Health & Wellness

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...

Are you a slave to the student life?   If your only cardio at the moment is running out of time to submit assignments, you may be surprised to discover the benefits that exercise has regarding academic performance. Find out how to Exercise Right for student life.   1. Your brain is a battery – recharge it regularly   The ability to sustain your attention is closely linked to academic performance, particularly when studying for an upcoming exam or filtering through research papers for an assignment.  Research has found that individuals with lower cardiorespiratory fitness have poorer attention capacities and make more mistakes than their fit counterparts.   It’s...

When it comes to exercise, the more the better, right? Sometimes, but not always.   We live in a society where we are constantly bombarded with information regarding our increasing levels of inactivity. The rising costs of obesity and ill health associated with limited activity levels are largely known and recognised. One could not be blamed for thinking that surely when it comes to exercise, the more the better, right? In some instances, I would agree. However, after years working with clients seeking to become more active, I believe the answer to this often isn’t so simple. In order to create true and long lasting behaviour...

Every day we read articles about how exercise is good for the body and can help add years to our life. Yet, how often do we think about the non-physical effects of moving?   By taking time to exercise more, we can help build better relationships with your partners, children and friends…how? Read on. 1. Reducing Your Stress   Exercise is so important when it comes to maintaining a good level of mental health. As the body moves, we release endorphins which make us feel good and helps combat the effects of stress and anxiety. The equation is simple. More exercise, less mental health issues, happier relationships.   2....

They say that there's nothing that a good walk can't fix. And when it comes to exercise, that may not be too far from the truth.   It's the oldest form of exercise and an easy and effective way to improve overall health. Check out Exercise Right's top 3 benefits of walking for exercise that you may not know about.   1.    Improves Postural Control and reduces the risk of falls   An inability to control rapid movement of the head or trunk increases the possibility for falls, particularly in the elderly. With age there is often deterioration in the speed at which visual and neuromuscular signals are sent to...

The gluteal muscles provide great power in the human body. However, weakness of one key muscle can lead to injury risk and reduced power generation.   The gluteal muscle group is comprised of the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus, and is a very powerful muscle group of the human body, controlling many of the major movements of the hip. The gluteus medius (GM) serves to maintain pelvic stability, however weakness or inactivity of this muscle can produce harmful effects. This article will take you through some important information about the GM, and how to keep yours strong and functional. [caption id="attachment_4581" align="alignleft" width="410"]...