Prescription: Exercise to Heal

Prescription: Exercise to Heal

Adults with chronic medical conditions should engage in regular physical activity because it can help promote their quality of life and reduce the risk of developing new conditions. The type and amount of physical activity should be determined by a person’s abilities and the severity of the chronic condition. For many chronic conditions, physical activity provides therapeutic benefits and is part of recommended treatment for the condition.

Key Messages for People with Chronic Medical Conditions

  • Adults with chronic conditions obtain important health benefits from regular physical activity.
  • When adults with chronic conditions do activity according to their abilities, physical activity is safe.
  • Adults with chronic conditions should talk with your health care practitioner before starting an exercise program and ask for specific programming recommendations.
  • Your exercise program should be modified to maximize the benefits while minimizing the risk of aggravating your health condition.

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