Begin by consulting with your medical exercise team (your healthcare provider, physical therapist and exercise trainer with medical expertise). These specialists will help you design a program that takes into consideration the many factors listed below and hopefully design a program that is balanced, practical and manageable. Ask your personal trainer or physical therapist if your program addresses each of these:
- General Health– What is the best program to enhance medical conditions such as heart, lung, diabetes risk, weight management, back problems and arthritis?
- Aging– What exercises will combat the effects of aging such as arthritis, muscle loss and balance.
- Individual Strengths and Weakness– What muscle groups or exercises should be used to strengthen a person’s weaker areas, tightness or imbalances in movement.
- Symptoms– What is best for symptoms such as fatigue, pain, memory problems, or depression.
- Behavior– What program is best tailored for the intense athlete, a nonathletic person, a motivated individual or non-motivated person and other behavioral and/or personal attributes that impact success.
- Goals– What are the goals of the person? What do they want exercise to help them do?
- Parkinson’s– What program will target symptoms of Parkinson’s, enhance and normalize neurological control of movement
- Neuroplasticity– Learning and the impact of the experience are important factors for neuroplasticity. What can be added to optimize the experience and challenge learning?