Exercise – an individual prescription
Our Leap Health professionals are movement specialists, and realise the importance of discussing physical activity options that are individualised to each person. While one person may crave the solitude of an early morning bike ride or solo hike, another may prefer the social atmosphere of a local community aerobics class. Therefore there is no ‘one size fits all’ prescription for movement.
As a country we are not incorporating enough physical activity in our lives. The Heart Foundation cites that in 2014/2015, 63% of Australians aged over 15 were either sedentary or had low levels of exercise. To sum up, 12 million people that just aren’t moving enough!
At Leap Health we treat acute injuries that may relate to sporting or physical activities. However, we also see people who have pain, dysfunction and chronic conditions related to a sedentary lifestyle. It’s true that making a change to become more physically active is not always easy. Likewise we empathise that motivation to be consistent is tough. We get it!
Benefits of regular physical activity from Better Health Vic
- reduce your risk of a heart attack
- manage your weight better
- have a lower blood cholesterol level
- lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
- have lower blood pressure
- have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower the risk of osteoporosis
- lower your risk of falls
- recover better from period of hospitalisation or bed rest
- feel better – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better
There are so many options for exercise, sport and moving your body that it can be a little overwhelming. Importantly, the best exercise is the one you enjoy doing and get done! This could look like having a kick of the footy with your kids. Or squeezing in 10 minutes of yoga. Or simply opting to take the stairs. The little things can add up, big time.
You may need help to perform at your best
Often people have physical barriers to exercise. Old injuries or current pain that may prevent even walking, let alone doing the exercise you enjoy. Interestingly movement and exercise can go a long way to improve many conditions, and an assessment and treatment from one of our health professionals can make a world of difference to your overall health. To help, you can see a Podiatrist for your feet, or our Dietitian to help with energy and weight loss. An Exercise Physiologist can tailor a program and help with accountability. A Physiotherapist can help you after surgery or injury. Call us to book an appointment today, to leap into a happier lifestyle.
In conclusion these small considerations can vastly improve your quality of life, your ability to connect with friends and family and your longevity. In the coming weeks with will showcase a blog series profiling different types of sports and exercise, as there may be a new way of moving that you have yet to try!