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ESSA reminds Australians that exercise can change lives

ESSA reminds Australians that exercise can change lives
May 20, 2021

With the theme for Exercise Right Week 2021 (24th -30th May) being ‘Exercise Changes Lives’, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are reminding Australians about the benefits of exercise and physical activity and the importance of seeking out professionals for individualised advice.

This year’s key message is to use the power of exercise to take charge of your health, take charge of your well-being, and take charge of your life.

In line with this theme, Exercise Right Week 2021 will feature the stories of five different Australians who have had exercise change their lives for the better. These stories vary across different age groups, injuries, and health conditions, and showcases that movement is certainly for everyone.

One story is that of Matt, a single, below-the-knee amputee who lost his leg to a workplace injury five years ago. Jess is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who has been working with Matt who says that exercise has absolutely changed his life.

“Seeing an exercise physiologist has helped me massively, mentally and physically. Some days I come in here [to the clinic] not feeling too good, but I walk out with a smile. I love it, I’d recommend it to anybody,” says Matt.

Another story is that of 10-year-old Demi who was born with fibular hemimelia (where part or all of the fibular bone is missing) in her right leg. Before seeing an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Demi was in a wheelchair learning to walk again, but nine months later, all her hard work has paid off as she walks and runs around.

“This [exercise physiology] has made a world of difference to Demi’s world. From go to now, she’s just totally turned the corner,” shared Demi’s dad, Simon.

ESSA highlight that Matt and Demi’s stories, as well as the stories of James, Isaac, and Jenny, are all truly inspirational and highlights just how expertly prescribed exercise, adapted to suit your abilities, has the power to change your life.

An important aspect of Exercise Right Week is to remind Australians that the mental and physical benefits of movement cannot be ignored. Exercise helps to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers, can help manage disabilities, and can protect against mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

ESSA Chief Executive, Anita Hobson-Powell notes “If you could squeeze all the health benefits of exercise into a pill, it’d be the most prescribed drug in the country.

“Throughout next week to celebrate Exercise Right Week, there will be chances to win prizes, as well as free events across the country which includes exercise screening assessments and health consults, in-person and virtual group classes, as well as educational Q&A sessions hosted by the exercise experts.

“Whether you’re an everyday Australian or a health professional, we really encourage everyone to get involved in Exercise Right Week. Whether it be sharing one of our video stories, attending one of the free events, or just sharing the message that exercise changes lives, you’re helping to encourage a more active and healthy community.”

To learn more about the campaign, visit the Exercise Right website.

For more information on Exercise Right Week 2021 go to

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