A Word of Warning when considering the Gym for your fitness
It seemed important when considering improving your fitness in a gym to take responsibility. Hence I am stressing a warning about approaching your exercise before embarking on any exercise if you have health problems. The simple fact is that you cannot just go out there ‘cold’ and exercise without some thought for your safety.
You wouldn’t drive down the road without brakes. A regular service check is important. Using the right fuel is important to keep the engine running smoothly. In so many ways the same applies when we use our body for exercise. We must consider how our body will perform beyond the activities of sitting and walking. If you are breathing harder than usual, then you are making demands on your body. The question posed is ‘am I fit for exercise?’ In my gym diaries I do not say go out and exercise without a thought to some of the health warnings in this article. My diaries are focusing on older age or the silver surfers like me, and those with existing health problems. This short video introduces a need for awareness how our bodies change.
Focusing on two groups of concerns
We can divide the body into two main concerns. The musculoskeletal system – joints, bones, ligaments and muscles and secondly the organ system. This comprises the heart, lungs, kidneys (urino-genital system), liver, brain & the central nervous system, control of hormones (endocrine system) and skin.
- Understanding the musculoskeletal system and the aging process.https://www.msdmanuals.com/home/bone,-joint,-and-muscle-disorders/biology-of-the-musculoskeletal-system/introduction-to-the-biology-of-the-musculoskeletal-system. The interactive video is worth watching and lasts 1.57 min.
- This article from the Nursing Times is comprehensive although is set at a reasonably higher lever of educational understanding. https://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/orthopaedics/skeletal-system-2-structure-and-function-of-the-musculoskeletal-system-24-02-2020/.
- The organ system is covered in Rob Brouhard’s article https://www.verywellhealth.com/organ-system-1298691
My article on seeking advice will help you consider some of the health issues before you head to join a gym. Selecting your GP for advice is the logical choice. You can read Am I fit to Use the Gym? I discuss blood pressure, hearts, lungs and other working parts of the body. Your doctor will be thrilled to see you lose some weight and improve your fitness. Don’t forget there are classes at many gyms that include yoga, Zumba, relaxation for lighter efforts. Fitness centres are really a resource that we should all support.
You can also seek out a wide range of professionals to help. More information can be found under my short article on healthcare professionals
The staff at the fitness centre
The second part of advice is to discuss your plan with the fitness centre. Centres have trained personal who understand many of the needs of their clients. Given that referrals are made by doctors and other health professionals, you would benefit from a tailored plan. My own diaries are made from my own return to the gym after the Government had reopened gyms and fitness centres. I am a registered health professional, and have been trained in medicine and physiology. I took a degree in human movement and have taught biomechanics. Having had an active life, my familiarity with gyms and sports has led me to write a little bit about getting back to fitness.
My Gym Diaries
I hope that you will enjoy my scribblings, but bear in mind I am no longer young and have had a number of musculoskeletal injuries of my own (see diagram) and have had surgery to my foot, knee and back. I am therefore a professional patient. Keeping my weight under control, retaining a health heart and protecting my joints is my goal.
Once you start a regular pattern of exercise it is easy to understand why stopping has such huge effect on our psychology.
Thanks for reading a ‘My Gym Diaries and a Word of Warning’ by David R Tollafield
Published by Busypencilcase Reflective Communications
9th August 2020
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