Archive | August, 2013

Exercise for anyone

16 Aug

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Don’t wait until this is you! The great thing about exercise is that EVERYONE can do something regularly.

My experience as an Exercise Physiologist has been primarily in chronic disease management, meaning that most of my patients suffer from complex medical conditions, ranging from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, to arthritis or significant “physical impairments”. The oldest patient I have seen is 94, and the youngest is 10. It is my job to ensure that people, no matter their age or physical capacity, are able to exercise safely, and improve their quality of life in some way or another.

Exercise has been proven to have many benefits, including (but not limited to):

  • Improve bone strength and health
  • Improve balance
  • Reduce falls risk
  • Improve muscle tone and strength
  • Improve metabolic conditions
  • Improve emotional well-being/self esteem
  • Improve fatigue
  • Improve heart health
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Prevent cancer, and/or the recurrence
  • Weight loss

And so on and so on…!

As I mentioned in a previous post, it is most important to find something you enjoy doing, and do it RIGHT. I’m hoping that in this blog, you will find some inspiration and start to believe that, no matter what stage you are in life, exercise will help in some way or another.

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Isolation versus compound exercises

7 Aug

A comprehensive resistance exercise program should involve both isolation and compound exercises.

Isolation exercises focus on a particular muscle to ensure it is working properly. This will then enable the muscle, and subsequently, the joint to perform correctly, improving its functionality and reducing pain.

Compound exercises, however, are more ‘functional’ as they involve more than one joint, and more than one group of muscles. Compound exercises, such as a squat, are important to maintain functional strength, for example being able to sit down and stand up out of a chair.

The exercises that will be mentioned on this blog will be a combination of both, and I will try and stipulate which is which!