Doc Talk #132 – Exercise Revisited



For middle-aged women, exercise is the single most important factor in reducing your risk of heart disease!

You can review the guidelines for physical activity for adults in this handy one-pager.

Be part of the trend we are seeing locally toward increased exercise by listening to the show and pick up some great tips, whereever you are in your exercise journey.

My belief is that everybody wants to exercise, they just don’t know it yet

Even lifelong exercisers can reap great benefits in terms of mood, sleep etc

We talked about the stages of change model – where do you fit?

  • Pre-contemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Determination
  • Action
  • Maintenance
  • Relapsers

We talked about moderate exercise and the ‘talk test’.

If you have any kind of chronic health disease or issues, it would be wise to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

We talked about the different kinds of exercise including aerobic exercise, strength and mobility/flexibility.

Strength exercise is important especially as you get older. Here is a link to a 9 minute bodyweight strength routine from the New York Times.

One of the commonest barriers that Dr Dan sees is people who are new to exercise do too much too quickly. This can lead to injuries, frustration and can lead to you giving up on the whole concept.

You can accomplish a lot with gentler exercise

We also discussed some other barriers and advice for overcoming them.

One of the most extreme sports around is sitting on the couch eating donuts!

Doing nothing is almost always much worse for your health than exercising. If you are older, male, new to exercise or have health conditions get screened by your doctor first. When you are exercising, make sure you listen to your body! Be sensible and if you are getting warning symptoms, stop and seek advice.

With some sensible precautions and appropriate exercise, everyone can benefit from increasing their physical activity.


Title image from Ernst Vikne from Skien, Norway [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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