Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

exercise physiologist helps an older woman in exercisingAn Exercise Physiologist is a professionally trained individual who works with those having issues or injuries of either a physical or mental capacity. Their focus is to provide direction through the recovery process and to create a program for maintaining health during and after the healing has taken place. Our bodies are extremely complicated and there are many ways we can be blind to the proper care of our muscle and brain tissue. Exercise Physiologists understand the intimate details of how these areas of the bodywork and the proper way of rehabilitating, strengthening, and healing them from whatever trauma may have occurred.

What does an Exercise Physiologist do?

physiologist examining the back of a patientA typical response to trauma is a lack of motivation to go through the process of healing alone, or simple ignorance as to what direction to head in that will lead you to full healing. Exercise Physiologists are responsible for guiding, supporting, and motivating people who are currently dealing with muscular or mental health issues. In order to understand all aspects of what is going on within your muscular system Exercise Physiologists look at multiple areas of your body functions including the cardiovascular, muscular, nervous, and respiratory systems. So it is fair to say that you will benefit greatly to go through all types of exercise in the rehabilitating process, and not solely focus on the physical side of the healing.

As you go to see your local Exercise Physiologist be prepared to go through multiple steps of a health screening process. The primary precaution in this is to have the assurance that there are no unnoticed physical conditions which very well could hinder your overall healing. If any underlying problems are revealed, then your Exercise Physiologist will guide you in the way of healing these newly found issues in a specifically tailored manner for your personal direction of recovery. The commitment held for improving your health is not taken lightly and will most effectively hone in on your personal empowerment.

What is the most common question about exercise?

a woman getting ready to exerciseThe main concern for the average population is “How can I fit this into my daily life?”. Above all, time is not the primary blockade, but rather a matter of priority. On a day-to-day basis, the basic amount of time needed to move your body enough to benefit is a mere 30 minutes. This could be anything from taking a stroll, jogging in the morning, or as intense as a full on aerobics session. By moving your body, even for only half an hour, oxygen will more easily flow through your system and energy will increase. As your muscles are more fit and allowing a strong, healthy flow of water and oxygen the attentiveness and general activity of your brain will increase and maintain a much longer stamina. In the end, the question really becomes, “Do you see your overall health and daily productivity as a priority?”

What does exercise mean?

3 persons doing exerciseExercise is a way of challenging the muscles to grow, strengthen, and maintain muscle, energy, and the movement of oxygen and energy throughout your body. To move your body in any manner for at least thirty to sixty minutes a day is all it really takes to maintain ideal health. Moving includes walking, swimming, playing sports, walking the dog, doing squats, cleaning the house, push-ups, sit-ups, running, jogging, jumping, dancing, bicycling, and literally any other way that requires movement from your muscles. Contrary to popular belief, high-intensity exercise is not the sole form of exercise needed to see beneficial outcomes. In time, learning your personal boundaries will become the most important guideline for long-term personal strength, for each person benefits from movement at varying levels, as well as, intensities.

What does moderate to high-intensity exercise mean?

Intensity cannot be measured by the particular activity itself. The level of intensity within your practiced exercise is completely aligned to each person specifically. This is where the initial general health scan becomes most beneficial so that you may have the maximum understanding of the current state of health and how broad or narrow the personal boundaries need to be. So long as the heart rate is being elevated, oxygen is encouraged to flow, and the muscles are moving there really is no right or wrong answer in how to exercise.

What are some benefits of exercise?

group of people doing exerciseYour body is created to move oxygen through your systems. The oxygen provides nourishment which eventually becomes energy. If your body is stagnant there is little to no possibility for muscles and organs to receive the nutrients necessary function properly. Even more importantly, as you move, air and water are moved, as it should be, to your brain. Overall, once you exercise, in whatever form, your muscle elasticity, brain function, and attentiveness, as well as, your emotional wellbeing will greatly thrive which will, in turn, seep into healthier sleep patterns over time.

Is there a downside to exercise?

a couple doing exerciseSome may say sweat, time, and energy are reasons to avoid a consistent habit of exercise. However, it seems the only downside would be to go beyond your own personal boundaries and stress your body as a result. This could cause even more issues than what problems occurred in the first place. Staying within your range of strength, intensity, and ability is of vital importance. Other than this aspect, the only way for your health to go, with exercise, is up.