I remember being told at a young age that if you choose a job you love, you will never work a day in your life. Fortunately, I can say that is the case, as despite how perplexing the Health and Fitness industry can be at times, having the opportunity to make a positive impact on individuals lives every day is extremely rewarding.
Clients are often interested in asking how and why we ended up in our profession, and experience indicates that the vast majority of Exercise Physiologists share the same story. First, a love of sport and exercise coupled with the desire to help others is a common theme. Second, many practitioners describe witnessing loved ones suffer chronic disease due to an unhealthy lifestyle (i.e. being physically inactive and poor nutrition), and therefore wish to reduce the prevalence of such lifestyle diseases in society. Third, more than often we are failed athletes who set out to win Olympic medals and World Cups, finally settling on channelling our passion of exercise into something meaningful!
Personally, once realising I was nowhere near capable of achieving professional athlete status, I set out to work in the elite sport arena, aiding athletes in their pursuit of success. During this time, I was fortunate enough to intern with some of the best Strength and Conditioning professionals at the English Institute of Sport. However, I could not help thinking that I had the potential to impact significantly more lives outside of the sporting environment. Over time and through further study, I have blended my love of resistance training with health and wellness, specialising in the use of strength training for combatting the inevitable detrimental effects of aging, i.e. sarcopenia.
I am constantly in awe of how powerful resistance training is in changing older persons lives, and when I witness individuals becoming capable of carrying their shopping bags independently, performing their own gardening and carrying their grandchildren, I know I am privileged to do what I do.
This is just one story of a growing team of passionate Accredited Exercise Physiologists at Absolute Balance. If you are seeking out Exercise Physiology services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit absolutebalance.com.au to find out more.
Dr Jenny Conlon