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Heart Week 2017

Heart Week 2017 - 30 Apr to 6 May This year Heart Week is 30 April to 6 May, and the focus is about the importance of diagnosing and treating high blood pressure. We want to encourage you and your friends / family / work colleague to talk to your local health and fitness professionals about blood pressure testing, what the results mean and what the next steps are in managing the results if they are high. The National Heart Foundation of Australia has released new hypertension guidelines that will give you the most up-to-date advice on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure. Learn more about: How to keep your blood pressure down Learn what is hypertension Our Melbourne Exercise Physiology Clinic Exercise is Medicine in the Melbourne Community Moonee Valley Health and Fitness is an exercise physiology clinic in Melbourne that aims to promote exercise and movement in the local community. All our exercise professionals work closely with the medical community to help provide support with patients who have chronic diseases. Exercise is medicine, and our health professionals are proud to be members of EIM Network Have a question for our team? Book a consultation with a qualified Health Professional Starting an Exercise Program at MV Health and Fitness Starting an exercise program can sound like a daunting task, but it can be made easy by booking an initial consultation with one of our health and fitness professional and having our team guide you. Our Melbourne Clinic is set up in a private personal training studio, and has access to all the training equipment and rehabilitation tools need for [...]

Exercise with Patients and running a successful EP Clinic

Exercise with Patients and running a successful EP Clinic. The key to a successful exercise physiology program and getting results with our patients is getting them to buy-in on our process. When promoting the exercise interventions to patients at our Melbourne Clinic our trainers focus on patient motivators, behaviours and goals as opposed to the medical or health benefits of exercise. We show the benefits of physical activity to our patients with the specific ways in which it can help them achieve their core daily needs and goals, rather than emphasizing on the medically focused goals of weight control, better health outcomes, and disease management. Whilst the medically focused goals are important to our trainers and doctors, the patients are more likely to continue their health and fitness journey when feeling the immediate benefits they receive and how it effects their daily quality of life. Our Melbourne Exercise Physiology Clinic Our message is simple. Exercise is the best, cheapest, most accessible medicine available and in order to improve chronic disease mortality rates, people need to move more. The Exercise is Medicine (EIM) message All our Accredited Exercise Physiologists at our clinic are part of the EIM Australia Network. The Exercise is Medicine message is passed on to all our patients that we work with as we focus on the immediate benefits of exercise such as the experience of feelings including relaxation, happiness and vitality. We have a great success rate with our patients when focusing on these aspects rather than selling the medical and health benefits that they will also receive such as lower blood pressure or chronic condition improvements which may not occur until weeks or months down the [...]

Healthy Bones – Osteoporosis

Healthy Bones - Action Week Healthy Bones Action Week (formerly Nationally Healthy Bones Week) has been encouraging people of all ages to protect their bones since its inception in 1994. Osteoporosis is one of the least-discussed, under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases in Australia, yet poor bone health affects 2 in 3 Australians over 50 years, including a growing number of men. You are never too young – or old – to act when it comes to protecting your bones. Healthy Bones Action Week calls on Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones: Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yoghurt. Go for a walk or committing to some new form of regular exercise. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D. What is osteoporosis? Genes and lifestyle impact how strong bones are. While you can’t change your genetics, you can adopt a ‘bonefriendly’ lifestyle which includes adequate calcium intake, exercise and sufficient vitamin D. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose calcium and other minerals, making them fragile and more likely to fracture. In Australia, osteoporosis affects 1.2 million people. This number is expected to increase as our population grows older. Osteoporosis affects more than 1 in 5 women over the age of 65 years, compared with around 1 in 20 men. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid drop in the hormone oestrogen during menopause. In men, testosterone levels decline more gradually. As a result, bone mass in men usually remains adequate until later in life. By age 65, both men and women lose bone at the same rate. It is never too late to start looking after your bones and take [...]