What are you doing?

If you have been following us through these newsletters, or through social media, or having been a patient in our office then you know that we say "Movement is my Medicine" a lot in our office. This statement is always open to personal interpretation.

In my mind, it has always meant that movement will make us healthier, regardless of what type of movement you choose. Remember that movement is a continuum.It is not an on-off switch, it is much more of a dimmer switch.  In our Freedom Strength sessions, we often talk about the RPE, or Rating of Perceived Exertion. We want to know how hard you FEEL that you are working. Notice that I didn't ask how hard you were working. There is a huge difference! We describe the RPE as a scale from 0-10. 0 is sitting on the couch eating Bon-Bons (Incidentally, I am not really sure what a Bon-Bon is, but I am sure they are delicious) and a 10 is giving it everything you have. The goal for our FS sessions is to be in the target range of a 7-8/10, NOT to redline at a 10/10 on every session.

Now, let's use that same 0-10 scale to ask another question. How active do you FEEL that you are throughout the day? Assume that 0 means that you are sedentary all day, and a 10 means that you are up and moving or exercising for the entire time that you are awake. Not many people will be a 0 or a 10, but will fall somewhere in between. Consider your activity throughout the entire day. Do you work a sedentary desk job? Are you up chasing kids all day? Then factor in how much planned exercise you get during an average day. What would you say your score is?

Let's go back to the idea that "Movement is my medicine..." How can you move your perceived activity rating higher? If your score was a 3/10, how do we make it a 6/10? Remember that, as a sweeping generalization,  the more active we are the more healthy we will be. 

As we move closer to 2022 (HOW is it almost 2022 already?!?) what changes can you make to be more active during your day? Can you start taking the stairs to your office? Can you take a walk with your spouse every night after dinner? Can you add a fun fitness class to your schedule? Can you add strength training on the days that you are not running? 

Send us an email and let us know what you plan to do in 2022 to


Movement is my medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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