Kick off 2016 with a health and body check

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Been meaning to get that sore knee checked out, but keep on putting it off? How about that colonoscopy your doctor told you to have last year?

Make your health a priority in the New Year and have a general health check-up.

Often it can be the little things which stop you from reaching your fitness goals.

Ongoing injuries and soreness can be frustrating at the best of times. Having these issues checked by a professional is important for your personal strength and fitness success and will help prevent long-term musculoskeletal and medical problems.

Start the New Year with a clean slate and book a routine check-up with your doctor.

For any aches or pains which you feel warrant a trip to the physiotherapist, book yourself in and catch the problem early, before it gets any worse.

A physiotherapist will provide treatment, advice and exercises to help relieve and resolve the issue, so you can make a full recovery.

If you are aware of muscle imbalances or areas of weakness that cause pain or problems, or your exercise is limited due to a chronic disease, schedule a musculoskeletal assessment and receive appropriate exercise prescription and exercise rehabilitation programming.

Seek advice from a health and fitness professional to get the right plan in place, so you can progress your exercise as necessary to help make 2016 an active and productive year.

Some chronic diseases which research has proven to benefit from exercise include – insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, intermittent claudication, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, depression, asthma and type 1 diabetes.

By treating yourself to a health checkup and setting yourself up with an achievable plan for improved fitness,  you can strive for a year of feeling better both physically and mentally, as well as clocking up credits towards improved future health.

Unirec.co.nz

A specialist in exercise rehabilitation and chronic disease management, Kristina Jessup is a sport and rehab consultant at UniRec and uses “exercise as medicine”.
Trained to provide carefully tailored exercise programmes for people from all walks of life and particularly those who may have struggled with exercise in the past; have particular limitations which prevent them from exercising, or those who simply don’t know where to start, Kristina has a wealth of experience spanning eight years and provides expert advice in chronic disease management and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

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