Why It's Important to Know if Your Doctor Exercises
December 27, 2008
Researchers at the United Kingdom’s Bedford Hospital surveyed 61 hospital physicians and found that only 21 percent get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week. That is, in fact, less than half of the 44 percent of the overall population in the same age group who claim to meet this goal.
The doctors blamed lack of time, lack of motivation, or lack of workout facilities. However, doctors with an on-site gym at their hospital didn’t fare any better than those without.
Previous research has shown that doctors who exercise are more likely to counsel their patients to do the same, and that patients are more willing to try exercising when their doctors disclose their own personal workout habits.