Exercise doesn’t mean you’ve got to suddenly take up running or pump it out at the gym, but it does mean that incorporating gentle movement every day can make a big difference to your overall health.
However, many older people often start to avoid exercise for different reasons – whether it’s because of health problems, weight or pain issues or concerns about falling.
Getting moving has a lot of benefits for older people living at home, including:
If you haven’t been exercising for some time, turning to a professional who can prescribe exercises to suit your needs and level of fitness is a good idea. But which professionals can help? While physiotherapists often develop exercise programs to rehabilitate an injury, an exercise physiologist is a specialist who can develop an exercise plan to help you with your current and ongoing goals.
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) holds a four-year equivalent university degree and specialises in the exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs provide support for people with a range of medical conditions, including:
Exercise physiologists can work with you to develop a balanced exercise plan that can work with any health restrictions you have to help build strength, balance, flexibility and cardio stamina.
The differences are:
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are different as they possess extensive knowledge, skills and experience in clinical exercise delivery and can provide health modification counselling for people with chronic disease and injury.
Seasons’ care partner Envigor works with Achieve Exercise Physiologists to offer residents access to skilled exercise professionals who can help with keeping them on their feet and keep doing the things they like to do.
Achieve Exercise Physiologists’ Director Troy Burgess says that he became an exercise physiologist after a family member passed away from a health problem that could have been prevented.
“I felt helpless knowing at the time that it was too late and that I couldn’t help them change anything. Part of the reason I pursued this career and started Achieve was to provide a service to help others prevent health conditions from affecting them and their family and friends,” says Troy.
“Helping people to improve their quality of life and being with them while they reach their goals inspires me every day. Our clients are a constant reminder of why exercise is so important.”
This blog post first appeared on Envigor’s blog.