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.