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Exercise Physiology

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Exercise Physiology


WHAT IS exercise physiology?

An exercise physiologist performs assessments, prescribes conditioning exercise, as well as exercise supervision, counseling, and healthy lifestyle education - for apparently healthy individuals, as well as populations with medical conditions, functional limitations, or disabilities associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, and ageing conditions.

Clientele may include, but is not limited to:

  • Apparently healthy individuals

  • Individuals and/or populations with medical conditions, functional limitations, or disabilities (as above)

  • Individuals with chronic disease or injury

  • High performance athletes

 

about kelly

Kelly is registered as a clinical Exercise Physiologist as well as a Kinesiologist. She is also a national-level examiner for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and sits on the national committee with CSEP .

For more information on exercise physiology, please visit www.csep.ca.


cancer recovery exercise program

Evidence-based research supports that exercising through cancer recovery can be both safe and effective. Benefits may include:

  • Improving aerobic fitness and stamina

  • Improving muscular strength and bone health

  • Improving balance and range of motion

  • Increasing independence and physical function

  • Reducing cancer-related fatigue

  • Reducing anxiety and depression

Working with Kelly:

Kelly offers two options for her Cancer Recovery Exercise Program:

Small Group Sessions:

A small group (maximum 4 clients) exercise class is offered weekly.   A circuit-style fitness class will be created for you, addressing your individual needs while also providing a positive, supportive group environment.

Individual Sessions:

These individual supervised exercise sessions will be catered to your needs, interests, and motivation.  Some clients come in for weekly sessions (30 or 60 minutes in length).  Others come monthly for an exercise program to follow on their own at home or gym.  This can be individualized for you.

To book your initial assessment with Kelly, please call us at 250-339-6221.

Helpful additional resources:

http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/health-info/coping-with-cancer/exercise-support


parkinson’s disease exercise management

Increasing activity levels can be very beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. There are exercises to:

  • Work on gait

  • Improve balance and coordination

  • Increase leg, core, and back strength

  • Improve posture

  • Increase aerobic fitness

  • Help improve quality of life

It is important to find the safest & most appropriate exercises for your symptoms and learn how to adjust challenges as needed. 

Working with Kelly:

Kelly has lots of experience tailoring exercise plans to meet the needs of the individual, and she has worked with many clients with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Your initial assessment (1 hour) will include a review of your current health and symptoms you are experiencing as well as assess your movement strengths and areas to improve upon.  Kelly will also review your options on what may be most appropriate for you.

Many clients come in weekly (usually 30 minutes) to do supervised exercise with Kelly.  Some clients come in occasionally to get new exercises to do on their own (at gym or home).  This will be individualized for you.

To book your initial assessment with Kelly, please call us at 250-339-6221.

Helpful additional resources:

https://www.parkinson.ca/wp-content/uploads/Exercises_for_people_with_Parkinsons.pdf


cardiac, pulmonary, & stroke exercise rehabilitation

Physical activity may help after a heart, lung or brain event through reconditioning the heart as well as having positive impacts on blood pressure, cholesterol, stress and other factors that contribute to cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary diseases.  While there are many benefits to being active after an event, there can be apprehension about moving again. 

Working with Kelly:

Kelly has experience with cardiac rehabilitation programs and is able to offer individualized exercise programs for those who have had a heart, lung or brain event.  She will ensure the program meets your abilities and interests and guides you to train safely and effectively. 

Your initial assessment (1 hour) will include a review of your current health and symptoms you are experiencing as well as assess your movement strengths and areas to improve upon.  Kelly will also review your options on what may be most appropriate for you. 

Many clients come in weekly (usually 30 minutes) to do supervised exercise with Kelly.  Some clients come in occasionally to get new exercises to do on their own (at gym or home).  This can be individualized for you.

To book your initial assessment with Kelly, please call us at 250-339-6221.

Helpful additional resources:

http://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy/stay-active