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  1. What is deconditioning?

What happens when you stop exercising?

We all know that exercising is good for our health and it is something that we should build into our regular routine? We know that when we exercise regularly we ‘feel good’ and we have that sense of satisfaction that we are making the right choices for our health. All the best evidence for chronic health conditions including arthritis and diabetes points towards exercise. Some of us perhaps even enjoy exercising…

However, have you even thought to stop and think, what happens when I stop exercising? Our physiotherapist Tegan Skipworth looks at what happens when we stop exercising.

What is deconditioning?

The answer, we decondition.

Within just one week of ceasing exercise our body starts to lose the beneficial effects from training. We start to lose those gains that we have worked so hard to get.

Our muscle mass reduces, we become weaker in overall strength, and eventually it has a have a negative impact on our endurance. This means that simple things like walking up stairs becoming more challenging, and our cardiovascular system becomes less efficient at circulating blood to our working tissues. We may notice and increased effort in our breathing from tasks that were previously deemed as easy.

Research shows that blood sugar levels can increase within the bloodstream in less than a week after ceasing exercise. This is the result of our muscles needing less energy, or glucose (sugar) from within the blood, as they are not being placed under the same level of physical demand. Blood pressure also has the potential to increase after stopping exercise for a duration of time.

A normal part of ageing is a reduction in muscle mass, aerobic capacity and a loss of bone density. Functionally, this can equate to reduced balance and an increased risk of falls. This means that continued exercise is even more important for the older population.

For those younger and fitter individuals, reduced exercise means a loss of cardiovascular fitness, possible negative effects in mood, sleep pattern, cognitive effects, e.g concentration levels, and energy levels. It also results in an increased duration of time to return to previous fitness levels.

The good news is that the effects of deconditioning are reversible.

Once we resume exercise again we experience a positive change in our overall physiological health and well-being. We start to make the transition into being fitter, stronger and healthier all over again.

Although accessibility to exercise services may feel limited during this time of uncertainty, we strongly recommend continued exercise. Malvern East Physiotherapy currently remains open for exercise consultations and/or the development of individualised home programs. Be sure to speak with your Physiotherapist about how to best maintain your exercise routine over the coming weeks and months.

To learn more about how to avoid deconditioning, feel free to call our team or book online.


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Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

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Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

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Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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