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4 More Common Myths about Exercise


Exercise has become a proven form of medicine; it has a specific dose that anyone can have to benefit them and their conditions/injuries. But it has become clear that many other medical professionals do know exactly what we do and how we can help, let alone ask a client themselves what their CURRENT physical activities are. If you have thought about moving more, and becoming a better version of yourself here are some reasons why you should go to your doctor, and get a referral to an exercise physiologist.

But firstly a recap…

WHAT EXACTLY IS AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are highly knowledgeable, university qualified (4.5-5 year) allied health professionals. They specialise in designing and delivering of safe and effective exercise programs for people with chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Services provided by an AEP are more often than not claimable under compensable schemes such as Medicare and covered by most private health insurers.

Below are reasons why you may be referred to an Exercise Physiologist.

1. TO IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH/BOOST YOUR MOOD

Exercise has countless research about improving mental health and helping to protect against mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and other associated conditions. People living with mental illness often experience internal barriers to exercise which creates challenges when trying to stick to a routine. An exercise physiologist understands these challenges and is specially trained to help you overcome them. Exercise is also beneficial for boosting self-esteem, self-confidence and helping engage socially with others.

2. HELP YOU MANAGE A CHRONIC CONDITION, PAIN OR INJURY

Unlike other exercise professionals in the industry,exercise physiologists base their prescription off clinically researched methods. Many people living with pain avoid exercise for fear that it will make it worse. In fact, research suggests that exercise may be one of the most effective pain management techniques. Where a personal trainer is trained to work with healthy populations, exercise physiologists specialise in working with those living with illness or injury every day. Our vast knowledge in all areas of healthcare makes us a good, all round professional focusing one ducation as well as exercise prescription.

3.TO HELP YOU TO INCREASE YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS

Exercise physiologists specialise in behaviour change and educating clients around the benefits of exercise. If you’ve ever tried to start an exercise program or anew exercise routine without success, then you know how tough it can be! An exercise physiologist can help you to make long-term lifestyle changes that is safe and that you can stick to allowing you to progress at your own pace.

4. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE

Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes and is one of the nation’s biggest health issues. Research has shown that living an active lifestyle can HEAVILY reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you have an increased risk of heart disease, either through lifestyle factors or family history, you should see your doctor and get an exercise physiologist to help you keep your heart healthy.

5. TO CONTROL YOUR DIABETES OR PREDIABETES

Exercise helps to regulate insulin levels which helps control, store and utilise glucose (our body’s sugars), which helps in the management of diabetes. It can also help control weight and reduce your risk of developing co-morbidities, like heart disease, that are often associated with diabetes. An exercise physiologist understands the relationship between exercise and insulin and will work with you and your GP to help manage your condition.

6. TO IMPROVE SPEED OF RECOVERY DURING AND AFTER CANCER TREATMENT

Every four minutes an Australian is diagnosed with cancer. An extensive and growing body of scientific research has established that exercise is an appropriate medicine for the management of cancer. Exercise physiologists who specialise in oncology can help to get patients moving sooner, which helps to manage fatigue and other side effects. 

7. HELPS YOU QUIT SMOKING

Exercise is known to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Older studies have shown that even a short 10-minutebouts of moderate exercise can have immediate effects of reducing tobaccocravings by up to 50 minutes. Exercise can also improve your mood and decreasesappetite which can lead to weight loss and further craving decreases.

 8. IMPROVES BONE STRENGTH AND MUSCLE FUNCTION

A well-rounded fitness program includes strength training to improve joint function, bone density, muscle, tendon and ligament strength, as well as aerobic exercise to improve your heart and lung function and flexibility. Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines recommend that adults do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week. Exercise Physiologists specialise in tailoring a training program to you and your needs. 

If these aren’t a good reason why you should go to your doctor, and get a referral… I don’t know what are.

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