Exercise physiology is the study of the responses of the human body to physical activity or exercise and the changes in different parts of the body including the lungs, heart, muscles and brain.
The goal of exercise physiology is to manage and prevent injuries and chronic diseases through exercise, lifestyle changes and behaviour modification. It is also about improving the quality of life, independence and general health of those with disabilities.
An exercise physiologist is a university qualified practitioner that has been trained to provide exercise and behavioural change advice to people. We are part of the allied health group that allows you access to health benefits through Medicare, DVA, WorkCover and private health insurance.
How Exercise Physiology works
The purpose of Exercise Physiology is to use the benefits of exercise to help people improve their overall quality of life and health. Exercise physiologists develop and prescribe exercise programs tailored to the specific needs of each client. Similarly, they focus on incidental physical activities that shifts a person from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one, making them less susceptible to life-threatening illnesses. Accredited exercise physiologists may also assist with:
- Assessments of functional capacity
- Advice on lifestyle modification to improve health status
- Exercise prescriptions for strength and function improvement pre - and post -surgery
- Workplace assessments.
The benefits of Exercise Physiology
There is no secret that exercise is medicine. Regular exercise has proven to reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions including heart disease, dementia, diabetes, chronic pain and cancer. Exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. It can also get you out in the world, help to reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation, and put you in touch with other people, therefore assisting in improving overall mental health and wellbeing.
A persons condition or illness should not inhibit them from accessing the benefits of exercise. That's why Accredited Exercise Physiologists specialise in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise interventions for people with chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Services delivered by an AEP are also claimable under compensable schemes such as Medicare and covered by most private health insurers. When it comes to the prescription of exercise, exercise physiologists are the most qualified professionals in Australia.
Where to start
If you are interested in starting an exercise and health routine but are not sure where to start you should:
- Arrange an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options based on your capabilities
- Book an assessment with an exercise physiologist to start an exercise plan that is tailored to you and your goals with the support and guidance of a professional.