Fitness As Preventative Healthcare
When you think of “Healthcare” what is the first thing you think of? A doctor? A hospital? Medication? Most people would agree with that too. But did you know that fitness plays a crucial role in the Healthcare Continuum? It’s true! And today we’re going to take a fresh look at why that matters to not only your health but your whole being!
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Hospitals and physicians play a very important but relatively small role in the entire Healthcare Continuum. Reactive care (or treatment) takes place AFTER a person has had a health-related life event.
For example, heart disease remains the number one preventable cause of death. In 2020 alone, heart disease accounted for over 700,000 deaths in the United States and has been the leading cause of death worldwide since 2000.
Additionally, diabetes has been on the rise since 2000 (up 70% in 2020) and it has now become the 9th largest cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization.
There is a better way: preventative care.
Research conducted at Brigham Young University (Bertucci, et. al., 2010) supports this mindset with the following: “we analyzed three preventive approaches: school-based programs, dietary restrictions, and increased exercise. These three examples are effective at reducing obesity and cost-efficient. Together, they serve as the general framework of preventive care upon which more advanced and specific programs can be discussed.”
They continue, “changing the behavior of millions of Americans is not going to be accomplished merely through strategic legislation. In reality, such a change cannot come from any one office or program. Indeed, changing the behavior of millions of Americans requires just that—millions of Americans. Perhaps the answer to America’s healthcare issue does not lie in a change of policy but in a change of mindset. Efforts need to be made on every level to establish a culture of health promotion and disease prevention.”
Here are some great examples of preventative healthcare to consider:
- Physical Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Psychiatric Care
- Fitness Trainers*
- Nutrition Coaches*
- Group Exercise Instructors*
*Invictus Martial Arts offers all three
MAKING A DECISION
Experts agree the key to maintaining total mind-body wellness is prevention. From eating whole, minimally processed foods to intentional, daily movement, prevention always starts with a decision. You must decide that you are worth it. You must decide that your future is worth it. Everyone wants to do their part and it starts with a personal commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.
So, start first with developing an ongoing habit of intentional movement through fitness. In fact, martial arts fitness is absolutely ideal to help you begin! Training sessions at Invictus are smartly scheduled to accommodate any schedule. Additionally, anyone can begin and start reaping major benefits. Experience shows that the regular practice of martial arts is believed to help with improved mindset, improved body composition, improved emotional resilience, and so much more.
Claudio F. of Cedar Park shared, “The classes in Invictus this year not only provided [our son] a lot of great lessons, skills, and abilities but also other important aspects such as friendship, affection, and discipline. I can always see his admiration with you[sic], the classes make him happy and confident.”
As you can now see, healthcare is much more than just a visit to your local care facility. It happens every day and can have a profound impact on not only your health but your entire well-being.
So, when you’re ready to start getting your results, SCHEDULE YOUR FREE SESSION with us today! We love helping REAL people like you get REAL results for the REAL world.
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