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PRIME LIFE MONTHLY
A NOTE FROM
Movement as a Prescription
We all know there are major changes on the horizon for health care in the United States ... and for good reason. We are at a breaking point with our opioid epidemic and contending with a failing system that concentrates on reactive versus preventative care. We are slowly turning this around with a shift to value-based systems that break down the siloed, wasteful approach to health care and force providers to collaborate and think more holistically in addressing patient needs for optimal recovery and wellness. This will take a great deal of time and effort, as old habits die hard—especially in behemoth systems like health care. Prevention is getting more attention than ever before, however, and movement is a huge part of that proactive plan. The evidence for exercise and movement of the body for wellness of multiple body systems is overwhelming and consistent. Physical therapists and personal trainers are at the forefront of this movement toward wellness and prevention, training people to move within their abilities for optimal health and prevention of injury. Have you joined the “movement”?
Over the years, the paradigm of workout strategies has gradually changed. In the ‘70s, Arnold Schwarzenegger popularized the sport of bodybuilding, and weightlifting went mainstream. In the ‘80s, fitness was all about spandex, Jane Fonda aerobics videos, and ankle weights. Fitness trends blended in the ‘90s: Tae Bo — a hybrid of boxing and taekwondo — and Herschel Walker’s body-weight workouts were the rage. By the early 2000s, boundary-pushing fitness trends like CrossFit and spin classes became popular. Today, gritty old-school gyms battle for dominance on Instagram with aerobic workouts like Zumba and Prancercise. All good workouts boil down to the same general concepts, however. The exercises of the ‘70s and today apply the same principles to achieve their goals. These regimens haven’t become more involved — they just apply the same building blocks in a different pattern. As long as you understand the basics of fitness, you can choose a program or put together one of your own! Aerobic Exercise The foundation of programs like Jazzercise and Zumba are based on the same idea as Jane Fonda’s famous tapes: With regular aerobic exercise, your cardiovascular endurance improves, allowing you to exercise for longer periods of time. This is cardiovascular training at its finest. Exercising aerobically is also one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF EVERY FITNESS PLAN What Is Your Workout Made Of?
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