If you don’t have a fitness plan, I want to urge you to seek professional help before you begin one …really!
The title is not meant to be insulting or sarcastic. It’s real. I’ll tell you more about why I’m so passionate about this subject.
The CDC lists several benefits of exercise if used properly. Besides controlling weight, there are many other benefits such as:
- Reducing your risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes
- It also reduces the risk of heart/cardiovascular disease
- Exercise strengthens your muscles and bones
- Improves your movement and is great for mental health, and
- In some cases, may reduce your risk of cancer
Getting to my first point, exercise is important for everyone. People of all ages should exercise regularly and many go to a gym. But no one person is the same; every individual is at a different level! We have different abilities, different health problems, different performance capabilities. Your fitness plan should reflect your unique physical abilities.
WORKING OUT WITHOUT A PROFESSIONAL FITNESS PLAN
This event triggered the subject for me. The other morning something happened at the gym; it really upset me. I noticed a young man who obviously had some athletic ability. He most likely worked out most of his life and was in excellent shape. The young man was speaking to a woman who I guessed to be about 65 years old and giving her advice on high-intensity exercise!
Now, let’s get to the second point. What truly made me upset was he didn’t know anything about her!
- What type of health issues did she have?
- Did she have a heart condition?
- Were there arthritic issues?
He didn’t know any of these things!
We all need to remember that when at the gym, just because somebody LOOKS good, doesn’t mean you’re getting good advice. Yet, here he was giving this older lady advice on high-intensity exercise. He was adding input to her fitness plan without any idea of what it may do to her and her body. That didn’t sit well with me.
Now…there are many folks out there who understand the exercise, movement of the body, and the physiology of the body. However, because someone works out four or five days a week doesn’t mean they know what’s good for someone else. What this young man used for his exercise routine may work for him, but not for another.
The same principle applies to professions. Obviously, you wouldn’t ask a friend for mortgage advice if they aren’t a mortgage broker or a real estate attorney. The same applies to health and exercise.
MY MOST IMPORTANT POINT
SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.
Exercise can be the most important thing for you. It’s not just good for your body, but also your mind. But exercise that’s good for one individual might actually harm someone else. There’s a chance it can be detrimental to their health or cause more stress on their body, even though it works for someone 30 years younger.
So please…if you plan to start an exercise program and be more active, consult someone who knows what they’re talking about. Talk to an expert. Call us at the Med Plus Center. At our office, we develop personalized training programs, not personal training. There is a big difference.
When someone comes to us, we check them out thoroughly. We learn their medical history, their injuries, and learn what their limitations are. We get them started on an exercise program that works for their health and does not hinder it.
Take my advice. That’s my advice for any person out there who wants to get more active or gets injured while they’re active. Be sure to find a professional who knows what they’re talking about. Be good to yourself, your body, and your mind! You are always welcome to give us a call at Med Plus Center. We are more than happy to help! Click here to schedule a visit with us or call 954-519-2153.