Medical Fitness

Being medically fit has traditionally been described as being free from injury, chronic disease and illness, but this definition is too often concerned with the relationship between exercise and physical wellbeing. At Get Fit 4 Life we believe that exercise as a tool for medical fitness is just as important for improving mental health as it is physical health.

Exercise is an essential tool for maintaining Mental and Emotional fitness. Furthermore, exercise is often a great social outlet. Exercise promotes balance and wellbeing of the mind; it helps us to manage stress while aiding rest and sleep. Being medically, physically fit will also reduce the anxieties associated with illness and infirmity. Maintaining medical fitness becomes increasingly important as we get older.

From the day we are born our bodies are developing and growing right up to the age of 30 when we reach maturity, from which point we cease to grow and start to age. Alongside the appearance of grey hair, our bone density starts to to fall, our soft tissues lose elasticity and our metabolic rate slows – often leading to an expanding waistline. We produce fewer new cells and lose lung function.

However, if we use our bodies and physically challenge ourselves we can preserve our physical fitness and slow the ageing process and protect ourselves from ill health. An extensive survey by the UK Department of Health showed that regular physical activity improved functional capacity, helped to maintain physical independence, improved psychological wellbeing and reduced risk of:

  • Premature death by 20-30%
  • Development of heart disease, stroke and diabetes by 50%
  • Obesity
  • Falls in older adults
  • Back Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stress & Depression

While structured exercise can be an effective tool in managing and sometimes treating a number of long term chronic illnesses, it is critical that any associated risks are taken into consideration. GetFit4Life offer specialist training services for referred clients with long term medical conditions including; Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Asthma, Diabetes, Obesity, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Simple Mechanical (non-specific) Back Pain and Total Joint Replacement.

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