Author: Exercise Right

The stretches below can be used before the onset of a headache to relieve muscular tension in the shoulder and neck area, during the onset of symptoms, or after a headache for general neck well-being and to avoid repeated headache onset due to tight neck musculature or poor ergonomics.   These stretches aren't just for headaches. They are particularly good for office workers who generally carry a lot of tension in the neck, chest, shoulder and forearm area due to their prolonged sitting, screen use and repetitive typing. In saying that the general population too will benefit from the below stretches. Hold each...

Despite a growing amount of research to support strength training for distance runners, the weights room still appears to be a no-go zone for a percentage of the running community. In reality, there are many ways that strength training can assist runners in taking the next step in their performance. Maximal strength has been shown to improve performance for endurance athletes, including runners. There are a number of reasons to support this, several of which are discussed below: Improved running economy A sound running economy is one of the cornerstones of running performance. In a nutshell, this means using as little energy...

Using exercise with the sole purpose of improving quality of life through social engagement is proving to have a tremendous effect on the mental health of participants. While exercise and group classes can be targeted and tailored to a pathology a non-specific exercise social group activity can still help with individual outcomes. I’d encourage everyone, whatever their ability or health status, to find people to exercise with or find a local class or gym which offers exercise with an emphasis on social well-being. There is definitely a space for group exercise interventions for mental health outcomes. In this scenario inclusion is important,...

It has become a common trend over recent times for people to refer to their back as “just going” or “it just went”, but what does this actually mean? As previously discussed, the majority (80%) of incidences of back pain are non-specific in nature, meaning that exact origin and reason for the pain is unknown. Further to the unknown origin of the pain, it is often everyday activities that trigger or exacerbate our pain. For example, picking up the children, unloading the dishwasher and in severe cases simply putting on shoes and socks leads to the feeling that “my back just goes”. But...

According to data collected from Exercise Right Week 2016's survey - out of over 8800 participants, 63.5% exercised with the main motivation being 'to lose weight' and 'to get fitter'. Only 31% considered lengthening, and improving their overall quality of life when exercising. The remainder of participants were training for athletic purposes. We all know that exercise has physical effects on the body, such as weight loss and increasing overall fitness; but what about the positive effects it has on what's on the inside; your mental health, and your bank balance?   We share with you some of the hidden benefits of exercise:   It saves you money Not only...

Although we know that there are many forms of exercise that are free; working out at home, practicing Pilates via YouTube, walking your dog etc…we generally associate exercise with some form of cost. Whether this be your weekly gym membership, your fortnightly personal training sessions, or even just that expensive ‘on-trend’ workout gear – these costs can put us off committing to exercising long term.  Once the free trial is over, we question whether we can afford it or whether that money could be better spent elsewhere. So what if we told you that exercising right could actually save you money...

Do you know what changes your body goes through physically and mentally when you exercise? We asked Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Alex Lawrence, to go through the changes you can expect in your body reacts to increasing your physical activity levels. For most part, the changes are very, very positive.   How Your Body Reacts To Exercise   What happens to your body within the first 10 minutes of starting a new exercise program? As soon as you start exercising your body will respond by stimulating and inhibiting physiological processes that will allow you to exercise more efficiently. For example, your cardio-respiratory system increases its activity above...

'Fitspo' or 'fitness inspiration' is something we can't ignore. A simple search of 'fitspo' can produce over 35,000,000 results and most are doing damage to you and your exercise habits. No pain, no gain. Sweat is fat crying. Be the fit friend not the fat friend. Sore is the new sexy. If you don't focus on your ass, no one else will. These are just a few of the top results you are bombarded with when you sweep through the results. These messages can cause more harm than good and are creating a culture of shaming individuals on their looks, rather than focussing...

These post-workout pangs are a matter of physiology; exercise initially suppresses our appetite but throughout the day hunger hormones can surge making you want to eat.   Simultaneously, the body's satiety hormones — the ones that signal that you're full — may decrease.  The really unfair part is that the desire to eat more after exercising hits women harder than men.  But we can do something about it. In a new collaboration with Dietitians Association Australia, Eat Right provides expert nutrition and diet advice on a range of niche’ exercise, and health condition topics.   1. Work out right before a meal By exercising right before...

"I wish I knew how to quit you, sugar".  Accredited Practising Dietitian, Arlene Normand, shows us how to shaft our sugar habit in her latest blog for Eat Right.   Sugar is in the news constantly! That white, powdery substance just makes you feel good. You can't get it off your mind, and you keep coming back for more. The more you have it, the more you want it! But even when you try to stay away from it, it finds ways to sneak into your life almost daily. What can you do? We're not talking about some dangerous or illegal drug here;...