What is Exercise Physiology?

Exercise Physiologists diagnose and treat people with chronic problems that affect ones quality of life and activities of daily living.

We provide diagnosis, treatment and care for on-going problems and medical conditions:

  • Backcare and workhardening
  • Joint injuries and replacement
  • Back injuries
  • Pre surgery exercise programs
  • Post surgery exercise programs
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sports injury rehabilitation
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Respiratory
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Balance Training
  • Strength Training
  • Fitness programs
  • Weight Management
  • Pediatric coordination – aspergers
  • Stress reduction

Who are Exercise Physiologists?

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a 4-Year University qualified allied health professional who specializes in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

They are much more than an ordinary personal trainer at the gym. Exercise physiologists study at university and have a wide range of knowledge about the human body and the benefit that exercise has on it, both mentally and physically.

Exercise physiologists are knowledgeable about the effects that exercise has on the musculoskeletal system, as well as on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. They can prescribe a course of exercises for either fitness or rehabilitation. Pilates may be recommended, also home based or gym based exercise routines. They can also advise on behavioural modification programs. Exercise physiologists can treat medical conditions such as obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis depression, asthma and cardiovascular diseases, as well as many other conditions.

Exercise and Health

At a time when our faces an increasing incidence of chronic disease associated with obesity and inactivity, it is important for all Australians to take the opportunities to increase their levels of physical activity.

The increasing incidence of obesity are associated with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. as well as a number of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. We encourage all Australians to put down the remote and rather watching sport in TV, become an exercise participant that will assist in reducing your risk of developing a chronic disease later on in life.

Exercise and stress relief

Exercise improves your overall health and your sense of well-being. Exercise or physical activity should be fun and can help reduce stress in your life. The following article discusses what happens when you are active.

  • It pumps up your endorphins: Physical activity helps to increase the production of neurotransmitters, called endorphins in your brain. These chemicals help you feel good long after the activity has finished.
  • It’s meditation in motion: Movement and physical activity helps you concentrate on a single task so you remain calm and clear in everything that you do. A good example of this is found in people that do Tai Chi.
  • It improves your mood: Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety.

Put exercise and stress relief to work for you

A successful exercise program begins with a few simple steps

  • Consult with your doctor: If you haven’t exercised for some time and you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Your doctor will perform a health examination and send you to an exercise physiologist.
  • Walk before you run: Build up your fitness level gradually. For most healthy adults, Exercise and Sport Science Australia recommend getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (think brisk walking or swimming) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as running). If you’re new to exercise, start at the moderate level and then add vigorous activity as your fitness improves.
  • Be active at work: It may not sound like much, but an Australian found that these types of mini-breaks, just one minute long throughout the day, can actually make a difference. You can simply stand up, dance about, wiggle around, take a few steps back and forth, march in place. These simple movements can help lower blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and waist size.
  • Exercise with a friend: It’s difficult to view yourself objectively. When it comes to your fitness progress, you may not notice how your strength and endurance is improving or that you’ve lost weight or gained muscle tone over time. Your partner can view you more objectively and remind you of your progress so far. Having that validation can help bolster your self-esteem and keep your motivation levels high.
  • Do what you love: Virtually any form of exercise or movement can increase your fitness level while decreasing your stress. The most important thing is to pick an activity that you enjoy. Examples include walking, stair climbing, jogging, bicycling, yoga, tai chi, gardening, weightlifting and swimming.

Physical Activity Guidelines Adults

Step 1: Think of movement as an opportunity, not an inconvenience. Most movement can be found in regular activities and does not have to be in organised sports or exercise sessions.

Step 2: Be active every day in as many ways as you can. Make a habit of walking or cycling instead of using the car or, do things yourself, instead of using labour saving machines. Stand up at work instead of being seated all day long and take a brisk walk at lunch time.

Step 3: Put together at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity at least five days a week. You can accumulate your 30 minutes or more throughout the day by combining a few shorter sessions of activity of around 10 to 15 minutes each.

Step 4: If you can, also enjoy some regular, vigorous activity for extra health and fitness. Make your activity level alternate from low to high-level exertion

National Fitness Guidelines

The national physical activity guidelines recommend that Australians should participate in at least 150 minutes of “moderate” intensity exercise each week or 30 minutes of continuous activity on most days to improve your health and well-being.

“Moderate intensity exercise can be defined as that which is able to be conducted whilst maintaining an uninterrupted conversation while walking briskly, cycling, or playing social tennis” said Professor Norton. For those that have a known health condition or have not recently been physically active, it is important that you seek advice from a medical practitioner or an accredited exercise physiologist prior to beginning your exercise program.

Starting your exercise and activity program can be as easy as including:

  • An early morning brisk walk along the beach
  • An early morning swim at the local pool or beach
  • A bike ride with family to the park for a game of cricket
  • Organise a game of tennis or golf to catch up with some friends