Exercise Physiology

Our Exercise Physiologists are incredibly passionate about helping people improve their physical activity and exercise regimes to enhance their quality of life.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are specialist in prescribing clinical exercise programs to clients with chronic health conditions, musculoskeletal injuries or high risk clients who want to improve their health, fitness and strength.

Our Exercise Physiologists are incredibly passionate about helping people improve their activity and exercise regimes to enhance their quality of life. Using a combination of evidence-based exercises, movements and stretches our Exercise Physiologists create self-improvement plans designed to meet the individual needs of our clients.

We often do this in consultation with our team of health professionals, like Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Dietitians, Diabetes Educators and Occupational Therapists. With this input, we tend to look at the bigger picture of chronic disease or injury, ensuring that we create the most thorough strategies and programs possible.

Why exercise?

No single intervention has greater promise than exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously (Booth et al. Journal of Applied Physiology).

Health benefits of physical activity and common conditions our Exercise Physiologists treat include:

  • Premature all-cause mortality risk reduced by 50%

  • Cardiovascular disease risk reduced by up to 50%

  • Hypertension prevention and management – up to 50% reduction in risk

  • Stroke risk reduced by up to 30%

  • Cancer risk (colon, breast) reduced by up to 60%

  • Type 2 diabetes prevention (risk reduced by 30-50%) and management

  • Osteoarthritis management – pain control, maintenance of muscle strength, joint structure and function

  • Osteoporosis risk reduction and hip fracture 38-45% lower in older people

  • Falls risk in the elderly reduced

  • Weight management and reduction (when combined with dietary changes)

  • Mental illness (anxiety, depression and subjective feelings of stress) prevention and management.

 

In addition to treating (or helping to prevent) the above chronic diseases, we commonly treat conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

Even given the countless benefits of appropriate exercise 66.9% of the population still aren’t doing enough. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics this physical inactivity has contributed to 16,178 deaths in 2011/2012.

 

The evidence is clear and our experience backs it up, exercise helps almost everything! If any of our points above are relevant to you and you would like to improve, simply give our office a call TODAY on 8707 0830 to make your first appointment.

Group Exercise Programs

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Most people know exercise is good for them and understand that there is more to exercise than just walking. However, often the challenge for people is knowing where to start, especially if you have some health issues, an injury or lack the confidence or knowledge to exercise independently.

We currently offer a variety of class times in Frankston, Brighton, Mornington and Hastings. Our service offerings are expanding!

Whilst we work with fit, healthy people, we also help people who have more complex medical conditions or history, where specialist knowledge and experience is required to ensure safe and effective exercise prescription. This is why Doctors, Specialists, Surgeons and other Health Professionals refer to us at Active One. As Exercise Physiologists, we have the education and experience to help you achieve your goals.

Read more about group exercise at Active One

Exercise and Cancer Treatment

Traditionally cancer patients were advised to rest and avoid activity during treatment but the current recommendations advise patients to stay as physically active as their condition will allow. Research continues to support exercise as a medicine for any cancer patient and has many benefits.

People who exercise regularly while undergoing cancer treatments can experience significantly less severe side effects and an improved quality of life. This includes being less fatigued and nauseous, as well as reducing the risk of lymphedema, osteoporosis, depression and anxiety. While reducing these risks exercise will also improve muscle mass, balance, sleep and functional ability.

Exercise is not only good for combating side effects but it can also help treat some cancers. Research has shown exercise can improve the effectiveness of some treatments, improving the survival rates significantly.

At Active One we offer group and individualised services for our cancer clients. These services are tailored to individuals depending on there type of cancer, treatment and fitness levels.

 

Workplace Programs

We work closely with employers to conduct pre-employment screenings, functional capacity evaluations, ergonomic assessments, manual handling training and return to work plans.

These services complement our Exercise Physiology led Healthy Workforce Programs to enhance employee job satisfaction, health, wellness and productivity.

These services are often performed in combination with Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy input. Together we form a fantastic team of practitioners that tackle the different aspects of Work Health which again leads to the best possible outcomes.

