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Combat the Inactivity Epidemic: Fill Your Exercise Rx

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    The wellness centers offer a Supervised Exercise Program that helps participants improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mood, concentration, and sleep patterns.

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – The United States is currently experiencing an “inactivity epidemic” resulting in tremendous costs and consequences. Research studies show that 150 minutes per week of moderate-to-intense physical activity is required to achieve optimum health benefits. But more than half of adults do not meet the recommendations for sufficient physical activity.

    To combat physical inactivity, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center are celebrating Exercise is Medicine Month this May. Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The purpose of EIM is to encourage primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. The University of Miami Wellness Centers offer several programs and services for both members and non-members promoting safe, smart, and effective physical activity.
    For those “prescribed” physical activity supervised by exercise professionals, the wellness centers offer a Supervised Exercise Program open to members and non-members. Intended to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mood, concentration, and sleep patterns, the Supervised Exercise Program targets individuals with cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.
    “Supervised exercise allows participants to work with skilled professionals gaining access to the resources and tools needed to positively change their lives,” says Tony Musto, director of fitness programs at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Our goal is to improve our members’ fitness levels and have them leave with the tools necessary to continue on their own.”
    Research shows that physically inactive older adults who become active can offset 50 percent or more of the physical loss during these years. Living Independently Through Fitness and Exercise (L.I.F.E.) at the Herbert Wellness Center is open to members and non-members and designed specifically for individuals 65 years of age or older to improve strength and flexibility, enhance activities of daily living, remain independent for as long as possible, and prevent falls.
    “Coming to the L.I.F.E. program is like coming home to family,” says Hope, a L.I.F.E. member since 2000. “We all support one another during the exercise sessions and in our personal lives. Not only do I feel good physically, but mentally as well!”
    There are approximately seven to 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s disease, and studies show that the repetitive rhythm and movements of cycling help decrease symptoms in Parkinson’s patients. Exercise helps people with Parkinson’s maintain balance, mobility, and daily living activity. Following its success at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, the Herbert Wellness Center introduced Cycling for Parkinson’s, a program targeting the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The program, open to members and non-members, features two one-hour cycling sessions a week during which participants are able to keep a steady pace.
    “Cycling for Parkinson’s is convenient and the instructors are helpful and provide feedback,” one participant of the program says. “I often need discipline and motivation to keep up my exercise routine, and this class is perfect for that.”
    No matter how active you have been throughout your life, the University of Miami Wellness Centers are ready to guide you in your fitness journey. For more information about the Herbert Wellness Center’s exercise programs and services, click here. To learn more about the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, click here.

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