Different Exercise Environments

Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne, Edgecliff, Marrickville, Bella VistaRandwickPymble and Balmain today discuss the different kind of exercise environments. Getting to a gym is not the be all and end all, and no gym membership is certainly not an excuse!


There is no denying a gym gives you the most access to exercise equipment compared to other exercise environments. A mix of free weights and machines means there is an option for everyone and allows you to implement the principle of progressive overload very easily by simply increasing your weights and changing your exercise over time. Majority of our clients also train with our Longevity Exercise Physiologists in a gym setting. The gym does not have to be intimidating. Many of our clients have previously never exercised in a gym before training with our Exercise Physiologists, now they cannot get enough!


The pool is a great place to improve your cardiovascular fitness without the impact. This can be a great modality of exercise for people with osteoarthritis who find it difficult to walk long distances due to joint pain. Some individuals with reduced range of motion also find in the water they are far less restricted, and as water still acts as some form of resistance, it is possible to implement a very effective resistance training program in the pool. It is important to remember though there are still a lot of benefits to exercising on land, including its effects on bone mineral density.


Although you may not have access to as much equipment as you would in the gym, exercising at home is definitely feasible if you can get creative. Exercise at home can be a great alternative for busy families or individuals who simply cannot find the time or leave their kids home alone. By increasing number of reps and sets of exercises, changing time under tension and using a few bags of rice or heavy backpacks as your makeshift weights, you can still implement the principle of progressive overload. If you are struggling for ideas or motivation, you can also organise a telehealth consultation with one of our Exercise Physiologists so you can ensure you are training effectively from the comfort of your home.


The great thing about exercise is that you can partake in it virtually anywhere. Grab a pair of joggers, walk out your front door and go for a 30minute walk or jog and you are well on your way to meeting the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines for the week (150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise and two resistance training sessions a week). Like exercising at home, there are certainly plenty of resistance exercises do down to your local park.


Although the office is not usually the place you can drop on the ground for 10 burpees, it’s still important to be mindful of how much you are moving. The Australian Physical Activity Guidelines recommended sitting for no longer than 2 hours at a time. Sedentary behaviour has been shown to increase your risk of chronic disease including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Whether it means sticking post it notes to your computer to remind you or trying out a sit to stand desk, try and change your position at your desk as often as possible!

Still wanting to learn more about what type of exercise environments are most appropriate for you? Contact Longevity Personal Training and Exercise Physiology Edgecliff, Lindfield, Marrickville, Randwick, Drummoyne, Balmain, Bella Vista on 1300 964 002 to enquire today.

Written By Georgia Wassall

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