Exercise is Medicine

By Jason Kilderry, Running Editor


Exercise is Medicine for: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Schizophrenia, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, Obesity, Hyperlipidemia, Metabolic syndrome, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Cerebral apoplexy, Hypertension, Coronary heart disease, Heart failure, Intermittent claudication, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Bronchial asthma, Cystic fibrosis, claudication intermittent); pulmonary diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis); musculoskeletal disorders (osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis); and cancer.

We hear the phrase “Exercise is Medicine” often. Many know that exercise can be prescribed as treatment for different diseases. Above is just a list of the diseases from a recent systematic review study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26606383/) that has shown exercise to be a medicine in treatment of that disease. I think it’s safe to say there are a lot of diseases that are not listed above, that exercise can help in treatment of this disease, but has not yet been researched. For example chronic kidney disease is not listed above, but another recent systematic review (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4655802/ ) showed the benefits of exercise in those in one stage of kidney disease, specifically aerobic exercise(strongest evidence, but best exercise protocol has yet to be established, like most diseases).

Why am I telling you this? I’m confident that anyone that knows my name knows that exercise is medicine and can be used to treat many different diseases, but can you say the same thing? You need to spread the word, because there are many individuals that do not know these basic facts. If you don’t spread the word, than who will? Spread the word today, because if not now, when?

Jason KilderryJason Kilderry, NSCA-CPT, NSCA-CSCS, USA Level 1 Track and Field Coach, holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology from AT Still University and bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University. Jason is the owner of ETA Coach and Cythera Health. He comes highly recommended by his athletes for his help in improving their performance, health, and wellness. Jason coaches athletes who range in ability from newbies taking on their first race, to many who have qualified for various championships the Olympic Trials, Boston Marathon, New Jersey High School Meet of Champions, Ironman World Championships, Half Ironman World Championships, and the USA Triathlon National Championships. Think critically, question often, and train smart.