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Exercise – It can save your Life

If you have a condition that would benefit from regular exercise, such as PTSD, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, back pain, cardiovascular disease or perhaps you have had heart troubles, or joint replacement surgery or have suffered muscular injuries and you are an entitled person as per the DVA conditions listed below, then the first thing you should do is find a suitable venue where you can be treated. When you have found a venue that is comfortable to you, see your Medical Provider and obtain the referral. Remember, DVA does not pay for general gym programs, you will only be treated for the condition(s) mentioned in the referral and the person providing the treatment must be a University Accredited and nationally recognised Exercise Physiologist (EP), who must be present for the entire treatment session.

If you could benefit from some exercise, and you’re entitled to DVA benefits, don’t put it off any longer, make the Financial New Year’s resolution and start to enjoy life again.

Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health.

Can you really walk your way to fitness? You bet you can! Get started today.

Know the benefits!

Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life. For example, regular brisk walking can help you:

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.

Consider your technique

Turning your normal walk into a fitness stride requires good posture and purposeful movements. Ideally, here’s how you’ll look when you’re walking:

Plan your routine

As you start your walking routine, remember to:

Set realistic goals

For most healthy adults, it is recommended that you have at least two hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity — preferably spread throughout the week — and strength training exercises at least twice a week.

As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. If you can’t set aside that much time, try two 15-minute sessions or three 10-minute sessions throughout the day. Remember, though, it’s OK to start slowly — especially if you haven’t been exercising regularly. You might start with five minutes a day the first week, and then increase your time by five minutes each week until you reach at least 30 minutes.

Track your progress

Keeping a record of how many steps you take, the distance you walk and how long it takes can help you see where you started from and serve as a source of inspiration.

Just think how good you’ll feel when you see how many miles you’ve walked each week, month or year. Record these numbers in a walking journal or log them in a spreadsheet or a physical activity app. Another option is to use an electronic device —such as a pedometer — to calculate steps and distance.

Stay motivated

Starting a walking program takes initiative. Sticking with it takes commitment. To stay motivated:

Once you take that first step, you’re on the way to an important destination — better health.

A big congratulation to these brave gents.

As part of our Department of Veterans Affairs client base, they have completed a full 12 months of the Heart Health Program at inSports Logan Metro.

Over the course of the past 12 months, these guys have gained knowledge and understanding around living a healthy lifestyle, improving their overall health and well-being and each participant has developed self-management strategies.

This group of dedicated Veterans have participated in at least two group exercise sessions with their Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Brianna from Logan Metro and have reported of feeling “more alive” “fitter” “having more energy” and “reduced pain levels” just to name a few benefits.

Well done team!

 

Conditions

If you have a DVA Gold card or a White card covering certain conditions that would benefit from regular exercise, you can be eligible for DVA assistance. DVA recognises that health care providers play a key role in providing treatment for entitled persons and regular exercise is one such treatment they are prepared to provide.

An “entitled person” means a person eligible for benefits or treatment from the Commonwealth as represented by the Commissions, in accordance with the relevant legislation in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio. Entitled persons will hold a DVA Health Card issued by DVA, or have written authorisation on behalf of the Repatriation Commission or the MRCC. The cards entitling treatment are the Gold Card and the  White Card.

Entitled persons may be broadly described as:

Gold Card holders are entitled to clinically necessary treatment covered by DVA’s health care arrangements for all health conditions.

White Card holders are entitled to clinically necessary treatment for the following conditions:

There are certain conditions however.

To obtain the benefit you must first have a referral from your local medical provider.

Referrals can be provided by:

The referral must be written on either a ‘DVA Request/Referral Form’ (Form D904) or using the letterhead of the referring health care provider. All referrals must include:

https://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-wellbeing/wellbeing/heart-health-programme

 

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