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The importance of Exercise Physiology in today’s society

Over several decades our society has moved towards an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. This trend has led to a significant rise in preventable diseases, particularly type II diabetes. According to Diabetes Australia, around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, and 280 individuals are diagnosed every day. The total annual cost of diabetes in Australia is estimated at $14.6 billion. Additionally, the potential complications if your diabetes is not appropriately managed are extensive, since diabetes:

  • Is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults

  • Is a leading cause of kidney failure and dialysis

  • Increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to 4 times

  • Is a major cause of limb amputations

  • Affects mental health as well as physical health. Depression, anxiety and distress occur in more than 30% of all people with diabetes

Thankfully, we can reverse this alarming trend through lifestyle education and interventions, as type II diabetes is considered a preventable disease.

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist my goal is to help you establish a healthier lifestyle to facilitate long-term health and prosperity. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

  • Be physically active – exercising regularly is fantastic, but it is important not to spend several hours sitting down at the computer, in the car or in front of the TV

  • Exercise: at least 2.5 hours per week (i.e. 30 minutes a day, on 5 or more days a week)

  • Go for a walk on your lunch break – clear the mind and move your body

  • Performing resistance training twice a week (i.e. Pilates, gym) has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight, but more importantly improve blood glucose regulation

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Follow a well-balanced meal plan – minimise processed and sugary foods; enjoy plenty of green leafy vegetables

  • Cut back on sugar added to tea/coffee

  • Sleep well – practice deep breathing exercises and avoid big meals prior to bed

  • Laugh lots and be happy – high levels of stress have a harmful impact on our bodies

Daniel D’Avoine

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, ESSAM

B.Sc Exercise Science & Rehab

B.Sc Exercise & Sports Science

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