One of the cheapest most effective prescriptions available ever…

It’s an amazing thing to observe that most of us will go to great lengths to get better health. We will travel to specialists, order amazing supplements, change our diet in extraordinary ways, and spend great amounts of money on our health, but we often neglect the CHEAPEST, most ACCESSIBLE and often the most EFFECTIVE MEDICINES available to all of us. I want to bring our attention to EXERCISE!!!

I love the following quote from the exercise is medicine website:

Exercise Is the Best, Cheapest, Most Accessible Medicine Available

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it

Plato (428 – 348 BC).


The purpose of this post is to encourage us all to get out there and exercise as if our health depends on it, because in fact it does.

So why do we Prescribe Exercise?

An exercise prescription is a powerful tool in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease. As a naturopath, I expect that an exercise prescription is taken as seriously as any other prescription.


How Much Exercise will we prescribe?

We will prescribe exercise in line with Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines. We will also encourage further help from an accredited exercise physiologist or physiotherapist if necessary, to support you in this prescription.

Get Inspired…

Can I highly recommend the website of Exercise Is Medicine (E.I.M) to help inspire you to exercise. This is an especially useful website as it has exercise types and amounts for specific health conditions.


Getting extra help from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist or AEP?

AEPs are university qualified allied health professionals. These guys have the knowledge, skills and competencies to design safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Put simply, these are the people who know how to get us exercising even if we are having a struggle due to life’s circumstances or injury😊.


Where to start?

Doing any amount of physical activity is better than doing none! If you currently are not participating in any physical activity, start by doing a little, and gradually build up to the recommended amount for your age. (See further details below). You can always design your own program of physical activity so that it fits in your lifestyle, but the most important thing of all is to make it fun and find something that you enjoy so that it is sustainable.

When you are gym shy…try exercising at home!

Visit Exercise Right at Home for Home Workouts put together by Accredited Exercise Professionals

If you are new to exercise or need support, think about working with a local accredited exercise physiologist to help you safely achieve your goals.


Activity Guidelines for Adults aged 18-64:

Adults aged 18-64 with no chronic conditions – minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity/week (e.g. 30 minutes/day, 5 days/week), and muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days/week.


Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Australians (65+):

Older people should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days. Older people who have stopped physical activity or are starting a new activity should start at a level that is manageable and gradually build up to the recommended amount, type & frequency.