Lifestyle Clinic

Lifestyle Clinic

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Physical activity works in a similar manner to medication:– each pathology requires a specific dose-related response for optimal outcomes. The dose is dependent on:

  • mode and type of activity
  • intensity and duration of activity
  • frequency of activity

We recognise that one of the major challenges for many people wanting to improve their lifestyle is the ability to sustain those changes 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 cost-effective
  • are sustainable long-term
  • 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 in the long term*.

As a consultant, the EP can design programs for the client that incoprorate community-based physical activity programs (eg community colleges), the use of a local fitness or aquatic facility, or EP supervised sessions.

General Practitioners or physicians can expect 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.