I became an exercise physiologist by accident! When I graduated high school all I knew was that I enjoyed being active, and that I wanted to help people. I was in my second year before I even knew what an exercise physiologist was! As soon as I read up about what you can do for people as an exercise physiologist, however, I haven’t looked back.
As an accredited exercise physiologist I am responsible for giving people any and all information they need to start a more healthy life. I am proud to be an accredited exercise physiologist because I feel we provide an important service that can change people’s lives.
I try to make exercise a positive experience. Exercise isn’t a fun thing to talk about for people who have never even tried it before, so making the experience as positive as possible is the best course of action.
It’s been shown time and time again through research how important an active lifestyle is to health. With the rise of chronic disease throughout the general population, it’s more important than ever to have people wake up and realise how many of their issues can be improved by simply going for a 30 minute walk each day.
The group that worries me most is the younger generations, especially with regards to their skeletal development. We all know loading the bones in the younger years is important down the track for maintaining bone density and preventing osteoporosis. I worry that the rise of exercise-free entertainment is putting these children at serious risk.
Australians need to start moving more not matter what age they are. If you have any concerns on where to start, find your nearest exercise physiologist. They have both the tools and training to provide you with the guidance you require to put your mind at ease.
I wish more Australians would realise just how easy it is to be healthy.