Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:
- Control your weight
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce your risk of some cancers
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
- Increase your chances of living longer
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Based on decades of research, we develop individual Exercise Prescriptions based on the fitness goals and needs of each client. We will measure your functional fitness to customize an effective fitness program. The five areas of focus we measure include:
Heart Rate Endurance/RecoveryA healthy heart is the foundation of an active lifestyle and the prevention of many conditions and diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. We will help you determine how healthy your heart is and how best to exercise it. You can then work out in a way that best burns fat and increases endurance for a healthy heart.
Balance/stabilityEvery 13 seconds, someone visits an emergency room for a fall, according to the National Council on Aging. Balance and stability are important for many everyday tasks that require quick maneuvering, such as getting up quickly to answer the phone, going to the bathroom, or getting out of the way of a moving car. We will evaluate your current ability to balance yourself and how to improve your stability.
FlexibilityLoss of flexibility impairs most functions needed for good mobility and quality of life, such as bending, lifting, reaching, stepping, and climbing stairs. Maintaining good lower body flexibility reduces the risk of falling. Good upper body flexibility provides a good range of motion for everyday tasks, like housework, yard work, and childcare.
Upper & Lower Body StrengthUpper and lower body strength is necessary to perform everyday activities such as shopping, lifting groceries, walking, or picking up a child. Maintaining strength and muscle function also helps to reduce the risk of falls as well as helping to reduce bone loss and aiding in the prevention of degenerative diseases like diabetes.
Weight and Body FatMany studies indicate that people who are overweight are more likely to be disabled in later years. Those with excess body fat compared to their muscle mass cannot function as well as those with healthy ratios of fat and muscle. We will calculate your body composition using a scientific scale that determines how much muscle vs. fat you have.