Q. Am I too old for strength exercises?
A. No you are never too old. Actually, maintaining strength is more important the older you are. Leg strength in particular becomes an important factor in maintaining your independence and being able to live independently in your own home. Simple things like getting up and down from a chair or toilet, walking upstairs and balance all require good leg strength. Pop in to see one of our Exercise Physiologists to get a simple yet effective home exercise to keep you strong, confident and mobile.
Q. How can exercise help my high blood pressure?
Exercise is a very useful tool in helping to lower blood pressure. After you exercise your blood pressure will come down a little bit and stay down for between 4-10hrs. If you go out every day and exercise you will get a lasting lower blood pressure.
If you are unsure or feeling worried, book an appointment to see one of our Exercise Physiologists to have your Blood Pressure and Heart rate monitored during exercise, and a tailored exercise program to suit your level of fitness.
Q. What is the best way to lose weight?
A. A combination of diet and exercise has been proven to be the best method of weight loss. More than 250 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise (Huffed and puffed, but still able to carry a conversation) per week is required. Weight bearing exercise- walking/jogging has been proven to be more effective in losing weight than non-weight bearing- e.g. cycling, aqua aerobics and swimming.
The addition of strength training, 2-3 days a week, will assist with slowing down the muscle loss process and helping to speed up your metabolism.
The saying is correct that you can’t out train a poor diet!
Working closely with our Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist will give you best indiviualised results.
Q. Is High Intensity Interval Training or normal walking better for weight loss?
A. Neither one is significantly better than the other. When combined with a good diet, they yield similar results. It comes down to personal preference, level of fitness and time availability. If you haven’t exercised lately, it is better to start with continuous moderate paced exercise to build your foundation of fitness before embarking on HIIT training.
|Can be completed in less than 20 minutes.||Need to build up to 60 minutes’ continuous moderate exercise|
|Intervals of MAXIMAL effort followed by periods of rest. E.g. 20 sec Hard/ 40 sec easy||Can include walking, cycling, swimming, rowing.|
|Hard on the body to get to your maximal intensity. Need a good base of fitness before beginning.||Gentle on the body.|
|Generally done on a stationary bike (safest), running intervals, hill climb intervals|
|Patients with cardiac issues and injuries will need to be monitored closely.|
Q. How do I stop excessive skin after weight loss?
A. This can be minimized through gradual weight loss , with the aim of up to a 1% body mass loss per week (E.g 100kg should aim for 1kg mass loss per week). Adding strength training into your program 2-3 days per week will also assist in preserving the lean muscle mass that gives you tone that can be lost during weight loss.