Motivation & Goals

With the RSPCA holding it's annual Million Paws Walk on 21st May 2017, we thought we'd highlight the reasons why your dog makes just the pawfect exercise partner for both your physical and mental health!   They get you outside There's an abundance of research to suggest that exercising outdoors reduces feelings of stress and improves mood. Fresh air and sunshine perk you up; the dose of Vitamin D from sun exposure helps fight mental conditions such as anxiety and depression, and is also great for bone health, and the fresh air releases the serotonin, the feel good brain chemical, making you feel perkier than...

It doesn’t matter how fit you are today, the aim of any exercise program should be to progress. In other words try and do a little bit more tomorrow than you did today.  If you do this you will reach levels you wouldn’t think possible today. This was never better demonstrated than when Henry (name changed), an eighty four year old man arrived at my gym.  He was driven up to the gym by his son and was dropped off at the disabled parking spot.  It then took him nearly twenty minutes to walk twenty metres with his walker to the...

According to data collected from Exercise Right Week 2016's survey - out of over 8800 participants, 63.5% exercised with the main motivation being 'to lose weight' and 'to get fitter'. Only 31% considered lengthening, and improving their overall quality of life when exercising. The remainder of participants were training for athletic purposes. We all know that exercise has physical effects on the body, such as weight loss and increasing overall fitness; but what about the positive effects it has on what's on the inside; your mental health, and your bank balance?   We share with you some of the hidden benefits of exercise:   It saves you money Not only...

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...

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?'...

You've heard the term: humans are like snowflakes, unique and special in their own way.   We are all different, both physiologically and psychologically, and we cannot expect everyone to respond to exercise the same way. Being different is great, it keeps the world going around. Earth would be a very dull place to live if everyone was the same, had the same interests, and did the same thing. This is a factor that then needs to be taken into consideration when allied health professionals, or medical practitioners for that matter, prescribe exercise, nutrition interventions, drugs etc. Structuring training to achieve a desired...

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Phil Caruso, explains the important difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and what is crucial for enacting positive and long lasting change.   When we observe anyone embarking on any form of health and fitness program, we generally observe two types of people. You know these people well, perhaps you’re one of them, or perhaps you know of them. Either way, the two types of people are the ones who adhere to the program, and the ones who don’t. But when we look closer, it’s really not that black and white. I want you, as the reader, to have a think about some of...

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, there’s a common thing people ask me about: how do I motivate myself to….?   And the answer is different, for different people and different situations. But today I wanted to talk about a particular situation with a particular client.   He is a young guy who wants to lose a little weight, get a little fitter, but mostly this: use exercise as a tool to improve his mood. As you can imagine, I am completely in support of this. This bloke I was working with wasn’t just sitting around all day, he was making a solid effort to get...

Want to start an exercise program but don’t know where to begin?   Sometimes the word exercise can be daunting. If you are convinced you need to move more, but are not sure where to start, here are our top tips to getting you on the right track. 1. What are you goals?   Before you begin anything it’s time to work out WHY you want to start exercising more. Do you know you should exercise more and want achieve more than you currently are? Do you want to help your health overall? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to help the symptoms of a...