What if the best medicine of all isn’t manufactured and widely distributed but instead, is merely a structured exercise regimen? This is the case for Geist resident Marty Bessert, a surgical nurse who wants to give you a new “prescription”. Marty is a beloved training client of mine—together we discussed fitness, health, and the idea of exercise as medicine.
Jimmy: “What major factors were involved in your decision to live an active lifestyle and to begin an exercise regimen?”
Marty: “For me, it’s all about prevention—I am 61 years old and work long, physically taxing days so I wanted to strengthen my shoulders and improve my balance. After exercising in a large group setting, I quickly realized I needed a more individually-tailored program.”
Jimmy: “How frequently do you exercise now and what type of exercise?”
Marty: “I exercise regularly three days each week. I do resistance training, yoga, walking, and massage therapy.”
Jimmy: “What are some challenges you have encountered within your exercise regimen and how did you address them?”
Marty: “The most difficult challenge has been my limited motivation and energy due to the
nature of my job. I had to accept that it was fine for me to exercise only on days I didn’t work,
which is three days per week.”
Jimmy: “I know you are a surgical nurse and enjoy a lot of active hobbies—how do you feel
exercise has enhanced your life, both personally and professionally?”
Marty: “Well personally, I feel great! It really is addictive! I have broken both knee caps so professionally, my exercise regimen is all about preventing worksite injury. We focus a lot on balance and strength.”
Jimmy: “What advice would you give someone who may be hesitant to being exercising?”
Marty: “More than anything, personal trainers are not all about just losing weight. Don’t be afraid to try a new exercise program—it will improve your quality of life! I would suggest people around my age to speak with a qualified trainer and explore their options.”
The health and fitness industry is saturated with unrealistic, intimidating, and frankly erroneous notions. There are no secrets to personal health. Marty is an example of someone who has a realistic and sustainable approach to healthy living. In a society that demands the “quick fix” solution, I challenge you to explore other options and become empowered like this Geist resident.