Chronic Disease Management
Exercise Physiology plays a vital role in managing chronic disease by addressing the physiological and functional components of your body. Exercise Physiologists know how the body works and how exercise interacts with diseases.
Prevention is always better than cure, Exercise can reduce multiple risk factors associated with heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Depression and Anxiety
Exercise can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. One way it does this is by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine which play a key role in mood regulation.
Exercise can help regulate blood sugar levels by improving muscles response to insulin, enhancing insulin sensitivity and aids in the regulation of blood glucose levels which has a direct positive impact for those with Type 2 Diabetes.
Chronic inflammation is a common factor in many chronic diseases, including autoimmune disorders and metabolic syndromes like Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Myositis and Polymyalgia. Exercise helps with these conditions as it has anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
Coronary Artery Disease
Exercise strengthens the heart, improves circulation and not only reduces risk of coronary artery disease, hypertension, and heart failure but also reduces levels of LDL cholesterol which has negative effects on health. Exercise also plays an important role in weight loss, weight maintenance and improved metabolism which can reduce the risk of obesity and disease.
Osteoporosis & Arthritis
Exercise improves muscle strength and joint function which is beneficial for those affected by arthritis, osteoporosis and chronic pain. Resistance exercises can enhance stability and significantly reduce the risk of falls in the elderly population contributing to a longer more independent life.