Exercise is Medicine

Almost a third of the world population is categorised as being physically inactive.

Our Pilates courses aim to, amongst other goals for each individual persons Pilates practice, achieve workplace wellness, good posture and rehabilitation as well as encouraging general physical activity for your improved movement and health.

Medical departments worldwide including the Faculty of Life, health sciences and the School of Public Health have and are debating physical movement for improved health and chronic disease prevention.

President of the Faculty of sport and exercise medicine (FSEM) Dr Roderick Jaques comments: “The healthcare agenda has been focused for too long on obesity whilst physical inactivity, a larger health threat, has gone largely unrecognised. Addressing physical inactivity through prescribed exercise provides a fresh approach to the prevention and management of avoidable diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many common muscular-skeletal conditions. Exercise medicine can also provide sustainable treatment for excess weight, obesity and mental health and it has an enormous application for workplace wellness and rehabilitation. Physical activity being at the core of healthcare and communities is a focus as well as providing a sustainable solution to public health and the pressures facing the NHS.”

The speciality of sport and exercise medicine (SEM) has a key role in developing new approaches to healthcare and promoting population health and works with colleagues in public health, the Department of Health and the NHS to implement policies that enhance health. Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death worldwide and is a major risk factor for chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, and several cancers.

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK is asking MPs to recognise physical inactivity as one of the largest health threats in the UK. In its Manifesto to Improve Public Health, the FSEM sets out 8 priorities to put physical activity at the core of the UK’s healthcare system via a national preventative strategy.

The decision-making branch of the World Health Organisation, The World Health Assembly, has adopted combating physical inactivity as a priority objective for global action to help control the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

After 23 years in the NHS, Ann Gates is focussed on getting every GP surgery in the country trained to provide personalised exercise programmes to their patients and a firm believer that exercise is a medicine that improves the health of people with long-term illnesses as well as preventing disease. Ms Gates is convinced that using exercise as a form of treatment will be the most cost-effective measure ever introduced.

Exercise medicine can also provide sustainable treatment for excess weight, obesity and mental health.

To find out more about physical activity and improving your health visit the Live Well page of the NHS website.

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