Health & Wellness

Have you heard of “green exercise”? It’s a buzz word which refers to physical exercise undertaken in natural environments. So, what are the benefits of exercising outdoors? The benefits of exercising outdoors We all know that physical activity is great for our physical and mental health, but does it really matter where you do it? Well, kind of! Exercising anywhere is good for you, but research has shown that you may get additional benefits if you move your workout outside. Here are five reasons why you should consider exercising outside: 1. It improves your mood. There’s just something about the outdoors that makes us...

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...

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....

LISS? Have you heard of it? We're betting the majority of you haven't - essentially LISS stands for "low intensity steady state". We took some time out with Accredited Exercise Physiologist Beth Sheehan to get the low down on LISS. If you were to explain low intensity steady state or LISS to a beginner what would you say? Low intensity steady state is any form of activity or movement that requires about 50% of your maximum heart rate.  It’s generally a low impact form of activity or exercise and many people use it as a daily activity e.g. walking, swimming, bike riding,...

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...

For most of us, breathing is very much a subconscious action that we on the most part pay very little attention to. During exercise, or when putting in a quick sprint to chase the morning bus or evade a swooping magpie, the onset of breathlessness naturally occurs, which makes us aware of the need to regulate our breathing to satisfy the bodies demand for more oxygen. But did you know overbreathing not only negatively affects our ability to perform exercise optimally, but also contributes to many aliments including: Anxiety, Asthma, Insomnia, Heart problems, Fatigue and poor concentration.   Are you an Overbreather? Do any...

For some, the idea of doing anything when in the company of 20+ strangers can be daunting. If you then combine that with the self-consciousness that many people feel about their bodies or fitness levels, it is understandable that trying a new exercise class can be nerve wracking!   The good news is that there are some ways to alleviate your anxiety when taking a new group fitness class, here we share some tips:   Arrive early If you're already nervous, don't add more pressure to yourself by arriving when the class is full. You may end up struggling to find a spot if the class...

What is Awe? Awe is a stirring feeling of inspiration and wonder that may be elicited from a touching experience in nature, becoming lost in music or in beholding art. It is a response to things perceived as overwhelming and vast, which alter our perception on the world. What one person finds beautiful and motivating, will be different to another. There is no right or wrong. With a mindful mindset, awe can be found almost anywhere, but usually occurs in places with two key features: Physical vastness & Novelty Awe reminds us that we are not the centre of the universe, it...

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...