Regular exercise is essential for everyone, but especially for people who want to stay healthy, energetic and youthful in the middle and later parts of their life. “When I develop regenerative or anti-aging health plans, I focus on long-term gains, not quick fix treatments or cosmetic surgery. We cannot turn back time, but we can slow the aging clock through regular exercise, says Dr. Wanviput Sanphasitvong, a wellness specialist with the Vitallife Wellness Center.
“We were born to move and active adults can better manage their weight, control their mood and defend against chronic diseases,” explains Dr. Wanviput, a fitness buff herself. “It also helps keeps the brain active, which can prevent memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia.”
Knowing where to begin is one of the biggest challenges for inactive adults. Programs such as T25, the seven-minute workout, and the 10,000 steps program are some of the many popular fitness plans followed by millions of people around the world today. “Our approach at Vitallife is to ease people into fitness, encouraging them to walk before they can run,” says Dr. Wanviput. “Sitting down to talk to them, to learn more about their current lifestyle is an important first step. We then analyse their physical strengths and weaknesses and develop customised fitness plans based on the data. “We often make lifestyle recommendations as well, such as sleep advice and changes to their diet.”
Mix It Up
To become fitter and stronger does not require joining a gym, says Dr Wanviput. “Although a gym is convenient, with a range of exercise options under one roof, there are many other ways to get fit,” she explains. “In fact, we recommend variety and cycling, jogging, walking, and playing tennis or golf are excellent ways to build stamina and strength. Home activities such as gardening, washing the car, or doing housework is also recommended. For people with injuries, or joint pains, swimming, or walking in a pool is a great option.”
Teamwork and Motivation
Dr. Wanviput said target setting is a common factor among the many adults she has helped to become more active. She says patients respond best to targets and so targets are set for weight loss, lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and blood pressure. High tech products such as fit-bands, fitness watches and smartphone apps also makes it easier and more convenient to track progress.
In terms of daily activity, Dr. Wanviput recommends walking 10,000 steps per day – equivalent to a five kilometre walk. This amount of activity boosts the immune system needed to fight colds and viruses. Dr. Wanviput’s final words of advice for adults who want to exercise more regularly. “It’s critical to stretch and walk or do a light jog to get the blood flowing and the body ready for activity. If not, you are at much higher risk of injury. Also, rest is also important and it’s advisable to exercise four to five times a week with rest breaks in between.”
The VitalLife Scientific Wellness Center located on the campus of Bumrungrad International Hospital is a global leader in the provision of scientifically-based integrated medicine. Its programs are managed and run by US Board Certified doctors specializing in the center’s Future Health concept, covering predictive, preventive, regenerative, and revitalizing health care.
It is the first medical wellness center in Asia to be accredited by the World Council on Clinical Accreditation (awarded in November 2007). It is also the first compounding pharmacy in Southeast Asia.
Vitallife is the first wellness center in the world to be accredited to DNV.GL’s International Accreditation Standard for Outpatient Specialist Centers. DNV.GL is a globally respected quality accreditation organization renowned for integrity in certification, standards development and risk management in many sectors including healthcare. DNV.GL International Healthcare Accreditation is based on standards approved by the U.S. Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Vitallife is a 100% owned subsidiary of the publicly traded Bumrungrad International Hospital since 2001.
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VitalLife Scientific Wellness Center
68 Bumrungrad International Tower Building 10th Floor,
Soi Sukhumvit 1, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana,
Monday to Friday : 08.00 – 19.00 hrs.
Saturday to Sunday: 08.00 – 16.00 hrs.
Nearest BTS: Phloen Chit