“Walking is man’s best medicine” – Hippocrates
I’ve always recommended simple walking to my patient, but have been on this kick lately to really push a simple walking program to all my patients (just watch out for the bears on back country roads!). It can really make a big difference in your outcomes, patient satisfaction and best of all, cheap, easy and available to everyone.
With our backgrounds (exercise science, nutrition, etc), we all know the benefits and have the duty as healthcare practitioners to promote it. I want to link out a video from Dr. Mike Evans from University of Toronto. I found this on WellEvolEdU physical therapy blog, thanks!
I like the fact that Dr. Mike Evans says that you don’t have to run a marathon or participate in a triathlon, but 30 minutes of activity is all you need. I agree, and so does ACSM. I was surprised to hear that “low fitness” was the strongest predictor of death! More than the typical “medical” diagnosis of heart disease, diabetes, etc.?!
These animated whiteboard presentations are really good! How do you make these anyway!?
Stay tuned for next post on how WE, as physical therapists, can “measure” walking. Is this possible?