EX­ER­CISE

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Carly Ryan is an ac­cred­ited ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist at Ex­er­cise & Sports Science Aus­tralia.

WHAT SHOULD WE KNOW?

Not enough peo­ple un­der­stand that ex­er­cise im­proves health. Ex­er­cise is medicine and a treat­ment. For cancer, it im­proves peo­ple’s symp­toms and qual­ity of life post-treat­ment. There are also strong ben­e­fits for di­a­betes, kid­ney dis­ease, car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tions and neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions such as MS.

In New Zealand doc­tors is­sue a ‘green pre­scrip­tion’ – just as they’d write a script for med­i­ca­tion, they write

a script for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. We want more GPS to con­sider this life­style ap­proach, rather than go­ing straight to med­i­ca­tion.

WHAT’S COM­ING OUR WAY?

We’re go­ing to see peo­ple take more con­trol of how they man­age their own health and find­ing some­thing that works for them, and that means in the ex­er­cise space as well. So rather than be­ing told this is how you must do things and fol­low­ing a cookie-cut­ter ex­er­cise pro­gram, they’ll get tai­lored ad­vice from qual­i­fied ex­er­cise pro­fes­sion­als that will make a greater dif­fer­ence to their health.

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