Why doctors are prescribing we don’t exercise

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Am I missing something? Traveling the globe, it sure looks to me that most doctors are prescribing no exercise for their patients. Seriously. I see so few people exercising. What else could it be?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Maybe it’s greed. The cynic in me says there is no profit to the doctor in prescribing exercise. I hope I am wrong.

  2. Ahhhhh… I see what you’re getting at, Jeff. Of course doctors will tell us to exercise, the same as they will strongly suggest we stop smoking, eating or drinking to excess, etc. Doctors don’t want us to be sick so they can profit from us. This just boils down to the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water……” Seriously…. how many smokers do you know who haven’t quit because their doctor never told them to? How many people are overweight because their doctor never told them to drop a few pounds? It’s in the hands of the patient.

  3. David, ha! That’s so not where I’m going with this. And yet, you most likely hit a bullseye for a broken system that isn’t rewarded for healthy checkups.

    Where I’m heading is the assumption that most people don’t even visit their doctor regularly. So, think about the last time any of us went to the doctor….

    ….as a society, we avoid exercise like the plague. Seriously.

    It’s not really the doctors telling us not to. It’s us acting like they did.

  4. Lorie, I read your comment after writing the response (above) to david’s comment. Seriously. Swearing on the holiest of books.

    So we are in alignment. No one died of lung cancer saying, I wish my doctor had warned me.

  5. I do sort of have an inside ear. My son hates that most of the patients he sees have serious diseases that could have been prevented had they had proper preventative care. They are uninsured and low income people, for the most part. A colonoscopy runs around $1,300 out of pocket, for example. A wellness check can run around $75 to $100 + the lab costs for blood work. These are people who are struggling just to pay for rent and food. By the time they get to Temple Medical, they are really sick. The hospital has the highest number of uninsured patients in the state of Pennsylvania, and they are trying really hard to educate though outreach programs and free clinics. You would be shocked to hear what people honestly do not know.

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