Just like eating a healthy diet, we know that regular physical activity promotes health in a myriad of ways. At the San Francisco Free Clinic, we advocate exercise as a key component of a healthy lifestyle for the prevention and treatment of disease. We offer our patients support in making and achieving exercise goals- from education to counseling, recovery from injury, pedometers, and even park prescriptions (which you can read more about in this post).
And now, I’m happy to announce that we have a new program in collaboration with Trainer’s Coalition, a non-profit organization committed to bringing fitness into the lives of all persons regardless of income. Their professional staff and volunteers offer free training sessions, gym access, and individualized fitness plans for low-income adults in SF.
Why do less than half of US adults exercise regularly?
It takes 30 minutes of moderate movement to meet the recommendation; this can even be broken into two or three 10-15 minute chunks. Most people can fit this amount of time into their daily schedule, and know they should exercise but don’t always know how to integrate it into their lives.
It is hard to start an exercise program. It takes work and dedication, we all need encouragement and support to keep making the healthy choices to exercise. Having a partner and social support is a key aspect of adopting healthy habits, which is why we are so excited to have Trainer’s Coalition program for our patients. Weekly training sessions provide a regular touch-point along with professional advice on how to make exercise a part of your life.
- Harvard created this list of 27 ways to bring more physical activity into your life.
- The World Health Organization illuminates ten key ways that exercise leads to healthier lives.
Happy eating and moving!