Head of Flinders Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology programs Associate Professor Claire Drummond.
According to the World Health Organisation, physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide.
Inadequate levels of exercise increase a person’s risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes by up to 30% and shortens lifespan by up to five years.
The benefits of moving our bodies outweigh any disadvantages, if there are any.
Associate Professor Drummond and Flinders’ exercise science and clinical exercise physiology teaching team instil the exercise is medicine ethos into students, through practical learning experiences.
The students know the sector is fast-growing and that they will upon graduation be supporting people from seniors to professional athletes to avoid or treat injury and illness through movement.
A/P Drummond tells us there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that exercise does help prevent and treat illness and injuries.
A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2013 found that exercise is often works just as well as medication in preventing death from major illnesses such as coronary heart disease and diabetes.
A/P Drummond is a member of the Flinders University Caring Futures
Institute, Australia's first fully dedicated research centre for the
study of self-care and caring solutions, leading to better lives, better
communities, better care and better systems. Together with fellow Institute member and fellow Exercise Science and
clinical Exercise Physiology lecturer Dr Joyce Ramos, A/P Drummond is
researching the effectiveness of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
in treating chronic conditions.
“We know that even 10 minutes of HIIT will make a big difference,” A/P Drummond says.
“HIIT workouts can include simple things like increasing your walking speed, walking up hills or using the stairs, walking on soft sand.
“The secret to HIIT is to get your heart rate up so that you are working at a moderate and vigorous intensity at regular intervals.”