Exercise physiologists focus on how exercise affects the body, often according to various health conditions, and are often tasked with restoring health to conditions prior to medical problems or simply improving basic functioning of the body. These physiologists may be present at gyms, hospitals, wellness centers, research centers, and even athletic settings, and are often in charge of overseeing exercise programs for individual clients or groups. Prior to administering exercise programs, they may perform evaluations of clients' abilities and goals. As time goes on, they will help clients progress and maintain healthier lifestyles, and administer health education such as home exercise assignments and dietary guidelines.
Exercise physiologists often help clients understand what effects particular actions may have on the body. When working with patients who have medical conditions, the physiologist must pay special attention to ensure that the client has not surpassed capacity; this may involve using machinery such as electrocardiogram equipment, blood pressure cuffs, oxygen monitors, and exercise ergometers.
The job can be strenuous when assisting patients and demonstrating exercises, so it is important to be physically fit. Those in this position will work with people of various ages and abilities, so patience and compassion are also important. Current BLS certification is often necessary, and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is generally required, while some employers require a master’s degree.
Exercise Physiologist Tasks
Recommend, instruct and monitor use of exercise equipment by patient.
Conduct assessment, analysis and treatment plan.
Perform rehabilitation services for chronic illness, disability or health related fitness.
Counsel and educate patient to meet fitness and treatment plan goals.