Exercise is Medicine

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We spend a portion of our lives seeking advice from our Health Care Providers. We rely on their expertise to help determine what illnesses we may be suffering from and how best to address any issues. We are prescribed medicine and handed a slip of paper with instructions on when to take it and for how long. What we rarely get, is a prescription for exercise. Much like a written prescription telling us what the medicine is and when to administer it, exercise can be prescribed as a form of medicine for many ailments. With a full diagnosis, we can be instructed on not only how to cure a recent or ongoing issue, but to help further prevent them as well.

Medicine is prescribed with a specific dosage; along with that dosage comes a strict guideline on when to take it and for how long. When looking at exercise as medicine, we can’t simply be told what exercise to do without a professional overseeing the process. This would be akin to a doctor giving us a drug and telling us to figure out how many to take and when to take it on our own. When we look at exercise as a way to heal ourselves and further our health, it is important to do so close collaboration with professionals. This requires giving them the time and information for them to diagnose the issue and to put forth the best plan of action.

Prescription: First, finding the root of the problem is critical. What are your symptoms? When did you start feeling this way? Is this an ongoing problem for an injury in the past? Pinpointing your issue is the first step in recovery. Similar to a drug prescription when diagnosed correctly, being directed to a see a physiotherapist, chiropractor or perhaps nutritionist, they will put together a specific regimen for your ailment that best suits your needs, and most importantly the length of time needed for your body to fully benefit from the recommended exercise.

Dosage: No doctor will hand you a prescription without the proper dosage. Similarly, exercise is optimized when a proper plan is put in motion. Not enough exercise can result in a standstill in your health; too much exercise can do more damage than good. Having a professional administer the correct amount of exercise is incredibly important. Following the proper steps and schedule will help bring you to your goal. Once you have reached your goal, this doesn’t mean it’s time to stop – better yet, it marks the period when you have the option to adjust your physical activity and mold it into preventative care.

Exercise can be the lifelong medicine that offers a (linger) lifetime of benefit. Continued exercise and health go hand in hand. This can be a path starting by discovering what works best for you and your body or continuing to treat pre-existing injuries and sporting injuries alike. Regardless, exercise is now know to be one of the driving factors in a long and healthy life.

Whether an ongoing issue, recent injury or self care in the form of exercise, Pivot Sunday Classes are exactly what the doctor ordered! Each Sunday class is one hour long, led by licensed professionals in a small group format.  pivotFIT is perfect for anyone striving to gain muscular strength while challenging their cardiovascular endurance. pivotSHE is a women only class structured to empower women while building strength and stability in a supportive group setting. Balance and Stretch is the perfect class for anyone looking to prep their body for taking the next step physically or simply maintaining healthy movement and flexibility. Our Core to the Floor is open to both women and men, focusing on proper breathing techniques and overall strength.Reconditioning these muscles will help eliminate dysfunction and improve movement quality for both men and women. Drop in Sundays and write your own prescription for health!

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