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  • Writer's pictureCharlie Gordon

Progressing to Self-Management in Your Exercise Program: A Guide for NDIS Participants

For NDIS participants, developing the skills and confidence to self-manage an exercise program can be a significant milestone on the journey towards greater independence and overall wellbeing. In this blog post, we'll explore what it means to progress to self-management in your exercise program and share some tips to help you successfully make this transition.


Understanding Self-Management in Exercise Programs

Self-management in an exercise program refers to the ability of an individual to independently plan, organize, and execute their exercise routine without continuous supervision from an exercise physiologist or other support professional. This involves:

  • Knowing and understanding your exercise program, including the purpose of each exercise, proper technique, and safety considerations

  • Developing the discipline and motivation to consistently engage in your exercise routine

  • Being able to recognize when adjustments or modifications are needed in your program, and seeking professional guidance when necessary

Benefits of Self-Management

Progressing to self-management in your exercise program can offer several benefits, including:

  • Greater independence and autonomy, allowing you to take control of your health and wellbeing

  • Enhanced self-confidence and self-efficacy, leading to improved overall quality of life

  • Increased flexibility in scheduling and executing your exercise routine, enabling you to better adapt to changing circumstances and needs

  • Potential cost savings, as you may require less frequent supervision and support from your exercise physiologist

Tips for Successful Self-Management

As you progress towards self-management in your exercise program, consider the following tips to help ensure success:

  • Communicate openly with your exercise physiologist about your goals, concerns, and readiness to transition to self-management

  • Develop a strong foundation in exercise knowledge and technique by working closely with your exercise physiologist during the initial stages of your program

  • Create a structured exercise routine and schedule, ensuring that you allocate sufficient time and resources for each workout session

  • Set realistic and achievable goals, and track your progress over time to maintain motivation and commitment

  • Establish a support network of friends, family, or fellow NDIS participants who can provide encouragement and accountability

  • Continuously educate yourself about exercise, including new techniques, trends, and best practices to keep your program fresh and engaging

  • Listen to your body and be mindful of any pain, discomfort, or changes in your physical condition, and seek professional advice if necessary

  • Stay in regular contact with your exercise physiologist to discuss your progress, address any concerns, and make adjustments to your program as needed

Knowing When to Seek Help

While self-management can provide a sense of autonomy and control, it's essential to recognize when you may need additional support or guidance. If you experience any of the following, consider reaching out to your exercise physiologist or other healthcare professional:

  • Persistent pain or discomfort during or after exercise

  • A significant decline in your motivation or adherence to your exercise program

  • Difficulty performing exercises correctly or safely, despite practicing proper technique

  • Changes in your health or functional status that may warrant modifications to your program

Conclusion

Progressing to self-management in your exercise program can be an empowering and rewarding step for NDIS participants, fostering greater independence and improved overall wellbeing. By working closely with your exercise physiologist, building a strong foundation in exercise knowledge and technique, and utilizing the tips provided in this guide, you can successfully navigate this transition and take charge of your health and fitness journey.

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