exercise Tag

Children who exercise are more likely to maintain an active lifestyle as an adult, but what children want to consciously 'exercise'? It's hard enough for some adults to find the motivation, but as adults we become more aware of the importance of moving, and the implications of the risks when we don't move our bodies enough. Exercise should be enjoyable (or at least we shouldn't hate it) at all ages, but it's especially important that children enjoy moving to build long lasting habits and help them achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Regular physical activity also helps build and maintain...

What is intellectual disability?   Intellectual disability is an umbrella term that refers to a neurological condition that substantially limits and restricts learning behaviours and intellectual functioning. This includes conditions such as autism, Down’s syndrome, Prader Willi syndrome, etc. ID affects approximately 3% of the Australian population. People living with ID are less likely than their peers to be physically active and typically engage in high levels of sedentary behaviour, which increases the risk of developing secondary health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.   Why is exercise so important?   Exercise can protect against secondary health conditions, and lead to improvements in cardiovascular...

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...

Although we know that there are many forms of exercise that are free; working out at home, practicing Pilates via YouTube, walking your dog etc…we generally associate exercise with some form of cost. Whether this be your weekly gym membership, your fortnightly personal training sessions, or even just that expensive ‘on-trend’ workout gear – these costs can put us off committing to exercising long term.  Once the free trial is over, we question whether we can afford it or whether that money could be better spent elsewhere. So what if we told you that exercising right could actually save you money...

Yoga is sometimes overlooked or not considered as a tool to help with the symptoms of mental health conditions.   In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise, originating in ancient India.  Although there tends to be a negative stigma that follows yoga and its Hindu roots, it can be a fantastic way to stretch and de-stress your body. There has been evidence to suggest that yoga is a potent anti-depressant that matches with drugs. Child’s pose, Warrior One, Triangle Pose and Downward Dog. One...

If I had to choose one thing that working in the exercise and disability field for 15 years has taught me, it would be: “Focus on the ABILITY not the disability”.   We all know the benefits of exercise such as increased cardiovascular fitness, strength/endurance and flexibility, decreased risk of developing/managing chronic disease, weight control, and improved mental health. However the benefits of exercising in people with disability are even more important due to a more sedentary lifestyle. Additionally there are social benefits of getting out into the community reducing social isolation. Here are some real life examples of how exercise has made a...

Do you know of someone that has Autism? Whether it be a family member, a colleague or a friend. Exercise has been shown to help with Autism. What is Autism? Autism is a complex neurobiological, developmental disorder that is typically diagnosed in childhood and often lasts throughout a person's lifetime. The characteristics of autism include an impaired ability to communicate and relate to others socially, a restricted range of activities, and repetitive behaviours such as following very specific routines. What has the research shown? It has been shown that vigorous or strenuous exercise is associated with decreases in stereotypic (self-stimulatory) behaviours, hyperactivity, aggression,...

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...

Statistics show obesity levels to have more than doubled in the last twenty years, with more than 1.9 billion people over the age of 18 considered overweight, with 600 million of these obese. This has placed a significant strain on our already growing burden of disease and stretched healthcare system. Over recent years society has grown in many ways, shapes and forms. While in a number of ways this has been beneficial, it has also resulted in many of us sitting not only longer, but also more frequently throughout the day. Add to this the shift towards a more highly processed...