Exercise is key in preventative medicine. The focus has always been on the patient to motivate themselves to exercise. However, physicians who are physically active and committed to a cause such as running in a fundraiser 5K event, are more likely attract patients to commit to a structured physical regimen. The rate of motivation and retention will be higher in participants who have a purposeful event to train for, as opposed to those exercising without a goal.
The power of prevention stretches beyond the usual disease such as coronary artery disease and diabetes. Studies show that exercise may even have a role in decreasing the risk for mild cognitive impairment. Structured physical activity can prevent major mobility disability in older adults. In an increasingly large elderly population, the role of secondary prevention through exercise is of utmost importance in decreasing future healthcare utilization and expenditure.
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