The RCP today welcomes the findings of a new report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) which underlines the importance of physical activity regardless of whether or not it is linked to weight loss. Exercise: The miracle cure and the doctor’s role in prescribing it, highlights the full extent exercise can have in preventing disease and treating many complex conditions.
RCP academic vice president and public health lead, Professor John Wass, said:
The results from this report reinforce previous findings that regular physical activity of just 30 minutes, five-times a week, can make a huge difference to a patient’s health. As physicians we have a key responsibility to try to incorporate messages about the impact exercise can have when talking to our patients – as the benefits are plain to see. We must also move away from the idea that exercise is only for a specific short term purpose but impress the advantages that a lifelong appreciation of physical activity can bring.