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Maintaining an active lifestyle is just as important as wearing a mask

The COVID-19 battle is not over, we’re still facing a global pandemic, unlike anything we’ve seen in over a century. Though the world is trying to recover, both people and economies, there is still a long way to go. Media is constantly talking about social distancing, maintaining 1.5m and the new touching elbows handshake, people are forced to wear masks and gloves, and businesses have had to pivot, quickly, to survive and adhere to the new normal.

This virus seems to be settling down, but will never truly go away. Will the second wave be worse than the first or will there be another virus that comes along in the next 5-10 years? Who knows. We are all told to take these precautions, and we should, because ultimately the reason for all these restrictions is to protect our health and reduce casualties.

From all the media that we’ve consumed over the last three months, one glaring gap of crucial information has been poorly addressed. How do we, as a population, improve our immunity to viral infections?

Why haven’t more professionals come forward to explain the importance of building your immunity and why haven’t major media outlets jumped on this idea of strengthening australians from the inside out?

So, let’s get into the nitty-gritty. One of the many benefits to exercise is increasing your body’s ability to fight off foreign and sinister infections – and there’s plenty of evidence to prove it. When exercising at the right intensity (moderate) and being careful not to over-exert yourself (sessions less than 60 minutes) there is a significant increase in the anti-pathogen, or antiviral activity within the body’s tissues (Nieman & Wentz, 2019). With habitual exercise, these temporary improvements become more permanent, and the body’s overall immunity is enhanced  (Nieman & Wentz, 2019). This isn’t just good for fighting infection either. The benefits go further by decreasing systemic inflammation and hindering the progression of non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease).

Some of us like a harder workout though, and you might have heard that high-intensity or prolonged bouts of exercise actually hinder your body’s immune defence – at least for a small window of time. It’s time we let this notion go. In fact, new and emerging evidence suggests that at worst, there are no negative effects on immuno-regulation when a person decides to crank up the heart rate (Campbell & Turner, 2018). Any link between the harder, more sustained bouts of exercise are more likely attributed to things like ongoing fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, psychological stress or specific environmental exposures (Campbell & Turner, 2018).

Thinking long-term, regular physical activity can also delay or limit immunological ageing (Campbell & Turner, 2018). This means that the normal, age-attributed decline in immunity can be hindered by a little more movement in your life.

Maintaining an active lifestyle is just as important as wearing a mask, so let’s get moving!

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References:

  1. Yıldızgören, M. T. (2020). How Exercise May Affect The Immune System Against COVID-19? / Egzersiz COVID-19’a Karşı Bağışıklık Sistemini Nasıl Etkileyebilir? Spor Hekimligi Dergisi/Turkish Journal of Sports Medicine55(2), 186–187.
  2. Woods, J. A., & Pence, B. D. (2015). Physical Activity, Exercise, and the Immune System: Three Lines of Research That Have Driven the Field. Kinesiology Review4(1), 118–125.
  3. Baltopoulos, P. (2009). Exercise induced modulation of immune system functional capacity. Biology of Exercise5(1), 39–49.

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At Be Physiology we focus on exercise and movement for the management and improvement of neurological and chronic conditions.

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Trent Brock | Mobile Exercise Physiologist

Trent Brock

mobile exercise physiologist
I have had 3 major passions throughout my life; exercise, competitive sports, and a strong will to help others. Those 3 factors made it an easy decision to pursue a career as an exercise physiologist. By encouraging and facilitating evidence-based exercise rehabilitation, I can help individuals living with various chronic conditions, particularly those living with neurological conditions.
I see exercise physiology as an extremely beneficial practice that enables clients to experience an improved quality of life. Personally, being able to provide insight into exercise and other tools that can equip clients with helpful skills and wellbeing improvements is extremely fulfilling. Being able to improve not only an individual, but their support network’s day-to-day life fills me with great joy and motivates me to continue to be better so that I can do better. I understand that everyone has a different view of exercise and there is no one-size fits all approach, so I operate with an open and adaptive mind, supported by evidence-based practices. If you or anyone that you know is looking to improve their quality of life and begin a journey to improved living, or just have any general questions, get in touch and let's have a chat!
Michelle Marais AEP

Michelle Marais

mobile exercise physiologist
My passion for movement, health, and helping others led me to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Through this role, I facilitate exercise-based rehabilitation for individuals with various chronic conditions, with a primary interest and area of expertise in neurological conditions.
To me, exercise physiology is about equipping clients with valuable skills that make daily tasks easier and empowering them to achieve their goals while enjoying the process.I take great pride in being a part of my clients' rehabilitation journey and exploring new methods with them to find the optimal exercise approach that works best for them.If you have any questions or are interested in starting your journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle, please feel free to reach out to me.
Angus Sullivan AEP

