Better Health with Exercise

By Healthweb | May 14, 2014

What is exercise and what does it mean?

Exercise is anything that gets you moving and active. It includes formal exercise such as a gym class, stretching in a yoga class, lifting weights, or going for a brisk walk or jog. Exercise also occurs in everyday activities and is known as incidental exercise. It may involve sweeping the leaves, vacuuming, taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking or riding to work or school. Physiotherapists recommend some form of exercise as a key component in any treatment process.

Why exercise?

The experienced physiotherapists at our Lockleys Physiotherapy clinic can demonstrate the well established benefits of exercise in maintaining your health and minimising or preventing dysfunction. They include:

  • Exercise produces a feeling of well-being by releasing the neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, which contribute to feelings of euphoria and peace. These neurotransmitters also help increase brain function while performing mental tasks.
  • Maintaining our heart’s ability to pump blood around our body.
  • Building and maintaining muscle and bone strength.
  • Exercise can reverse the effects of aging by slowing the deterioration of muscle, brain and nerve functions. Exercise has been proven effective in slowing the rate of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Weight loss. Combining an exercise program with current nutritional guidelines is essential to losing weight and keeping it off.

What exercise is offered at Physiotherapy For Women?

The Physiotherapists at Physiotherapy For Women are skilled in exercise prescription for both the fit, healthy woman who requires specific fitness and injury prevention advice, and for the injured or disabled person who has specific needs and considerations.

We have a special focus and years of experience conducting Pregnancy Exercise Classes, along with Postnatal Pilates Classes.

Women in any of their life stages can have specific needs addressed by our Physiotherapists. Personalised exercise programs are prescribed for women attending our Pilates Exercise Classes, where Pilates mat and equipment exercises are combined.

Women attending the clinic will receive physiotherapy instruction on correct core muscle activation of the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle systems. This is essential in Pilates exercise, where activation of the core muscles must be maintained during movement and changes of position.

We will be happy to discuss your exercise needs with you. Please call Physiotherapy For  Women on 84433355, or visit our clinic at 3 Rowells Road, Lockleys for more information.