My doctor prescribed me 150 minutes/week of physical exercise! Is this normal?

In the ongoing quest for holistic and effective approaches to health, it is increasingly evident that modern medical prescription goes beyond simply prescribing medication. Today, health professionals recognize the vital importance of exercise in promoting overall well-being. Tailored exercise prescription not only complements other treatments, but also plays a key role in the prevention and management of many medical conditions. By incorporating physical activities tailored to each patient’s individual needs, clinicians not only aim to improve physical function, but also contribute positively to emotional and mental aspects of health.

If you are looking to:

  • Control your body weight;
  • Reduce anxiety levels;
  • Decrease your risk of cardiovascular diseases;
  • Help control diabetes;
  • Promote the health of your bones;
  • Increase strength, endurance and flexibility;
  • Combat stress;
  • Increase self-esteem.

Your doctor can prescribe:

  • 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical exercise per week.
  • 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity physical exercise.
  • A 30-minute walk, 5 days a week, a swim twice a week for 50 minutes or a 25-minute run about 3 times a week can be the ‘gateway’ to a healthier life.

Local leisure centres can work with health services to provide discounted rates and classes to people in need of additional help.

Set your personal goals and don’t give up. Your well-being is valuable!

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