Treatment for chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes begins with key lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise. Many doctors recommend that you get more exercise, but then you’re on your own to make it happen.
Getting more exercise sounds like a simple task, but the truth is that making any lifestyle change is challenging. Developing an exercise and fitness routine — and sticking with it — is much easier when your health care team is involved.
Southwest Family Medicine Associates is dedicated to supporting your hard work so you can achieve optimal health benefits from exercise. The health and wellness coordinator, Elizabeth Long, is available to design a customized exercise and fitness program. As a member of your primary health care team, she’s uniquely qualified to ensure that your exercise plan works for your health needs. Most insurance covers the exercise program at no cost to you — not even copay visits!
Physical activity gives your heart a healthy workout and strengthens muscles and bones, and its benefits have a far-reaching impact in your body.
A regular exercise and fitness program can:
Studies show that regular exercise lowers blood pressure and reduces levels of blood glucose and cholesterol. Physical activity can even lengthen your lifespan. It only takes 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week to reduce your risk of dying early from heart disease or stroke. This is why insurance now covers these visits.
Southwest Family Medicine Associates provides comprehensive health care — a “one-stop shop” medical home — which means the staff doesn’t tell you to get more exercise without offering support. Your health care team provides preventive health fitness programs that include:
Your fitness program — which is covered by most insurance plans — can be combined with a structured weight loss program at Southwest Family Medicine Associates if you need to lose weight. Contact the office today.
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