At Altius Group, our Accredited Exercise Physiologists see how exercise can be the driving force behind people’s recovery journeys.
As part of our drive and commitment to helping people realise their health potential, we are celebrating Exercise Right Week from the 24-30 May.
Exercise improves lives for all people and at every stage of life. If being active has not been a big part of your life, or if it disappeared from your life because of family commitments, ill health or an abundance of life reasons, now is your chance to look for your pathway back to exercise and the start of a healthier lifestyle.
No matter your age, physical capabilities, or your current level of fitness there is an exercise pathway for you.
The Australian Government department of health guidelines suggests a total of 30 minutes or more of exercise daily and encourages you to try and be active on most days of the week.
If you are new to exercise, the hours you are meant to put into exercise can be daunting. Make sure that you:
‘Through consistent physical activity, many clients have highlighted improvements in strength, endurance and postural awareness.’ -- Robbie Ong – Altius Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Walking is a great access point into fitness since:
Walking can help reduce stress levels since it helps to release endorphins, which are powerful brain chemicals that help reduce pain and stimulate relaxation. The higher your endorphin levels, the calmer and more relaxed you will feel. This is one of the reasons why walking can make you feel so good.
‘I frequently exercise to maintain my health and wellbeing but also to alleviate mental stress. This allows me to be more focused during my working day!’ -- Robbie Ong – Altius’ Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Limited mobility does not discount you from exercise – it just means you need a more personalised exercise plan.
Take a visit to your local pool, beach or lake. You can swim, jog or even do an aqua-aerobics class. The water can support your weight and provide resistance for an all-body workout that is gentle on the joints.
Join a club to get moving, bowls for a gentle stretch, soccer for a run around or dragon boating to get on the water. This non-exhaustive list is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the diversity of sporting clubs out there.
Some love it, some hate it, but it is a great place to gain muscle strength. Take a tour of your local gym to see if it feels good for you. Most gyms offer a free personal training session where you can get a routine based on your fitness level.
If you want to be guided through your exercise session, find some local classes. Classes cover a variety of styles including aerobic, weight focused, high intensity interval, yoga, Pilates, spin (static cycling), boxing (non-contact) and dancercise. Before you join the class talk to the providers to get a sense of how active you are expected to be and whether anything is modified for those just starting on their fitness journey.
It can be hard to maintain walking the same route on a daily basis. However, if you vary your activities such as swimming one day and walking the next, it is easier to keep yourself interested in your fitness activities.
If you are living with or at risk from chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries our Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) can help you with clinical exercise interventions. We provide physical activity education, advice and support on lifestyle modification to assist the restoration of our client’s optimal physical function, health and wellbeing.
Contact us at OccHealth by Altius on 1800 258 487.