What you need to know about prescribing exercise

Exercise is neglected as a treatment for chronic conditions because GPs lack easy access to guidance on how to use it as a viable alternative to medication or surgery, claim Australian researchers.

They say conditions such as hip and knee osteoarthritis, low back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and even coronary heart disease tend to respond well to exercise, yet it remains under-prescribed.