Lifestyle Clinic

Lifestyle Clinic

UNSW Lifestyle Clinic » Why do our programs work?

Regular physical activity is vital to human health. 

 

This is the case for people at all stages of life.  However, establishing and maintaining healthy-living routines is sometimes a challenge.

 

At the UNSW Lifestyle Clinic we recognise the importance of ensuring that every patient is able to develop a sustainable health care program that best targets and meets their needs.   In a similar way that medication targets specific pathologies, physical movement programs can be designed in a tailored manner specific to each patient. 

 

Our programs provide optimal outcomes because we develop individual routines unique to each patient, adjusting things like:

 

1) mode and type of activity,

2) intensity and duration of activity, and

3) frequency of activity

 

We recognise that one of the major challenges for many people wanting to improve their lifestyle is the ability to sustain healthy living habits long-term. In order to achieve optimal health outcomes, people must be provided with the tools, knowledge and resources to better manage themselves. At the Lifestyle Clinic, we implement proven strategies to promote self-management, resulting in programs that are:

 

1) cost-effective,

2) sustainable long-term, and

3) produce maximal results.

 

Many people are unable or unwilling to access a fitness facility for various reasons, including time constraints, centre location, required travel time, and financial cost, and feeling self-conscious.

 

We remove these major barriers by encouraging our clients to exercise in a location of their choice – at home or the local park. The options for physical activity are maximised by providing self-monitoring and motivational exercise tools, such as a pedometer, heart-rate monitor and exercise bands/tubing. These cost-effective tools enable the client to perform both cardiovascular and strength training exercise in an environment of their choice - providing maximal convenience. Clients are also provided a tailored Program Diary to monitor and evaluate their progress.

 

In a recent Cochrane review comparing home versus centre based physical activity programs in older adults with chronic disease, home-based programs were notably superior in terms of adherence to exercise, especially with successful maintenance in the long term*.

 

As a consultant, the Accredited Exercise Physiologist can design programs for the client that incorporate community-based physical activity programs, home-based programs, programs that use local community fitness or aquatic facilities, or AEP supervised sessions in the Lifestyle Clinic either delivered by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, or by our 4th year Exercise Physiology students. We also provide virtual classes via the secure platform Microsoft Teams, where exercise can be completed in the comfort of your own home.

 

Referring General Practitioners or physicians will be provided with regular reports on the client’s progress.

 

* Ashworth, N. L, Chad K.E, et al. (2005). Home versus centre based physical activity programs in older adults. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2005, Issue 1. Art. No.:CD004017.