What is Medical Fitness?

The benefits of exercise and fitness are well documented, with numerous health benefits across age groups. Exercise can be pursued to accommodate for deficits that come with the normal aging process, as well as to compensate for, or improve the status of, underlying chronic disease in all ages.

Medical Fitness helps make the transition from medical management and/or physical therapy to a regular physical activity program following a surgery, an injury, a medical diagnosis or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition.

Medical Fitness is appropriate and beneficial for many types of medical conditions and chronic diseases. A Medical Fitness Specialist has the knowledge and skills to design, implement and modify an exercise program based on your medical conditions or chronic disease.

Medical Fitness is the integration of ongoing fitness, wellness and preventive care under the supervision of health professional. The goal of medical fitness in the healthcare continuum is to prevent the onset of chronic disease and bridge the gap between clinical intervention and conventional fitness programs. 

The MedFit Center can help you if you have...

  • Alzheimer’s (Cognitive Health)
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Diabetes
  • Disabilities
  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery
  • Eating Disorder Recovery
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Disease
  • Joint Replacement
  • Mental Health Challenges
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Orthopedics
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Surgical Rehab
  • Respiratory Disease
  • General Senior Fitness
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Women’s Health Issues, incl. menopause and pre & postnatal care
  • Youth Fitness

Why work with a Medical Fitness Specialist?

A Medical Fitness Specialist (MFS) is uniquely qualified to work with individuals within the medical-fitness continuum. The MFS can help make the transition from medical management and/or physical therapy to a regular physical activity program following a surgery, an injury, a medical diagnosis or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition. They possess the training and skills to work with medical conditions; medical needs may include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, neuromuscular disorders, heart disease, lung disease, osteoporosis, orthopedic injury, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders.

The MFS has received ongoing education and training to work with individuals who have been diagnosed with a medical condition. These individuals may have been recommended by a licensed healthcare professional (i.e. medical doctor, chiropractic physician or physiotherapist) to participate in a structured physical exercise and/or begin behavioral change, like dietary modification and mental health processes. This includes individuals who have a specific health or fitness goal and have taken it upon their own merit to begin an exercise or behavior change program.

The MFS should help you improve your fitness levels and decrease your risk factors for disease, based on your medical history and your goals.

The MFS understands how to make modifications, monitor and create progressive programs. They can help you regain your strength, endurance, and functional movement during and following rehabilitation for diseases, disorders, surgeries and ailments. They work in complement with your health care team.

An MFS has been trained to take a thorough history, keep accurate records and work within the scope of their respective training. Additionally, an MFS has been trained to recognize that when an individual — either one who expresses an interest in, or is currently participating in, physical exercise and/or a behavioral change (e.g. dietary and mental health) program — has the possibility of an undiagnosed condition or exacerbation of a current medical issue, they make the necessary referral to a licensed healthcare provider.

The MFS is also able to communicate with and educate the individual about the medical-fitness continuum as it relates to their unique medical circumstances and needs.

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