Women’s Health

Our hormones control our body. Our bodies go through the menstrual cycle and this cycle can influence your metabolic state and results from training. Hormones estrogen and progesterone impact fat gain and loss due to their direct impact as well as effect on other hormones. Our menstrual cycle (here I’m talking about premenopausal women and those who are not using oral contraceptives): The start of your cycle begins immediately after you finish the follicular phase from day 0 to 14, during this phase there is an increased estrogen and normal progesterone and an average body temperature. From here we move to ovulation phase around...

Recently, I have been seen alot on social media of wonder-women athletes returning to sport or exercise after the birth of their little ones. Here is a caption snippet from one of the featured athletes at 6 months post partum; with an image of her crossing the finish line of a half marathon: “I wanted to savor this moment in the finishing stretch, freeze time and look back over the last two years with having kids: the months of sleep deprivation, hours of corrective exercises and pelvic/core work, bouts of mastitis, poop my pants runs, bladder incontinence, and the days of questioning...

Have you been piling on the pounds, yet haven't changed your diet? Are your periods irregular or absent altogether? Is your skin breaking out like crazy? These are just a few signs that you may be suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a hormonal condition that affects up to 18% of women. However, diet and exercise can be extremely helpful in treating the symptoms so you can lead a healthy, happy and fertile life.   How PCOS affects your body Excess testosterone - we all produce some testosterone, but too much can prevent ovulation and change your menstrual cycle Insulin resistance - your body has to produce much...

There’s no need for me to describe to you that excruciating, crippling ache that is period pain. Getting down to the science of it though, dysmenorrhea (period pain) occurs more intensely in women that have raised levels of prostaglandins - hormone-like compounds that cause the muscles of the uterus (womb) to squeeze and contract harder than normal to dislodge the thickened lining (endometrium). These contractions may also reduce blood flow to the uterus, making the pain worse. I’m sorry to tell you ladies, but there’s really not one sure fire fix that can make these go away instantly.  But for those of...

Accredited Practising Dietitians, The Biting Truth, dish up nutritional tips to help you better control your blood glucose levels, improve your sensitivity to insulin and manage Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).   In a new collaboration with Dietitians Association Australia, Eat Right provides expert nutrition and diet advice on a range of niche' exercise and health condition topics.   What is PCOS?   [caption id="attachment_7253" align="alignright" width="373"] 1 in every 8 women of childbearing age is affected by PCOS.[/caption] Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (or PCOS) is one of the most common medical conditions in young women. In fact, 1 in every 8 women of childbearing age is affected and unfortunately,...

Motherhood is tough. In fact, it’s one of the toughest roles you will ever have to play in your life and it all becomes very evident you will spend most of your waking (and sleeping) hours with the new addition to your life.   The first thing that gets ignored is usually your own health and well-being, so Exercise Right decided to put together our top tips for time poor mums with help from Carly Ryan, Accredited Exercise Physiologist. *Please note, these are aimed at mothers of toddlers and not directly post partum. For information on this read How to Exercise Right After...

Perhaps you're afraid lifting weights will make you look bulky. Maybe you're hung up on the fact that you 'only need cardio' to lose weight? Or you just don't think you have enough time for strength?   The benefits of strength training for women are immense. For example, women more than men, need to meet the essential strain for bone remodeling which is required for the reduction of osteoporosis. Unfortunately however there are several long standing myths and misconceptions that mean many women overlook strength training as a part of their regular exercise regime. Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Kitty Chao, sets out to bust some of the...

Menopause can be a difficult time for most women. But did you know exercise can help you cope with the daily physical and emotional changes you are facing?   Let’s face it, menopause is an extremely tough time for Australian women. Your body changes in ways you never expected. You may have trouble sleeping, you can feel more stressed and anxious and it can affect your overall confidence. Luckily, exercise can play a key role in helping your body and mind cope with these massive differences. Sometimes during menopause physical activity can be the last thing you want to do, but committing to physical activity...

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Megan McMinn, lifts the lid on how exercise can help you better control your blood glucose levels, improve your sensitivity to insulin and manage the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).   Have you ever experienced menstrual abnormality or infertility? Do you also find yourself gaining weight unexpectedly and notice changes to the skin? It may be possible that you are suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS affects approx. 8% of women of child rearing age, however there are several ways in which exercise can help prevent and aide the symptoms of PCOS.   Metabolic Response Obesity, in particular abdominal obesity often...