Discussing Mental and Physical Health With Fitness Expert, Jaron Davis
May is both Mental Health Awareness Month and Women’s Health Month. Prioritizing your health – both physical and mental – has never been more important. During this time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is encouraging women and girls to reflect on their individual health needs and take steps to improve their overall health. We had the opportunity to sit down with fitness expert, Jaron Davis and discuss the importance of fitness for women’s mental and physical health. Jaron is the owner of Imperfect Fitness. They are a personal training, health, and nutrition consulting company serving the greater D.C./Maryland/Virginia metropolitan area. Founded in 2019, their mission is to help people reach their physical fitness goals and make exercise apart of their lifelong routines.
How is fitness important to mental health?
Jaron: Depression, anxiety, and many other mental disorders are increasing rampantly across the world today. There is a common denominator surrounding many mental health conditions: Negative thoughts. Being conditioned from birth to see the negative in our lives, we then must try even harder to think positively. Exercise gives us a task that we can attach a positive focus to and it’s tangible. We can do it and receive positive feedback from our work rather quickly.
It is women’s health month. How do you feel women specifically benefit from staying active and exercising?
Jaron: Heart disease is climbing within women, as well as high blood pressure due to weight and or stress. Regular exercise can promote a stronger heart and lower heart rate (minimizing risk of heart disease). Exercise also helps to regulate blood pressure and weight. I also want to bring to attention the importance of weight training for women. Beyond just muscle, resistance training will aid in bone remodeling. This keeps the bones dense and strong, fighting off diseases such as osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Who do you feel is your target client?
Jaron: I feel like I’m the people’s champ of this thing we call fitness! I have come up with a recipe that makes getting in shape doable, without removing the things in our lives that we are passionate about. This has attracted my target clientele organically. My target market is the everyday working professional who is juggling life (work, kids, school, etc) They notice that I too have something in common with them all: being busy.
What are three exercises people can do easily from home that don’t require the equipment?
Jaron: I want to speak even to the most sedentary person. Where there is a will, there’s a way. Walking is my favorite way to introduce a healthier lifestyle. You can walk around the perimeter of your house. If you have stairs at home, walk up and down them (without using the rail) for 5 minutes to start. You can even walk back and forth down your hallway for 10 minutes or so. I love the mountain climber because it activates the core while providing a shoulder burn and a little cardio, and jumping jacks are always great due to the minimal learning curve.
What do you have planned for the next 6 months?
Jaron: My 6-month plan has been to focus on outreach. We are accomplishing this by offering free training services to high school athletes in the area, as well as low-cost membership to adults. My focus is on giving everyone the tools to reach their next goal, without money being the limiting factor.
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