5 Pillars of Health: Exercise & Movement

Achieving a healthy mind and body is about so much more than just the physical. Rather, it requires addressing sleep, exercise & movement, nutrition, stress management, and relationships & community, AKA the 5 Pillars of Health . When these pillars work in tandem, the result is a strong body and a sound mind.


Exercise and movement are crucial to longevity. Important for both physical fitness and mental prowess, exercise and movement offer benefits that go far beyond a nice physique. Here at the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Center (PLMC), we strive to help individuals incorporate exercise and movement into their daily lives in a way that works for them and their lifestyles. While we are certainly optimists, we’re also realists. We know that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for exercise and movement. That’s why we evaluate patients individually to develop a program that improves their overall well-being.


Understanding Exercise and Movement

Physical fitness is great but having a true grip on exercise and movement is about so much more than having 6-pack abs. Exercise and movement, whether as part of a workout program or through non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), are part of what hold the keys to longevity.

Everyone has a different relationship to exercise and movement. Some people crave going to fitness classes and look forward to high-intensity exertion. Others steer clear of the gym at all costs. Our goal at the PLMC is to help patients see exercise and movement as positive aspects of their lives.


Why Exercise & Movement Are Important For Health

The benefits of exercise and movement as critical components of the 5 Pillars of Health simply cannot be overlooked. Daily exercise helps with everything from circulation to aerobic capacity to structural composition and more. Exercise and movement are also vital for mental wellness and stress management. The endorphin high many people experience from a great run or a fun spin class actually has merit! Beyond that, exercise and movement may tie into strengthening one’s involvement in their community and how they interact with the relationships in their life. Whether you prefer structured exercise or would rather a more solo approach to movement, the PLMC will work with you to find ways to incorporate it into your life in a way that works for you.


The PLMC Approach to Exercise & Movement as a Function of Health

Upon deciding to work with the PLMC, the first thing you’ll notice is how different we are from other healthcare providers. We’ll never throw a blanket solution at any perceived “problem.” In fact, we see health as a measure of function rather than the absence of disease. Instead of only treating sickness, we take a more holistic approach.

The initial step involves filling out a brief yet thorough questionnaire so we can gather valuable information about your personal health history, your wellness goals, and any lifestyle changes that may impact how we work together. This helps us personalize a program catered to you.

During your first visit, you can expect to go through a series of functional assessments and care tests that will provide us with valuable data to establish a baseline of health. We’ll conduct biometric screening with the InBody Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to measure total body composition, a bone density test, assess your fitness level, and test your balance and strength. Don’t worry though; you don’t have to study for any of it! All that is required is a willingness to grow.

Work with us to see actual change, results, and improvement in your function of life through exercise and movement. Contact us today to get started.


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