with Andrea Chamberlain & Anna Izzo
Fit for Life is a medically supervised exercise program for improved quality of life designed by Adirondack Health's exercise physiologists. The Fit for Life staff provides safe exercise, support and education to improve the overall quality of life of our clients by addressing a particular medical condition.
We work with each individual to set goals based on their fitness level, lifestyle, medical needs and personal desires. Fit for Life offers the option of meeting two times per week for up to an hour.
Each session begins with measuring baseline vital signs. Vital signs include blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels and, if a person's condition demands, blood glucose levels. An exercise physiologist monitors these vital signs during and at the end of each exercise session.
Understanding the unique condition of each individual provides the pathway to making changes. Small changes made consistently over time make a large difference. Whether it's improving strength, nutrition or mobility, our staff personalizes learning based on a person's specific needs.
What is a session like?
In every session, exercise is at the center. They include aerobic exercises such as riding a stationary bike, walking on a treadmill or using an arm bike. Stretching exercises and strength training are used as well to increase mobility and improve daily living abilities.
From the very beginning, our Fit for Life staff is in communication with the individual's physician to provide the best possible care. Periodic progress reports are sent to the physician based on changes in medical condition and response to exercise.
In order to enter the Fit for Life program, patients need a doctor's referral and medical clearance to join. Cost is kept as affordable as possible for everyone, and a wellness stipend may be issued to reimburse for the cost of the program depending on the patients insurance policy.
Medical conditions treated through Fit for Life are:
High blood pressure
Heart disease and minor intervention recovery
Coronary artery disease
Congestive heart failure
To learn more about the Fit for Life program, you can contact Andrea Chamberlain - firstname.lastname@example.org