Author: Exercise Right

Are you looking to take your running to the next level this year? Perhaps win a running race? Or maybe just get that competitive edge over your friends at a fun run? If so, this is a MUST READ! You may already be familiar with the term Strength Training, or have previously read our blog post What is Strength Training? A Beginners Guide…. But how does this all affect your ability to run? Well, if you are not doing STRENGTH TRAINING as a runner, you are in fact negatively affecting your PERFORMANCE…. And here’s why! Strength training can benefit running performance without any change...

Hamstring injuries are one of the well-researched topics within the sports industry. So it may come as a surprise to some to know that they continue to be one of the most common sporting injuries. This article will discuss the latest information on common hamstring injury mechanisms, risk factors, as well as the type of exercises that should be included in a hamstring injury risk reduction program. Mechanism of injury to hamstrings The two most common locations for a hamstring strain are at the biceps femoris long head, and proximal tendon of the semimembranosus (Brukner, 2015). It is proposed that damage to the biceps femoris...

Imagine being tired all the time. Like really tired, all the time. Exercise probably seems like the last thing you would want to do, but for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), exercise is one of few therapies known to help. What is chronic fatigue syndrome and does exercise help? Persistent fatigue unrelieved by rest, cognitive difficulties, mood and sleep disturbances, pain, and prolonged worsening of all these symptoms lasting hours to days (i.e. a ‘crash’ or ‘bust’) after undertaking activities that were previously done with ease. These are just some of the issues that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) deal...

What is mindfulness? Humans; we love to think - its part of us - its our kind of thing. It’s an incredibly simple, yet challenging mental technique adapted from a Buddhist practice to now suit non-religious contexts. Some people may think its about clearing your head and thinking about “nothing”. But in theory it’s actually more than that, its stepping back and hearing your thoughts without judgment with a relaxed but a focused mind. To sum it all up its basically being aware of what you are doing, when you are doing it, and becoming a master of your mind, rather than being...

Living with bad posture can lead to all sorts of problems. If we understand proper posture and alignment, we’re one step closer to fixing a whole range of potential problems. Most postural injuries occur due to an imbalance (one muscle group is too tight, and the opposing muscle group is weak and lacking tone). Posture problems may lead to: Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain Foot, knee, hip, and back injuries Headaches Muscle atrophy and weakness Difficulty breathing Digestion issues and fatigue Impingement and nerve compression   Postural phone DOT Test: Put on your active wear. Place a sticky dot on the front of...

Sun, sea, snacks, cocktails…? Holidays and overseas trips are all about unwinding and enjoying yourself.   If your holiday isn’t action and adventure packed and more like a week or two surrounded by cocktails and coconuts, then it’s easy for our exercise routines go slightly out of the window. However, there are some things you can do to stay on track, many you probably do already! Here are some tips to stay on top of your physical activity when overseas:   Swim Make the most of that swimming pool. Whenever you go for a dip, aim to do a few laps each time. Swimming is great for...

We all know that exercise is important for our physical and mental health, yet it can be even more important for those who travel. If you travel often for business you’ll know the inside of every airport, where to get the Uber from and how to pack light. We also know that keeping your exercise habits may be low down on your priorities. Let’s face it – making sure you remember to pack your laptop charger may be more important that popping the runners in your bag. Did you know that: Your chances of catching a cold are 100 times higher on a...

It’s the New Year and many of us would like to start strength training, but what is it? There are so many guides over the internet on the different types of strength training. When we talk about strength training, the majority of the population will think of heavy barbells, dumbbells and “moving weight”. However it is not limited to barbell training, there are a number of other equipment you can use to a certain extent. So what is strength training? Strength is the ability to produce force, such that the best way to produce force and get stronger is to move heavier weights overtime....

What is overweight, obesity and how are these measured? Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health (The World Health Organisation). Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple way of determining whether you are overweight or obese. Its defined as the person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his/her height in meters. WHO defines overweight and obesity as follows: Overweight is a BMI greater than or equal to 25. Obesity is a BMI greater than or equal to 30. HOWEVER, to calculate childhood obesity, BMI is age and sex specific and is often referred to as BMI-for-age. Click...

At this time of year, everyone is making new years resolutions to make their year happier and healthier than the one before! Everyone needs a little motivation sometimes and what better time for our Exercise Experts to share some top tips to add some physical activity into your life, and to keep it up! 15 exercise tips to get you started and keep you motivated into the New Year and beyond!   1 - "Add variety to your exercise plan! Whether it be a different workout, cycling instead of swimming or changing up the location. Boredom with your routine can lead to lower adherence...