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A mum’s life is a busy one and squeezing exercise into the day is a challenge we all face however being active from the very beginning will not only help mum’s physical and mental health, it also has a ripple effect on the entire household encouraging the whole family to be more active too!   Tips for mum's with kids in the following age groups:   From PREGNANCY to BIRTH The rule of thumb is to maintain your current physical activity when you fall pregnant. Avoid contact sports, exercises lying on your tummy (and back) and be weary of unstable joints however exercise is...

As our lifestyles change and women have children at a later age the prevalence of Gestational Diabetes has risen. Currently 68 Australian women are diagnosed every day. There are many treatment options available including dietary changes implemented by an Accredited Dietitian and regular exercise prescribed by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Regular exercise can help manage blood sugar levels, and improve the health and well being of both mum and bubs. Never fear, this exercise doesn’t have to be hours in a gym, it can be as gentle as a daily walk! What is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational Diabetes is typically tested for at 24...

For some, the idea of doing anything when in the company of 20+ strangers can be daunting. If you then combine that with the self-consciousness that many people feel about their bodies or fitness levels, it is understandable that trying a new exercise class can be nerve wracking!   The good news is that there are some ways to alleviate your anxiety when taking a new group fitness class, here we share some tips:   Arrive early If you're already nervous, don't add more pressure to yourself by arriving when the class is full. You may end up struggling to find a spot if the class...

Every time we exercise, the body undergoes change to adapt to the stress that we place on it. The by-product of these adaptations can include muscle soreness and fatigue, reduced muscle strength and power, all of which can impair athletic performance in the hours and days following. Recovery modalities allow us to accelerate the process, and return to training or competition feeling fresh and ready for the next training session or competition. The following strategies can be used to assist recovery following training or competition:   Compression garments These work through applying pressure to the areas of the body in which they cover. It...

How do you warm up before training? Do you roll out of bed before dawn and run out the door; or do you spend all day in the office then drive to the gym and begin a class? Warming up effectively before training is important to allow you body time to function correctly and perform at your best. The benefits can be both physiological and psychological, including; Improves body temperature, circulation, heart rate and respiration Allows the body the ability to move efficiently Prepares the body for higher intensity exercise Mentally prepares the athlete for an effective training session Reduces the risk of...

Men’s health in the 21st century seems to be promoted as having the latest gadgets (for fitness of course!), updating your online status, getting in shape for summer, buying the top 10 vanity products and having a diet full of “superfoods”. Trying to keep up with the demands of society and ourselves can be overwhelming and our mental and physical health can suffer. We recommend taking a step sideways, not back… and think about your current self. How is your physical health? Not in terms of bulging muscles or how long you can run, but in terms of body fat, aches...

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...

Are you a student? Do you know the benefits of exercise for your studies?   What do lecture halls, computer desks, food courts, and libraries have in common? That's where university students spend so much of their time in sedentary pursuits.   Although hours of studying burn mental energy, both your body and mind need physical exercise to function at their peak! Not only can exercise help with concentration and focus but also with mental health. Young people are at highest risk. Some 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 25. It’s possible that while you are at university you might experience...

Are you one of these people SO frustrated that you are not losing weight even though you see a personal trainer?   I get it- you work really hard, you do it every week and your PT is great… I KNOW!   But did you know that once a week isn’t enough to promote weight loss? Neither is twice a week and while three times a week is perfect- it’s not the complete picture of what you need to do in terms of exercise and weight loss. Firstly let’s not forget that stat we see every day on social media –“losing weight is 80% nutrition...

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...