Exercise

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...

Do you know what changes your body goes through physically and mentally when you exercise? We asked Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Alex Lawrence, to go through the changes you can expect in your body reacts to increasing your physical activity levels. For most part, the changes are very, very positive.   How Your Body Reacts To Exercise   What happens to your body within the first 10 minutes of starting a new exercise program? As soon as you start exercising your body will respond by stimulating and inhibiting physiological processes that will allow you to exercise more efficiently. For example, your cardio-respiratory system increases its activity above...

So you try and complete some kind of exercise everyday - fantastic! You enjoy nothing more than to get the blood pumping and the sweat flowing, but do you know what signs to look out for when things go wrong?   We spoke to an accredited exercise physiologist who gave us a low down on the key signs to keep an eye out for. 6 Exercise Warning Signs You Need To Be Aware Of   1. Chest Pain This may not be your 'usual' movie type of chest pain. Pain can occur not only in your chest but also in your arms, shoulders, neck, jaw and back....

It shouldn't cost a fortune to get fit.   Sometimes life can through you a curve-ball and you find yourself without a lot of spare cash floating around. Perhaps you are in between jobs or fresh out of school and looking to get into the workplace? During times when we are jobless, research shows that it can affect both our mental and physical attributes for the worse. Yet, at the same time this is the time we should be firing on all cylinders – I mean imagine going to a job interview feeling drained and unwell! A lot of people associate exercise with having...