Before we begin exercise with any client, we always conduct an initial assessment. This is the first meeting we have with the client. We gather information about their medical history, discuss goals, plans, complete exercise assessments and ensure the client is safe and cleared to exercise.
One of our newest clients, Beth, had her initial assessment completed with one of our Exercise Physiologists recently. Here in this feature story, Beth takes us through the process of the initial assessment…
I have an intellectual disability, hypertension, type II diabetes and some arthritis in my knees and hands.
My main reason for exercise is to help improve my current function. I would like to be able to walk more around my community and regularly exercise with my Exercise Physiologist and at home by myself.
During my first assessment with my Exercise Physiologist, she collected other information including my weight, height, waist, chest and hip circumference, and blood pressure. My Exercise Physiologist needs to know my baseline level and could provide insights into my physical health and medical conditions.
My Exercise Physiologist also completed a sit to stand test. I had to stand up and sit down as many times as I could in 30 seconds. This gives an indication of my leg strength and stamina.
I also had my balance tested. One test I completed was standing on one leg and the Exercise Physiologist timed this. My Exercise Physiologist explained to me we test balance to ensure we can get a baseline level of function, and after a few months of exercise, I hope to see an improvement in my standing balance test. I have previously fallen in my home, which means I need to improve my level of balance and strength to make sure I am steady and strong enough not to fall.
My Exercise Program
Since my appointment, my Exercise Physiologist has developed an exercise program for me to complete. It is challenging but I am able to complete the exercises. Some examples of exercises I do are: sit to stands, challenging balancing exercises and wall push ups to name a few.
I will aim to complete my exercises every day and see my Exercise Physiologist once a week.
If you too would like to start exercising and need an initial assessment completed, please contact us here
The Active Ability Team xx