C’mon People, Let’s Move!

David E. Perloff, MD, FACC, FACP
Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Broward Health

Face it folks, we are becoming an increasingly sedentary society. We’re sitting down most of the day either in the office or in the car. When we go to the grocery store, we will drive around the entire lot to find the closest spot to the entrance instead of taking the open one near the back and walking.

Even our kids don’t have mandatory Physical Education in school anymore. Instead of going outside to play, they are glued to video games.

All that sitting around eventually takes it toll. People come in to my office all the time complaining that their knees are hurting, or they are short of breath. Well, the reality is, some of them are 350 pounds. If you think your body will be able to carry around that much weight for 70-80 years you got another thing coming. It’s like leaving your bike or car in the garage for decades without oiling it or refilling the tires and expecting it to ride like new. No way.

In all seriousness, if you lose some body function after having a stroke or heart attack, there really isn’t much you can do to get it back. So at this point, prevention is the name of the game.

Even just a moderate amount of exercise should get you on the right track to a healthier heart. You don’t have to be a marathon runner. Research shows that working out just 3-5 days a week for 30 minutes a day can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol, colon cancer, depression, fractures, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and eventually, ending up in a nursing home.

I know what you’re going to say: I don’t have time to exercise. I’ll be the first to tell you, exercising isn’t my favorite activity either and I’m plenty busy. I know it’s a struggle. But, I can always make time to care of my body — and so should you.

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4 Responses to “C’mon People, Let’s Move!”

  1. james wolf Says:

    doctor i am a 67 old male in good health weight 190 height 6’5″ and workout three times a week at a gym i have controled blood pressure latest reading 126/80 i take one baby aspirin/day medication hyzaar 50/12.5 1x/day i would like to donate blood occasionally but my cardiologist prefer i do not;please comment

  2. james wolf Says:

    doctor thanks for your reply my heart doctor is dr. chinzer i just hope broward general will keep up with latest medical technologies comparable to the major northern medical centers

    james wolf plantation

  3. james wolf Says:

    dear sir when is broward general going to have off pump robotic open heart surgery using the by pass vessels from the chest rather than the leg using stapling of by pass arteries rather than sewing like the university of chicago does on a regular basis;when is the hospital going to implement this technology you seem to be always behind the times in medicine

    james wolf plantation

    • Broward Health Physician Says:

      Dear James, thank you for your inquiry. Dr. Kenneth Herskowitz, board certified cardio-thoracic surgeon, is currently doing minimally invasive surgery with a key hole incision. This procedure is done off-pump. The physician does not see an advantage to utilizing the robot for cardiac surgery as there are no confirmed benefits in mortality or morbidity. Thank you.

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