For good health, it is generally recommended that you perform a balanced amount of certain types of physical activity each week. These health related activities include tasks for flexibility, joint stability, balance, strength, endurance, or coordination. We have grouped these different health related aspects of fitness into 3 categories - Mobilize, Stabilize, and Energize.
When you sign up for the RPA app, it will automatically encourage you to complete a recommended amount of the 3 types of fitness. You can just sign up and use RPA as an holistic activity tracker that encourages a balanced approach to fitness.
At HealthOut, we think that different people should do different types of health related activities, to accommodate for their unique body types, health histories, and life goals. You can use RPA to create a unique activity plan for yourself or for your patient if you are a health care provider. For instance, if your patient has poor posture and flexibility, you might choose to increase their weekly flexibility work by prescribing up to %300 of the usual RPA in the mobilize category.
Your RPA includes all types of physical activity, even lifestyle activity such as walking, doing housework, or leisure play time. Our mission at HealthOut is to promote healthier lifestyles - you don't have to be a customer of HealthOut to use the RPA method and apps.
Once you start using the RPA, you may notice that its hard to find balance between your 3 types of fitness activities. If you are used to doing indoor cycling for your activity, you will notice that your mobilize category is still low. If you are used to doing yoga, you may notice that your energize category is low. Learn through trial and error or read here for some helpful tips on how to find your balance.
Improving your mobilize requires you to do activities that challenge your range of motion or flexibility. The only true activity that will award you 1:1 for your efforts would be stretching. For instance, if your therapist prescribed certain stretching exercises to improve your knee pain. Other activities that contribute to your Mobilize category include:
If you want to increase your stabilize component, you need to perform exercises that challenge you to have better posture, balance, coordination, or strength endurance. Pilates is probably the most well known in this category. Here are some other alternatives:
Energize workouts are higher intensity, meaning the main focus is to perform more work in shorter periods of time. This includes workouts people would have called "Cardio" as well as "Strength". The higher the intensity of the activity, the more energy credits you get per unit of time. Examples of activities include: