Exercise For a Longer, Healthier Life

By RehabFit team members – Becky Chase MS, RCEP, and Leah Baron MS

Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP

The effect of activity on mental and physical health is discussed frequently in today’s society. However, the benefits can be easily overlooked and taken for granted.  A recent study done by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic has shown having a sedentary lifestyle is worse for health in comparison to smoking, diabetes, and heart disease.  For 23 years, 122,000 people participated in the study and completed treadmill testing regularly.  The participants were divided into groups based on their performance levels to collect data concerning cardiovascular fitness level, health improvements, and overall longevity and quality of life.  Results showed those who did not exercise had a 500% raised risk of death compared to regular exercisers.  This study confirms staying fit and active reduces long-term mortality.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, reported in June only 23% of Americans get enough exercise.  The CDC guidelines suggest 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, and resistance training twice a week.  A brisk walk, swimming, or mowing the lawn are all examples for moderate intensity.  Being unfit is being viewed as a stronger risk factor compared to hypertension, diabetes, and smoking for mortality.  With this, a sedentary lifestyle should be looked at as a disease, which is treated with a prescription of exercise.  Setting a short-term goal of exercising two to three days a week has shown decreasing the stiffening of arteries.  The resistance that exercise puts on our bodies initiates other cardiovascular adaptations, for example improving the hearts overall function.

The United States spends more than $200 billion every year on treatments and complications for heart disease and diabetes.  These are the most expensive diseases in America, and both are modifiable diseases.  When clearance to exercise from a physician is obtained, there are no limits to the workout intensity unless stated. If we increase fitness education and support for physical activity, diseases and the costs associated with them can be reduced. This will coincide with an overall healthier, and longer, lifestyle.  Exercise is truly medicine, and the benefits are never-ending.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed.

Rehab Fit Member of the Month for August: Louise Randall

Louise Randall August 2018Louise joined RehabFit in May 2016. She is a regular attendee of the 8 am Strength & Balance Performance Class. Louise’s goal was to strengthen her legs to prepare for a knee replacement surgery. After surgery, she attended Choice PT and continued to rehab her knee at RehabFit. Louise is currently preparing for her second knee replacement. 

Why did you decide to join RehabFit?

When I moved from Laconia to Plymouth I was looking for a new fitness center and found RehabFit. I was looking for a gym to strengthen my lower body to prepare for a knee replacement surgery. RehabFit has a great strength and balance class that challenges me and helped me prepare for the knee replacement. 

What changes have you made in your exercise or health routine since joining RehabFit?

When I started at RehabFit I was using the treadmill and stationary bike. Since then I have learned how to do strength training using the machines and free weights. The strength and balance class has also helped with whole body strengthening.

What motivates you to keep exercising and coming to RehabFit?

I started the strength and balance class to prepare for my knee replacement surgery; I found it very helpful so I came back. I wanted to continue to get stronger so I came back two months after my surgery. I am now preparing for my next knee surgery.

 What changes have you seen in your body, health or general well being since starting at RehabFit?

My weight used to fluctuate a lot and now it is more stabilized. I am feeling better and stronger overall.

 Have you had any setbacks that affected your routine or progress at RehabFit?

I had a shoulder injury and received physical therapy at Choice PT. I also attended therapy for my knee replacement. I had good results both times!

 What kind of advice would you give to other RehabFit members?

Try to get to RehabFit at least 3 times a week. Definitely join the strength and balance performance class!

RehabFIT is a state-of-the-art facility featuring Technogym equipment and the Technogym SmartKey wellness system software to track, monitor and analyze performance.

The goal of our Medical Fitness Program is to encourage members to take responsibility for their physical well-being and to provide the knowledge, tools and supports necessary to reinforce healthy choices and behaviors. We offer a comprehensive array of exercise, fitness and wellness services to our members, provided by highly qualified, service-oriented staff.

For more information and/or schedule a tour call (603) 238-2225.

Looking to be fit and healthy? The RehabFIT! Team can help

Jim Piantedosi Member Of The Month On His Bike At The Proudy 8 2015The RehabFIT! Member of the Month is John Piantedosi

“I decided to join RehabFit to strengthen my upper body.  During the Spring, Summer and Fall months I bike quite a bit for aerobic exercise and some leg strength.  Kevin and Zach are most helpful in continuing with my programs.  If I want to make some changes, they accommodate me in every way, as do all the staff members!

My experience at RehabFit has been great!  The upper body programs tailored to my needs have helped immensely.  I have developed more mobility in my body.  I also have worked on my leg strength, and after recently cycling in a charity event, I was able to achieve goals I had for myself, such as climbing hills.

