Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Time to get moving

A message from Editor in Chief Marc B. Garnick, M.D.

"I can't exercise because..." So begins the refrain I often hear from patients in my clinic when I ask about physical activity. Then come well-worn excuses like, "I don't have time," "I don't know how," and "I'm too old." If you find yourself offering similar explanations, now is the time to stop procrastinating and get moving.

When it comes to health, regular physical activity is critical. You probably know that it can help lower your cholesterol, control your blood sugar, brighten your mood, strengthen your bones and muscles, and keep your weight within a healthy range. Studies are beginning to show that exercise can help men sidestep prostate problems, erectile dysfunction, and lower urinary tract symptoms, too. In this issue of Perspectives, we explore the potential impact exercise can have on prostate health, suggest activities you might enjoy, and illustrate nearly two dozen exercises you can do on your own.

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