I recently attended a Symposium entitled Exercise is Medicine. It was presented by CORE (The Centre for Obesity Research & Education) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, the Canadian Diabetes Association, Stroke Strategy of Southeastern Ontario a partner in the Ontario Stroke System and The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
The target audience was physicians and allied health professionals, but I was able to attend as a volunteer helping with the event. I am a member of the Mission Committee of the KFL&A chapter of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. My position on this committee is Govt Co-Lead, so I advocate for important issues of the Heart & Stroke to my provincial MPP.
The invited speakers at this Symposium were M.D.s and Ph.D.s in various fields of Medicine, Kinesiology, Cardiac Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Nutrition Research, Physical Activity & Weight Management Research, Exercise Science & Epidemiology, Behavioral Medidine, Sports Medicine & Physical Education.
I knew that exercise was good for you, but I did not know how beneficial weight training is in reducing your risk of Cardiovascular Disease. The speakers recommended working out three times per week, in addition to 30-60 minutes per day physical activity (walking, running, biking, swimming etc) seven days per week.
Physical activity is the single most important thing you can do for your health and I think it is time for our governments to step up the plate and started educating Canadians about the benefits of exercise in relation to the reduction in health costs and the personal benefits of healthier living.