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Exercise is Medicine University of Saskatchewan November 20, 2014 Patrick Ling, MD, MPH Clinical Associate Professor Academic Family Medicine

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Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is MedicineUniversity of SaskatchewanNovember 20, 2014

Patrick Ling, MD, MPHClinical Associate ProfessorAcademic Family Medicine

Why Exercise?

The Benefits of Exercise in ...constipationfibromyalgiaOsteoarthritislupusdepressionIBS irritable bowel syndromeinsomniachronic fatigueslows aging boost testosteronepreserves cognitive functiondysmenorrheafewer coldscancer prevention?


Exercise & Epigeneticsunderstanding the science and genetics behind exerciseexercise modifies our genetics (DNA, mRNA)DNA methylation, histone acetylationleads to changes in glucose, lipid metabolism

Exercise slows aging

50% IL 15, myokine in those who exercised

Keystone Habit

keystone is the central stone located at the apex of an arc. Of all the stones, it is the most important one keeping the arch together.

In a book entitled The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg describes a concept called KEYSTONE HABIT. It is a habit that when identified and enacted, triggers change in other areas. Resulting in a chain reaction.

Exercise as a Keystone Habitsmoke lesseat bettermore productive at workless stressuse credit cards less

EIM - prescription card

Stages of Change

Exercise Duration - Fractionizedshort sessions (10 min x 3) have a greater benefit and longer (30 mins) in HTN


Keep Fit and Have Fun