Author: Exercise Right

What is heart disease? Also known as Cardiovascular Disease or Coronary Artery Disease, heart disease refers to the build up of plaque within the walls of the arteries supplying blood to your heart. This build up can begin from a young age; however, generally manifests as a concern later in life. What happens when I have a large blockage? Usually when you’re resting you will not notice anything different. This is because enough blood is flowing passed the blockage and providing oxygen to the heart muscle. When you are exercising your heart is pumping faster. It therefore needs more oxygen to continue to...

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. People with generalised anxiety disorder display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety related symptoms, which include: Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge Being easily fatigued ...

Whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior or someone who does almost no exercise (naughty!) - a good night’s sleep should be held as a high priority for maintaining quality performance and/or good health.   The following article will briefly discuss the physiology and benefits of sleep, as well as list some effective strategies for falling into a deep slumber.   The physiology of sleep There are two types of sleep: Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) Rapid eye movement (REM)   NREM sleep begins as light sleep and gradually deepens. Each sleep cycle is closed out with a period of REM sleep, where activity is high, and...

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects between 12-18% of women, it is a reproductive age endocrine disease characterized by insulin resistance, low-grade inflammatory status and chronic anovulation. So what does the research say about PCOS, exercise and weight loss? To be honest - there isn’t much research into the specific kind of exercise that is beneficial for PCOS. Exercise specific interventions in PCOS studies are limited and therefore they gain more insights into the mechanisms of exercise action and the impact of exercise on PCOS. One particular article found resistance exercises decreased abdominal obesity not only will this be effective in improving insulin...

Question: “I want to bulk up, how do I do this?”   This is a common question in the fitness industry, especially from young men and adolescents. A common answer to this question goes something like this: “Lift heavy weights to failure every set in the gym, take pre workout so you have energy to do more in the gym, and have a protein shake immediately after the session otherwise you will lose gains!” Unfortunately this advice is misinformed and gives a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Body composition is specific to the individual, and everyone responds differently to an exercise or protein ingestion stimulus....

“I used to be able to do that” - What if you could?   When you do the things you love is your body feeling sore? Does it come with a complaint from your knees or back? Have you ever noticed you change the way you do things or completely avoid an activity because it is getting too much, or it is painful?   Have you accepted these changes as a normal part of ageing? Limited movement is not an everyday part of ageing; you do not need to have those constant aches and pains. Of course, there are natural consequences of ageing, however implementing strategies...

All right Guys, it’s time for older men to talk about exercise!   As we age, it becomes more important than ever to get and stay active. However, I’m often asked by older men visiting the clinic to get active.   Where do I start? And what do I need to consider in my man movement plan? Whether your goal is to shred the ‘dad bod’, get into peak condition, keep up with the kids or grand kids, improving your health or addressing a health condition. There are many factors to take into consideration when building your Man Movement Plan. According to the World Health Organisation, exercise...

Bariatric surgery is a big procedure physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically.   Sometimes we are solely focused on the end result and then face the challenge of the recovery and long-term behaviour changes required to reach the desired end result. Bariatric procedures include Gastric Sleeves, Gastric Balloon, Gastric Bypass and Lap-Band surgeries. All procedures will bring different side effects in the short term which may include, but not limited to, nausea, vomiting, burping, post-operative pain, discomfort and dizziness. This is something to speak to your surgeon and GP about if you are concerned or if it is prolonged. Sufficient nutrition and hydration is imperative...

What is Bipolar Affective Disorder? Bipolar affective disorder (BPAD), is a mental health condition that is characterised by severe mood swings, between a state of depression and mania, that can last several months at a time. Not all BPAD symptoms are equal – some people experience very high manic and low depressive periods, others may present with severe depression and mild mania (hypomania). When experiencing a depressive episode, patients may appear low and flat in their mood, low motivation, have guilt and sadness, lowered appetite and energy levels and poor sleep. A manic episode is the opposite of a depressive episode, where a...

Has your Doctor diagnosed you with Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain in the muscles and bones, overall fatigue and tiredness. Many who live with Fibromyalgia are less physically active. Pain is a complex process the body experiences. It is unpleasant and evokes responses both internally and externally from the individual. When pain persists, and is chronic, it can become debilitating to one’s daily life. If you are in pain, you may know you need to move, but it may be hard to move because you are ‘trapped by the pain’. The key is to MOVE, as benefits arise from exercise...