Exercise Prescription - what is it and why does it matter?

Vera Wang says:

To me eyewear goes way beyond being a prescription.  It's like make up.  Its the most incredible accessory.  The shape of the frame, or the colour of lenses can change your whole appearance.

And so it is with exercise.

The 2014 Public Health Physical Activity 'prescription' recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week; or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week; plus muscle strength training at least 2 days each week.

What does that look and feel like?  How do you know if you're getting it right?

For the PHPA prescription to have meaning to you and achieve the goals it seeks to achieve - ultimately a reduction of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, the picture needs a whole lot more colour.  Effective management of the acute variables of your prescription is vital to deliver the personal results each individual is looking for.

Figures from the ABS tell us that over 65% of Australians are sedentary or have low levels of exercise; and a study of the over 60s revealed only 16% of the participants in the study filled the prescription.  

So despite the prescription being clear and reasonably easy to follow, the results are not forthcoming.

What does good exercise prescription look like?

Good exercise prescription is done in consultation with a suitably qualified professional, and a few things really stand out.

1. Individualised - created in consultation with the client and tailored specifically to focus on their goals.

2. Flexible - things can be adapted and changed where necessary as results appear to ensure the continued success of the individual.

3. Evolving - in consultation with the client regular reviews asses how well the program is delivering on the needs of the individual, and changes are made when appropriate.

Why does it matter?

Good exercise prescription matters because your health depends on it.

If you have a prescription you have two things - a framework to build on, and a point of review to know what does and does not work for you.

Your trainer, movement coach, exercise professional will be able to do several things that go directly to managing your personal variables to achieve the best outcome.  

They can:

  • Appraise your movement
  • Prescribe mobilisation and activation exercises to optimise performance
  • Increase or reduce load to facilitate success
  • Adjust handprint, footprint, exercise, locomotion, load, speed and duration for best results
  • Prescribe appropriate recovery to optimise performance
  • Act as a resource for your questions and concerns
  • Celebrate your successes

This is the addition of colour to your prescription that puts you back in control of the  image you are creating.

So there's only one question you need to ask yourself?  

Is my prescription working for me?

If the answer is No, then it's time to take action and contact us at Fitness, Form & Function to enjoy what it feels like to have a prescription that is written just for you.

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