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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t See An Exercise Physiologist! (Insert Sarcasm here)

1. You have chronic pain, and enjoy living with it.

Chronic pain is prevalent throughout today’s society and is often caused and exacerbated by lack of movement. The body is made to move, however, due to our current lifestyles and modern technology, we are moving less than ever. People in pain can become afraid to move out of fear of increased pain, and unfortunately this can cause a pain cycle. Movement is medicine, especially for pain, so If you have chronic pain and want to start feeling better, consult an exercise physiologist for advice on what kind of exercise you can be doing to help feel better.

2. You have a chronic medical condition, and don’t care if it gets worse.

Chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease are very common. Most people with these conditions rely on modern medicine in the form of prescribed drugs to keep their conditions under control. This is a great form of management, however there are additional changes you can make to help manage your condition. Improving your lifestyle through better diet and increased physical activity has been proven to be a fantastic tool in managing many chronic diseases. Exercise decreases blood pressure, improves blood lipid profiles, decreases risk of heart attack, decreases body fat percentage and improves quality of life. It’s important to exercise the right way to manage your conditions properly, so it’s best to contact an exercise physiologist or dietician for advice on making lifestyle changes.

3. You don’t want advice on how to improve your health and wellbeing.

If you aren’t prepared to take responsibility for your own health then you shouldn’t book in to see an exercise physiologist. Change requires dedication and commitment to your treatment plan. You will get the best effects of treatment from regular adherence to your program. Your exercise physiologist can provide a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle and is centred around your goals, maximising adherence to your program.

4. You live an unhealthy lifestyle, and want to keep it that way.

Exercise physiologists can help you get back to being active and living life every day how you would like to. They can help you make changes to your activity levels to help you feel better and achieve your health goals. Exercise physiologists teach you how to self manage your conditions to help you feel the best you can.

5.You live an inactive lifestyle and don’t want to change.

If you live an inactive lifestyle, but don’t want to change, then it may not be worth seeing an exercise physiologist. The first step to improving your health is being willing to make the changes necessary to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Exercise physiologists understand that change is not always easy, but making small changes over time can get you where you want to be.

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