Obesity has been associated with a number of chronic medical conditions that can have a great impact on the lives of individuals and the NHS which has to deal with the ensuing complications. It has been found that exercise can have beneficial effects on these conditions.
For some time now the medical fraternity has been advocating exercise as a means of tackling the UK’s growing obesity problem. It has also been recognised that exercise can have beneficial effects for a number of chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. It has long been used by physiotherapists to help rehabilitate patients following serious traumatic injury or surgery. The logical progression, therefore, is for gyms and sports facilities to provide equipment that is certified for use in hospitals as therapeutic rehabilitation aids.
An exercise bike, treadmill or even a cross trainer for example may be compatible with medical equipment such as an electrocardiogram which is able to monitor the training session in real time, so medical personnel can detect potential problems and monitor the progress of each individual. There are specific machines available to help with movement and flexibility issues that may be offered by the sports facility such as Kinesis and Flexibility versions.
Exercise And Chronic Conditions
It is claimed that physical exercise can be instrumental in preventing and curing obesity and metabolic conditions that are linked with the enzymes involved in the conversion of protein, sugars and fats into energy. They have found that physical exercise helps with the symptoms associated with these conditions as well as addressing obesity which is considered to be a contributing factor to the development of these conditions.
Exercise increases the metabolic rate which normally activates during the process of burning calories. Certain sports facility equipment can burn calories without putting too much strain on limbs that may be compromised as a result of the patient’s condition. Other equipment can improve muscle strength as well as having cardio benefits.
A Gym Is Not For Everyone.
Not everyone has the means to afford the fees charged by sports facilities or gyms. Local authorities provide subsidised or free classes which offer similar support if you require guided exercise. There are simpler ways to become more active and get exercise such as joining a walking group and taking long vigorous walks. Walking is considered to be one of the best forms of exercise whilst being cheap and not requiring specialised equipment.
Other less expensive forms of exercise include:-
– Jogging or running. Consult your physician before starting if you suffer from arthritis or a similar condition
– Swimming. Local swimming pools offer lessons and aqua aerobics classes
– Dancing such as Ballroom, Zumba or Salsa are good if you like dancing.
Exercise is an important tool in combating chronic disease and obesity which can take several forms from structured classes to self motivated programmes on gym equipment or the cheaper options that require little or no specialised equipment. It need not necessarily be costly as if appropriate your GP can prescribe exercise on prescription, bringing exercise within the reach of everyone.
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