Exercise

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...

According to the American College of Sports Medicines findings, 'Wearable Technology' sits at number 1 in their Top 10 Fitness Trends for the year, for the second year in a row, so it looks like whilst some thought they were a fad which we'd see the back of in 2017, the majority still think they're fab!  We have to consider wearable technology from two perspectives; the individuals and the health practitioners. From a health practitioner perspective, a key goal is to get people to meet the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour guidelines for health and well-being benefits. For the individual, it is...

This may be a very stereotypical day for a middle aged male but I think there maybe several aspects of this scenario that resonate with most Australian blokes.   It’s 5am, the sun is yet to rise but 45 year old Trevor is starting his day. He rolls out of bed feeling like he could have slept for another 8 hours and gets dressed. Eating breakfast is not a priority for him, he needs to be at work by 5.30am. It’s now 10.30am, before Trevor has his first meal of the day and the food truck has just pulled up, feeling famished Trevor...

Yoga is sometimes overlooked or not considered as a tool to help with the symptoms of mental health conditions.   In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise, originating in ancient India.  Although there tends to be a negative stigma that follows yoga and its Hindu roots, it can be a fantastic way to stretch and de-stress your body. There has been evidence to suggest that yoga is a potent anti-depressant that matches with drugs. Child’s pose, Warrior One, Triangle Pose and Downward Dog. One...

When it comes to exercising, you really don’t need much more than a good sports bra (for the girls) and a healthy dose of motivation to get started! If you're looking for some motivation, look no further! We've put together some simple ways to exercise gym free, without needing any to buy any equipment. Use Your body Your body is THE best piece of workout equipment you could possibly need! Without even leaving your house, or needing any other fancy equipment, you can train practically every muscle group in your body effectively. As with any exercise, it is still important to ensure you're doing exercises...

One of the biggest excuses not to exercise is ‘not having time’ and this was recently backed up with a study led by the Australian National University, who found that one in five people aged 25-54 years old claim they ‘don’t have time to exercise and eat healthy food’. On this note, we thought we'd investigate the excuses people use to avoid exercise, here's what we found. Here are some of the top excuses we make not to exercise and how we can overcome them:   ‘I don’t have time' I don’t have to time to exercise translates to I don’t have time to...

I have been asked what is the best way to warm up prior to commencing a strength session using weights. A few questions are “should I warm up by walking on a treadmill?” or  “should I just do a few stretches?”   First off - what is a warm up? A warm-up is a session,  comprises of light cardiovascular exercises combined with stretches, and is necessary to help avoid injury whilst working out. Why warm up? For majority of all Australians we have a desk job comprising of 8-9 hours of sitting hunched over a desk. Due to the nature of the job our...

Everyone is unique, exercise doesn't have a 'one size fits all' approach - that's why it's great that there are SO many options when it comes to exercise - from your traditional DIY going for a run, to classes like Zumba, or new workout inventions such as Barre Body Classes. However, what everyone does have in common is that if you don't enjoy doing it, you won't do it for very long! Here's some tips for finding the exercise that's right for you:   Do something you enjoy - you don't have to love it initially, but if you ask yourself 'do I dread it?'...

Do you have that friend or family member who you always end up buying socks or PJs for, because you’re not sure what to get them? Or maybe you're the recipient of copious amounts of socks & PJs and want to give your family some subtle hints of what you'd really appreciate for Christmas! Here's a workout wishlist, for all budgets!   Water bottle – water bottles somewhere along the way became cool. You can now get glass water bottles, stainless steel water bottles and BPA free water bottles, in a range of colours, shapes and sizes. Useful for both the gym junkie and to take to the...