When You're Transitioning From Illness Or Therapy To Fitness!

Think you can't exercise if you're challenged with a health problem? 

You'll be amazed what you can do with the right kind of help, expertise, and support when you've experienced these health challenges:

After surgery or an injury, the time a person spends in therapy for their recovery is often determined, not necessarily by a doctor or therapist, but by the available coverage under their health insurance plan.  Also, many suffering from health related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, or osteoporosis do not even qualify under their health insurance plan for referral into a medical exercise program. 

While most doctors and therapists encourage their patients to either continue a therapy program on their own or to begin an exercise program, all too often their advice is not taken simply because it's hard to take that first step on your own.

At Genesis Personal Fitness, we offer a comprehensive post-recovery medical fitness program where individuals can safely progress into a more active lifestyle.  With the help of your doctor's or therapist's recommendations, a complete, personalized exercise program is designed to meet your specific needs and goals.

As with all our specialized programs, you are supervised, assisted and monitored during each exercise session by a Genesis Certified Exercise Instructor to ensure timely progress in all three fitness areas: strength, flexibility, and heart fitness.

Heart Disease and Other Cardiovascular Conditions...

Heart disease is by far the leading cause of death amongst both men and women in the United States every year and is responsible for over 37% of all deaths each year. Adult weight gain, overweight status and obesity are all significant, independent risk factors for heart disease in addition to their well known association with other risk factors for heart disease such as elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure.

If you have been diagnosed with a progressive heart condition or have a history of cardiovascular disease, and your doctor has recommended that you begin an exercise program and change your diet, our Genesis Medical Fitness Program is especially for you.  It is designed to help stabilize your current health profile and with the input from your family doctor or cardiologist, we can help you begin to make lifestyle changes that incorporate regular supervised exercise and dietary changes.  Together with your doctor, we can help you live longer and live better!

Syndrome X or the "deadly quartet"...

Syndrome X refers to hypertension, type II diabetes, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) and obesity.   Research tells us that hypertension develops in 50% or more of all individuals with diabetes, and diabetes is two to three times more common in hypertensive individuals than in normal individuals.  Insulin resistance and subsequent hyperinsulinemia are thought to be responsible for both the hypertension and diabetes in a large percentage of those with Type II diabetes. 

Whether you are suffering from one, two or all of these conditions, it is crucial that you begin to focus on improving your metabolic fitness level.  Proper strength training supported by appropriate aerobic exercise improves lipid profiles, insulin sensitivity and/or glucose tolerance, reduces fasting serum insulin levels, lowers blood pressure, and decreases blood platelet aggregation... it improves metabolic fitness.

You will benefit from our Genesis Medical Fitness Program by experiencing improvement in cholesterol levels, a reduction in resting blood pressure, and a decrease in body fat.  Research has shown that proper strength training supported by appropriate aerobic conditioning may even reduce the risk of developing these conditions even if you are genetically predisposed.


Asthma is one of the most common respiratory disorders affecting adults.  It can be caused by an allergic reaction, exercise, infections, stress or other environmental irritants, such as pollen, cigarette smoke and air pollution.

Individuals with controlled asthma benefit from a properly designed program of regular exercise.  Studies have shown that regular exercise makes it easier to participate in normal daily activities with less shortness of breath and fewer asthma attacks as well as reduces the number and severity of exercise-induced asthma attacks. 

Our Genesis Medical Fitness Program meets the needs of each participant and is based on the individual's fitness status and limitations.  We recommend lower intensity strength training supported by cardiovascular exercises for individuals with controlled asthma.


Osteoporosis affects approximately 20 million American women and is responsible for 1.5 million fractures per year.  Research has shown that strength training increases bone mass and can also help to slow down and even regress the rate of bone loss.

Our Genesis Medical Fitness Program is modified to be both preventative focusing on attaining maximum bone density and supportive to improve or maintain activities of daily living.  It emphasizes strength training supported by cardiovascular, and flexibility training.  As with any of our other programs, we always incorporate your physician's recommendations.

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue...

The medical community is still trying to determine the principal cause of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).  FMS is generally described as "widespread musculoskeletal pain and (many times) profound fatigue".  The principal symptoms are chronic fatigue, chronic pain, morning stiffness and unrefreshed sleep, as well as bruising, dizziness, dry eyes and mouth, feeling too hot or too cold, low endurance, muscle spasms, vision changes, and brain 'fog'. 

Chronic fatigue, the most common symptom of FMS, is a feeling of tiredness or exhaustion, often involving muscle weakness that can make it difficult for an individual to perform their daily tasks.  The symptoms of fatigue vary widely from individual to individual. Fatigue may make the individual feel totally exhausted, it may increase pain and irritability, and it can go as far as making one feel helpless with little control over their physical condition or life.

Although FMS is a very complex disorder, it has been conclusively proven to be a physical disorder.  This means "it's very real and not in your head".  FMS rarely stays at the same symptom degree for long periods of time.  It improves only to recur at a later time, over and over again. 

There is hope... Research has shown that a properly designed exercise program provides significant benefits to FMS and chronic fatigue sufferers.  A regular program of appropriate exercise will not only prevent further de-conditioning, but will increase overall fitness (improve muscle strength, fight fatigue, improve sleep, manage stress, minimize symptoms, and improve function), minimize the occurrence of the chronic pain/fatigue cycles, and increase self-efficacy and self esteem. 

Our Genesis Medical Fitness Program focuses on preventing progressive de-conditioning and increasing fitness.  It is individually adjusted based on client needs, health status and exercise tolerance.  It incorporates mild stretching, light strength training, and gradual light endurance exercise, and progresses gently and slowly and as tolerated by the client.

Cancer Prevention & Recovery...

Cancer is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States.  It represents many diseases, each consisting of a complex, multistage process.  There is no single major cause of cancer.  However, research continues to document that some cancers have much more to do with lifestyle than with genetic makeup. 

This should send us a strong signal that altering one or more lifestyle components, such as diet and activity level, may play a part in reducing our cancer risk.  The Cooper Clinic's recent research results suggest that being unfit (or sedentary) is more a predictor of cancer mortality than being overweight or obese.  In fact, it may surprise you that 20% of all cancers are linked to being overweight or obese.  Excess weight is particularly associated with hormonally-sensitive cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Research has also shown that exercise has tremendous benefits in both cancer prevention and recovery.   Exercise improves breathing, bone strength, muscle strength, endurance, reduces fatigue, increases pain tolerance levels, improves tolerance to chemotherapy and other medical treatments, and even improves digestion.

Our Genesis Medical Fitness Program is specifically modified to address the functional abilities and limitations of each individual.  Our focus is on increasing strength, range of motion, and function - which includes enhancing cardiovascular abilities, coordination, bone strength, and posture.  It is progressed based upon individual tolerance.  The goal of our Genesis Health Challenge Program is to improve quality of life and enhance independence.

At Genesis Personal Fitness, you're always in good hands, but remember...

Your 1st Step Is To Begin!

For more information on our Genesis Medical Fitness Program and find out how you can use Exercise as medicine too in as little as 2 hours per week, schedule for your FREE Consultation today.

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