What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?
AEPs are university trained allied health professionals who prescribe a suitable and safe exercise program to prevent or manage any chronic or complex health conditions you may have, and to improve quality of life.
AEPs assess, prescribe, monitor and supervise exercise and lifestyle programs to ensure our clients are exercising safely and achieving their health goals. We have a strong focus on lifestyle change, provide support and advice, and specialise in achieving behavioural change.
Why Should You See An AEP?
Exercise is Medicine:
- Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for all deaths.
- 70% of Australians are not active enough.
- Physical activity and exercise are important to health and preventing/treating many chronic conditions.
Research has proven that if exercise is completed at the correct duration and intensity, there is a significant increase in quality of life and a reduction in the risk of developing many health conditions.
An AEP can assist in optimising your physical function, health and wellbeing, and have the skills and experience to prescribe exercise for injury and chronic disease management. AEPs provide support to ensure you increase your physical activity levels in a safe way, and can assist with:
Regaining strength after injury/surgery
- Easing and managing persistent pain
- Reducing your risk of falls and fractures
- Maintaining your function and independence
- Improving your breathing
- Improving diabetes control
- Improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Weight management
AEPs can assist in the prevention and management of many health conditions, providing support for those with:
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain
- Cancer and cancer treatment recovery
- Mental health conditions
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuromuscular conditions (multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
- Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. knee/hip replacement, back surgery)
What to expect if you see an AEP
- Constant support, guidance and encouragement to enhance motivation and ensure you achieve your desired exercise goals and health outcomes.
- An individualised exercise program which takes into account your personal needs, medical conditions, exercise history, and short and long term goals
- Scientifically based exercise programs such as:
- Cardiovascular exercise programs: to improve your heart and lung function
- Strengthening exercise programs: to improve your muscle strength and endurance, reduce chronic pain or recover from an injury/surgery
- Stretching exercise programs: to improve your flexibility, improve posture, maintain mobility, decrease muscle tension and soreness, and reduce risk of injury
- Lumbo-pelvic exercise programs: to improve your core stability, core strength and treat chronic back pain and hip pain
- Balance exercise programs: to improve mobility, movement behaviour, movement confidence and reduce risk of falling.