Consultant – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Speciality interests include:
Lower extremity: trauma, sports surgery, knee, patella dislocation, tendon problems, foot and ankle surgery, and the management of degenerative joint disease in younger patients.
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A clinical exercise physiologist is a university educated allied health professional who prescribes exercise to individuals to help improve overall health. Exercise Physiologist’s study the human body, how it moves and how it functions on a physiological level. They learn how to optimize human movement through evidence-based scientific research. This results in an exercise program to ensure we live healthy and functional lives.
To prescribe exercise, exercise physiologist’s use the FITT principle. This principle is the basis for developing your personalized exercise program. The FITT principle is split into 4 components which are, Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type.
The FITT Principle explained
Frequency of exercise:
It has been shown that a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week will show measurable health benefits. This most effective when accumulated over the week. For example, completing five thirty minute brisk walks will be sufficient. Frequency also refers to the number of exercise session completed per week.
The intensity of exercise:
This refers to how hard you are exercising. There are many ways to assess and determine how intense our exercise is. One common way is heart rate, through simple exercise testing you can discover your exercise intensities. Another simple way to determine intensity is the ‘talk test’. When exercising at a low intensity you should be able to sing without puffing. A moderate intensity you should be able to talk but not sing and at a vigorous intensity, you should only be able to say one word per breath.
Intensity is a very important component of the exercise program. The intensity must be sufficient enough to challenge the body and result in a physiological change. For example, going for a walk at a slow pace is easy for the body to complete, walking briskly forces the body to use more muscles which results in a higher energy need and physiological adaptations. Through these adaptations, our body becomes more efficient and stronger.
Time/Duration of exercise:
This refers to the amount of physical time spent exercising. An exercise session can be a little as 10 minutes. Most adults should perform 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. For weight loss, it is recommended that approximately 250 minutes is necessary.
Type of exercise:
Exercise is split into two categories, cardiovascular and resistance. Both forms of exercise elicit different health benefits due to the energy systems involved. A combination of both types has the best health outcomes. It is also important to complete a type of exercise that you enjoy.
Why should we exercise?
To gain health benefits from exercise we need to complete a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week. Exercise has been shown to elicit many health benefits. The benefits of cardiovascular exercise include a reduction in the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and stroke. The health benefits of including strength training are increased muscle strength, increased bone density and improvement in the regulation of glucose. In addition cardiovascular exercise also help boosts your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good,” cholesterol, and helps to lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad,” cholesterol.
How can an exercise physiology help you to live a healthier lifestyle?
A clinical exercise physiologist can provide you with the tools and guidance to help you live your healthiest life. Providing an individualized exercise program will ensure you to gain the maximum health benefits. A clinical exercise physiologist can also educate and encourage behavior change towards a healthier lifestyle
Amelia is a clinical exercise physiologist. Amelia is passionate about preventative health care and proving patients with a multidisciplinary approach to improving overall health and wellness. She believes that education is the key to long term health and as health professionals, this should be our main focus. Proving our clients with the tools to create positive changes in their health is essential.
Amelia is also a keen triathlete and duathlete and has represented Australia at the age group world championships in both triathlon and duathlon. Amelia hopes to continue her triathlon career here in Dubai.