Author: Exercise Right

According to Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) postnatal depression is effecting more than 1 in 7 new mums each year in Australia.   Accredited Exercise Physiologist and women’s health expert, Esme Soan, explains why it’s important to understand the difference between ‘feeling a bit down’ and having a mental condition. “Postnatal depression is different from the ‘baby blues’, which many women experience in the early days after giving birth associated with hormonal cascades. Some signs of PND are consistent low mood, anxiety, feelings of guilt, shame, worthlessness or hopelessness.” For a better over look at postnatal depression and its symptoms and signs, visit Beyond...

The incidence of Diabetes in Australia is growing with one person being diagnosed every five minutes. Being diagnosed with Diabetes can be confusing as you are given a lot of information on what it means and what you can do to manage the condition. The internet is a place that people often visit to find more information and reduce the confusion However, there can be a lot of false ‘facts’. Below we debunk some of the common myths about diabetes. Diabetes Myths and Facts   Myth: Diabetes is a mild condition Fact: Diabetes is a serious condition that if not well controlled can lead...

Our hormones control our body. Our bodies go through the menstrual cycle and this cycle can influence your metabolic state and results from training. Hormones estrogen and progesterone impact fat gain and loss due to their direct impact as well as effect on other hormones. Our menstrual cycle (here I’m talking about premenopausal women and those who are not using oral contraceptives): The start of your cycle begins immediately after you finish the follicular phase from day 0 to 14, during this phase there is an increased estrogen and normal progesterone and an average body temperature. From here we move to ovulation phase around...

Bone health is essential at all stages of life. We develop peak bone mass in our 20’s - however bone density needs to be maintained as we grow older with age. It is estimated in Australia, that 1 in 4 men and 2 in 5 women aged over 50 years will experience a trauma fracture. With Osteoporosis on the rise, early prevention, detection and treatment needs to be considered. Osteoporosis – who is at risk? Osteoporosis is a condition where bones lose minerals more quickly than they can be replenished – this reduces overall density and leads to a higher risk of...

It is estimated that Diabetes affects around 1.7 million Australians, many of which underestimate the seriousness of the chronic complications that can develop as a result if the condition is poorly controlled or not controlled at all. The high blood glucose, or hyperglycemia, which can occur as a result of poorly controlled diabetes places people with the condition at significant risk of developing chronic complications as the excess glucose in the blood stream causes damage to organs or tissues throughout the body. Chronic Complications That Develop Secondary to Diabetes The chronic complications that could possibly develop can be devastating for the person...

Long distance running, and marathons in particular, are a sport that requires significant training time, especially to be able to run the full 42km.   A periodic exercise program designed by an Accredited Exercise Professional is the best way to ensure you're gradually building up your long distance running and marathon fitness, safely, and minimise the risk of injury. As a long distance runner the human body is required to utilize all muscles, joints, heart and lungs over what could be up to several hours, to complete the required distance. Marathons are usually performed at a slower pace and is therefore classified as...

Every time we exercise, the body undergoes change to adapt to the stress that we place on it. The by-product of these adaptations can include muscle soreness and fatigue, reduced muscle strength and power, all of which can impair athletic performance in the hours and days following. Recovery modalities allow us to accelerate the process, and return to training or competition feeling fresh and ready for the next training session or competition. The following strategies can be used to assist recovery following training or competition:   Compression garments These work through applying pressure to the areas of the body in which they cover. It...

How do you warm up before training? Do you roll out of bed before dawn and run out the door; or do you spend all day in the office then drive to the gym and begin a class? Warming up effectively before training is important to allow you body time to function correctly and perform at your best. The benefits can be both physiological and psychological, including; Improves body temperature, circulation, heart rate and respiration Allows the body the ability to move efficiently Prepares the body for higher intensity exercise Mentally prepares the athlete for an effective training session Reduces the risk of...

Men’s health in the 21st century seems to be promoted as having the latest gadgets (for fitness of course!), updating your online status, getting in shape for summer, buying the top 10 vanity products and having a diet full of “superfoods”. Trying to keep up with the demands of society and ourselves can be overwhelming and our mental and physical health can suffer. We recommend taking a step sideways, not back… and think about your current self. How is your physical health? Not in terms of bulging muscles or how long you can run, but in terms of body fat, aches...

What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur following exposure to potentially life-threatening or traumatic event. This can include events such as motor vehicle accidents, assault, or experiencing the atrocities of war and combat. Being survivors of these events can cause elevated levels of continual stress that has negative effects on the body. PTSD can cause overwhelming sense of guilt and create negative thought patterns, including replaying the traumatic scenes in the mind of people with PTSD and being on high alert a lot of the time, so that the body is continually in a state of ‘fight...