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Exercise is more powerful than any wonder drug at preventing disease and promoting optimum health. We all know we “should” exercise, but what can turn that abstract knowledge from a feeling of obligation to a feeling of “I can’t wait”?

Do You Need an Exercise Prescription?

We talk with a leading sports medicine physician about why you should write your own exercise prescription (instead of waiting for your doctor) and how you can prevent or overcome sports injuries. Find out when knee surgery is the right choice, and when it might be a really bad idea.

Is RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) still the standard of care for a sprain? Or might you need to consider MICE? Why should we all be trying to maximize NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis)?

This Week’s Guest:

Jordan Metzl, MD, is a nationally known sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He completed his fellowship in sports medicine and dance medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the author of The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies and The Exercise Cure. His website is: http://www.drjordanmetzl.com/

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  1. Barb

    I purchased the book, The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies. This was one of the most helpful books for me so far. I went to so many people with pain in “my butt” – orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, family doc, chiropractor, physical therapist and two massage therapists. No one could help me with the pain, other than NSAIDS. I found my resolve in the book, and am on my way to being able to sit comfortably after a hard workout! I also found great exercises for my arthritic knees. Thank you Dr. Metzel!!! And thank you People’s Pharmacy!

  2. james.cline1000

    A word of caution about the Dr.’s referenced Runners World video “Iron Strength”. The type of sit-up demonstrated is highly contraindicated (extreme disc compression) by most biomechanic spine specialists, especially for anyone with low back issues. Cp. to “crunch” recommendation of spine guru Dr. Stuart McGill at https://uwaterloo.ca/applied-health-sciences/hes-got-our-backs

  3. Neil Friedman

    I had the pleasure of listening to your program today, and would like to add some suggestions.
    First of all, I will be 80 years old in a few months, and have been exercising on and off for 65 years. I continue to exercise three days per week, and resting at least one day before exercising the same muscle group.
    I start my session on the treadmill at a pace of 4.0 miles per hour and an elevation of 14 out of 15. This is increased to an elevation of 15 out of 15, and will continue at that pace until I have reached 5 minutes when I increase my pace to 4.1 for the next 5 minutes, then increase after 2-1/2 minutes, and 4.3 for 2.5 min then 4.4 for three minutes, then reduce to 4.3 for one minute then reduce the speed by 1 minute until back to 4.0 with cool down to follow. This routine is followed by three sets of chest presses, three sets of fly, 1 set of dips. etc.
    My point of all this is, I started at moderate levels of everything and gradually increasing the weight of as I reach at least 12 reps. Continually, re-setting my intensity when appropriate.
    Although, I do not exercise with a partner, I would recommend a partner, or the use of trainer. It is more important to do the exercise correctly than the amount of weight you use. I once weighed 232 pounds at 5’5″, and now weigh approximately 147. I stretch after completing my routine to compensate for the tightness. My routine is basically used by the Martial Arts training I used to teach as a Black Belt. A person should never follow the old idea of No Pain No Gain. I hope this will be helpful.

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