Angus Sullivan AEP

Mobile Exercise Physiologist
As an accredited exercise physiologist, I see my role as an opportunity to facilitate a safe and effective environment for my clients to explore their physical capabilities, identify areas where they would like to improve, and then prescribe meaningful and appropriate activities to achieve these improvements.
I currently work predominantly with individuals living with disability and have a keen interest in acquired brain injuries (ABI), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), cerebral palsy (CP), spinal cord injuries (SCI) and rare neurological conditions.
To me, exercise physiology is not only about achieving narrow objective goals (eg. 1 Rep Max bench press), but improving an individual’s lifestyle and making activities of daily living easier (mobilising, transferring, feeding, and more).
I love what I do and enjoy learning new methods and discussing different opinions about exercise. I am always happy to chat about it so please get in contact if you have any questions or knowledge that you wish to share!
Our team of mobile exercise physiologists

Walter White

manager of good vibes
Being active has taken on a whole new meaning and I am 100% here for it. I like to fink I'm pretty active, and I keep up de vibes during team meetings - just making sure everyone's hands are always moving (across my butt) because I know dat any exercise is good exercise.
I keep close to everyone, real close, just to keep dem on their toes when dey walk by too.
Fings are always better when I am der so if you need some good vibes, I will be der for you.
Brb just going to have a snooze.
Love and licks,
Wally
Brittney Kenward

Brittney Kenward

co-founder / Operations manager
I’m NOT an exercise physiologist, but I do take my hat off to my team and get to admire the work they do each and every day. Be Physiology means that we’re able to apply our passion, and our experience, to make exercise physiology more accessible to the people who need it the most.
You might hear the team describe me as ‘the person who does everything else’, and that can be translated to ‘marketing and operations'. My background is marketing and business, which I’ve lived and breathed since 2011. I’ve worked in both the agency and corporate spaces, across many industries, with many amazing people and now with Be Physiology, I get to explore the health industry further and continue to meet the most incredible people who are the ones to define motivation.
If you’ve met Harry and Aj, you’d know that they don’t really need marketing - they’re genuine, have ridiculous amounts of charisma, knowledgeable, and extremely passionate about helping people to be a better version of themselves. But, sometimes getting an introduction is the hardest part and that’s where I come in.
If you want to chat, a coffee, a laugh, I’m always here to make one or all of them happen.

So call me and let’s keep sharing the love!
Keegan Betts AEP

Keegan Betts AEP

mobile exercise physiologist
As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, my work is driven by my passion for movement, health, and empowering others. With my experience working with individuals of all ages who have neurological conditions such as autism, stroke, and cerebral palsy, I focus on delivering activity-based therapy to optimise their independence.
Seeing people empowered and handling daily tasks easier is incredibly rewarding, as well as being able to give others the tools to improve their mental health and prevent secondary health conditions.
I know the importance of creating a welcoming and safe environment particularly when improving our health and I always strive to ensure everybody feels supported by the team around them and receives the highest level of care.
Get in touch today and let's make it happen.
Kristen McCluskey

Kristen McCluskey

Mobile Exercise Physiologist
If you spend as little as 10 minutes a day exercising, it will still make a huge difference to your overall physical and mental health - this is a fact and it is very often underappreciated! The benefits of exercise don’t discriminate and the rumours are true, exercise is medicine.
Spinal cord injuries, neurological conditions and women’s health are areas I find to be very dynamic and that I am particularly passionate about, but all aspects of exercise physiology are unique and have a significant impact on people’s everyday lives and I want to continue bringing it to those who will benefit the most from it.
I'm passionate about learning new methods and learning what my clients enjoy and how they approach exercise. I am always happy to chat about the many benefits and outcomes of exercise physiology so please get in contact if you have any questions or knowledge that you wish to share.
If you’re interested in learning more about who I am or want to ask any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at .
Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

marketing assistant
My name is Charlotte, and I'm a sports enthusiast currently studying for a marketing degree. Although I am not an exercise physiologist, I have a passion for sports having a background in ski instructing and adaptive skiing. Like the team, I believe exercise is medicine and share a similar passion and values to help and motivate others I meet.
I've been fortunate enough to work globally with a background in event management, ski instructing, administrating, and climbing supervisor. However, working alongside the Be Physiology team as my dream role in marketing is a highlight. If you have had the pleasure of meeting the team, you will know their genuine, funny, knowledgeable, and passionate to help others. These are values that I also pride myself in, and I am so fortunate to be surrounded by like-minded colleagues.
Harry White AEP

Harry White AEP

co-founder / supervisor
Exercise physiology combines two of my favourite things: health and helping people. As an accredited exercise physiologist with more than seven years’ clinical experience, I have treated people presenting with a wide variety of health conditions and concerns, postural issues, chronic injuries and rehabilitation needs.
My expertise is spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders and helping my clients to achieve an improved quality of life through rehabilitation and functional training. Rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders can be slow but incredibly rewarding for clients when results are achieved, no matter how small. Assisting people through learning useful skills and functional training is the most important role that an EP can play to help people lead a more fulfilled life.
Working for many years with people who have suffered serious injury or live with a disability, I know that taking a proactive approach to your health changes your life. If you care for your body, it will take care of you.
I’m passionate about helping people live a long, healthy and active life, so call today.