Research has shown many benefits of Exercise Physiology:
- Reduced risk of fatal heart attacks by up to 50%
- Recover from cancer treatment quicker
- Improved breathing in those with lung disease by 70%
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%
- Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Improved recovery rate after surgery
- Reduced pain and improved mobility for people with osteoarthritis
Exercise Physiology is also great if you have been told that you are on the borderline of developing a chronic disease. For example, if your doctor has told you that you are pre-diabetic, or if you have a family history of heart disease, or you are worried about developing arthritis, then exercise therapies can help prevent you from developing these diseases or limit the extent to which they develop.
Exercise physiology and heart health
Regular exercise is a great way to lower your risk of heart disease. Exercise strengthens muscles in your body, including your heart muscle which becomes more efficient and better able to pump blood throughout your body. This means that the heart pushes out more blood with each beat, allowing it to beat slower and keep your blood pressure under control.
When you exercise regularly, your body’s tissue (including the heart) do a better job of pulling oxygen from your blood. This allows your heart to work better under stress. If you are living with chronic disease or disability, it’s really important to keep your muscles (including your heart) as healthy and strong as possible.
Physical activity also allows better blood flow in the small blood vessels around your heart. Clogs in these arteries can lead to heart attacks. There’s also evidence that exercise helps your body make more branches and connections between these blood vessels, so there are other routes for your blood to travel if the usual path is blocked by narrow arteries or fatty deposits.
Exercise also increases your levels of the “good” cholesterol that lowers heart disease risk by flushing the artery-clogging “bad” cholesterol out of your system.
AEPs tailor the right exercise plan for you, and prescribe the correct exercises to suit your medical background, ensuring that you reduce your risk of negative health outcomes and ultimately improve your quality of life.