Doctors are changing the way they write prescriptions for their patients. Rather than prescribing them drugs and medications, they are now encouraging them to participate in good ol’ physical fitness.
According to ABC7, “doctors are writing prescriptions for the gym and encouraging patients to think of physical fitness as their medication.”
Dr. Anna Groskin and Dr. Edward Phillips are two specific doctors who have begun prescribing their patients with the more natural remedy. For Dr. Anna Groskin, physical fitness is the best remedy for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression and other mood disorders.
In order to make this possible, the doctors have teamed up with local gyms in order to provide their patients with affordable gym access.
In some instances, health centers such as The Codman Square Helath Center in Boston have partnered with fitness companies in order to build community gyms.
Their patients are given a free membership for the first three months and then begin paying what they can based on their personal financial situations.
For patient Monisha Long, exercise has helped her high blood pressure and obesity issues.
Long shared, “I’m more energized. I feel a lot better as far as my energy. I feel like I’m stronger. I feel like I’m less tired. I feel like I can do almost anything.”
While doctors are aware this will not cure patients completely, they are hopeful that it will positively impact and benefit their patients.
Next time you step into your local drug store in hopes of filling your prescription, step outside and get moving!