Fitness May Be Part of your Physical: March 31, 2013

The next time you visit your doctor for a physical, don’t be surprised if they ask you to move.

“When most people get their wellness exams, they’re sitting down on a exam table. They’re not doing anything physical. So if you really want to know you’re healthy, you do sort of a fitness assessment,” says Dr. Sal Lacagnina, vice president of health and wellness with Lee Memorial Health System.

More and more, fitness exams are being incorporated into the yearly checkup.

“We do this thing called a body/age assessment, which is a measurement of your cardiovascular fitness, your strength, your flexibility and your risk factors. And it gives you a number which is your fitness age compared to your chronicle age,” says Dr. Lacagnina.

You’d be hard-pressed to guess how old John Humphrey is. He takes care of his body, and it’s taken care of him.

“I’m 92 years old. The secret is right here in this workout center,” says John Humphrey, gets annual physicals.

A fitness evaluation should include some time on a treadmill, to test your heart health and stamina. Getting a complete health snapshot adds about 45 minutes to your visit, but should leave you with a new perspective on your well-being.

“As we get older we really need to know ‘are we healthy. Are we fit?’ Because those are the things that are going to bring you into your later years in a healthy way,” says Dr. Lacagnina.

“I push myself to do it. Some people love it, I don’t. So I make sure I keep on my schedule,” says Humphrey.

It’s about staying fit and adding life to your years.