It’s that time of year again…EXERCISE RIGHT WEEK! The month of May, specifically the 23rd-29th, is the week where awareness for exercise is ramped up. But, let’s be honest, a single week in a calendar year is not enough to raise the awareness of exercise, its benefits and the experts that can help us.
So, who are the experts? Accredited Exercise Physiologists are your experts in exercise. Let me tell you more about myself and my role in being an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, because you probably have no idea who we are or what we do:
- I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
- I completed a 4-year university degree, which encompasses the studies of exercise prescription, biomechanics, psychology, nutrition, ergonomics, injury prevention, chronic and complex conditions, diseases and injuries.
- I have worked over the past 9 years within various areas of the industry, including Corporate Health, Workers compensation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Injury Prevention and Chronic Disease Management.
- My clients include those who have had lower back pain, shoulder bursitis, complex or chronic pain, diabetes, obesity, heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, whiplash, anxiety/depression and many, many more.
- Our treatment is ‘Active’ meaning that there is no ‘hands on’ treatment, but we prescribe specific exercise, use change behaviour strategies, teach and coach you how to exercise appropriately based on your presentation or changing health status.
How much exercise should you do?
The current Australian guidelines recommended for individuals aged between 18-64 years include:
- Approximately 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity (brisk walking, swimming, social tennis, dancing, golf etc.) per week.
- Or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity (aerobics, jogging and many competitive sports etc.) per week.
- Or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities per week.
Based on the above guidelines in 2014-15, 55.5% of 18-64 year olds participated in sufficient physical activity. Nearly one in three (29.7%) 18-64 year olds were insufficiently active, while 14.8% were inactive. These were similar to proportions in 2011-12 (54.5%, 29.4% and 16.0% respectively). (1).
These alarming statistics speak volumes of the adverse state of Australian health, not only now, but for the future. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and an expert in exercise, my role is to:
- Prescribe specific graded exercise programmes
- Apply behavioural change strategies
- Improve health and quality of life for persons at risk of developing, or with existing, chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries
Here, at Absolute Balance, our Accredited Exercise Physiologists live and breathe exercise, and use the best evidence-based exercise prescription available to tailor your exercises and programme to your individual needs. At Absolute Balance our vision is to make exercise the ANSWER for ALL health conditions.
“The comprehensive evidence herein clearly establishes that lack of physical activity affects almost every cell, organ, and system in the body causing sedentary dysfunction and accelerated death. The only valid scientific therapeutic approach to completely counter sedentary dysfunction is primary prevention with physical activity itself.” (3)
“There is incontrovertible evidence that regular physical activity contributes to the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases and is associated with a reduced risk of premature death. There appears to be a graded linear relation between the volume of physical activity and health status, such that the most physically active people are at the lowest risk.” (4)
“Leisure-time physical activity is associated with longer life expectancy, even at relatively low levels of activity and regardless of body weight, according to a new study. The study found that people who engaged in leisure-time physical activity had life expectancy gains of as much as 4.5 years.” (5)
Speak to an Absolute Balance Accredited Exercise Physiologist today to find out more about how we can help you. Alternately, head over to our website www.absolutebalance.com.au to find out more about our services.
Troy Crimmin (B.Sc. – Sports, Grad Dip – Ex Sci, Grad Dip WHS)
Senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)
- Department of Health, 10 July 2014, The Department of Health: Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines <http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines>; last accessed 03/12/2015.
- Department of Health | Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines [Internet]. Health.gov.au. 2016 [cited 4 May 2016]. Available from: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines#apaadult
- Booth, F. W., Roberts, C. K., & Laye, M. J. (2012). Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases. Comprehensive Physiology, 2(2), 1143–1211. http://doi.org/10.1002/cphy.c110025
- Warburton, D. E. R., Nicol, C. W., & Bredin, S. S. D. (2006). Health benefits of physical activity: the evidence. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association Journal, 174(6), 801–809. http://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.051351
- Moore S, Patel A, Matthews C, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Park Y, Katki H et al. Leisure Time Physical Activity of Moderate to Vigorous Intensity and Mortality: A Large Pooled Cohort Analysis. PLoS Med. 2012;9(11):e1001335.