More evidence for adding exercise inquiries when talking with patients

The September 15, 2016 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published an article online about a survey showing that 1 in 4 people in the US 50 years and older engage in no exercise other than that occurring during the work hours. Manual labor workers often feel they don’t need exercise, not realizing heavy manual labor may be the type of exercise that breaks down a body, rather than builds it up. There is great value in and the need to encourage and educate patients to understand how physical activity, including the lack thereof, affects the human body. This article highlights the need to ask patients about their exercise habits and to encourage patients over 50 to begin exercise programs.