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How do you know if you’re exercising right?

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If you're going to the effort of incorporating exercise into your daily routine, then you want to be sure that you are doing it right.  It is well documented that there is no 'one-size-fits-all' approach, so how do you know what's best for you and your personal circumstances?

 

That's where initiatives like the Exercise Right Week starting May 23rd can help. Incorporating a range of tips and tools, the initiative is designed to help you make the most of your movement  to help you find the right professional, the right place and the right time! Sounds easy right?

 

Right professional

If you are getting back into your exercise, or if you have a special condition, an exercise professional is a must. Finding the right professional means finding the right person to help you and your unique needs. This person might be an Accredited Exercise Physiologist or it might be an experienced trainer. Whoever they are, consider their formal registration, education and experience. Ask yourself if they are the best person to understand your needs?

 

Tip:  An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is an expert that can help you exercise right. AEPs can help with a range of different conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, injuries, persisting pain, depression and weight management. They will utilise their skills in exercise prescription combined with their training in behaviour change to help you manage your health independently.

 

Right place

It's important to know where you need to improve your health. Your level of experience with exercise will impact on where you can exercise safely and most effectively. Those that have been exercising for a while might feel comfortable exercising outside independently, but if this isn't you, consider a clinic or a gym where there will be professional guidance and help available should you need it.

 

Right time

Everyone has different ideas on when you should exercise, so it's important to find a time that works best for you and your personal circumstances. Do you have a health condition or are you on certain medication? If so, the time of day can impact on when it's safe or most effective to exercise. Talk to your GP for further information.

 

If you don't have a health condition or you aren't on any medication, the right time to exercise is the best time for you! Are you a night owl? If yes, this is when you should find the time to exercise. Or perhaps you are a morning person? Then set that alarm clock a little earlier and have your sneakers ready by the door.

 

Tip:  Are you looking for some extra motivation?

Find a friend who also likes to exercise at the same time of the day as you and schedule a weekly catch up and exercise session. It's more fun (and safer) in pairs! We have a range of other tips on our EXPOsing diabetes website here.

 

Got an exercise related question?

You can ask our health team via our Helpline - 1300 136 588 or email healthyu@diabetesqld.org.au

 

Visit the Exercise Right Week website for more information.