On behalf of SIMPH MEDICAL FITNESS INSTITUTE, it is a pleasure for me to welcome you to EUROPEAN MEDICAL FITNESS CONGRESS 2017 edition, to be held in Barcelona on October, 20-21-22. We can’t and should not view health only from a standpoint. In the present day, we count with an enormous amount of research proving that the practice of regular physical activity is essential and also beneficial for the construction, maintenance and recovery of a good health. We can’t continue treating diseases from a single viewpoint: the recovery via pharmacological treatments, surgeries, hospitalizations, etc. This should be the last option.

With 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise and a balanced diet we can reduce the mortality considerably. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is the direct cause of two million deaths a year. That is avoidable. In the present day, between 60 and 80% of the world population leads a sedentary lifestyle, and this is a very negative data.

According to recent epidemiological studies, in 2020 cardiovascular disease and cancer will account for over 70% of global mortality, and of this amount, 85% will occur in developing countries.

Lack of physical activity doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and increases the risk of cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis, depression and anxiety.

There are several scientific evidences proving that physical exercise, both in the prevention as in the treatment of diseases, is really effective. Exercise can reduce by 58% the risk of diabetes, and is also an effective treatment. Exercise reduces the development of osteoporosis and, consequently, reduces bone fractures by 41% inpostmenopausal women. It can reduce anxiety by 48% and may be even higher percentage depending the person. Depression can be reduced by 47% with the application of controlled exercise programs. The mortality risk can be reduced by 23%, and is also an excellent inhibitor of chronic fatigue. Is important to highlight that the pharmaceutical industry invests billions of euros in research to develop new drugs for the most different diseases, but in no case considers physical activity as an effective solution. Fortunately there are many studies proving that physical exercise is the best medicine. Of course, in the treatments based on physical exercise, it is essential to make a correct prescription of exercise in terms of quantity, intensity, type of training, and respect the individuality of each person and the characteristics of the disease.

It is also important to remember that health spending of disease is very high. In this sense, the exercise can avoid surgery if attention to prevention care is provided. But in case that a surgical intervention will be required, the active functional recovery based on movement and exercise can minimize the time of internment in hospitals, accelerating the process of recovery. Exercise also reduces drug costs. 

Exercise, in addition to improving the quality of life, is a great cost-saving measure for the healthcare system.

We have a lot of work. We must think about promoting actions in order to help to improve the life of people, and we need to do it together, among all the health professionals, each one with its responsibility and providing its knowledge. No part of our body Works in isolation and, based on this premise, we, health professionals, should not do it. In no way we can forget that the most important is people.

MEDICAL FITNESS CONGRESS was born under this philosophy and with the aim of making possible a paradigm shift in the way health is currently dealt. No part of our body works in isolation and, based on this premise, we, the health professionals, should not do it. In no way we can forget that the most important is people.

 

Welcome to Barcelona, welcome to EUROPEAN MEDICAL FITNESS CONGRESS 2017 edition.

 

Sergio Simphronio, MD, PhD

President

EUROPEAN MEDICAL FITNESS CONGRESS