From mental health, to sports specific screening, to the latest research in exercise for Cancer our goal is to give our readers an overview of not just research in various areas of health and rehabilitation but to offer our opinion from years of experience in working in these areas.
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life! program facilitator spotlight
Exercise for Rehabilitation & Health has been there since the beginning of the first Life! Program in Victoria over a decade ago and continues to lead and train the health professionals that deliver the program all across the state.
Today we're sharing 60 seconds and 3 questions with one of the health professionals that pioneered the program, Nicole French.
Many people commence the program with the idea that they already know the information, I love to challenge our participants thinking and help them to see that a simple mindset change moving away from 'I already know that' and moving towards a question 'how good am I at that?' is unbelievably powerful.
The simple reframe is a life skill that helps us seek ongoing improvement without punishing ourselves or making ourselves feel bad for the things that we may not be doing. For me the Life! program course works with this philosophy and teaches us to actively seek out information and refine habits which is why it so successful for our participants. I love it! I've been facilitating programs since they first started over a decade ago and am proud to help thousands of Victorians improve their health and develop a new outlook on life.
Where the Life! Program started
Celebrating 10 years
When the Life! Program turned 10 we were there to celebrate at Parliament house alongside the Diabetes Victoria Team.
The Life! Program has expended its delivery options now offering sessions at workplaces
What are the two most common you get asked?
- How much exercise should we be aiming for per day?
National Physical Activity Guidelines indicate that we should be accumulating 150-300 minutes across the course of a week which is about 20-40 minutes a day. If you are exercising at more vigorous levels then your exercise duration is shorter, however if you are exercising at lower intensities you have to do a bit more. Ideally, a combination of moderate and vigorous exercise is the way to go, particularly if you are managing diabetes or trying to reduce body fat. Combining cardiovascular exercise (such as walking or cycling) with strengthening activities will give you a well rounded response to the activity to best look after your heart, muscles and the reduce risk of many chronic diseases.
- What are your top tips for finding time to exercise?
One of the highest reported reasons why people do not participate in ideal physical activity levels is time, so if that's a concern, you're not alone. In my experience, the best way was work this challenge is to change the way you see it; by that I mean view it as an opportunity and adopt the attitude that your day will present you with a myriad of opportunities to move, you just need to look for them. It is amazing how you can find ways to move within your daily routines and once you begin to enjoy it, adding in structured activity on 2-3 days and then move to most days of the week in a variety of environments to find what best suits you is a great strategy.
Want to be involved in our next program? Read more about the Life! Program here