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Strength Exercise as Vital as Aerobic Exercise for Health!

As discussed many times here and elsewhere, there is a well-established connection between regular physical activity and reductions in mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many cancers.  While many early studies emphasized the importance of aerobic exercise, strength-promoting exercises have become an integral part of most physical activity guidelines over the last 10 years.  Over this last decade, there has been mounting evidence for the benefits of strength training independent of aerobic exercise.  One of the most important examples is the reduction of type 2 DM with strength training.

A recent study by Stamatakis, et al, added very interesting research to the benefits of strength training. In a very large study from Scotland and England, they demonstrated a 23% reduction in mortality and 31% reduction in cancer mortality with anystrength promoting exercise.  In addition, they found that gym-based exercise and home-based exercise were both beneficial. They conclude that adherence to strength exercise is at least as important and aerobic exercise.

Although I believe in “the best exercise for you is the one that you will do”, it is important because of multiple health benefits to include both strength and aerobic training in our recommendations to patients. We should always include both types of physical activity to our patients in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.

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Stamatakis, E, et al. Does strength promoting exercise confer unique health benefits? A pooled analysis of eleven population cohorts with all-cause, cancer, and cardiovascular mortality endpoints. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2017.

Exercise and Burnout - One More Benefit!

“Burnout”, first termed in 1975, has been described as prolonged exposure to occupational pressure including emotional and interpersonal stressors. (Maslach 2003) It has been defined as consisting of three central components: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and lack of personal accomplishment. (Maslach 2001)  While this clearly involves many occupations and all walks of life, this phenomenon is a large problem among health care providers.  Not only is there a personal cost but there is an impact on the health care system and individual patients as well.

There is a multitude of evidence of the positive impact of our mental health associated with regular exercise.  Clearly, physical activity improves our cognition, decreases depression and improves our mood.  The same intensity that improves our cardiorespiratory system will positively affect our well-being.  Interestingly, there has been less inquiry about the affect of exercise and the specific problem of burnout.

A recent study by Bretland and Thorsteinsson specifically looked at the benefits of cardiovascular and resistance exercise in reducing workplace burnout.  In their small study, they showed both cardiovascular and resistance exercise increased well-being and reduced perceived stress.  Importantly, more than one type of exercise program was helpful.

This study, along with other works by Berger and Cox, illustrate the importance of exercise in improving our overall well being, which also benefits our patients.  Be a good role model; encourage patients and colleagues to make physical activity a priority as well.

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Bretland RJ and Thorsteinsson EB.  Reducing workplace burnout: the relative benefits of cardiovascular and resistance exercises. Peer J 2015.