Summary: The NDIS can pay for you to exercise with a special kind of trainer called an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP). This can happen if you need help with daily living or improving your health. AEPs know a lot about how exercise can help people with different conditions and can make a plan that is safe and beneficial for you. It’s important to choose the right AEP because you will work with them for a long time. To help you pick the right one, you can ask 13 questions to make sure they are the right fit for you.
Did you know that the NDIS can fund exercise with an Exercise Physiologist?
This is available under:
- Capacity building – Improved Daily Living
- Capacity building – Improved Health and Wellbeing
From the ‘Exercise Right’ website:
“Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) have expert knowledge on the human body and the role of exercise in health, fitness, and reducing the onset of chronic conditions symptoms and disabilities. AEPs develop exercise programs for people with a wide variety of disabilities to help them manage their condition and build capacity for activities of daily living. Their knowledge and extensive training also allows them to provide safe and effective, tailored exercise programs to any person that steps through their doors.”
Choosing the right Exercise Physiologist for you is a crucial decision. You will be working closely with this person for a long time, and entrusting them with your health. To help you find the perfect fit, here are 13 questions to ask:
- Do they know when to push and when to pull back? It’s important that they can balance challenging you with being mindful of your limits.
- Do they offer guidance outside of sessions? An effective Exercise Physiologist will support you in managing your exercise routine and be available for communication between sessions.
- Are their values aligned with yours? It’s important to find an Exercise Physiologist whose beliefs and approach align with your own to ensure a successful long-term relationship.
- Can they adapt their coaching style to suit your mood and needs? Empathy is an important quality in an Exercise Physiologist, they should be able to adjust their approach to match how you’re feeling.
- Do they consider all aspects of your health, not just exercise? Your Exercise Physiologist should address nutrition, sleep, mental health, and other factors that impact your overall well-being.
- Are they assessing your movement quality and providing exercises to improve it? A good Exercise Physiologist will regularly assess your movement quality and provide specific exercises to address any issues.
- Do they provide exercise sessions of varying lengths? To optimize your health, it’s important to engage in both short, intense efforts and longer, less intense exercise.
- Is there a lot of variety in your training? Variety is key to both physical and mental well-being and ensures that your training stays interesting.
- Are they drawing from multiple exercise disciplines? Different types of exercise provide different benefits, an effective Exercise Physiologist will use techniques from multiple fields to help you reach your goals.
- Do they take a slow and steady approach or jump right in? To achieve long-term health, it’s important to start slow and build a solid foundation.
- Do they hold you to a high standard? An Exercise Physiologist who expects quality and excellence is looking out for your best interests.
- Do they focus on your weaknesses? Improving on what we struggle with is essential to maintaining good health.
- Do they individualise your exercise for your unique needs? Everyone is different, an effective Exercise Physiologist should tailor your exercise program to your specific needs.
Range of Motion, in Osborne Park, provides Exercise Physiology Services for NDIS participants. An exceptionally high standard of one-on-one expert care, in a safe, friendly environment. Learn more about our exercise programs for NDIS participants.