At FirstHealth, Exercise Is Prescribed As Medicine |


What if a single drug was able to prevent or treat dozens of diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity? For FirstHealth, this medicine is fitness – and the prescription is not just the regular use of the classes and equipment offered at each facility, but also a series of medical fitness programs designed to help people. improve their level of physical activity or manage a health problem. .






For those who need support on their fitness journey, FirstHealth has developed nine specialized eight-week programs, ranging from cancer wellness to diabetes management.

:: Well-being against cancer: This integrative fitness program helps connect the mind and body with gentle yoga, pilates, and meditation and relaxation techniques, as well as strength training and aerobic exercise.

:: Fitness for diabetes: Guided exercise can help manage diabetes by improving blood sugar control, insulin sensitivity, and weight management.

:: Suitable for surgery: Designed for pre-surgical patients, this program that wants to increase their strength and endurance, and improve their recovery time.






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FirstHealth Fitness offers strength training and free weights.


:: Functional fitness: People with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases can learn to manage pain through movement with this program.

:: Healthy heart shape: Those with certain cardiovascular disease risk factors like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, but who are not eligible for cardiac rehabilitation, can reduce risk, gain strength, and increase endurance through this healthy cardiac program. .

:: Inactive to Active: If you have health issues due to an inactive lifestyle, this program can help improve your health and stamina, reduce risk factors, and prevent the development of certain conditions associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

:: Orthopedic fitness: While managing a recurring injury or after completing physical therapy, this program can help you get active again with regular, consistent exercise.






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:: Lung fitness: This program will help you increase your level of physical activity if you have lung or respiratory conditions and are not eligible for pulmonary rehabilitation.

:: Exercise is medicine: With a doctor’s referral, doctors can refer patients who exercise less than 150 minutes per week and who are either at risk of developing or who are currently managing chronic conditions.

Each program is priced at $ 99 and includes a free 30-minute consultation, pre- and post-assessments, individualized exercise plans, two 60-minute group workouts per week, a report provided to your doctor, unlimited access to the center and its amenities, as well as an easy transition to full subscriptions that include a free month with a 6 or 12 month contract.

“All exercise plans include a significant medical history and are tailored to meet the individual’s needs,” said Tim Smith, clinical program manager of Exercise is Medicine. “Regular exercise has been shown to have many benefits, ranging from reducing stress and improving the immune system to better sleep.”






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FirstHealth Fitness in Pinehurst


With watersports, group classes, exercise equipment and more, FirstHealth Fitness offers a multitude of ways to increase your activity level – and convenient locations in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Raeford, Sanford, Troy and Rockingham.

To see if any of FirstHealth’s fitness programs may be right for you, call 910-715-1808 or visit firsthealth.org/fitness.

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