Workouts relieve stress and produce the endorphins that trigger positive feelings in the brain. Regular exercise can increase your confidence, improve your mood, help you relax and alleviate symptoms of mild depression and anxiety. It can also improve your sleep, which most residents don’t get enough of.At SBH, we’re fortunate to have access to the
Healthplex Fitness Center, which is located at the SBH Health and Wellness Center, just across the street from St. Barnabas Hospital. All residents are encouraged to join the new and state-of-the-art fitness center to get or stay in shape and to build camaraderie with fellow residents and hospital staff.
Hospitals can no longer merely respond to the symptoms of illness and injury. They must deal with the causes. The goal of the medical fitness center is to expand the limits of lifestyle and wellness modification through customized, closely monitored exercise programs for the staff, as well as patients.
In addition to offering state-of-the-art equipment, the center provides:
• Group classes including cycling, boxing, body contouring and yoga (see list of classes)
• Complete health risk assessments
• Medically supervised programs
All fitness center members receive an initial fitness assessment, a functional movement screening and a demo of equipment in the strength training and cardiovascular areas. In addition, a wide range of exercise classes are available in the two studios. Trained and certified exercise specialists offer workout advice and guidance to center members on an as-needed basis. This includes those who require a smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center in supporting lifestyle management and optimal health. Personal training sessions are available for those interested.
Healthplex Fitness Center is a partnership between SBH and Healthplex Associates, a national company that teams up with hospitals, universities and medical facilities around the country to create clinically integrated fitness facilities. All Healthplex-managed fitness centers follow the Exercise is Medicine initiative, which views physical activity as a standard part of medical treatment and the patient care process as a means of preventive medicine.