EXERCISE BASED ON DAILY ACTIVITIES
We lose strength and muscle power as we age. This decline in strength of limb muscles that occurs with ageing typically starts from about 40-50 years of age and progresses more rapidly after about 75 years in healthy older adults. Generally, the decline in strength occurs at a rate of about 1% per year.
What does that mean? You can expect the average healthy 80 year old to have half the strength of a 20- to 30-year-old person.
Staying strong as you age is critical to helping you stay in the work force and allow you to keep doing what you want and need to do. It is important to focus on exercise programs that are likely to enhance performance of daily activities such as getting out of a chair and climbing stairs rather than seated exercises which are often seen as a ‘safe’ option.
Exercises focusing on daily activities are also more likely to improve balance and help prevent falls. It is also important to consider exercises that can be incorporated into your everyday lifestyle, so you remember to do them.
There are two key exercises that are central to staying strong as you age: sit to stand and step ups. You can do these yourself, or if you have existing dysfunction, are recovering from injury, or if you want to undertake a guided exercise program tailored to your needs you can seek the support of an exercise physiologist.
Set small goals. In the beginning, outline achievable goals – ones that you can keep up with. The aim is to establish an exercise habit by setting up a schedule you will stick to. So, set the bar low to begin with, then build on it once you have established a habit of it.
A REQUEST OF OUR VALUED CLIENTS
We often have people waiting for appointments with acute injuries. Recently we have had a large number of ‘no shows’ or cancellations on the day of the appointment. We understand that life happens and you may need to reschedule or cancel but we ask that you let us know as soon as possible so we can give the opportunity for treatment to a patient on our waitlist.
Our cancellation policy is 24hrs notice or a $40 cancelled appointment fee. We would like to avoid having to apply this with our valued clients so please call 02 6772 1962 if you need to cancel. If you call outside business hours it will go to a monitored voicemail system.
Exercise physiologists assist people through exercise to improve their physical wellbeing, as well as assist with the management of medical conditions such as obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, They can treat people returning from sports injuries to help them get back to being as fit and active as before injury and help prevent the injury from recurring. They can also help in the management and treatment of acute and chronic back pain through strength, mobility and stability-based exercise.
Our exercise physiologists enable our clients to live their best lives through holistic individualised exercise and health programs. Our exercise physiologists also do pre-employment assessments.
Exercise physiology consultations are available at both our Tamworth and Armidale practices.
DID YOU KNOW?
1 October marks the International Day of Older persons.
Globally, the population aged 65 and over is growing faster than all other age groups.
The number of persons aged 80 years or over is projected to triple, from 143 million in 2019 to 426 million in 2050.
By 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years.
As the weather starts to warm up, many of us are getting back into gardening.
As we age gardening starts to become a little more challenging and it can play havoc with the body at times.
Sometimes the back, shoulders and neck can suffer particularly as you battle the weeds that take hold over the summer months.
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Shane Snowden, Exercise Physiologist
Shane has earned a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), UNE. Shane enjoys helping people overcome their barriers, enabling them to live the greatest quality of life possible through a holistic approach to treatment with individualised health and exercise programming. He has a keen interest in the management and treatment of various shoulder conditions. His interest also extends into the treatment of chronic and neurological conditions. He also provides pre-employment assessments.
He enjoys working in both individual and group settings and establishing that rapport, making rehabilitation as enjoyable and interesting as possible. Outside of work Shane enjoys playing local AFL and watching or playing most sports.
We are going through significant growth and are looking for two physiotherapists who want a high-quality experience for a 12-month commitment. One at our Armidale clinic and another in Tamworth.
Move Better for Life is a growing practice with a vibrant and inclusive team with a commitment to ongoing professional development, offering a mentorship program for new or recent grads and fortnightly in house professional development sessions.
The New England offers all the amenities of the city, affordable housing, great shopping, quality educational facilities and vibrant entertainment options, offering its residents a great regional lifestyle.
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BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Our practices are open for physiotherapy treatment, exercise physiology and a range of wellness classes. And we can look after you both in practice and via a telehealth consult. We look forward to seeing you!
Caring for our clients, staff and our community remains our highest priority. Move Better for Life will be adhering to strict COVID-safe practices please view our video below for more.
Ready to spring into action?
- Living with Parkinson’s on Tuesday mornings. We are running 3 consecutive PD classes on Tuesday morning 8.30 am, 9.15 am and 10 am to limit numbers in each class and allow adequate social distancing
- Better Balance is being held on Monday and Thursday mornings – 2 consecutive classes 10 am and 10.45 am each morning to limit numbers in each class for social distancing
- Body Reformer Pilates will be offered on Monday at 4.30 pm and Thursday at 5.00 pm
- Active Oaks is back at Oaktree Retirement Village Armidale on Tuesday at 1 pm
- Better Balance is on Tuesday at 10 am and 2.30 pm
- Strength for Life (Men’s Group) is on Wednesday at 10 am
- Strength for Life (50’s and over) at Active Fitness is on Fridays from 10 am
- Women’s Exercise Group. on Thursday at 3pm
ARMIDALE PRACTICE HOURS
Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 5:00pm
WHERE TO FIND US
210a Rusden Street
Armidale NSW 2350
02 6772 1962
TAMWORTH PRACTICE HOURS
Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 5:00pm
WHERE TO FIND US
103 Peel Street
North Tamworth NSW 2350
02 5733 4228