Rockledge, Florida

Marja Sprock, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS Board Certified
Fellowship Trained Urogynecologist

Now Accepting New Patients      Phone:  321-806-3929

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Dr. Sprock of Central Florida UroGynecology encourages patients to walk a mile a day to guard against disease; more doctors advise about exercising
republished from BBN December 9, 2013

BBN photo — Adrienne B. Roth

Dr. Marja Sprock of Central Florida UroGynecology in Rockledge has taken an active role in getting her patients to become physically engaged in exercise, encouraging them to walk one mile a day on a routine basis. Dr. Sprock is one of a growing number of physicians around the nation who are discussing exercising with their patients. She gives them a free T–shirt reminding them to take their one mile daily walk and a one–page sheet listing the '10 reasons to stick with it.'’

ROCKLEDGE — Exercise is a foreign word to Americans. Only 5 percent of adults in the U.S. do some sort of physical activity on any given day, according to a survey conducted by the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine."

Nearly 80,000 American adults, age 20 and older, were surveyed over a four–year period in a national telephone poll.

Even more alarming is a government report showing that obesity costs will grow to $344 billion by 2018, if the current trend continues. Increasingly, physicians and health–care providers who are on the front lines of medicine every day are playing a more active role in discussing the benefits of exercising and healthy lifestyle habits with their patients.

And physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated.

"I always ask my patients if they do any exercise," said practicing physician Marja Sprock of Central Florida UroGynecology, a board–certified obstetrician and gynecologist with fellowship training in urogynecology. "And their response is always ‘no.’ so I try to get them moving, suggesting they take up walking on a daily basis because it has such great health benefits."

Regular brisk walking can help you maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high–blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes; strengthen your bones; lift your mood; and improve your balance and coordination.

Physical activity is also an important part of lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that a lifetime of physical activity yields measurable benefits as we age.

The athletic Dr. Sprock, who is among an elite group of physicians to have earned the new board certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and who has a special interest in women’s health, encourages her patients to get off the "couch and walk a mile a day."

A mile a day "may not sound like much, but if you do it every day and make it part of your routine, you will reap the benefits. An 85–year–old can do this."

Exercise is most beneficial if it is done on a regular basis, said Dr. Sprock. If you can’t walk a mile a day, "then start with 200 yards and increase in increments. But don’t feel like it’s okay to sit around and do nothing, to be sedentary."

The average person’s stride length is roughly 2.5– feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, according to "The Walking Site."

Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your steps each day. Record your daily steps in a log or notebook. By the end of the week you will know your average daily steps.

Dr. Sprock gives each of her patients a bright orange T–shirt that says, "A mile a day, no excuses" on one side, and "Have you done your mile today?" on the flip side. "Of course, it has the name of my practice — Central Florida UroGynecology — on the T–shirt."

Her patients also receive a single–page handout detailing "10 reasons to stick with it (the walking program)."

Three of the reasons are: 1) strength, muscle mass, and aerobic activity decline with age; 2) the minimum guideline for exercise is 30 minutes, five or more days a week; and 3) exercise has four components: aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening, flexibility, and balance. Walking especially addresses aerobic exercise, but the other three components will be needed in order to perform it successfully.

There are ways to increase your daily steps. The Walking Site suggests: Take a walk with your spouse, child or friend; walk the dog; use the stairs instead of the elevator; park further from the store; better yet, walk to the store; get up to change the TV channel; plan a walking meeting; and walk over and visit a neighbor.

"Walking can become a social event," said Dr. Sprock, "as you get more of your friends involved in this form of exercise."

Dr. Sprock, who jogs with her children, says her main exercise is swimming. "I swim in the pool every day, Monday through Friday. And I have been doing it routinely for nearly 10 years. That’s my ‘mile.’ I do more than a mile in the pool."

She says she has exercised all her life and has participated in sports as well. "I used to play field hockey. That was my favorite sport. I played in Holland. It’s really big there. I started when I was 11 years old and probably played for more than 10 years."

Dr. Sprock also enjoys tennis. "But I am in no way as good as my kids on the court. Tennis is another great way to exercise."

With the obesity rate in the U.S. ticking up and Americans exercising less, conversations between physicians and patients about the benefits of exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet may be the key to reversing these trends.

And, while the smoking rate in the U.S. has declined over the past decade, physicians’ conversations with smokers and nonsmokers about the benefits of not smoking may be essential if this downward trend is to continue.

Dr. Sprock says physicians need to "care about the general health of people," especially their patients.

In Gallup’s annual "Consumption Habits" poll conducted in July, 71 percent of Americans say their doctor usually discusses the benefits of engaging in regular physical exercise and 66 percent talk to them about the benefits of eating a healthy diet.

Fewer, only 50 percent, say their doctor usually discusses the benefits of not smoking, although that number jumps to 79 percent among smokers. The survey sample included 2,027 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"When you exercise on a regular basis and eat a balanced diet, and do not smoke, you’re going to feel better. It’s uplifting," said Dr. Sprock.

Her parents are walkers. "One of the first things they say to me when we get together is, ‘We have already walked today.’ They know I am going to ask," said Dr. Sprock.

Marja Sprock is a board certified urogynecologist as well as a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and practices in Rockledge at Central Florida UroGynecology. Call us at 321-806-3929 or

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