I’ve got a prescription for you. It enhances mood, improves your mental sharpness, relieves stress, prevents certain types of cancer, improves your overall quality of life, reduces your risk of heart disease, increases your body’s levels of good cholesterol, helps you sleep, slows the aging process and helps keep you at a healthy weight!
You can bet that if a drug existed that could do all this, your doctor would be writing prescriptions for it in a heartbeat. You wouldn’t make it out of the office without a free sample in hand.
The good news is that you don’t need pharmaceuticals to reap these rewards, you just need to chat with your doctor about getting off the couch and getting some exercise. And the Exercise Is Medicine program can help.
Created by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and sponsored by The Coca Cola Company, Exercise Is Medicine offers a tool kit that includes:
- Tips for working with your doctor to create an exercise plan
- Exercise guidelines for both healthy adults and those with chronic conditions
- Exercise scheduling grids and goal plans
- Formula to analyze the cost/benefit of exercise
When you get it together and get moving, you’ll need a way to carry your sports gear. The lovely Coca Cola vintage gym bag pictured above should do the trick, and I have two to give away.
If you still need convincing, watch this nifty little video from the ACSM.