Contact our office to enquire about Exercise Physiology – 8707 0830.

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Group Exercise Programs

Group Exercise Classes in
Brighton and Frankston.

 

Most people know exercise is good for them and understand that there is more to exercise than just walking. However, often the challenge for people is knowing where to start, especially if you have some health issues, an injury or lack the confidence or knowledge to exercise independently.

We currently offer a variety of class times in Frankston and Brighton. Our service offerings are expanding!

Whilst we work with fit, healthy people, we also help people who have more complex medical conditions or history, where specialist knowledge and experience is required to ensure safe and effective exercise prescription. This is why Doctors, Specialists, Surgeons and other Health Professionals refer to us at
Active One. Often with medical referrals, Medicare funded programs can be utilised that contribute to
our private fees.

As Exercise Physiologists, we have the education and experience to help you achieve your goals. Important:

  • Medicare funding is available for Group Exercise if you have Type 2 Diabetes and your doctor signs the correct referral form.

 

Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card holders may be eligible for group exercise with an appropriate referral form (D904) and a suitable condition listed for us to treat.

Private Health Funds may give you a rebate for group exercise (Medibank Private is not one of them). If you are unhappy with your fund not rebating group exercise it may be worthwhile shopping around as many do.

WorkSafe and TAC may also fund our group exercise if clinically justified.

Why Group Exercise?

It’s social, it’s fun.

People stay interested because of the social and enjoyable atmosphere provided by group exercise. There is both camaraderie and accountability among participants, as well as between participants and the Exercise Physiologists.

Over the last decade, there have been countless lifelong friendships forged via our Active One Group
Exercise Program.

It’s inspiring!

Many of our clients have achieved amazing results. Would you be inspired by training with someone who has lost over half their body weight? What about someone in their 80’s or 90’s who is fitter and stronger than many people half their age! Or perhaps you would be inspired by training with someone who works incredibly hard, who pushes their body to the limit and despite going through treatment for cancer, NEVER complains…

It’s motivational.

You lock in a set time or making an appointment if you like and this increases the likelihood of you attending. In contrast, you can exercise ANY TIME at home, but unfortunately, there are always other things to do, so most people just never quite get around to it!

It’s varied.

Every session we run will be different from your last. The exercises will be different, many of which you will have never done before, the format of the program different, the intervals of work and rest will be different. The research and our experience suggest that if you keep doing the same routine your body tends to plateau and your improvements diminish gradually over time. However, by constantly changing things, we ensure this doesn’t happen, we see ongoing results and our programs are more interesting.

 

It’s tailored to suit you.

Many of our clients come to us with a combination of a chronic disease (or two) and a few aches and pains. We adapt the program depending on our clients’ individual needs. At times, we may prescribe an alternative exercise to aid in the

rehabilitation of an injury or we may suggest a completely different exercise to work around knee pain, poor balance or a sore back.

It’s ready to go.

You just have to show up with a positive attitude, participate and have fun, we do the rest. This is great for people with limited knowledge about safe and effective exercise programming. When people exercise on their own, they often skip portions of a workout they know less about or they find very difficult. These are often the exercises they need most! So rather than you sticking just to your favourite exercises, we ensure all aspects of physical conditioning are covered.

It’s at the right intensity.

We factor in your goals, medical history, injury status, fitness, strength levels and personality to create an environment where you will be suitably challenged. We have clients that will train significantly harder under our supervision whilst others may need to slow down at times, get the technique right before they can step up their intensity. Generally speaking, most clients train harder under our supervision when compared to training independently. This equals RESULTS.

You have regular access to an Exercise Physiologist.

We can act as a weekly resource for you. If you have any questions about suitable exercises or stretches for home we can help you. And with the regular encouragement in group training, we find our clients tend to engage in other healthy behaviours outside of class. Our group exercise programs offer a workout for people of all levels and all ages. With a large variety of classes, we can suggest the right program for you to maximise your improvement.

Contact our office to enquire about classes near your practice or residence,  for more information or to book your initial appointment – 8707 0830.