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There are a lot of myths and misconceptions placed around strength training. This may be a result of your stereotypical gym junkie throwing weights around in the gym or the many unfounded reasons why a lot of women and elderly people shy away from lifting weights. This article will share with you some of the benefits of strength training and why it should be a part of everyone’s regular routine.   Firstly strength training does not have to be Olympic lifting, powerlifting or Crossfit type sessions; all great forms of training if done correctly and relevant to your individual goals, but strength training...

Snap shot of cancer in Australia…   The prevalence of cancer is doubling every 10 years. It is estimated that approximately 130, 000 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2016. 1 in 2 (male) and 1 in 3 (female) Australian’s will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Approximately 46,880 deaths from cancer in 2016. Accounts for 16% -19% of the total disease burden in Australia. 67% chance of survival when diagnosed.   These statistics are unfortunately our reality. What is Cancer? Cancer Council Australia defines cancer as; .. a disease of the body's cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a...

As a mum, you’ve experienced physiological changes that are unique to females and which are unable to be replicated in any other situation. Your body has undertaken a transformation, which commenced the moment they became pregnant and continues well beyond birth of a child. Generally, mums experiencing an uncomplicated delivery will receive a green light to exercise at 4 to 6 weeks postpartum (after delivery), whereas those healing from a cesarean delivery may need additional time. Women who consistently exercised before pregnancy and remained physically active throughout pregnancy often can return to their pre-pregnancy routines fairly quickly once given medical clearance. When...

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Kitty Chao, busts the myth around 'spot reduction' and questions whether sit-ups do more harm than good.   The mentality that the fitness industry has blanketed over the general population has caused a lot of people to think that there is such thing as ‘spot reduction’. Spot reduction refers to the fallacy that fat can be targeted for reduction from a specific area of the body and that it can be achieved through exercise of specific muscles in the desired area, such as exercising the abdominal muscles in an effort to lose weight in or around one's midsection. This ties in with...

The popularity of hydrotherapy is growing and for very good reason, the benefits are profound. Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Jadi Lacco, dives into why this water activity has made such a splash and how it could be time for you to jump in (to hydrotherapy!)   Hydrotherapy (or aquatic exercise) can sometimes be overlooked or forgotten about, however the water provides an excellent and therapeutic environment for both exercise and rehabilitation and has numerous advantages over land based exercise. Hydrotherapy can be beneficial for such a wide and varied range of acute and chronic health and musculoskeletal conditions; including but not limited to arthritis, post-surgery rehabilitation...

Epigenetics suggests that what we do with our lives influences our DNA, but it’s not only diet and chemicals that have an impact.   You might have heard that although our genes have a big part to play in how our body functions, simply having a gene for something doesn’t necessarily mean that the gene will express itself. For instance, there is a gene that has been identified to be involved in the development of breast cancer, but not every person who has that gene, will develop cancer. The field of study that looks at how the environment of a cell influences...