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admin January 25, 2017

Health & Fitness or Strength & Conditioning

By: Yi’Nessa Millbrooks

Fitness – the condition of being physically fit and healthy; the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task; an organism’s ability to survive and reproduce in a particular environment.

Health – the state of being free from illness or injury; a person’s mental or physical condition; used to express friendly feelings toward one’s companions before drinking.

In order to fully understand what health and fitness are, I decided to ask health and fitness professional, Sam Busch.

Q: What does health and fitness mean to you?

A: “Health and fitness is a way of life. It means taking care of mind and body to have the best quality of life possible.”

Q: How did you choose your fitness job?

A: “To me it was about being in healthcare. I love people and this profession gave me the ability to watch people get better. It was my high school athletic trainer who got me interested in the profession.”

Q: What are your go to health and fitness recommendations?

A: “Eating healthy is always the best go to. The earlier you can develop those habits the better. I also recommend visiting with a personal trainer if you want to start a workout regiment. They are very knowledgeable in the aspect.”

Q: What are some of your health and fitness do’s and don’ts?

A: “Do eat right, exercise, and seek out the people with the knowledge to do it correctly. Don’t give up on yourself, go at it alone, and don’t wait to start.”

Q: What was the worst fitness mistake you’ve ever seen or made?

A: “I think they’re the same – waiting too long to get serious about my health and fitness; not using my youth to develop good, lifelong habits. I think most adults would agree.”

Q: How do you stay fit?

A: “I belong to Game Changing Performance in Jefferson, IA. it’s a group fitness atmosphere where we all cheer for each other and pick each other up. We also have a Facebook accountability group, where we all post ups and downs, and personal trainers give advice and support.”

Q: Why did you come to DMACC?

A: “I started with the Boone County Hospital as a high school athletic trainer knowing I wanted to get back to the college setting. When this position came along I knew I couldn’t pass it up! I’ve loved it here since day one!”

When someone says health and fitness, we often tend to think about exercise and eating right in general. We don’t focus on the health and fitness concerning the mind. Let’s try and get into the “groove” of actually getting our minds healthy and properly in shape; getting your mind mentally stable to prepare for your body’s workout is always a great way to stay in shape. Maybe doing brainteasers, math problems, or even reading a fitness health book/magazine could give us the mental workout we need for motivation to keep going. Everyone needs motivation at ALL times and with this column I plan to help you get the motivation and support you need.

Myself personally I prefer listening to a motivational song before a work out; sometimes I’ll have a motivational workout app that tells me to keep going, you’re almost there, last one. At times I will admit it is hard to continue working out after my body is already sore, but with the right motivation and coaching I can do this. With writing this health and fitness column every week I plan to not only health my audience’s workout plan stronger, but also develop a better workout plan for myself.


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