Results that are not (always) tied to the scale
As a culture, we are tied to the number on the scale. We believe that skinny equates to healthy. To be fair, a big portion of our population is obese and does need to lose some weight to regain their health. The thing is, the extra weight itself isn’t causing the problems. In fact, it is the stress it puts on our bodies internally that is most important. Sometimes, the most important results are the ones that are beyond the scale.
A Body-Mass Index higher than average puts you at risk for a number of serious illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer. Furthermore, added weight puts extra pressure on our bones and joints than is ideal. This can cause all kinds of problems down the road (or sooner) such as arthritis, strains and sprains, tears, stress fractures, and more. It can cause compression of our spines and problems with discs and facets.
All of this is made even worse by the fact that we as a culture move our bodies less and less.
These problems and potential complications are not unique to overweight individuals. General inactivity and poor diets, coupled with high stress and other poor habits can produce all of the same problems! These problems are also beyond the scale.
The medical fitness approach is all about looking at all these factors that affect our health. The number on the scale is not the ultimate end goal, although it certainly may be a part of the big picture. It’s about getting cholesterol and blood glucose levels under control. It’s about reducing or eliminating medications. Most importantly, it’s also about creating lasting habits. These habits will continue to support your goals and results for years to come.
These healthy habits are viral, and spread to our families, children, and grandchildren.
We are making strides to create a healthier way of living for our friends, families, and for future generations. As of now, the current generation of America’s youth is projected to be the first that will not outlive their parent’s generation.
RAPS has a solution to this drastic problem.
It starts by building strong, healthy habits that can last a lifetime. These habits might help to change the number on the scale for the better. They will also increase energy levels and allow you and your family to enjoy more a more active lifestyle.
So it’s not all about the number on the scale. We look at the big picture, improvements in quality of life and functional strength. Furthermore, we look at markers of health internally, like blood pressure and blood lipid levels. We also strive to eliminate dependence or reduce dependence on some medications! The important thing is your health, and the health of our communities, friends, and families. It goes beyond the scale.