GPS should stand to show ex­am­ple, say ac­tiv­ity ex­perts

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Henry Bod­kin

GPS should con­duct ap­point­ments stand­ing up in or­der to set a good ex­am­ple to pa­tients, a con­fer­ence of fam­ily doc­tors has heard.

Medics are be­ing urged to “prac­tise what they preach” and use their be­hav­iour to pro­voke dis­cus­sion about the dan­gers of a seden­tary life­style.

GPS should also con­sider cy­cling to home vis­its and en­cour­age col­leagues to cy­cle or walk to work so surgery car parks are less crowded, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts at the Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers.

Dr An­drew Boyd, an ac­tiv­ity cham­pion at the col­lege, said GPS re­mained “hugely trusted” by pa­tients, yet only around 40 per cent were meet­ing Gov­ern­ment ex­er­cise guide­lines.

“Pa­tients really do no­tice what we do,” he said. “We’re lead­ers in the com­mu­nity and if I cy­cle to their house rather than drive they no­tice it. It’s prac­tis­ing what we preach.”

The Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer rec­om­mends peo­ple take at least 150 min­utes of mod­er­ate ex­er­cise a week, as well as mus­cle strength­en­ing ex­er­cises on two or more days a week.

How­ever, re­search in­di­cates fewer than 50 per cent of pa­tients meet this rec­om­mended min­i­mum.

Dr Boyd said some doc­tors are wor­ried about ap­pear­ing hyp­o­crit­i­cal by lec­tur­ing their pa­tients to take more ex­er­cise when they are not ac­tive them­selves.

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