Exercise is Medicine

Physical activity encouraged to benefit health


May is “exercise is medicine month”.


This is an initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) in November 2007.

It is time for everyone to recognise, emphasise and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise on an international level including us here in South Africa.

“As a member of the Exercise is Medicine community we at Blaauw and Partners Biokinetics are committed to encourage physical activity for the health benefits for all South Africans.”


“Physical inactivity is a fast growing public health problem and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression, arthritis and osteoporosis,” says Becky Blaauw from Blaauw and Partners Biokinetics.

“In addition to improving a patient’s overall health, increasing physical activity has proven effective in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease.”


Regular physical activity at the correct intensity, reduces the risk of heart disease by 40%, it lowers the risk of a stroke by 27%, it reduces the incidence of diabetes by almost 50%, it reduces the incidence of high blood pressure by almost 50%, it can reduce mortality and risk of recurrent breast cancer by almost 50%, it can lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%, it can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers disease by one-third and it can decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioural therapy.


According to the ACSM, able patients are advised to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity and 10 minutes of stretching and light muscle training five days per week.


A survey conducted by ACSM found four out of 10 physicians talk to their patients about the importance of exercise and nearly two thirds of patients would be more interested in exercising to stay healthy if advised by their doctor.

“We invite the members of the community to take part in this international focus on celebrating ‘exercise is medicine month’ by becoming more physically active.

“If you already have many of these problems it is not too late. You can still better your quality of life by doing physical activity correctly and in a controlled environment,” says Becky.




Client testimonial

I was referred to Blaauw and partners by a friend at a time when I had a dream and a problem but no workable plan. I was met by a team of people with passion, skill and allot of knowledge. The unique plan that was devised for my specific needs was executed with so much care and concern. I did not for one moment feel that I could not trust their judgement. I can, with total confidence, recommend this highly professional team. You will not find a practise with more heart and dedication.

Antoinette Erasmus

Neues Knie

Vor 4 Montagen habe ich in der Vergelegen Klinik ein neues Knie erhalten. Danach startete ich mit der REHA (Biokinetic) bei Prof. J.H. Blaauw und Partner. Zu erst leichte Ubungen und Wassergymnastik. Es folgten 2 x die Woche Dehnungs- und Aufbau-uebungen der Muskeln.

3 Monate nach der OP war ich in der Lage schmerzfrei zu golfen.

Herzlichen Dank an Prof. Blaauw und Partner und sein Team

Julie Goettsch

In Desember 1996 het ek ‘n noodoperasie ondergaan. Tydens die operasie het ek ‘n anterior spinale arterie trombose ontwikkel. Die gevolg was ‘n gedeeltelike verlamming van my onderlyf en veral my mobiliteit is nadelig beinvloed.

Prof. Bokkie Blaauw, afgetrede Professor en Praktiserende Biokinetikus op Somerset-Wes, het verneem van my probleem en my besoek. Sy woorde an my was “ Koos ek wil jou graag help.”

Ek was veral beindruk met die baie professionele en wetenskaplike wyse waarop hy en sy eggenote, Becky Blaauw (‘n vennoot in die praktyk), te werk gegaan het met die asessering van my toestand en die beplanning van ‘n toepaslike oefenprogram. Dit het bestaan uit spierversterkende en strekoefeninge asook water terapie waarby hulle persoonlik betrokke was.

Hul wetenskaplike oefenprogram en toesig het my 6 maande later in staat gestel om weer my motor te kon bestuur. Dit het my ook geestelik versterk.

Ek is hulle baie dank verskuldig.

Koos Ludick

"After my emergency quadruple bypass operation at 46, I was left with feelings of shock, fear and anxiety, of whether I would ever be able to regain any of my former physical ability. Even though I was given some guidelines by the doctor and physiotheripist, I had a constant fear of over or under exerting myself.

I was given the name of Blaaw & Partners Biokinetics, by the Cardiac Support Group, while in hospital, and I decided to join their rehabilitation program.

Through the next 4 months, I went from unsure, unfit and depressed, to confident, fit and happy. The environment in which I exercised, was supportive and uplifting both physically and emotionally.

The management and staff are highly professional and knowledgable. You get personal care at all times, while also seeing others with similar medical experiences, progress alongside you.

You are given personal goals, and your progress towards them are constantly and carefully monitored. This gives you confidence that you can safely regain your physical strength, which leaves you sure of where you stand physically after your operation and changes your emotional state from depressed to happy again.

It was the single most important aspect of my recovery after the lifesaving bypass operation, and I feel it is essential for any heart bypass patient."

Paul Pienaar

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