I need an Exercise Physiologist and so do you. I didn’t realise that my muscles had weakened as much as they had over the years. I accepted the fact that things would not be the same but it seemed to happen very quickly after the age of 50. The most difficult thing I was experiencing was the fast heart beat and discomfort associated with menopausal hot flushes.
I had read that exercise would help but I needed someone to decide what sort of exercise I should do. I have always been a walker but that didn’t help. After finding an Exercise Physiologist near my home and making an appointment, I kept changing the appointment for a variety of reasons. It took me a number of weeks before actually getting there. I’m not sure why I did that but I guess I wasn’t sure about what I was getting in to. I shouldn’t have put it off.
When I finally got there it was a very positive experience. With regular appointments and “at home” strength exercises she helped me to understand how much exercise my body needed, made me feel good about myself and reminded me that consistent exercise will improve my metabolism. It must have, because the symptoms associated with menopause were quickly forgotten. Flabby upper arms previously covered are now proudly exposed (no longer flabby) during the summer months.
A problem with my left knee has been an issue for a while. I did do the special exercises to strengthen the muscles around it occasionally but with recent encouragement to do them much more consistently – almost every day – there does not seem to be a problem anymore.
Due to a change in circumstance I now visit a different Exercise Physiologist every 3 months for reassessment and monitoring of my home exercises. Of course I don’t do as many repetitions or as often as suggested but it still works and I show improvement with most things whenever I go back. I don’t pay gym membership and can do my exercises whenever I feel like it. Every little bit I do, helps and it is the encouragement of the Exercise Physiologist that keeps me motivated to improve my strength and flexibility.
– Helen S