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5 reasons you should see an exercise physiologist

The verdict is in – exercise is medicine. It can help you to live longer, be healthier, feel happier and avoid illness. So, who is best qualified to prescribe it? Here are five reasons you should see an exercise physiologist for your dose of exercise.

A literature review considering the benefits of exercise for chronic conditions said it best;

“No single intervention has greater promise than exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously.”

And it’s so true.

Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of developing some of Australia’s biggest killers, including heart disease, dementia, diabetes, mental illness and many types of cancer. And it’s not just about preventing illness. Regular exercise also helps to improve your mood, boosts your energy levels, makes you happier, and improves your general well-being.

If exercise was a pill, it would be a multi-billion-dollar industry. It’s not though… and too many Aussies are missing out on the benefits of regular physical activity, with only 1 in 2 adults doing the recommended minimum of 150 minutes each week. This falls to 1 in 4 for older adults.

So, why aren’t we moving more?

There’s a lot of reasons people avoid exercise, with “no time” consistently being the most common excuse. Factors like injury, poor health and a lack of knowledge also play a big role. Sometimes, you just need a little help, and that’s where an exercise physiologist can help.

What’s an exercise physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are university-qualified allied health professionals. They specialise in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise interventions for people with chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Services delivered by an AEP are also claimable under compensable schemes such as Medicare and covered by most private health insurers. When it comes to the prescription of exercise, they are the most qualified professionals in Australia.

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5 reasons you should see an exercise physiologist

There’s a lot of reasons to see an AEP, but here are some of the most common:

1. You’re living with a chronic condition

There’s additional factors that you need to considered if you’re living with (or at risk of developing) a chronic condition. These include the impact of medication, risk of comorbidities and limitations to range of movement. An AEP understands these complexities. They have the skills and knowledge to prescribe safe exercise interventions that are tailored individually for your needs. If you have a chronic disease, it’s also a good idea to chat to your GP before exercising. They may refer you directly to an exercise physiologist to help you get active safely.

Learn more about exercising with chronic conditions.


2. You’re living with chronic pain

Chronic pain is classified as pain that if it persists for longer than three months or beyond normal healing time. AEPs are trained in a range of pain management techniques and will prescribe exercises to help improve your quality of life.

3. You’re recovering from an injury

A physiotherapist generally diagnoses and manages the acute treatment of an injury. After the first phase of treatment, your physio may refer you to an exercise physiologist. They will further assist with your recovery and reduce your risk of re-injury.

4. You’re living with mental illness

Exercise is a powerful tool for both preventing and managing mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Exercise physiologists are uniquely qualified to prescribe exercise to those living with mental illness.

To learn more about exercise and mental health, download our free eBook.


5. You’re pregnant or have recently given birth

Your body goes through so many changes throughout pregnancy and after childbirth, and your exercise needs change accordingly. Whilst exercise is safe and beneficial both during and after pregnancy, doing the wrong types of exercises can actually be dangerous. An AEP can help to prescribe exercises that are safe for YOUR body and your stage of pregnancy/post-natal care.

Find an exercise physiologist

Talk your local exercise physiologist to see if their services are right for you. You can find an AEP near you by clicking here.

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