Accredited Exercise Physiologist Tag

Joint replacements are a big deal in Australia with almost 115,000 Australians  having their hip, knee or shoulder replaced in 2016. This number is only expected to grow as our population gets older and we continue to live longer. Most of us are familiar with the idea of rehabilitation after surgery, but have you heard about “prehabilitation?”. Let's take a look at why exercise before surgery is also important for your recovery. What is “Prehab” Prehabilitation, or “prehab”, focuses on using tailored exercise (and other methods) before surgery to improve our outcomes after surgery. Most people are aware that they have to...

According to Heart Foundation 14% of Australians aged over 15 smoke daily. That’s more than 2.5 million people, with a further 200,000 smoking irregularly. Smoking is a leading risk factor for chronic disease and death, including many types of cancer, respiratory disease and heart disease. So, can you really use exercise to quit smoking? Let’s find out! What are Habits? “First we make our habits, then our habits make us” – John Dryden Habits are defined as a regular tendency or practice that is difficult to stop. In a nut shell, habits are what we do every day. Habit can be both healthy and...

The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise. As the prevalence increases, so to does the interest in the health and well-being of those diagnosed. Research supports the benefits of exercise for autism. Studies have highlighted the need for effective exercise interventions for children and adolescents with ASD. Exercise not only reduces the negative effects of inactivity, but also assists with the management of ASD symptoms. Despite evidence supporting the importance of exercise for autism, youth with ASD do less physical activity than their peers. Given that 80% of Aussie kids don't get enough exercise, this is cause...

What is Dystonia? Dystonia is a movement disorder. It causes abnormal twisting or positions in a parts of the body, along with spasms or tremors. There are different types of dystonia and it can affect almost any part of the body. In some people the postures may be fixed or locked, and in others they can occur from time to time. Primary Dystonia affects 3 in every 1000 people, which is about 70,000 Australians. It can start at any age and can result in significant physical and social loses. Can exercise improve Dystonic Symptoms? Exercise therapy can help to manage dystonia. While exercise doesn't treat...

Gut health has been a hot topic lately. So, what is "gut health", why does it matter and how can exercise help? What is “Gut Health” & why does it matter? We have a mini-ecosystem in our gut that helps us break down the food we eat and absorb its nutrients. These microorganisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) include a huge range of bacteria help to maintain “balance” in our guts.  These bacteria perform a range of protective, structural, and metabolic functions for the intestines. Our gut microbiome also affects a range of other bodily functions, including: metabolism immunity endocrine function  mental...

Arthritis is a broad term describing a range of inflammatory conditions affecting bones, muscles and joints. Symptoms often include pain, stiffness, swelling and redness in affected joints. Around 3.9 million or 1 in 6 Australians suffer from arthritis, with factors such as age, excessive weight, injury and genetic factors increasing the risk of developing this conditions. Why Exercise? Regular exercise has been found to improve joint mobility, flexibility, muscular strength, posture and balance, while decreasing pain, fatigue, stress and muscular tension. It also enhances cardiovascular health and helps reduce body weight, whilst improving sleep, energy levels and psychological well-being. As a minimum,...

Have you heard the saying “couples who train together, stay together”? Well… science agrees. Research has shown that being active with your loved one not only keeps you in shape, but makes for a happier and healthier relationship. Working out with your partner not only increases the likelihood that you’ll stick to your exercise regime, but it also helps to strengthen the bond between you. 6 Active Date ideas for couples who want to move If you want to spice up your relationship and keep your love life active outside the bedroom, we’ve got you covered: Take a Hike – literally. Grab your loved...

Congratulations, on your new baby! Congratulations on the sleep deprivation, the feeding, the nappy changes and your attempts at maintaining a respectable level of presentation. No wonder you’ve had zero time for you, your significant other or your pelvic floor! Google “how long after giving birth can I have sex?” or “when can I exercise postpartum?” and enjoy the blackhole of questionably accurate recommendations. You’ll find articles like How to hold your wee and Kegels to tighten your pelvic floor, which if done incorrectly may make matters worse. So, how can you optimise your pelvic floor function so you’re ready to...

When it comes to health and exercise, there is a lot (and I mean, a lot!) of misinformation out there. Fitness myths are NOT our friend, so we asked our experts for the facts and got them to bust some of the industry’s most iconic fitness myths. 1. I only need to do cardio to burn fat FALSE! Weight loss is achieved by having a caloric deficit each day and whilst endurance type training is helpful to burn calories, it isn’t the only way. Resistance training helps shed unwanted body fat through elevating your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is the amount...

As our lifestyles change and women have children at a later age the prevalence of Gestational Diabetes has risen. Currently 68 Australian women are diagnosed every day. There are many treatment options available including dietary changes implemented by an Accredited Dietitian and regular exercise prescribed by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Regular exercise can help manage blood sugar levels, and improve the health and well being of both mum and bubs. Never fear, this exercise doesn’t have to be hours in a gym, it can be as gentle as a daily walk! What is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational Diabetes is typically tested for at 24...