Exercise Physiology

What is it, and how will make me healthier?

Exercise physiology is a medical science that uses exercise to treat a health condition or enhance a person’s overall health.

Why you need to exercise

Maybe you want to get fit so you can feel better, control your weight or take part in sport. Maybe your doctor has recommended exercise to treat a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or breathing problems. If so, you’ve probably realised that medication and other therapies only go so far towards relieving chronic problems.

Being physically active is hands down the cheapest and most effective way of restoring and protecting both your mental and physical health. Exercise can lift your mood, improve your memory, regulate your blood sugar, enhance your circulation, strengthen your heart, lungs and bones, protect your joints, help prevent falls, improve your sleep and even increase your lifespan.

So what’s not to love about exercise? Well for one thing, it can hurt. Especially if you go at it too hard or do the wrong kind of exercise. You can also end up injuring yourself if you don’t know how to exercise safely.

How to start exercising

If you’re keen to incorporate more exercise into your life, there are 3 important things to consider:

1. What kind of exercise is right for me?
2. What type of exercise I will enjoy doing (or dislike the least)?
3. How do I exercise without feeling sore and sorry for days afterwards?

If time is not your friend, you’ll also want to find an exercise routine that you can incorporate into your busy life.

How to exercise safely and efficiently

You don’t want to hurt yourself trying to get fit. And you don’t want to waste time doing exercise that isn’t helping you. There’s no one-size-fit-all with exercise. Exercise for diabetes is different to exercise for arthritis, high blood pressure or rehabilitation after illness, surgery or injury. Exercise for weight loss, flexibility, muscle strengthening and cardiac fitness are different again.

Many people who begin an exercise program make the mistake of trying to do too much too soon. If you haven’t exercised for some time, you need to start low and go slow. If you have an injury or chronic condition, you should seek expert advice on how to exercise safely.

How an exercise physiologist can help

An accredited exercise physiologist is an allied health professional who is degree-qualified in exercise science. He or she understands how the human body responds to different types and intensities of exercise. An exercise physiologist will take a full history of your condition, assess your current fitness and your goals, then prescribe a program to suit your individual requirements.

“An exercise physiologist is the best person to support your journey to improved health through exercise. They’ll also guide your progress and address any problems you encounter along the way.”

If you want to achieve your own personal optimum health with safety, efficiency and in comfort, an exercise physiologist is the best person to consult. At Healthfix we employ accredited exercise physiologists who are experienced in helping people with a wide range of conditions and fitness goals.


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