Right about now, some of us may be straining to adhere to our New Year’s resolutions about exercise. As a practicing sports medicine specialist at OHSU, I can say, unequivocally, that an investment in physical activity now will pay big dividends later, especially as we age.
February 7, 2013 – Despite numerous correlations between exercise and long-term health, doctors don't necessarily ask patients how often they work out and what they do – unless the patient is being seen for a sports injury, heart problem or other issue directly related to exercise.
October 31, 2012 – Physicians working for Kaiser in Oregon and California are now treating exercise as a vital sign. That is, patients are asked how much exercise they get per week, for both routine checkups and acute care visits – regardless of the nature of the visit.