Dr. Sidakpal Panaich, cardiologist at University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center has practiced regular exercise for many years. “I believe that a healthy body houses both healthy heart and mind,” he says.
Panaich makes time for a quick run or a visit to the gym at least 3 to 4 days a week depending on his work schedule. He has been doing this since he was in medical school. This routine has become a part of his lifestyle. In fact, he cannot remember a week in his life that he hasn’t done some sort of exercise.
“It is extremely important for everyone to take time out of his or her busy schedule to be active,” he says. Depending on their exercise tolerance, Panaich counsels patients to increase their physical activity, which could range from brisk walks to swimming or hitting the gym a few times a week.
Regular physical activity improves blood pressure, controls cholesterol, helps regulate blood sugar, especially in diabetes, and can play an important role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. Exercise is good for general well-being including reducing stress and improving self-confidence.