Heart healthy behavior

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May 3, 2011
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Hi everyone on the interweb,

Just a quick message today to see how you all are doing.  I am well and ready for another week.

I wanted to quickly ask a question or two about healthy behaviours.  We all know that it is hard to find time for exercise in our busy lives.  I wonder how important healthy behaviour is to you?  Do you make time for it?  Walk or run or workout?  I do my best but with a busy home and work life there is little time.  I have taken to waking up early for a workout and using a pedometer to try and increase my daily step count.  I have had some success with both methods.  I am also finding that as my daughter grows older, I get more exercise now just playing with her.  It is not yet strenuous, but in another 1-2 years I imagine it may become so.  (We play “Scooby Doo vs the ghosts” and run around chasing each other for lots of fun!)

I am also curious – do you think government should have a role?  It is certainly much more cost-effective to invest in prevention programs (e.g. exercise tax credits) which reach a large population, than to pay for yet another bypass procedure for a single patient.  Do you think government should be doing this?  Or is this your own business in which government should not intrude?

As always I am curious to hear what you think?  What is your exercise program?

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Dr. John,
    My husband Clyde, takes the bus far up the street and walks back. When he is exhausted,
    he is already home.
    your cuz,
    Janette

  2. Anonymous says:

    Having a routine is the best way I have found to stick to an exercise program. Pick the same schedule every week and stick to it. Of course life does get in the way and you have to be flexible (especially if you have kids). So a set routine isn’t perfect but I find it works best. I have found if you try and fit exercise in when you can, you usually find you can’t because life has taken up your time.

    Since exercise impacts your health and the government funds the health system that we all pay into, I believe the government has some position to institute an exercise credit system of some form. Practically I think it would be impossible to monitor and implement. Politically it would be suicide for a party to open that box. So unfortunately I don’t think an exercise credit system would ever happen.

    Stephen Sutherland

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