There is no doubt that within the last 12 months, COVID-19 has had an impact on us all. As restrictions lift and life is returning to normal, there’s no better time to get moving again and back into a regular exercise routine.

This week it is Exercise Right Week and at Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne, EdgecliffMarrickvilleBella VistaRandwickPymble we are promoting everyone to take charge of their health so they can live happier and healthier.

In line with the Exercise Right week campaign, we want everyone, especially those with chronic disease, injury, illness and disability to know how they can ‘exercise right’.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports on 10 major chronic condition groups, being:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Mental health conditions
  • Osteoporosis

From the chronic health conditions listed above, 1 in 2 Australians have 1 or more. The good news? Exercise has been shown to help in the management and prevention of these conditions! This is where our Longevity Exercise Physiologists come into the picture. Our Exercise Physiologist specialize in prescribing exercise specific to your health and goals.

Exercise has been shown to protect against developing several chronic health conditions

How can I take charge of my health?

  1. Lifestyle
    1. Lifestyle intervention is especially important as many factors stemming from our lifestyle play a role in increasing the risk of developing some of the above conditions. These habits or choices are modifiable risk factors, meaning the choices we do or don’t make can decrease our risk. These risk factors include an unhealthy diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, sleep, stress and lack physical activity.
  2. Exercise
    1. Regular exercise has been shown to protect against developing several chronic health conditions and can also assist with the management of these conditions. So, how much exercise should you be doing? Knowing the right type of exercise, the duration, the intensity and frequency can be challenging and is determined by your age, goals, and possible health conditions. This is why it is a good idea to consult one of our Longevity Exercise Physiologists. However, aiming to mee the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines is a good start.

Adults:

  • ≥150 minutes of moderate intensity OR 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week (e.g., walking, running, cycling, swimming)
  • ≥2 sessions of resistance training that each target all major muscle groups
  • Older adults with poor mobility should perform exercise aimed at improving balance and preventing falls on ≥ 3 days of the week

Children and Adolescents:

  • 60 minutes of moderate-vigorous intensity exercise EVERY DAY
  • 2-3 days of muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activity (e.g. jumping, climbing, gymnastics, calisthenics, guided weight training)

If you’re looking to take charge of your health, the team at Longevity Exercise Physiology assist many people in incorporating sustainable lifestyle changes involving exercise. Call us on 1300 964 002 for a 15-minute consultation to discuss what exercise is right for you!

Written by Guy Beynon