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THE FITNESS PRESCRIPTION

Metabolic Health

Musculo-skeletal Health Mental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE FITNESS PRESCRIPTION CONCEPT?

 

The Fitness Prescription is a prescription given by a primary health care practitioner directed at people who

 

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wish to keep themselves fit and healthy to the best of their ability

 

 

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are suffering from personally-generated body system dysfunctions and wish to restore poor function to good.

 

The Fitness Prescription is based on the philosophy of the US Surgeon General, Julius Richmond, who in 1979 said,

 

You, the individual, can do more for your own health and well-being than any doctor, any hospital, any drug, any exotic medical advice.


The fitness prescription has three core elements:

 

  metabolic health

 

  musculo-skeletal health

 

  mental health.

 

Whilst the advent of the Fitness Prescription expands the concept of primary health care to include not only medical practitioners, but also fitness practitioners, nutritionists and counsellors, in fact anyone who can assist people to improve their health, fitness and wellbeing, it should never be forgotten that a key element of primary health care is the health care individuals give themselves.

 

Primary health care professionals are there to help people, but there is a catch. When it comes to any type of fitness prescription, people have to do the hard yards themselves.

 

One of the problems with making primary health care the sole preserve of the medical industry has been that people expect their doctor to cure them of all ills, including those they have personally generated.

 

 

 

It's a big ask expecting to stay healthy without being fit. It's an even bigger ask expecting to stay healthy by having someone do something to you; sooner or later you have to do something to yourself.

 

 

 

If people are not interested in improving their own health, fitness and wellbeing, there is nothing that anyone can do to make them healthier. In this case the health system is not to blame.

 

The Fitness Prescription involves

 

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a regular and systematic fitness training program that includes aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility

 

 

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eating wisely - in a way that nourishes the cells of the body and enables people to maintain an ideal weight

 

 

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taking part in and being open to counselling and personal development programs.

 

BEST PRACTICE IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

 

Metabolic health

 

A vigorous aerobic exercise program coupled with a diet that provides people with the essential nutrients they need to support healthy cellular function: a diet that encourages people to eat more of the foods that are good for them and less of the foods that aren't. In the junk food age with diets high in fat, flour and sugar, this is a tough assignment.

 

Musculo-skeletal health

 

A regular and systematic strength and flexibility training program keeps the skeleton in good alignment and supported by a strong musculature.

 

With respect to the common musculo-skeletal dysfunctions, joint and muscle pain is not caused by a lack of rubbing, crunching, heating, vibrating, strapping or doping. On the contrary; the most frequent causes of joint and muscle pain are

 

tight muscles that have moved bones out of alignment

 

 

weak muscles that don't allow people to do the normal, every day tasks -  lifting, pushing, pulling and propelling - without breaking down.

    

The fix is relatively simple – loosen tight muscles and get the skeleton back into alignment and strengthen weak muscles.

 

Mental health

 

With respect to the non-clinical psychological dysfunctions, people with low mood and lacking energy and vitality may be helped by regularly seeing a counsellor, eating wisely, dramatically increasing their daily 'dosage' of vigorous physical activity, and using the various Fitness Prescription inner mental training apps.

 

ASSESSMENTS AND PROGRAMS

 

At the Fitness Prescription we've developed a range of health, fitness and wellbeing assessments and programs that have been specifically designed to enhance metabolic, musculo-skeletal and mental health.

 

We encourage people to join a fitness centre and treat their membership fees as an investment, not a cost.

 

FITNESS PRESCRIPTION TECHNOLOGY

 

Fitness Prescription Technology provides people and their health advisors with the ability to electronically monitor their progress.

 

 

COMMITMENT

 

The nature of the Fitness Prescription is that no-one can do it for you. You're going to have to do it for yourself.

 

 

 

 

COMMITMENT

 

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth ... that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

WH (Bill) Murray
 

 

FOCUS

 

The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.

 

Socrates

 

 

PERSISTENCE

 

That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

 

 

About

The Fitness Prescription

7 Salvado Place, Stirling (Canberra) ACT 2611 Australia

61 2 6288 7703