Are you looking to stay active, fit and healthy as you age? Our qualified exercise physiologists can help!
What is an exercise physiologist?
Exercise physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with specific medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. They have extensive experience working with the senior population and understand their specific needs.
Why should seniors stay active?
The biggest risk for the senior population is sustaining a fall injury. As we age, the body changes and we lose strength and balance. A fall can be a life changing event, resulting in serious injury, a loss of confidence and reduced independence. Luckily, regular exercise can help maintain muscle strength, bone density and balance helping to prevent falls.
Common age-related changes are often due to lack of use, rather than the ageing process itself. Staying physically active is the single most important tool for seniors to help counteract degeneration and common age-related body changes.
What are the benefits of MYST senior exercise programs?
- Improved muscle strength
- Reduces the chance of sustaining a fall injury
- Aids in the management of arthritis and osteoporosis
- Maintains functional ability and confidence
- Reduces the impact of pain, illness and chronic disease
- Improvement in quality of life and life expectancy
I haven’t exercised before, why should i start now?
It’s never too late to start exercising and reap the rewards. Exercise has been shown to not just help with physical health but also mental health. Another common age-related change is poor posture. This can lead to chronic back pain and a dysfunctional breathing pattern. Our senior exercise programs focus on posture correction, mobility and flexibility to help reduce pain and improve posture.
I have several health conditions, is it safe to exercise as a senior?
Yes, our exercise physiologists are specifically trained to work with acute, sub-acute and chronic health conditions. During your initial assessment your exercise physiologist will take a health and medical history to make sure the exercise program is specific and safe for you. However, before you begin your exercise journey please consult your health care provider.
Do I need a referral?
Patients may be eligible for Medicare funding assistance if they have a chronic medical condition.
Examples of chronic conditions can include;
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Heart disease
- Depression and anxiety
- Cardiovascular disease
- Respiratory disease
- Chronic Fatigue
- Musculoskeletal Injury
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis and more..
If you can relate to any of the above chronic, you can discuss this with your GP to gain eligibility for the chronic disease management (CDM) program under the item number (10953). Patients receive up to five sessions with medicare rebates per calendar year. However, if you are not eligible, a referral is not required to access our services and patients can choose to pay privately (health fund rebates available).
Where do you provide senior exercise?
We are affiliated with gym facilities in Penrith and surrounding suburbs. However, we understand certain senior patients experience difficulty travelling. Alternatively, if you can’t make it to a location, we provide a mobile service for senior patients in the comfort of their own home.