Health & Wellness

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 time to...

For many people, exercise and nutrition are common for a New Year’s resolution topic. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist this is something that is very common to hear in January. People are full of good intentions and flood into the gym and get started on a new and healthier lifestyles. It is something important to work towards and some of these people are successful in working towards a healthier lifestyle, but some lose sight of their good intentions and fall back into old habits and unhealthy patterns. If a healthier 2017 is what you want, keep that desire strong throughout the year....

'Fitspo' or 'fitness inspiration' is something we can't ignore. A simple search of 'fitspo' can produce over 35,000,000 results and most are doing damage to you and your exercise habits. No pain, no gain. Sweat is fat crying. Be the fit friend not the fat friend. Sore is the new sexy. If you don't focus on your ass, no one else will. These are just a few of the top results you are bombarded with when you sweep through the results. These messages can cause more harm than good and are creating a culture of shaming individuals on their looks, rather than focussing...

One of the hardest parts of getting fitter and stronger is actually making exercise a habit. Habits take time and determination. Each one of us is all guilty of making up a hundred excuses as to why we can't move get off the couch. Too tired? Too cold? Too stressed? Don't have the time? We decided we get in touch with a bunch of accredited exercise physiologists and accredited exercise scientists to find out what makes them move and what habits we need to develop. (let's face it, these people have learnt to love exercise and make it a daily habit to move...

We all have that one friend that we tease. "Are you eating another chocolate bar?" "Do you do anything but watch Friends?" Well, we think it's about time you take a stand and become and Exercise BFF. You may completely underestimate the power you can have on your friends and their health and activity levels. Perhaps it's time to start thinking differently?   Four reasons why you need to become an 'Exercise BFF'   Motivation Sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is getting off the couch, putting on your sneakers and hitting the pavement but little gentle nudge from you might get your BFF moving. If that was...

We all know exercise is great for our body and mind, but which virtues can be transferred from your workout into the real world?   The following attributes could make you a better manager, employee, entrepreneur, partner, friend, family member...

Should we still exercise when we’re feeling under the weather? And if so, how much exercise is okay? Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Mark Simpson, investigates.   It is that time of the year where we all seem to get struck down with a common cold, viral infection or a severe case of man-flu. Winter is a tough time at best to stick to a training regime, the last thing anyone needs is a setback in the form of sickness. So what can we do? We generally take one of two approaches to this situation, take a complete rest from any form of exercise or try...