Interview with Lucy Meaney, Fitzroy Exercise Physiologist
Updated: May 29, 2019
Can you explain Exercise Physiology in a sentence?
Before starting my study I read a quote about Exercise Physiology and I've never forgotten it:
"If we invented a drug that could provide all the benefits that exercise does, then EVERYONE would be prescribed it." Exercise Physiology for me is about education, support and empowering people to be physically active because exercise is medicine.
You’ve already told us that Norman Doidge is one of your heroes, why is that?
I attended a seminar by Norman Doidge and the research he presented was, for me, inspiring and fuelled the passion I have for neurological rehabilitation. The idea that our brain can be trained and taught at any age and that exercise provides the perfect environment for our brain to learn or re-learn makes the field I'm in so exciting. Neuroplasticity continues to excite me and I have completed further professional development in the area of Parkinsons disease and the impact that neuro-active exercise can have on clients.
Do you have any other heroes, from any field or walk of life?
One of the great things about this job is you get to meet 'everyday heroes.' Amazing health professionals who are helping others and amazing clients who are working hard to be their healthiest self. I have met some incredible people who make every day at this job worthwhile.
When you aren’t helping people feel better what do you like to do?
I like to view the world as one big playground and I try to do as many new activities as I can such as trapeze, uni-cycling, archery and hiking. I also love to read and be at the beach with family and friends.
What is your favourite book?
My favourite books are the Harry Potter series! I am a self-confessed Harry Potter nerd and proud of it!
What is your favourite food?
My favourite food is definitely Mexican. I love a good taco, burrito or enchilada. I'm getting hungry just writing this!