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Why Exercise Physiology?

Achieving Abilities launched in June 201

We believe the power of movement is a bit like magic. The benefits of regular movement and exercise flows into all aspects of life - from the physical benefits, to mental benefits, the improved confidence and self-esteem, every day tasks becoming easier, or even doable, and having an increased willingness to try new things, and to participate in activities with friends, family and in the community.


Exercise Physiology looks different person to person and varies depending on your needs and goals. 

Exercise Physiology may help with:

  • Improving physical capacity (strength, endurance, fitness) to support physical independence, and participation with both peers, and in the community. For example, reducing dependence on walking aids, or building the strength to lift boxes at work, improve physical endurance to keep up with peers on the playground at school.

  • Developing gross-motor, sport-specific skills, or general coordination.

  • Behaviour modification to support increased physical activity engagement and reduce screen time.

  • Helping to manage a health condition (i.e Asthma, Congenital Heart Disorder, Epilepsy, Type 1 Diabetes), or that may needs consideration for safe physical activity participation.

  • Developing core control and postural strength.

  • Improving and managing low muscle tone. 


Exercise is crucial for both mental and physical health and development, but  can also:

  • improve endurance, ambulation and a number of other skills important for daily tasks and participation

  • have condition-specific benefits for a number of disabilities and chronic health conditions

  • Cognitive benefits – such improving executive functioning

  • develop fine and gross motor skills, and hand eye coordination

  • increase aerobic fitness and muscle strength

  • increase joint range of motion

  • improve balance, posture, core strength and muscle tone

  • improve coordination, speed and power

  • sport specific skills, and sport-specific rules to enhance participation

*as examples

 paediatric physiotherapy

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

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An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is an Allied Health provider, who has completed a 4-year University degree. AEP’s specialise in exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for individuals with existing chronic or complex medical conditions. AEP's are referred to when working with individuals that have specific medical conditions and/or disabilities, or are at significant risk of developing medical conditions, where exercise and healthy behavioural changes are required as part of their management or prevention. 

So what does that mean? Well, an Exercise Physiologist is an expert in exercise and movement. We have a comprehensive knowledge of human physiology, anatomy, the body’s response to exercise, as well as behaviour change. 
An AEP understands the physiological side of chronic conditions and disability, and the physiological impact exercise can have. We know how to make it work for everyone, and every 'body'.

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