Get your body back, and your health back on track.
Early in my career, I was told that most people don’t change poor health or fitness habits because they subconsciously think that, essentially, bad things will never happen to them.
And they might not.
Then again, they might creep up on you, and before you know it, you’ve lost the body you’ve been relying on.
You might have a harder time reaching for things on the top pantry shelf, or getting down on the floor with the kids or grandkids. You might worry about doing the gardening and yardwork because your back might go out, or you may simply not have the energy to do it. You might even be giving up your favorite walking path (too many hills) or getting out to play golf (too much time on your feet) or quitting the tennis group (too much high impact and high intensity).
Time and again, I’ve seen clients who come in unwell, in pain, exhausted, worried, or any combination of these. They have no idea how this happened, especially to them!
I’ve met Susan, whose kids were running the household at 8 and 10 years old, including all the laundry, cooking dinners, and cleaning up, because her debilitating neck pain meant she could only be up and about for a few hours a day. She felt horribly guilty that that was the childhood she was giving her kids.
Don, who was watching his mum’s health slowly deteriorate before his eyes, ending up in an aged care home. He knew she was never as active as she should have been, and while he only had minor aches and pains, was really concerned that he would end up like her. At age 58, it seemed like more and more of a possibility.
I’ve met James, a dad with two primary school kids, who was having increasing trouble keeping up with them. He wanted to be able to help teach them footy, but his old footy-injured knees wouldn’t let him. I clearly remember him saying “I’m too young for this.”
And Liz, who wanted to get down on the floor with her grandkids but was worried that she wouldn’t be able to get back up. She was really active when her children were young, and did everything with them, but as they grew up and she worked longer hours, she lost her ability to move easily, her fitness dropped, and so did her energy. Now she feels like she’s missing the same experiences with her grandkids – and she’s really sad.
Many people aren’t living the life they envisioned for themselves, because their bodies are holding them back.
This looks different for everyone: sharp pains with some movements but nothing with others, constant dull aches, worries about potential injuries and pain, lessening abilities to keep up with the demands of daily life, let alone having some fun. Coupled with mixed messages from the media about the “right” things to do to protect your health, lose weight, and get fit, it’s no wonder people find themselves overwhelmed. Sadly, it can easily lead to people putting their health and fitness in the Too Hard Basket.
I usually first see people when they “just can’t take it” anymore, and they’re looking for help. The two things I most commonly hear:
I thought it would get better on it’s own, but hasn’t…
I thought this was just part of getting old…
Does this sound like you? It might – the physical aging process actually begins in your mid-30s! But you can absolutely do something about it.
Studies estimate that up to half of the physical decline associated with aging can be due to lack of exercise, regular daily movement, or other physical activity. As your age increases, you’re increasingly likely to experience a range of health problems, including:
- Reduced muscle mass, strength and physical endurance
- Reduced coordination and balance
- Reduced joint flexibility and mobility
- Reduced cardiovascular and respiratory function
- Reduced bone strength
- Increased body fat levels
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased susceptibility to mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression
- Increased risk of various diseases including cardiovascular disease and stroke.
This is the stuff holding you back from the life you envisioned.
It’s not all bad news though. Your body retains a remarkable ability to adapt, grow stronger, and improve fitness and flexibility, no matter your age. Though you’ll never get your 20-year-old body back (sorry!), your physical health can always be improved. The difficulty is figuring out how to safely and efficiently achieve the health and fitness you want, and knowing how to maintain it.
Future Proof sessions are your solution.
There are many ways to achieve better movement, fitness, and health. We’ll provide you with a plan to get there that’s right for YOU, on your own or with the help of the right allied health or medical professionals if needed.
This simple screening, planning, and preparation session will uncover your risk factors and send you home with the tools you need for staying pain free, moving easily, and feeling great.
Sessions cater for all ages and all fitness and physical ability levels. You’ll work with HealthFit Coaching’s expert exercise physiologist to:
- Review your injury and health history
- Complete a simple, easy movement assessment (FMS or SFMA)
- Chat about how to most quickly achieve good health and movement – on your own or with the help of allied health or medical professionals
- Learn which exercises will give YOU the most benefit
- Receive a Future-Proof Plan designed for YOUR body
Are you ready to be Future Proof?
As a mobile exercise physiology provider, HealthFit Coaching offers services around inner city Brisbane and the western suburbs. Future Proof Sessions can come to you, and they also run at various allied health clinics and gyms around Brisbane. Like the HealthFit facebook page or Instagram to find out where the next Future Proof sessions are happening. Sessions are also available for corporate and team health – keep your people healthy, happy, and productive!