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Why we should Prescribe Exercise As Medicine

We truly believe exercise is the wonder drug 💊 and we are on a mission to get local doctors in the Illawarra and other health professionals to join our pursuit of a happier and healthier Illawarra.


Our team of university qualified Accredited Exercise Physiologists are dedicated to providing you with the tools to improve your health, wellbeing and rehabilitate those long term injuries. We are set up in the heart of Wollongong, we have onsite parking, easy access and are committed to using the power of “Prescribing Exercise” to help you get better.

Why we are contacting doctors to Prescribe Exercise To their Patients?

Exercise is a powerful tool in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease.

Patients respect and listen to their GP, so just like patients fill their prescriptions and take their medications, they will very likely exercise if a GP encourages them to. So we are here to Help you give your patients an ‘exercise prescription’! But lets be honest, this does not just end with the Doctors, I know if my wife encourages me to do something I will more than likely follow through and vice versa, so lets share this information with our loved once, spouse of significant other. But why stop there? Your children follow the path you lead, so promote the prescription of exercise with your kids also.

How Much Exercise Should You Be Prescribing To Your Patients?

All health professionals can prescribe exercise to their patients in line with Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines:

Physical activity

Be active on most (preferably all) days, to weekly total of: 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate activity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous activity or an equivalent combination of both.

Strength

At least 2 days a week.

Sedentary time

Minimise and break up long periods of sitting.


Not sure the Physical Activity Guidelines will work for your clients, get them to give us a call on (02) 4259 0384 and we will be happy to book them in to assist with their unique needs.



Remember doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing a little, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.


Are you a health professional and ready to discuss exercise with your clients but not sure how? Follow these simple steps:


STEP 1. ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY


1. How many days per week do you exercise?


2. How many minutes per day?


3. At what intensity do you exercise (moderate or vigorous)


STEP 2. SCREEN - If you have concerns about safety during exercise, then complete an 'Adult pre-exercise screening tool.


STEP 3. CUSTOMISE - Every client and patient are different, it makes sense to determine the stage of change for each patient and tailor the exercise and goals to suit. STEP 4. REFER - Some patients will need more help to start exercising safely. Referral to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) may assist.


Looking to get started or need more info, get in contact with the Prescribe Exercise team on (02) 4259 0384 or click the BOOK NOW link




Post Created By Shane - Accredited Exercise Physiologist.


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