How To Begin
There are many kinds of exercises, put together into a variety of exercise programs, for many different reasons. The key is understanding what your ultimate goal is and to integrate complementary exercises in a way that achieves your objective.
Are you trying to recover from an injury? Prepare your body for surgery? Want to get strong? Train for an athletic event? Improve your balance and stability? Stand up from a chair on your first try? Get ready to have a baby? Rebound after cancer treatment?
The Purpose of a Well Designed Exercise Program
Regardless of your reason for needing a well designed exercise program, there are common goals that every exercise professional understands and will implement for every one of their clients.
Your fitness coach will work with you to design a personalized program that will:
Understanding Exercise Program Design
There are a wide variety of exercise professionals that can help you achieve all of the above and more - and you can have fun at the same time!
You can train with a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a chiropractor, a personal trainer, a kinesiologist, a yoga teacher, a Feldenkrais instructor, a Bowen therapist, a Pilates teacher, a Buteyko breathing educator, an ELDOA specialist, a strength and conditioning coach, and athletic therapist - the list goes on.
When you are looking for a particular type of exercise, it is often helpful to seek out a coach or trainer with additional training and certification in your area of interest. This specialization, regardless of their formal education, may be the key to achieving your desired goals.
Choosing the Right Person For You
Ask for referrals from trusted friends who exercise regularly or have experience working with a particular trainer or therapist. Talk to a variety of fitness professionals at your local gym, sign up for a workout or two with a few and find a match. You can also ask your family physician or medical specialist for a referral to someone in their network.
Remember, as health care professionals, we all work together. If we know you would be better off working with someone else once we get to know you and discover your goals, we will refer you to a colleague.
If you start working with someone and then decide after one session or five that you aren't a good team - you should explain that you are moving on to work with someone else. We would much rather you are happy while getting healthy and fit than working with someone who isn't quite your match.
Find someone you click with and that makes your body feel good. You will always have our support when this is your goal!