosis • Arthritis
• Asthma • Depression
• Heart disease
• Obesity
• Hypertension • Anxiety
• Alzheimer’s • Stroke • Parkinson’s

The above mentioned are just a small example of the some of the conditions and chronic diseases where exercise can help to assist treatment and management. Exercise can also assist in:

• Strengthening muscles
• Improving balance
• Reducing joint loading
• Reducing/maintaining weight
• Reducing blood sugar levels/cholesterol
• Improving mood
• Slowing disease progression
• Assisting in recovery from illness

Follow this link to view a great infographic that illustrates the benefits of exercise
With an ageing society and higher burden of non-communicable conditions, diseases and rise in age related injuries it is time to take action. Our societal norms and the digital age are shaping our behaviours and the way in which we live and unfortunately the trend is inactivity, sedentary behaviour and hoping that a ‘quick fix’ or ‘magic pill’ will solve the problems.
Speak to your GP, Exercise Physiologist or Allied Health Professional to see whether you are suitable to commence an exercise programme. Although exercise is beneficial, it is very individual and needs to be tailored to your condition, disease, injury or goals. If you would like more information on exercise, injury prevention and rehabilitation, or you are interested on learning more about this topic, please contact us at