With study findings suggesting that exercise may be equally as effective as drug intervention for people with some medical conditions, the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) calls on more people to integrate physical activity into daily routines. Thus, potentially easing the increasingly heavy load placed on the health service through weight-related health problems.
REPs emphasises that long-term health and economic implications means immediate action is needed to help adults and children become more active.
The research, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), found that, 'based on available data on the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and prediabetes, physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions.'
Greg Small , Operations Manager for SkillsActive Registers, says, "Obesity and weight issues already cost the NHS £5 billion each year – yet data shows that physical activity can drastically reduce the risk of major illnesses. REPs Level 4 professionals are trained to offer the best exercise options in the case of cardiac disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes management. Consumers can be reassured that REPs professionals have the necessary skills, representing current best clinical practice."
The researchers added: 'In cases where drug options provide only modest benefit, patients deserve to understand the relative impact that physical activity might have on their condition.'
Greg, who is also a REPs registered instructor, continues: "These results highlight the urgent need to integrate physical activity into daily life, thus establishing a life-long pattern of fitness and health. REPs fitness professionals are fully qualified to provide the best possible encouragement and motivation, and ensuring correct exercise habits."
Fitness professionals registering with REPs must hold a recognised qualification from an approved training provider. Members are acknowledged for their professionalism, adherence to the industry's nationally recognised standard and ongoing education. All members are also bound by a Code of Ethical Conduct and hold appropriate public liability insurance.
Greg Small concludes, "We aim to get everyone more active, and fitter. By combining medical intervention and physical activities, we can all work together in winning the battle for our nation's health."