Fitness refers to an age-appropriate level of physical well-being and an ability to complete certain tasks or exercises. 

Why strive for fitness?
Being fit can improve your ability to overcome healthcare challenges. Fitness and maintaining fitness involves exercises that test cardio, joints, bone and muscular strength to maintain endurance and balance. Movement is medicine.

Benefits of fitness
Mental health, cardiovascular health, respiratory and overall health, improve self image, more confidence, satisfaction, increased energy and a feeling of wellbeing. Being fit may also help prevent the onset of other conditions and make it easier for you to recover from healthcare challenges.

Factors that help achieve fitness
Make good lifestyle choices.

  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Maintain ideal body weight for height. This can help control blood pressure and prevent diabetes – both can result in heart disease, strokes and blindness.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Balance work and play. Reduce stress.

These factors can help minimize the aggravation of doctor visits and costs, cost of expensive medications, side effects of medications and the cost of extra testing and treatments.

Fitness goals
Guidelines vary but a certain amount of walking, running, cycling or swimming and muscle strength exercises several times per week are ideal.
Impact exercises such as walking and running are good to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) and help maintain muscle strength and joint mobility. In contrast, inactivity and bedrest can promote wasting with loss of muscle and bone mass.

Fitness exercises
These can be organized with the use of trainers or they can be self-directed. If you haven’t exercised for sometime you may want to get an evaluation from a doctor and remember to take it easy when first taking part in a boot camp.

Fitness with disabilities or injury
Most certified trainers can focus on exercising muscle groups and joints that will bypass the extra stress on problem areas.

Fitness equipment and devices
There are many types of fitness equipment, devices and apps. that can help you achieve a level of fitness.

What does getting fit cost?
A gym membership can cost about $50 per month but costs vary. Some may also charge an initiation fee.
A private trainer can cost about $50 per session for some 30 to 40 minutes or so.
Doing a list of exercises on your own doesn’t cost anything but your time.
Go price-shopping and ask for cash pay costs for a gym or a fitness trainer near you.

Cash pay pricing beats insurance-based pricing and hassles. Check prices before you book. 

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Written by HEALTHdrum