Exercise with a Medical Condition

Exercise with a Medical Condition and Health Challenges

Exercise is Medicine

Our personal trainers with advanced certifications such as ACSM Exercise Physiologist, ACSM/ACS Cancer Exercise Trainer and the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist have the expertise in conducting assessments and designing comprehensive health and fitness programs to help clients prevent and manage disease, avoid injuries, improve overall wellness and function throughout all phases of medical interventions in order to complement treatment and improve health, fitness, and function, and return to desired activities following rehabilitation.

When you have a medical condition for example diabetes (type I or II), heart disease, pulmonary and metabolic issues, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal, have had a joint replacement (e.g. hip, knee, shoulder), arthritis, stroke, Parkinson’s, falls history, and/or experienced cognitive decline, we can help.

We develop and deliver specific and complementary clinical exercise programs independently and in collaboration with other healthcare providers for clients with clinical issues in order to improve client health, function and well-being.

Osteopenia, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

Preventing osteopenia, better manage and treat osteoporosis and osteoarthritis requires therapeutic bone and joint exercise such a weight bearing exercises, resistance training exercises that load the spine and hip, and may also include OsteoBall™ exercise training. We provide a  comprehensive approach to training, reconditioning, and rehabilitation for osteopenia, osteoporosis type I, osteoporosis type II, and osteoarthritis.

Cancer specific exercise training; reducing the side effects

Cancer treatment often comes with many side effects, some acute and long-term and some that affect the body later in life. Cancer treatment can also accelerate the aging process for which you have the real potential to make a change with appropriate exercise intervention. Exercise training can help with rehabilitation, reducing and preventing declines in physical function. Exercise increases your reserves and enhances quality of life. Exercise has also been proven to reduce the risk for recurrent and second cancers.

In-home exercise training is particularly important for individuals with suppressed immune systems. Attending community fitness or community center increases the risk of infections that can be avoided or reduced with in-home personal training. Supervised exercise is also recommended for your safety when “Chemo Brain” affects your memory. 

Exercise is safe for individuals at risk for lymphedema when following specific guidelines click the link to learn more.

Cardiovascular disease

Exercise training to enhance function, health and fitness in the management and treatment of heart disease. We offer the PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) Exercise Training Program as well.

Diabetes and metabolic disease

Appropriate exercise can make dramatic improvements in blood sugar (A1C) without the side effects commonly experienced with many medications and thus reduces risk factors for heart disease. Benefits may include improve blood glucose levels and A1C, better lipid profile (cholesterol-HDL and LDL, triglycerides), reduction in blood pressure, reduced body fat and enhanced metabolism.

Neurological disorders

The right exercise prescription can dramatically improve functional health and fitness and better manage conditions such as fibromyalgia, stroke, improve physical function with multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.


Improving muscle strength, joint stability and balance can significantly improve muscle mass which enhances strength, power and the functional ability of aging adults.

Pulmonary disease

Optimizing oxygen utilization through consistently performed exercise has been shown to improve quality of life in individuals with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Immunological/hematological disorders

Arthritis, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus and cancer. Exercise in particular can be very beneficial during cancer treatment and recovery, especially breast cancer. Exercise and physical activity helps to retain lean muscle tissue, prevent fatigue, slows or prevents bone loss, reduce lymphedema symptoms and enhances quality of life.

Fitness & Function LLC., supports “Exercise is Medicine,” managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in cooperation with the American Medical Association (AMA). Exercise and physical activity are important in the prevention, management and treatment of many chronic diseases. We closely work with your health care provider for optimal benefits of physical activity and exercise helping you reach your goal.