Q&A on the upside of exercise

Q&A on the upside of exercise
Posted on Thu 2 Sep 2021

With Paralympic fever in full swing it seems more people than ever are getting inspired and motivated to exercise. We had a virtual coffee catch up with two exercise enthusiasts about the benefits of exercise. CPA client, Nicole Lu talks about her new found love of exercise during lockdown, and Lauren Marcos, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), CPA Penshurst gives us the low down on what Exercise Physiology is.


Q&A with Nicole Lu, CPA client and Krazy Kosci Klimb participant


Q: How has COVID-19 affected you?

A: Life can be a challenge. For the last 19 months or so, the severity of COVID-19 has adversely affected the way we live and cope with everyday stresses. The fear, uncertainty and lack of human face-to-face connection have caused additional stress. And stress can be tiring.


Q: How has exercise helped you to cope?

A: In this new world where we don’t have much control or certainty about life or the future, I’ve found a new love and appreciation… for exercise!

Staying fit is something I can control, and it’s something positive I can do for my health.  I find exercise relieves my anxiety.


Q: How did you adapt your exercise sessions to online during COVID?

A: Once I’d adapted to exercising in a virtual environment, the sky was the limit! I’ve participated in a combination of Telepractice and face to face exercise physiology sessions, and I’ve never felt better. Online sessions are a blast, I get to have fun conversations with my therapists while exercising. COVID has changed us in many ways, but it doesn’t stop us living or staying fit.


Q&A with Lauren Marcos, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), CPA Penshurst

Q: What is Exercise Physiology? 

A: An Exercise Physiologist, or EP, is an Allied Health professional who has completed a minimum of 4 years of tertiary study and is accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).


Q: What do Exercise Physiologists do? 

A: We use evidence-based, targeted exercise intervention to manage disability, chronic conditions and injuries, as well as addressing lfestyle and behaviour modification. Exercise Physiologists prescribe holistic exercise programs tailored to improve overall condition and quality of life.


Q: What are the benefits of Exercise Physiology?

A: There are more than just physical benefits to an exercise program. Individuals find that partcipating in weekly exercise improves their emotional, social and mental health. Most are finding that the time spent at home during COVID-19 lockdown is met with lots of time spent sedentary, sitting on the couch and not getting outdoors as much as we would like to. Whether it's participating in online or face-to-face sessions, many enjoy seeing their therapist, getting a bit of movement to break up the week, and working towards their goals. 


Check out our CPA@Home resources to build structure, routine and engagement at home.

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