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Exercise can help reduce the risk of developing a chronic disease and add years to your life. But not everyone knows how to get started. If you want to get active, it might be worth your while to secure the services of a certified exercise physiologist, who:

  • Performs an assessment on you and your needs
  • Prescribes conditioning exercises
  • Supervises exercises
  • Counsels about healthy lifestyles
  • Works with people who have medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities
  • Specializes in musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, and aging conditions.

The minimum requirement to become a certified exercise physiologist is a four-year University degree in exercise science or a related area. This is different from the qualifications for a certified personal trainer.

For more about certified exercise physiologists, see the Manitoba Fitness Council's website at You can find CEPs at the following locations, among others:

Wave: May / June 2013

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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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