When I decided to pursue my certification as a personal trainer, I knew wanted the best. And the gold standard in exercise and fitness is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). They are the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world:
ACSM’s Mission Statement reflects this goal: The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.
With some experience in the industry, I have grown to love the work of ACSM. Their newest initiative is called Exercise Is Medicine. The idea is to get physicians to consult with each of their patients about the importance of exercise at each visit.
It’s a very ambitious initiative but it’s already caught my attention. Doesn’t it make sense? Think about it: exercise IS medicine. Anyone who has exercise has felt the immediate benefits. And anyone who has worked out for an extended period of time knows the long-term benefits and improved quality of life.
I share this with you in an effort to motivate you to make a change this month. Sure, today is Frog Jumping Day, this week is Salvation Army Week, and pretty soon it will be Go Skateboarding Day (which actually sounds kind of cool). But May is also now Exercise is Medicine Month.
Let’s make this simple: Join the comments section below and tell me what kind of exercise you’re getting that isn’t normally part of your routine.