Quality of life: the degree to which an individual is healthy, comfortable, and able to participate in or enjoy life events. Britannica.com
As people age they can develop medical conditions that negatively affect their quality of life. These medical conditions will make people feel unhealthy and limit their participation in activities they like to perform. They simply are not enjoying their life like they once did. They know if their medical condition does not improve, they will continue to become unhealthier and their quality of life will decline. Exercise Can Help! And a Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) is a professional who is trained to guide them to a better quality of life. Call today to start your quest towards a better quality of life!
“A Medical Exercise Specialist is a medical fitness professional who not only works with the typical client looking to improve their health and fitness level; but he or she also has the knowledge and skills to work with clients with a wide range of medical conditions. These atypical clients are “medical exercise or post rehab” in that they are referred to a fitness professional after completion of a rehabilitation program and now need a fitness program tailored to their particular medical condition. The MES is trained to develop safe and effective conditioning programs for clients with musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological or metabolic disorders.”
Imagine where you want to be with your health goals in 8-weeks, 6-months, a year from now … Zionsville Medical Fitness will help you achieve this level of wellness. We will help you determine your short and long-term goals, and provide a path to achievement.
Customized Exercise Programs for people living with the following medical conditions:
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Blood Lipid Disorders
- Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Overweight and Obesity
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
- Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Low-Back Pain
- Prenatal and Postpartum
Your Wellness Journey
We will start with a 60-minute consultation to review your health history and wellness goals. Your health history matters a great deal to us, because it will help us customize your exercise program. Past injuries and surgeries can help us determine which exercises are more high risk and which exercises might fit you just right. We will also discuss what you want to achieve from your wellness program. What is your fundamental objective? With this information we can start the planning process for your program that will lead to a successful outcome.
The next step after the consultation is to evaluate your body’s current state. We will determine what assessments we want to perform with you after the consultation. The information gathered during the consultation/goal meeting will help us determine which assessments are appropriate, based on your current medical condition. For example, someone with high blood pressure, type II diabetes and two previous orthopedic injuries should have modified assessments that are customized so they are safe and effective for him/her. The Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) will record all of the results and data and provide you with a summary report once all assessments are completed. An MES will communicate any necessary information with your primary care physician and/or any other medical professional you have been working with.
Exercise Program Phase I
After all of the assessment data has been collected, a customized exercise program will be developed for you. All clients at ZMF start with a Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) to guide them through the exercise program. We will start with an explanation of the exercise program and educate you about important exercise concepts that will set you up for success and help you stay injury-free during your workouts. Safe and effective workouts that are enjoyable to you is our primary goal at ZMF, and our Medical Exercise Specialists will help you with your exercises so you don’t get hurt. Your exercise program will also be tailored for your specific medical condition.
Exercise Program Phase II
At this point you have a customized workout program that has you on your way to achieving your wellness goals. You have been working with a Medical Exercise Specialist and are learning how to perform your exercise routine in a safe and effective way. You can now choose to continue your program with one of three options:
- Workout on my own: I feel safe with my exercise routine and understand how to perform all of the exercises on my own. I want to perform the exercise routine on my own and meet with the Medical Exercise Specialist for reassessments and program modifications at a separate time.
- Workout on my own but not quite ready: I am not quite ready to exercise on my own and still want to have the Medical Exercise Specialist guide me through the exercises. My goal is to eventually be able to perform my exercise routine on my own. I will meet with a Medical Exercise Specialist for reassessments and program modifications.
- Workout with a Medical Exercise Specialist: I like working with the Medical Exercise Specialist one-on-one and want to continue to do so. I want an MES to be with me during the workouts to adjust the exercise if need be. I want an MES to be with me during the workout to motivate me to perform my best. I want to work with an MES so I can constantly modify my workouts on a consistent basis for more variety. I will meet with a Medical Exercise Specialist for reassessments and program modifications.
Reassessments and Modifications:
A Medical Exercise Specialist will meet with you at designated times to reassess your fitness level and fundamental objectives. We want to make sure you are meeting your goals. Now is the time to perform your baseline assessments again to see your improvement. We will also review your fundamental objectives to see if you are on track for meeting them and to see if any modifications need to take place. At this point in your training, adding a variety of exercises can be beneficial. An MES will provide your doctor or therapist with any progress reports they need.
Support and Maintenance Phase
Medical Exercise Specialists are here to guide you through your wellness journey. Your health will not change overnight. It will be a progressive process of change and your MES is here to support you through the ongoing program. You can now meet with the MES to modify your routine when needed or review your current program. During the Support and Maintenance Phase our goal is to give you whatever you need to continue your wellness journey and meet your goals. If needed, progress reports can be sent to your doctor or therapist about your overall progress with the program.