Exercise as Medicine: Possible Applications for Improving Home Based Programs

Gabriele Mascherini* and Giorgio Galanti

Exercise as Medicine: Possible Applications for Improving Home Based Programs.

Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies have provided a large body of evidence on the benefit of physical exercise in reducing the morbidity and mortality of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes (T2D), hypertension, cancer, obesity, depression, solid organ transplantation and others. There are guidelines available regarding the type, frequency, duration and intensity of the exercise to alleviate the related underlying disease. Therefore physical exercises is an important cost effective tool for primary and secondary prevention measures.

Generally people receive a personalized physical exercise program to start as not-supervised, following critical issues may arise that could endanger the continuation of the program but do not require specialist visits, in this context through mobile health apps is possible to give a personalized intervention would allow a health professional to provide tailored feedback to an individual user in a time-efficient manner.

There are many mobile apps that operate without user interface and users cannot receive personalized information on their activities and about the status of its program. In addition,
these apps do not provide any information about the other facilities where people can engage in the regular exercise routine.

In 2008, the American College of Sports Medicine launched the American Fitness Index® program.12 The American Fitness Index® program revolves around an annual data report
that measures the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States and provides a score and ranking reflecting a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease
conditions, health care access and community resources and policies that support physical activity.

Sport Exerc Med Open J. 2017; 3(1): 17-19. doi: 10.17140/SEMOJ-3-142