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Physical activity and exercise provides benefits for all people of all ages and abilities.
In conjunction with hands-on treatment your physiotherapist will most likely recommend that you perform some exercises at home. They may be in the form of stretches, functional movements, strengthening exercises or a fitness program.
Functional movements and stretches help to maintain gains in movement achieved with manual therapy during treatment sessions.
Strengthening programs for particular muscle groups can assist in preventing injuries and recurrences and allow you to perform an activity more efficiently and effectively.
Improving fitness helps prevent and treat a variety of chronic health conditions.
Exercise has benefits for many conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Bone strength/health
- Muscle condition/strength
- Quality of life
Exercise prevents loss of function as people get older by encouraging movement. An activity such as walking is inexpensive and can involve friends, family members or the dog. This then can be made a pleasant experience. Social gatherings can be combined with physical activity, for example tennis groups, a touch footy game or exercise groups.
For sedentary people and those at high risk of chronic disease, exercise IS medicine and any small increase in activity is beneficial. Irrespective of body weight, people who are active/fit will have improved health.
The Australian Department of Health recommends that adults should get 150 – 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week for their cardio-respiratory health. This can be achieved through 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 5 days per week or 75 – 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week.
Aerobic activity – e.g. walk, jog, swim, cycle
- Improves cardiovascular fitness and respiratory fitness (reduces risk of cardiovascular disease)
- >30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise, 5 days per week
- Daily activities can be counted as aerobic exercise if they are >10 minutes duration and moderate/vigorous intensity.
Resistance activity – e.g. weight training
- Improves bone density and cognition
- 2 sessions per week