Human & Exercise physiology is a very dynamic area of research and practice as it not only links to clinical areas through sports medicine. Human & Exercise physiology also leads our understanding of physical fitness and what factors govern it, so that we can optimise habitual physical functioning and health through the lifespan. The Human & Exercise Physiologist is a key guide within lifelong vitality, training and sport performance enhancement, where (s)he investigates and explains factors related to habitual physical behaviour (from sedentary behaviour to vigorous physical activity), as well as both acute and chronic exercise effects. At the clinical/sport medicine level, the human & exercise physiologist’s work feeds in from rehabilitation and relief from pain and discomfort, through to the treatment of many chronic health conditions including but not limited to Arthritis, Depression, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Sarcopenia, Muscular Dystrophies etc.
It is this wide range of often directly applicable findings to the end-users, that attracted me to the topic and I remain as enthusiastic about each system (whole body’s systems, tissues, and cells, determining subcellular, molecular, and chemical processes) as I ever was from the beginning of my research journey, more than 15 years ago.