Exercise Therapy – The Medicine of Choice!
As an Osteopath and Exercise Therapist, I have spent many years using the art and science of Exercise Therapy to heal and improve lives. During this time I have witnessed many struggle with consistency and achievement. Below are a few points that I think are worth considering if you want to make your efforts more rewarding and compelling!
You are an individual and there is no ‘one size fits all’ exercise. Move your body in ways you ENJOY, not just in ways you think you should.
- In terms of exercise-the more specific your goals are, the more likely you are to achieve them
- Exercise adaptations and improvements are specific to the movements and activities you perform. (If you want to be a better runner- run, If you want to be a better cyclist- cycle!)
- Core strength and stability training is just a bit of a trendy fad. The muscles of the core work all day long without needing to be isolated or targeted. Contrary to popular belief there is no correlation between a ‘weak’ core and low back pain. The core muscles work in all exercises so don’t waste precious training time doing sit ups and balancing on balls!
As we age beyond our 40’s, preserving and improving muscle mass becomes a significant health priority. Resistance training (lifting weights) becomes a non negotiable part of the routine.
- Exercise is the most harmless and effective medicine available to mankind.
- The better you are at a particular activity or exercise, the more effort you will put in and the less exerted you will feel.
- Any physical activity can be exercise with sufficient intention and effort.
- The way you perceive your exercise will govern how much, how well and for how long you’ll do it.
View your exercise as a simple and frequent act of gratitude for your health, happiness and life.
- Exercise is as effective as drug intervention in the secondary treatment and prevention of conditions such as heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome. It also has fewer side effects!
- Remember to use your movement to generate energy as well as expend it (Working in V Working out)