All You Need To Know About Exercise Physiology

People with long term diseases such as COPD and arthritis often rely on exercise physiologists to help them alleviate the symptoms of their illnesses. Besides, these professionals can help people that need to lose weight, athletes with sports injuries or those that need to condition their bodies for intense sporting activities.

Read the excerpt below to learn more about exercise physiology and a few tips to help you choose an exercise physiologist. 

What Is Exercise Physiology? 

Exercise physiology is a field that studies the response of the human body to physical exercise. It is closely associated with sports medicine and kinesiology. It is often seen as a form of kinesiology since physical exercises are a form of body movement. On the other hand, it intertwines with sports medicine since athletes subject their bodies to intense training and conditions that might cause injuries. 

What Should You Expect From An Exercise Physiologist? 

Exercise physiologists are experts in the functionality of body muscles. Therefore, they know how to manipulate the body joints and muscles to reduce pain and promote muscle strengthening and quick recovery from an injury. For instance, the professional can help a COPD patient to improve his or her breathing by conducting breathing and positioning exercises. Further, he or she will study the patient's condition and advice on how he or she can control physical activity to prevent chest clogging. On the other hand, sportspeople and people that need to lose weight will receive advice on which exercises are ideal for their bodies.

At the exercise physiologist's clinic, the professional will check your history to determine how best to manage your condition. He or she will then formulate a program with short term and long term goals. Typically, you will start with mild exercise since your muscles may have shrunk or may be rigid. As your body adapts, the professional will increase the intensity of the exercises. 

How To Choose An Exercise Physiologist

Below are some useful tips to help you choose an exercise physiologist: 

  • Check his or her specialisation. For instance, a physiologist specialising in weight loss or sports injuries may not be ideal if you need to manage arthritis.
  • Inquire about the availability of the physiologist. It is especially so if you require regular sessions or personalised services such as home visits.
  • The physiologist should have excellent interpersonal skills. It ensures you have an easy time communicating.
  • You may also interview some of the physiologist's clients to know if he or she is professional and trustworthy. 

Exercise physiology is ideal for anyone who requires exercise to treat an illness or recondition their bodies. Always work with experienced and licenced professionals.