Author: Exercise Right

Joint replacements are a big deal in Australia with almost 115,000 Australians  having their hip, knee or shoulder replaced in 2016. This number is only expected to grow as our population gets older and we continue to live longer. Most of us are familiar with the idea of rehabilitation after surgery, but have you heard about “prehabilitation?”. Let's take a look at why exercise before surgery is also important for your recovery. What is “Prehab” Prehabilitation, or “prehab”, focuses on using tailored exercise (and other methods) before surgery to improve our outcomes after surgery. Most people are aware that they have to...

Have you heard of “green exercise”? It’s a buzz word which refers to physical exercise undertaken in natural environments. So, what are the benefits of exercising outdoors? The benefits of exercising outdoors We all know that physical activity is great for our physical and mental health, but does it really matter where you do it? Well, kind of! Exercising anywhere is good for you, but research has shown that you may get additional benefits if you move your workout outside. Here are five reasons why you should consider exercising outside: 1. It improves your mood. There’s just something about the outdoors that makes us...

We often think about being “healthy” in terms of our bodies, and too often forget about our minds. So, what exactly is “mental health” and how can you look after yours? Let's take a look at why should exercise for mental health! What exactly is “Mental Health”? It’s a term that is thrown around a lot, but it’s also often misunderstood. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make...

According to Heart Foundation 14% of Australians aged over 15 smoke daily. That’s more than 2.5 million people, with a further 200,000 smoking irregularly. Smoking is a leading risk factor for chronic disease and death, including many types of cancer, respiratory disease and heart disease. So, can you really use exercise to quit smoking? Let’s find out! What are Habits? “First we make our habits, then our habits make us” – John Dryden Habits are defined as a regular tendency or practice that is difficult to stop. In a nut shell, habits are what we do every day. Habit can be both healthy and...

So, you’ve decided it’s time to exercise more. Great, but where do you start? For a lot of people, the first thing they do is join their local gym. Sometimes it works out great, but others fall off the wagon after a couple of weeks and spend months (if not years) paying for a membership they don’t use. Before you start throwing money away, let's find out how you can workout without gym membership. If you hate it, stop paying for it! Aussies are wasting a shocking $1.8billion every year on gym memberships. A recent survey by Finder found 30% of Australians...

The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise. As the prevalence increases, so to does the interest in the health and well-being of those diagnosed. Research supports the benefits of exercise for autism. Studies have highlighted the need for effective exercise interventions for children and adolescents with ASD. Exercise not only reduces the negative effects of inactivity, but also assists with the management of ASD symptoms. Despite evidence supporting the importance of exercise for autism, youth with ASD do less physical activity than their peers. Given that 80% of Aussie kids don't get enough exercise, this is cause...

What is Dystonia? Dystonia is a movement disorder. It causes abnormal twisting or positions in a parts of the body, along with spasms or tremors. There are different types of dystonia and it can affect almost any part of the body. In some people the postures may be fixed or locked, and in others they can occur from time to time. Primary Dystonia affects 3 in every 1000 people, which is about 70,000 Australians. It can start at any age and can result in significant physical and social loses. Can exercise improve Dystonic Symptoms? Exercise therapy can help to manage dystonia. While exercise doesn't treat...

Gut health has been a hot topic lately. So, what is "gut health", why does it matter and how can exercise help? What is “Gut Health” & why does it matter? We have a mini-ecosystem in our gut that helps us break down the food we eat and absorb its nutrients. These microorganisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) include a huge range of bacteria help to maintain “balance” in our guts.  These bacteria perform a range of protective, structural, and metabolic functions for the intestines. Our gut microbiome also affects a range of other bodily functions, including: metabolism immunity endocrine function  mental...

We're all familiar with the big "C" word. Either we have been through the experience ourselves, or know someone who has. We hear about adult cancer weekly, if not daily, however we are often less familiar with childhood cancers. This is likely due to the significant difference in population sizes. In Australia in 2017, there was a huge 15,253 new cases of bowel cancer alone, while only 719 children between 0-14 years were diagnosed with cancer. There has been a lot of hype recently about the role of exercise in cancer therapy for the adult population – but what about exercise for...