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Exercise: The miracle cure and the role of the doctor in promoting it

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Tags: exercise, medicine, self-treatment, treatment

Ten articles on PainSci cite Academy of Medical Royal Colleges 2015: (1) A Guide to Sciatica Treatment for Patients(2) Complete Guide to Plantar Fasciitis(3) The Complete Guide to Shin Splints(4) The Complete Guide to Muscle Strains(5) Strength Training for Pain & Injury Rehab(6) Why So “Negative”?(7) Complete Guide to Frozen Shoulder(8) A Rational Guide to Fibromyalgia(9) Get in the Pool for Pain(10) 5 Main Reasons Athletes Stretch… All Flawed

PainSci notes on Academy of Medical Royal Colleges 2015:

This is the primary authoritative source of the quote “exercise is the closest thing there is to a miracle cure.”

original abstract Abstracts here may not perfectly match originals, for a variety of technical and practical reasons. Some abstacts are truncated for my purposes here, if they are particularly long-winded and unhelpful. I occasionally add clarifying notes. And I make some minor corrections.

The big four “proximate” causes of preventable ill-health are: smoking, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and alcohol excess. Of these, the importance of regular exercise is the least well-known. Relatively low levels of increased activity can make a huge difference. All the evidence suggests small amounts of regular exercise (five times a week for 30 minutes each time for adults) brings dramatic benefits. The exercise should be moderate – enough to get a person slightly out of breath and/or sweaty, and with an increased heart rate. This report is a thorough review of that evidence.

Regular exercise can prevent dementia, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression, heart disease and other common serious conditions — reducing the risk of each by at least 30%. This is better than many drugs.

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