Kinesiology: prescribing physical activity to improve health

In this online era of social media, it’s not always easy to know which sources can be trusted. Especially if you’re looking for information to help you adopt a more active lifestyle. And it can be even trickier when you have to deal with a condition that limits your abilities, such as heart disease or an injury.

 

One thing you should keep in mind is that if you want to integrate physical exercise into your lifestyle, you should consult a kinesiologist. Julie Graham, in-home kinesiologist with the Clinique GOTM team, tells us more!

 

The kinesiologist: a physical exercise specialist

If physical activity is the best medicine available, kinesiologists are the ones who prescribe it! Numerous studies have shown the benefits of exercise on physical and mental health. In this vein, a kinesiologist is akin to a promoter of healthy lifestyle habits. They rely on their expertise and in-depth understanding of the effects of exercise on the human body to prescribe physical activity and mitigate the effects of a condition, injury, or disease.

 

In other words, kinesiology allows individuals to integrate physical activity into their daily habits in a safe, secure, and supervised way.

 

The benefits of professional support

Some people can practice sports for fun or to get in shape without any negative effect on their health. However, some people might not be able to do so without the help of a professional who can provide them with the support they need.

 

First, a kinesiologist will assess their client’s needs, expectations, and their overall condition. They will then evaluate their home, environment, and the gear and facilities they have access to. With this information, the kinesiologist will be able to set measurable and achievable goals for their client. They’ll also recommend the right exercises for reaching these goals. More importantly, the kinesiologist will take the time to explain to their client how to do the exercise to prevent or aggravate injuries so they can get the most out of their workout session.

 

By setting precise goals and with regular follow-ups, the kinesiologist will provide support tailored to their client’s condition that will help them persevere to achieve their health objectives.

When should you call upon an in-home kinesiologist?

Kinesiology is a versatile discipline that can be beneficial for most people. However, if you want to integrate exercise into your routine, a kinesiologist can be especially useful in the following cases:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • After an injury
  • For senior citizens, to prevent falls
  • After surgery
  • Following deconditioning, due to illness or hospitalization

 

In-home kinesiology with Clinique GOTM

Our in-home services are available at competitive prices that are comparable to a private trainer at a fitness centre. However, kinesiologists have extensive training on the effects of physical activity on the body and health. Anyone with special needs should consider consulting a kinesiologist.

 

Our professionals always travel to their client’s home. They will evaluate their client and recommend a personalized fitness program designed to help them meet set goals in a safe way. Follow-ups are also carried out at the client’s home. Frequency of follow-ups vary in line with the client’s individual needs.

 

Julie Graham graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in kinesiology in 2006. She then completed her Master’s Degree in cardiac physiology at UdeM, in collaboration with the Montreal Heart Institute. She loves that her job provides her with the opportunity to have a direct impact on the lives of clients and that she can help them change their lifestyle habits and perception of physical activity.
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