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The Power of Physical Activity – October 2021

Sports Cardiology

The Power of Physical Activity

with Dr. Thomas Sawyer of Hilo Medical Center

October 2021

We’ve all heard that exercise is good for us.  What many people don’t realize is just how powerful exercise can be for health and longevity.

People who exercise regularly can cut their risk of dying from heart disease in half, as compared to someone who gets little or no exercise at all.  Even very small improvements in fitness can reduce the risk of dying from any cause by 25-30%.  The risk of developing diseases like cancer, diabetes, depression, and dementia are also significantly reduced in those who exercise regularly.

Anything that increases heart rate and breathing rate is considered exercise. You do not have to run a marathon, climb a mountain, or spend hours lifting weights. Start with walking, which is a great form of exercise and available to almost all of us.

It only takes walking for 30-60 minutes, 3-5 days per week, to increase your health significantly. For some people who have not exercised in a long time, they may need to work up to this goal.  Any amount of exercise, even sessions as short as 5 minutes, are beneficial.

If you would like a personalized evaluation with specific recommendations regarding exercise, the Sports Cardiology Program at Hilo Medical Center can help you harness the benefits of daily physical activity.

We will:

  1. Perform an exercise test to determine your baseline fitness level and heart rate response to exercise.
  2. Exercise testing can be performed on a treadmill, stationary bike, or rowing machine, depending on your individual goals and abilities.
  3. Create a personalized evaluation and exercise program designed to slowly and safely help you work up to an optimal level of daily exercise.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please ask your PCP to provide you with a referral today.