In this podcast I interview leaders in the field of exercise prescription. I talk to prominent researchers who investigate how exercise can improve different aspects of quality of life in different populations and clinical groups. Our conversations cover several topics. For example, we discuss what type of exercise is the best to improve brain health and reduce age related cognitive decline or how can we use exercise to ensure an optimal development in children and mobility and quality of life in people with neurological and neurodegenerative clinical conditions.
Exercise after pregnancy with Dr. Michelle Mottola
In this episode I speak with Dr. Michelle Mottola, Professor in the School of Kinesiology at University of Western Ontario, in Canada. Dr. Mottola has spent most of her research career studying exercise prescription in pregnant and post-partum women. This is the second time that Michelle comes to the podcast. In the first episode we discussed exercise prescription during pregnancy and in this episode we talk about exercise after giving birth. We tackle many interesting questions such as for example why women tend to decrease their PA levels after giving birth and what the benefits of exercise during the post-partum period are. We also learn that exercising with their infants could be a simple strategy for women to increase their levels of PA after pregnancy. You can follow Michelle's research at https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/EPL/.
Exercise to improve sleep with Dr. Shawn Youngstedt
In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Shawn Youngstedt. Dr. Youngstedt is a Professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. We talk about the interaction between, exercise and sleep, seemingly two very different human activities. We first talk about the evidence supporting the role that exercise can have on sleep quality and sleep architecture. We also discuss which type of exercise is the best to improve sleep and how aspects such as the timing of exercise in relation to when we go to sleep can influence the effects. We also discuss how exercise can restart our circadian clock and about the disruptive effects of sleep restriction on exercise and the effects of sleep deprivation on brain plasticity and cognition. I was really looking forward to speaking with him about the fascinating interactions between sleep, exercise and cognition. You can follow Dr. Youngstedt research at https://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/content/shawn-youngstedt
Exercise after stroke with Dr. Ada Tang
In this episode I spoke with Dr. Ada Tang. Dr Tang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at McMaster University. Her research focuses on cardiovascular health in people with stroke. Before discussing exercise prescription after stroke we discuss the evidence the effect of exercise on stroke prevention. Can exercise prevent strokes? We also discuss the different types of training that we can use in these patients and what are the expected benefits. We also discuss how early we can start training after we had stroke, the barriers and facilitators of exercise in this group of patients and many more interesting things. For those not familiar with the jargon, please note that CPET is an abbreviation for cardiorespiratory exercise testing. You can follow Dr. Tang's superb research on twitter at @MacstrokeCan.
Exercise during pregnancy with Dr. Michelle Mottola
In this episode, I talked with Dr. Michelle Mottola, Professor in the School of Kinesiology at University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Mottola has spent most of her research career studying exercise prescription in pregnant and post-partum women. Her research investigates the effects of maternal exercise on both the mother and the developing fetus. In this episode we talk precisely about exercise prescription in women during pregnancy. We discuss the benefits of exercise for both the mother and the child, precautions and contraindications and how exercise during pregnancy may affect the future cognitive and physical health of the offspring. The conversation was so interesting that we decided to have another episode in the near future to discuss exercise after giving birth (post-partum). You can follow her research at https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/EPL/
Exercise for people undergoing solid organ transplantation with Dr. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira
In this episode I talked with Dr. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill. Her specific research interests include assessing disability in individuals with chronic lung disease and solid organ transplant candidates. She also examines the effects of different rehabilitation interventions for these patients. In this episode we talk about exercise prescription in people with solid organ transplantation. This is a new, important and exciting area of research. I learned a lot of things in this episode. You can follow Dr. Janaudis-Ferreira on twitter @JanaudisFerr or know more about her research at https://canrestore.wordpress.com.
Exercise for people living with Multiple Sclerosis with Dr. Michelle Ploughman
In this episode, I have a fascinating conversation with Dr. Michelle Ploughman. Michelle is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. She is an expert in studying the effects of exercise on brain plasticity and her research focuses on the effects of exercise, rehabilitation and lifestyle habits on the brain challenged by injury, disease and aging. We talk about exercise prescription in multiple sclerosis (MS). We start discussing what we know about the risk factors of MS, and the gaps in knowledge in the prescription of exercise for these patients. We then talk about the importance of controlling body temperature during exercise and how essential it is to adapt training in periods where the symptoms of the disease are exacerbated. I found this episode extremely informative and educational. You can see what Michelle is working on on twitter @michploughman.