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In 2011-12, over 2.3 million Australians aged 15 years and over reported to be on a diet to help lose weight or for another health reason. A majority of these Australians were women. Unfortunately, women are also more likely than men to have higher rates of body dissatisfaction, poor body image, engage in riskier health behaviours such as extreme dieting and purging, and report depression and anxiety associated with their weight. There's a lot of conflicting tips for losing weight out there. We have become a society obsessed with losing weight through extreme measures, fad diets and magic pills, which may...

November brings with it the return of the “mo”. “Movember” sees the nation band together to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. The sad reality is that Aussie men aren’t exercising enough, and it’s having huge impact on both their physical and mental health. So, let’s look at the stats on men’s health: Men have a life expectancy of approximately four years less than their female counterparts Men have a higher mortality rate from most leading causes of death Seven out of ten Australian men are overweight or obese Compared to women, men visit the doctor less frequently & have...

Lymphedema is a condition that often affects people recovering from cancer treatment. We asked Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Kitty Chao, about her tips for exercising with lymphedema. What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system works with the circulatory system and immune system to keep the body healthy. The lymphatic system drains fluid (called lymph) that has leaked from the blood vessels into the tissues and empties it back into the bloodstream via the lymph nodes. We have about 500–600 lymph nodes throughout the body, commonly found near the groin, armpits, neck, chest, and abdomen. What is lymphedema? Lymphedema is swelling of the limbs, chest,...

Have you heard of “green exercise”? It’s a buzz word which refers to physical exercise undertaken in natural environments. So, what are the benefits of exercising outdoors? The benefits of exercising outdoors We all know that physical activity is great for our physical and mental health, but does it really matter where you do it? Well, kind of! Exercising anywhere is good for you, but research has shown that you may get additional benefits if you move your workout outside. Here are five reasons why you should consider exercising outside: 1. It improves your mood. There’s just something about the outdoors that makes us...

So, you’ve decided it’s time to exercise more. Great, but where do you start? For a lot of people, the first thing they do is join their local gym. Sometimes it works out great, but others fall off the wagon after a couple of weeks and spend months (if not years) paying for a membership they don’t use. Before you start throwing money away, let's find out how you can workout without gym membership. If you hate it, stop paying for it! Aussies are wasting a shocking $1.8billion every year on gym memberships. A recent survey by Finder found 30% of Australians...

The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise. As the prevalence increases, so to does the interest in the health and well-being of those diagnosed. Research supports the benefits of exercise for autism. Studies have highlighted the need for effective exercise interventions for children and adolescents with ASD. Exercise not only reduces the negative effects of inactivity, but also assists with the management of ASD symptoms. Despite evidence supporting the importance of exercise for autism, youth with ASD do less physical activity than their peers. Given that 80% of Aussie kids don't get enough exercise, this is cause...

Gut health has been a hot topic lately. So, what is "gut health", why does it matter and how can exercise help? What is “Gut Health” & why does it matter? We have a mini-ecosystem in our gut that helps us break down the food we eat and absorb its nutrients. These microorganisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) include a huge range of bacteria help to maintain “balance” in our guts.  These bacteria perform a range of protective, structural, and metabolic functions for the intestines. Our gut microbiome also affects a range of other bodily functions, including: metabolism immunity endocrine function  mental...

We're all familiar with the big "C" word. Either we have been through the experience ourselves, or know someone who has. We hear about adult cancer weekly, if not daily, however we are often less familiar with childhood cancers. This is likely due to the significant difference in population sizes. In Australia in 2017, there was a huge 15,253 new cases of bowel cancer alone, while only 719 children between 0-14 years were diagnosed with cancer. There has been a lot of hype recently about the role of exercise in cancer therapy for the adult population – but what about exercise for...

Arthritis is a broad term describing a range of inflammatory conditions affecting bones, muscles and joints. Symptoms often include pain, stiffness, swelling and redness in affected joints. Around 3.9 million or 1 in 6 Australians suffer from arthritis, with factors such as age, excessive weight, injury and genetic factors increasing the risk of developing this conditions. Why Exercise? Regular exercise has been found to improve joint mobility, flexibility, muscular strength, posture and balance, while decreasing pain, fatigue, stress and muscular tension. It also enhances cardiovascular health and helps reduce body weight, whilst improving sleep, energy levels and psychological well-being. As a minimum,...

Have you heard the saying “couples who train together, stay together”? Well… science agrees. Research has shown that being active with your loved one not only keeps you in shape, but makes for a happier and healthier relationship. Working out with your partner not only increases the likelihood that you’ll stick to your exercise regime, but it also helps to strengthen the bond between you. 6 Active Date ideas for couples who want to move If you want to spice up your relationship and keep your love life active outside the bedroom, we’ve got you covered: Take a Hike – literally. Grab your loved...