Today Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne, Edgecliff, Marrickville, Bella VistaRandwickPymble and Balmain work with clients of various ages and abilities, but particularly middle to older age adults who are more focused on healthy ageing and to maintain their ability to keep doing their hobbies and daily activities.

Today, our Exercise Physiologist Susannah shares her experience with one of her older adults who has been able to maintain their health over the years due to regular weekly exercise.

John* started seeing us at Longevity in 2020 and was doing a combination of home and gym sessions. John has a chronic health condition that has meant his walking ability and balance is affected, however has shown remarkable improvements since completing 5+ hours of supervised exercise each week. He lives at home with his family and young granddaughter, whom he often has to mind and take to school each week. He was using two walking poles to assist his gait during his sessions, and now doesn’t use any.

Initially, John’s goals were situated around improving his walking and balance, so he did not put himself at an increased risk of falls or trips. John has gone from being able to:

  • Completing a walking test measuring distance for only 3 minutes to now being able to do the test 6 minutes without stopping
  • Sit to stands have improved from 10 repetitions to 26 repetitions
  • Push ups have improved from 14 repetitions to 17.5 repetitions

It means John feels more confident in his walking, getting up and down off the floor, driving in his community and keeping up with his active granddaughter.

So what do all these numbers and results mean for John? It means John feels more confident in his walking, getting up and down off the floor, driving in his community and keeping up with his active granddaughter. His exercise program has been tailored to suit his needs, and has regular reviews to monitor his progress. John’s initial goals are different to his goals he wants to achieve now, and by having supervision in his sessions it is easier to understand how these goals change over time.

Exercise Physiology is more than just completing weekly exercise and being active – it’s about taking preventative measures and setting up better health for the future. As we have mentioned before – if exercise was a pill, everyone would be taking it. So many Australians struggle to adhere to the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines, so why not seek the help, guidance and ongoing support of an exercise specialist who can help you achieve better health as you age.

*Name changed for privacy reasons

Contact Longevity Personal Training and Exercise Physiology Edgecliff, Pymble, Marrickville, Randwick, Drummoyne, Balmain, Bella Vista on 1300 964 002 to enquire today.

Written by Susannah Mah-Chut