Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne,EdgecliffMarrickville,Bella VistaRandwickLindfield and Balmain is made up of a team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists. Today we answer a frequently asked question: What does it actually mean to be ‘Accredited’?

 

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) means that they are governed by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), which is the peak professional body and only accrediting body for AEPs1.

 

To maintain accreditation with ESSA, an AEP must:

  • Hold and maintain a valid First Aid and CPR certificate
  • Hold and maintain appropriate professional indemnity insurance
  • Complete annual Continuing Professional Development gaining 20 points per year
  • Uphold the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice

Fun Fact: AEPs are dual accredited, meaning they hold the accreditation of Accredited Exercise Scientist in addition to AEP!

 

ESSA also develops a range of eBooks on exercise and specific populations in order to educate the community and discuss the benefits of exercise and seeking help from a professional. The latest free eBook is all about exercise for older adults and healthy ageing.

Despite the many benefits of exercising as we get older, in Australia, 75% of people aged 65 and over are not sufficiently active2. Longevity AEP Susannah recently wrote a blog which outlines some of the many benefits of exercise for older adults (https://longevitypt.com.au/blog/exercise-for-the-elderly/).

 

3 in 5 Australians aged 65 years and over have at least one chronic condition3. The eBook aims to encourage older adults to age actively, increase their quality of life and reduce the burden of chronic disease and conditions on the community. The eBook covers a variety of topics such as brain health, parkinson’s disease, common cancers, heart health, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and persistent pain. It also covers exercise to prevent falls, how exercise can prevent loneliness, and the importance of strength training.2

It truly is never too late to start. If have a chronic health condition, are starting back with exercise after a long break or you are new to exercise, it’s important to seek advice from an Exercise Physiologist.

You can grab a copy of ‘Exercise for Older Adults’ eBook by following this link:

 

https://exerciseright.com.au/essa-ebooks/

It truly is never too late to start. If have a chronic health condition, are starting back with exercise after a long break or you are new to exercise, it’s important to seek advice from an Exercise Physiologist.

You can contact Longevity on 1300 964 002 to get started.

 

  1. https://www.essa.org.au/Public/Consumer_Information/What_is_an_Accredited_Exercise_Physiologist_.aspx

 

  1. https://www.essa.org.au/Public/News_Room/Media_Releases1/2020/ESSA%20launches%20latest%20eBook%20Exercise%20for%20Older%20Adults.aspx

 

  1. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/physical-activity/physical-activity-across-the-life-stages/contents/table-of-contents

Written by Courtney Maher