A great article by Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD, DHL (Hon) for Medscape Health Professional Network.
He believes that doctors aren’t doing enough to get patients to exercise, they do not lead by example, they do not speak about it enough and do not promote exercise as a vital part of a getting and staying healthy.
I would definitely say that my family – my husband, our two daughters and I are healthy, fit and very active. One unspoken rule we have always followed was that our kids absolutely have to be involved into some sort of a sport or a physical activity on regular basis. I have so much respect for their hard work in learning how to play a musical instrument, taking drawing or sculpture classes, or singing in a chorus, but there absolutely has to be a balance of academics, hobbies, and sports. In my experience that makes for a healthy kid – mentally and physically, and for a healthy adult later in life.
I today’s high-stress world, it is no longer about just teaching kids how to be fit and active but also educating them about stress management, calming effects of breathing, proper nutrition, being mindful of their bodies, their thoughts, their feelings. Our goal is to help them in prevention of sport injuries by paying attention to the signals the body is giving them; to stay healthy and full of energy by eating real, healthful and nutrient food; to avoid depression and being able to manage stress better by learning how to relax, to use breathing techniques to calm down, to meditate. That is our way of educating, promoting and supporting a healthy lifestyle for kids, adults and for our community.
As Steven N. Blair, PhD, a professor of exercise science, epidemiology, and biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, has noted, inactivity has surpassed obesity and smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in the world.
Here is the link to a full article – Inactivity_and_death
To your health,