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OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Many people with chronic illnesses have avoided going to their doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic and many may end up suffering unattended health issues due to of delayed treatment. During National Kinesiology Week from November 21 to 27, the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance invites two-thirds of Canadians living with a chronic disease to accelerate their recovery through clinical exercise.

The message citing the importance of lifestyle changes to prevent chronic disease is well known to Canadians. Doctors help them better manage their chronic illnesses and dietitians guide them to adopt healthier eating habits. Kinesiologists are consulted by people with limited mobility and other health conditions because they can help with over 25 chronic conditions, including back pain, arthritis and obesity. However, healthcare professionals have observed that many people avoid seeking advice from their healthcare team during the pandemic, leaving their condition untreated and with a clear path to more devastating effects.

During the pandemic, many people with chronic conditions stayed home to limit their risk of catching COVID-19says Angela Carter, R.Kin, President of the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance. “However, it is important to take care of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or mental health, which, if left untreated, can have devastating long-term effects, especially in elderly patients.

Exercise is an important part of health and well-being and can help manage and prevent many chronic diseases. Within the healthcare team, college-trained kinesiologists are human movement experts who use science to find the right exercise programs to meet specific health needs. They provide support to be more active, lessen the impact of chronic disease, and improve overall health and well-being. They are a very effective but underused tool and can support the well-being of Canadians, as part of their healthcare team, including the following chronic conditions:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • The Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dementia
  • Colon, prostate and breast cancer
  • Type I and II diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • COPD
  • Osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Coronary disease
  • Heart failure and stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Back ache
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity

People with chronic conditions often feel that their limitations prevent them from engaging in physical activitycontinues Ms. Carter. “That’s why kinesiologists can guide them through a series of exercises tailored to their personal abilities and limitations. This may include a personal exercise program, cardiorespiratory training, strength and balance exercises.

Plus, seeing a kinesiologist regularly has been scientifically proven to help maintain motivation and increase positive outcomes. Health coaching by kinesiologists is proven to be an important part of adherence to a program that is essential to obtaining the true benefit of exercise. It has statistically significant impacts on factors such as self-efficacy, steps per day, blood sugar, systolic blood pressure, and cholesterol.

FIND WAYS TO MOVEDuring National Kinesiology Week, Canadians are encouraged to identify clinical exercises that improve their quality of life. They can have a kinesiologist develop a program specifically designed to fit their personal limitations, lifestyle, and interests. Kinesiologists from across Canada can be found at

ABOUT THE CANADIAN KINESIOLOGY ALLIANCEKinesiologists are human movement specialists who provide scientific advice and physical activity treatments that improve recovery, health and well-being, at all stages of life. The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA) is a not-for-profit society that advocates and promotes the advancement of the profession of kinesiology in Canada. CKA strives to be recognized as the unifying voice of the kinesiology profession in Canada and to have a positive impact on Canadians. At the national level, the ACK represents ten Provincial Associations of Kinesiology (APK) which are member associations and over 4,400 affiliated kinesiologists. The ACK sets and promotes standards for the profession across Canada.

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Source: Canadian Kinesiology Alliance

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