Exercise Right Week is an annual awareness campaign held in the last full week of May every year. This year it is 23 – 27 May. Since its inception in 2014, the campaign has aimed to highlight the benefits of exercise for health and well-being, and to help Australians to understand where to get the “right” advice for their individual needs. The campaign is brought to you by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). ESSA is the peak body for exercise and sports science professionals in Australia and is dedicated to helping Australians live healthier and more active lives. Despite knowing exercise is good for us, half of all Aussie adults aren’t moving enough. A lot of the conversation around exercise turns it into a chore or punishment, creating a negative relationship between our minds and movement. We want to change that. It’s not about weight loss. It’s not a punishment. Exercise is a celebration of your body. We’re designed to move! This Exercise Right Week, we want to highlight some of the incredible physical, mental and social benefits of exercise (that have NOTHING to do with the number on the scale!). Our Exercise Physiologist, Olivia is here to help and has some great tips for you.
What is an Exercise Physiologist? - An Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialises in clinical interventions for people with a broad range of health issues. These include;
Cardiovascular disease (hypertension etc.)
Metabolic disease (diabetes etc.)
Neurological disease (stroke etc.)
Respiratory / pulmonary disease
The aims of exercise physiology interventions are to prevent or manage acute or chronic disease and/or injury and assist in restoring optimal physical function, health or wellness. Our top 5 tips for exercise:
Do something you enjoy, but don’t always expect to enjoy it;
Do it for you and not others – see it as an investment in your health;
Its not only about the gym – you can be active in lots of different ways;
See it as quality time, away from work, family, phones, laptops;
Make it a priority, but it doesn’t have to be the main one.