At The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre we are big advocates of our clients maintaining a regular exercise regime that is appropriate for them. When we are asked by a client about which exercise is most effective and appropriate the simple answer is the old …. “The exercise that you will actually do”. Of course one needs to phase in an exercise regime over time and needs to take into account what is feasible in a physical and practical sense.
The health benefits of regular exercise are well known and include the prevention and treatment of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, musculoskeletal health and osteoporosis. The obvious hurdle for someone to obtain the many benefits of physical activity is for one to initially find the impetus for get started and then finding the motivation to maintain participation. We are well aware of the potential barriers to regular exercise which commonly includes the notion of being too busy to allocate the time to it.
But what if a regular exercise regime actually helped make you more effective and efficient at work and in your lifestyle in general, then perhaps this key “barrier” would become easier to overcome? What if regular exercise helped you with stress management particularly during stressful times then we would even have more reason to exercise?
Recently we came across an excellent article entitled “How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym”. Here the author explores the notion of how breaking out from our desire to be continually comfortable and exposing ourselves to some discomfort in exercise, can help prepare us to perform better in our lives and help us withstand life’s adversaries. In particular he highlights studies that point to better student performance and “self- regulation”, improved short term brain function and awareness as well as enhanced stress management, all in response to commencing a moderate exercise program. He also refers to how regular exercise can become a “keystone habit,” or a change in one area of our life that brings about positive effects in other areas- resulting in “a change in our sense of self and our sense of what is possible.”
Depending on your current health status and medical/ injury history it may well be appropriate to initially to consult one of our Doctors or Physiotherapists at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre. We also have Exercise Physiologists who can fashion and monitor an exercise program suitable for you in either a group or individual setting.
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