For most of you reading this, you have probably heard the term “medical fitness” before, but have only a hazy idea of what it really means. Medical fitness often gets thrown around with terms like lifestyle medicine and rehabilitation, but really they are all separate, unique terms, and the difference between them can mean a lot to your practice.
So let’s get a clear definition of what these terms mean:
Lifestyle medicine is a blanket term that encompasses the idea that proper exercise and an improved diet can not only prevent illness and disease, but actually heal as well.
It’s easy to try to explain a medical fitness program by saying it is like rehab — and there are some similarities, of course. In both cases, healthcare professionals are overseeing the physical re-conditioning of patients in order to better their health. But seeing medical fitness as rehab doesn’t give you the whole picture.