Functional strength is an important aspect in life, as it not only allows us to perform activities of daily living (ADL’s), but also aids in helping to assist in sporting and recreational activities (tennis, golf, fishing, netball etc.). How do we build functional strength? Resistance Training! So, why should everyone do some form of resistance training? Studies have shown that resistance training is an effective way to reduce the effects of ageing; we have listed some of the benefits below:
- Strengthen muscles for improved functional capacity, ability to perform ADL’s and sports/recreational activities
- Reduce the risk of falling by improving balance and stability
- Increase bone strength, reducing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis
- Improves metabolism, blood sugar control and aids in weight management
- Improve mental wellbeing
Who can benefit from Resistance Training?
- Everyone can benefit from the young to the old
- People who have osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, obesity, have had previous injury or are looking to improve their overall functional health
- Even if you have an injury, a chronic disease or complex condition exercise (when prescribed correctly) can help keep you functional, young and reduce the burden of your condition
Why should I see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for a Resistance Training program?
- Tertiary qualified professional holding a 4 year university degree
- Exercise Physiologists specialise in graded exercise prescription and change behaviour strategies for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries
- Recognised under Medicare, DVA and most private health insurers
Troy Crimmin (B.Sc. – Sports, Grad Dip – Ex Sci, Grad Dip WHS)
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)