Exercise

Feeling down, stressed or anxious are all normal emotions for young people to experience. When these feelings persist for long periods of time or begin to interfere with work, study and social life, they may be considered part of a mental illness. If this sounds familiar, read on. Is it just me? If you’re struggling with mental illness, you’re not alone! Recent evidence shows that one in four people aged 15-19 years are currently living with a mental illness. Anxiety and depression have the highest prevalence among teens (AIHW, 2011). Where can I get help? If you think something isn't right, it's important...

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...

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...

Have you heard the saying “couples who train together, stay together”? Well… science agrees. Research has shown that being active with your loved one not only keeps you in shape, but makes for a happier and healthier relationship. Working out with your partner not only increases the likelihood that you’ll stick to your exercise regime, but it also helps to strengthen the bond between you. 6 Active Date ideas for couples who want to move If you want to spice up your relationship and keep your love life active outside the bedroom, we’ve got you covered: Take a Hike – literally. Grab your loved...

What is female sexual dysfunction? Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) affects approximately 40% of women. It is defined by the various ways in which an individual is unable to participate in a sexual relationship as she would wish. FSD is a very complex and multi-faceted disorder due to a woman’s perception on sex, comprising of anatomical, psychological, physiological, and social-interpersonal components. There are multiple classifications of FSD: sexual desire disorder, sexual aversion disorder, sexual arousal disorder, sexual pain disorders, and female orgasmic disorders. What causes female sexual dysfunction? There are a variety of physical and mental factors that can contribute to the onset of FSD. Physical...

So, what even is motivation? Motivation is the drive to complete a task for a desired outcome. In this case, the task is regular exercise and the outcome is good health. But how the heck do we get more of it? Motivation Misconceptions The first thing to understand is that motivation is well and truly finite. It’s a feeling that people get for only a short period of time, and the bad news is that it runs out quite quickly. The biggest misconception about motivation is that we need to have motivation to succeed in any goal or area in our life. That’s a myth…...

Getting into a routine with exercise can be tough (trust us, we know). Setting yourself a challenge, like signing up for a fun run or committing to climbing a mountain, is a great way to get motivated and keep you on track. We sat down with Accredited Exercise Scientist, Nardine Presland, to get her tips on how to set yourself a fitness challenge (and succeed!). Why is it a good idea to set yourself a challenge? A fitness challenge not only provide a reason to improve, but can also demonstrate what the body is capable of. Whatever the size of the challenge,...

When it comes to health and exercise, there is a lot (and I mean, a lot!) of misinformation out there. Fitness myths are NOT our friend, so we asked our experts for the facts and got them to bust some of the industry’s most iconic fitness myths. 1. I only need to do cardio to burn fat FALSE! Weight loss is achieved by having a caloric deficit each day and whilst endurance type training is helpful to burn calories, it isn’t the only way. Resistance training helps shed unwanted body fat through elevating your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is the amount...

When winter hits, getting out of bed to exercise isn’t particularly appealing for most of us. Winter also heralds an increase in colds and flu. So why would you want to keep exercising in the cold, and what’s the best way to prepare for it?  Accredited Exercise Physiologist Caitlin Feeney gives us her insight into why you need to keep moving and the best tips to keep you on track. Why you need to move even when it's cold   Preparing for summer You might have summer training goals or simply want to maintain all the work you have done in the previous summer....