Health & Wellness

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...

Exercise and fatigue - sounds contradicting right?  Well here is the evidence to prove that exercise really can help combat lupus related fatigue.   Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms and often the most disabling one experienced by individuals with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), affecting up to 80% of patients.   [caption id="attachment_6636" align="alignright" width="502"] 2016 Australian poll conducted on patients with lupus from an online support group.[/caption] A poll was conducted in August, 2016 on patients with lupus from an online support group in Australia, to identify the most common symptoms experienced. It is evident that fatigue is the highest reported symptom...

We’ve all been there. Whether it was as a five year old in a ballet hall, an awkward pre-teen at a school gym dance, or 2am on a dance floor at your local dive, we’ve all busted a groove at one point.   But did you know that dancing could be good for your health? We asked Accredited Exercise Physiologist Carly Ryan to give us the step-up on why you should add dancing to your exercise regime and this is what she told us.   Top 4 reasons why you should dance your way to better health   1. Dancing is a form of physical exercise that has far...

We are all well versed in the vast benefits of walking, but 'What is Nordic Walking?' and, more importantly 'How can it help me?   Nordic Walking has gained lots of popularity in the past years. More and more people enjoy the benefits of using two poles while walking. ‘It’s not just easier to walk with poles but you’ll also feel that you  work your whole body   by using the poles’  says Lorraine, a Nordic Walking enthusiast herself. ‘People might   look at me funny when I walk down the streets with my poles; I don’t care because I just feel so much safer...

In a guest post for Exercise Right, Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) investigates the best foods to eat and enjoy for a healthy heart.   Heart disease is the number one killer in the country, claiming a life every twelve minutes. It’s caused by fatty deposits clogging and narrowing of the coronary arteries, which reduces blood and oxygen supply to the heart. But despite the alarming statistics, most of the risk factors for heart disease can be controlled through healthy lifestyle choices. These include not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, regular exercise, monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol, and limiting your alcohol intake. Food is closely linked...

Of course there can be lots of reasons to explain certain conditions that affect your intimate time. But how many of us are aware of the key role exercise can play in improving your love life?   Usually what happens behind closed doors and when the lights are off is kept on a strictly a “need to know” basis. Yet, figures show that at least 1 in 3 Australians, men and women, have issues in the bedroom. A global study of sexual attitudes and behaviour in 2001–02 found that 16% of Australian men experienced erectile difficulties, whilst the Australian study of health and relationships found...

Let’s face it, going to see any health professional can be a daunting activity.   You are basically going to see someone to explain how your health is failing you. It can take a lot of courage to set up the appointment, let alone go into your personal details and routines. However, working with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) can be a truly rewarding process and they can make a hugely positive impact to your life. What makes AEPs different to other exercise professionals? They are university qualified They are subject to strict accreditation requirements They are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the...