Exercise is medicine

Logo for Coe Kirby's Miracles of Phoenix Fitness

A few months ago, my wife, Pat, convinced me to go with her to try out a personal trainer. It turns out to have been a great gift for me and one of the best things we’ve ever done. Coe Kirby has become not only a great resource but a good friend. He’s conveniently located in north central Phoenix. His rates are reasonable, and I’d highly recommend him if you’re looking for a trainer.

Coe, who is working on his master’s in counseling psychology,  trains high-performance athletes, but his specialty is working with ordinary people like us. If you’ve been overweight, if you’ve faced tragedy in your life (Coe is a widower), he’s been where you’ve been. He’ll make you healthier, and he works with you to find the right program for you.

One of his mantras is “exercise is medicine,” which makes him part of a growing movement in the United States. There’s a movement in the country to encourage physicians to make “level of physical activity” a standard vital sign question in each doctor-patient visit. The ultimate goal is to encourage able patients to meet the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines by participating in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. That sounds like a lot if you’re not doing it, and it sounded like a lot to me as well. But I’m at about 210 minutes a week now – two 60-minute sessions with Coe and three runs a week of 30 minutes or more – and it’s become an important part of my life.

The payoff? More self-esteem, more endurance, more confidence. If you haven’t already done so, start incorporating exercise into your life. It will open up a new dimension for you, I promise.

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4 Responses to Exercise is medicine

  1. Alex C says:

    Peter, it sounds like we’re on similar paths. I’ve recently picked up cycling and love it. In addition to the payoff you described, there’s also the benefit of natural endorphin production, a natural pain reliever which gives me a great feeling for much of the rest of the day. It’s kind of nice shedding a few extra pounds, too.

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