I am very pleased with the results I’ve had working with the team at RehabFit!  I would highly recommend this facility to anyone looking to be fit and healthy!”  – John Piantedosi

MEET OUR STAFF:

Zach PinkhamZach Pinkham, BS, ACSM-CPT

Zach has a degree in Exercise Science from the University of New England. While Zach has worked with a wide variety of individuals, including athletes of many sports, he specializes in endurance athletes and special populations and has spent the past 3 years working with clients who are morbidly obese.  Zach has worked with children as young as 9 and adults as old as 90. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve athletic performance, or rehabilitating from an injury Zach can help you achieve your health and wellness goals and get you back on track.

 

Kevin Jutras

Kevin Jutras, BS, ACSM-CPT

Kevin is an exercise specialist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Health Fitness from Plymouth State University. Upon graduation, Kevin received certification through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer. Kevin has experience in working with a wide array of clients ranging from special populations, such as those with cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, sedentary individuals and physical therapy/occupational therapy outpatients, to competitive athletes and body builders. No matter what your current fitness level is, Kevin will be more than happy and dedicated to helping you reach your individual health and fitness goals!

The goal of our Medical Fitness Program is to encourage members to take responsibility for their physical well-being and to provide the knowledge, tools and supports necessary to reinforce healthy choices and behaviors. Included with every membership is a one hour consultation with our exercise professionals to analyze personal health risks, baseline strength and fitness testing and customize an exercise program unique to the members medical and exercise profile. Additionally, members are able to enjoy amenities such as spa like locker rooms which provide changing and showering facilities.

For more information on RehabFIT! click here or call (603) 238-2225

Cardiac Rehab combines exercise and education to transform patient’s lives

The Cardiac Rehab program at Speare Memorial Hospital has been transforming patient’s lives for the past 10 years. Charlie Sniffen from Holderness, NH had a bypass and valve replacement before being referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Charlie admits he was doing all the wrong things. His primary care doctor, Dr. Young, kept worrying about him and telling him he should be doing 10 thousand steps a day. Charlie says, “I didn’t listen.” While he hadn’t had a heart attack, Charlie says, “I was in really bad shape. I couldn’t walk very far without having to stop and catch my breath. Traveling for work I always used to look for the moving walkways in airports as I was so out of breath. ”

That’s when Dr. Young referred him to the visiting CMC cardiologists. Preliminary tests showed he was going to need surgery . . . immediately. After surgery he came to Speare’s Cardiac Rehab.

“Craig and Rachel were fantastic, the program with education was great . . . every day was amazing.” After graduating, Charlie went on to join RehabFIT at Rachel’s recommendation. You can now find him at the gym six days a week at 5:30 a.m. He says, “I feel better than I have in 25 years.” And when he is traveling, he no longer uses the moving walkways at airports.

While the success of the program isn’t a surprise to Exercise Physiologist Craig Johnson, how the program has evolved is a surprise. “When the program started 10 years ago we didn’t have cardiologists from Catholic Medical Center (CMC) coming to Speare,” recalls Craig. “One of the first things I did was to go down and meet with CMC to align their patient discharges with referrals to our Cardiac Rehab program. Ten years later nine out of every ten referrals come from CMC, and now cardiologists are here twice a week helping us provide the full continuum of cardiac care right here at Speare.”

Charlie Sniffen’s Cardiac Rehab Success Story

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Speare Memorial Hospital is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has graduated nearly 500 people from the program. The Cardiac Rehab program at Speare is medically prescribed and supervised, and nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Working in tandem with your cardiologist, our exercise physiologists develop a specialized treatment plan for each patient. To learn more please click here to visit our Cardiac Rehab page or call call 603-238-6440.

Speare’s Cardiac Rehab – Changing Lives for 10 Years

Building Better Hearts was the established goal of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, or Cardiac Rehab, when it was introduced as a new service at Speare Memorial Hospital on October 24, 2005. Opened as part of the hospital’s then recent renovation and expansion, the Cardiac Rehab program was developed in response to a community health need. Today, Cardiac Rehab at Speare is celebrating its 10th anniversary with nearly 500 graduates of the program.

William Green has the honor of being the first graduate of Speare’s Cardiac Rehab program. Before his heart attack William says, “I was not an exercise person in any way, shape or form.” A decade later he remains a changed man, continuing to exercise at RehabFIT at least three days a week.

William explains that after his prescribed Cardiac Rehab program he immediately enrolled in the Maintenance Program, where he continued to exercise three days a week. Once RehabFIT opened in 2010, he became a member up there. He says, “I’ve been very fortunate. Cardiac Rehab saved my life, and today I’m doing very well.”

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Cardiac Rehabilitation at Speare Memorial Hospital is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has graduated nearly 500 people from the program. The Cardiac Rehab program at Speare is medically prescribed and supervised, and nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Working in tandem with your cardiologist, our exercise physiologists develop a specialized treatment plan for each patient. To learn more please click here to visit our Cardiac Rehab page or call call 603-238-6440.