The Role of Exercise in Treating Cancer

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death and disability in Australia, with most of us knowing someone close to us who has been affected by the disease. Traditionally, people undergoing treatment for cancer have been advised to rest and avoid physical activity, based on the perception that it could exacerbate fatigue and hinder recovery. However, over the last two decades there has been mounting evidence to support the use of exercise as a…

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Exercise Is Medicine features Inspire Fitness

Exercise is Medicine Australia has featured the work of Inspire Fitness for Wellbeing in their latest newsletter! A case study of one of Rory Scott’s exercise physiology clients was published by Exercise is Medicine Australia to highlight the important role of exercise physiology in the treatment of coronary heart disease.  Exercise is Medicine has recognised the clinical experience of our Exercise Physiologists and the ongoing contribution Inspire Fitness makes to the lives of our clients. Take a moment to read…

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The Benefits of Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in our community, with the prevalence of diabetes increasing over 90% in the last 10 years in Boroondara alone.  This is staggering when you consider that 60% of Type 2 Diabetes cases can be prevented with lifestyle modifications.  In particular, exercise not only reduces the risk of developing diabetes, it also slows the progression of the disease and can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Therefore, physical activity…

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National Healthy Bones Week: Exercise is Key to Strengthening Your Bones

National Healthy Bones Week (19th – 25th August, 2012) is an initiative urging all Australians to focus on strengthening their bones through exercise and increasing their calcium intake, to help prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Many people are not aware that physical activity can both slow the loss of bone mass and bone strength, and is also effective for reducing the risk of fractures (see Table 1).  Previously, we have discussed the important role of…

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Exercise In The Prevention And Management Of Osteoporosis

What is osteoporosis and who is at risk? Osteoporosis is a crippling bone disease that results in an increased risk of bone fractures. This is due to a reduction in the density of bone tissue, which is measured as Bone Mineral Density (BMD). Post-menopausal women are at the greatest risk of osteoporosis, due to hormonal changes and age-associated losses of BMD. However, osteoporosis can affect anyone with risk factors including: Age; Gender (post-menopausal women are at…

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Exercise And Cancer Recovery: The Benefits Of Physical Activity

Did you know that 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women in Australia will be directly affected by cancer by the age of 75? In fact, there are approximately 108,000 new cancer cases each year in Australia, representing a major public health concern. In addition, a lack of or reduction in physical activity has been reported as a key risk factor for some cancers. The positive news is that physical activity is beneficial…

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Victoria’s Diabetes Epidemic: The Staggering Statistics

Diabetes can lead to many long-term complications such as nerve damage in the feet and eyes, cardiovascular disease, and kidney damage.  Shocking new data has revealed that diabetes has more than doubled over the past 10 years in Victoria.  Figures show that the number of Victorians with diabetes has risen dramatically, from 95,000 in 2001 to a staggering 252,000 today. The main reason for this rapid increase in diabetes sufferers is an explosion in obesity,…

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The Benefits Of Exercise For Diabetes

There is a significant amount of research available documenting the importance of structured physical activity in the prevention and management of diabetes.  Despite all of this information, just 39% of adults with diabetes are physically active, compared with 58% of other adults.  Furthermore, 75% of those with diabetes die from cardiovascular disease, which is also largely preventable through physical activity. The two major goals of diabetes therapy are to normalise blood sugar (glucose) levels and…

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