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Messages telling us to exercise are everywhere, and everyone knows that they should be doing some sort of exercise, but the question as to why we are exercising and what the right type of exercise is gets blurred. Let’s start with a few questions…
- Are you exercising to”fit into a piece of clothing” or to stay in “shape”?
- Do you push yourself to extremes?
- Are you exercising to void food that you have eaten?
- Are you working to fatigue?
- Do you work out with the mentally of “No Pain No Gain?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions it is possible you need to re-address the why and how of your exercise routine….
Let’s start with the basics… what are health and exercise?
- Health: not merely the absence of disease, but a complete state of physical and mental wellbeing
- Exercise: planned physical activity with the purpose of improving function, which:
- Results in healthier level of physical fitness
- Improves mental health
- Strengthens muscles
- Improves the cardiovascular system
- A form of escapism
- Improves self-esteem and self-efficacy
- What exercise isn’t
- Working out to fatigue
- Pushing to extremes
- Competing with others
- Image driven: health driven
- Time consuming
Through the power of social media we have been led to believe that exercise equates to looking thin, sexy, toned and is generally used as a punishment for eating “bad foods”, and we have actually forgotten the reason we need to exercise. Which is? HEALTH!
Unfortunately not all exercise results in health; token exercise here and there doesn’t necessarily yield ehalth improvements, and too much exercise can also be detrimental to health. If we forget about our health we are doing a huge disservice to our body and body image. Rather than focusing on what our body looks like we need to focus on what we want it to do, we weren’t designed simply to look good whilst lying next to a pool! Our body should be used as an instrument of life; a vehicle for you to enjoy life through and that enable you to achieve what you want to in life, not something that should be punished, life is too short for that! Health is about balance, and that means balancing exercise with life and ensuring exercise does not impinge on your lifestyle.
Improving fitness and Functionality should be the goal of any exercise program; not weight loss or improving body shape as this doesn’t always equate to better health. However, increasing fitness will increase health and selecting better foods, will, improve health even if we don’t lose weight.
News Flash: if you commence an exercise program and improve your fitness, without losing weight, you will achieve more benefit than someone who simply loses weight through undesirable options. Ultimately, by focusing on body image you generally do your body more injustice than if you were to provide your body with appropriate nutrition and exercise appropriately. Healthy behaviours result in better physical and emotional health at any size rather than being on the quest for the perfect body.
Forget about fatness instead of fitness!
Improving your fitness can:
- Improve heart and lung health
- Improve BP
- Improve BGL: prevent diabetes
- Maintain muscle and bone health
- Improve mood
- Improve self esteem and self efficacy
So now I ask you….
Does the life that you want to live have a place for bad health and over or under exercising?
If you’re not exercising appropriately the health reprecussions can be terrible, and impact yourself and your family and friends. Finding the correct exercise prescription for YOU (and this may well mean scaling back) with help you achieve goals, improve family relationships and ultimately help you in living a more fulfilled life.
If you need guidance in regards to exercise Contact Health Moves Today and make an appointment with one of our exercise specialists who will help you get back on track
Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life, however it does bring with it significant change to the body. Your body will undergo many changes during pregnancy. Some will affect your ability to exercise, or require you to modify your exercise routine, including:
- Hormones such as relaxin loosen ligaments, which could increase your risk of joint injuries (such as sprains).
- As pregnancy progresses, your weight will increase and you will experience changes in weight distribution and body shape. This results in the body’s centre of gravity moving forward, which can alter your balance and coordination.
- Pregnancy increases your resting heart rate, so don’t use your target heart rate to work out the intensity of your exercise. In healthy pregnant women, exercise intensity can be monitored using a method known as Borg’s Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale. This measures how hard you feel (perceive) your body is working.
- Your blood pressure drops in the second trimester, so it is important to avoid rapid changes of position – from lying to standing and vice versa – so as not to experience dizzy spells.
Guided exercise prescription can help your body adjust to these changes, help you cope better with the changes and assist with your post-natal recovery. The benefits to exercising during pregnancy are not just limited to mum’s health; it can also help with the health of the un born child and impact on the child’s health throughout life! It is imperative to exercise safely and we want to help you to do that.
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- Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic condition
- Every day, in Australia, approximately 280 individuals develop some form of diabetes
- In Qld there are more than 192,000 people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes
- Diabetes QLD believes there are more than 500,000 Queenslanders that are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, have pre-diabetes or are under diagnosed
- ¼ of all Australians are battling at least one chronic disease
- 40% of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes are battling at least two chronic diseases
It is common knowledge that regular physical activity or exercise plays an important role in maintaining health and reducing morbidity and it is now known that physical inactivity is the greatest predictor of risk factors for chronic disease and!
Physical inactivity has overtaken smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol as the world’s biggest killer.
Exercise truly is Medicine, and, unlike some medications, it is multifunctioning. Exercise has the ability to not only reduce BGL in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes, but it also assists with reducing blood pressure, weight management, increases muscle mass, increases bone mass, improves mood and overall functionality.
As Exercise Physiologists our job is to find the most appropriate exercise for YOU to achieve optimum health and control of YOUR diabetes. We make exercise easy and achievable for YOU to results in long term lifestyle change.
How will we assist YOU?
- Provide YOU with the knowledge they require to make positive behaviour change: my motto is: “Knowledge is power”
- Empower YOU by providing an individualised, progressive, achievable exercise program
- Provide an exercise program that will not just assist with BGL control but will also improve overall health
- Educate YOU on safe BGL ranges for exercising with type 2 diabetes
- Debunk common exercise myths
Our comprehensive program “MOVE TO HEATLH” could be the kick start YOU need to get your diabetes back on track. This 8 week program will achieve all of the above and more!
Call us today to discuss how you can join our program