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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...

Congratulations, on your new baby! Congratulations on the sleep deprivation, the feeding, the nappy changes and your attempts at maintaining a respectable level of presentation. No wonder you’ve had zero time for you, your significant other or your pelvic floor! Google “how long after giving birth can I have sex?” or “when can I exercise postpartum?” and enjoy the blackhole of questionably accurate recommendations. You’ll find articles like How to hold your wee and Kegels to tighten your pelvic floor, which if done incorrectly may make matters worse. So, how can you optimise your pelvic floor function so you’re ready to...

What is female sexual dysfunction? Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) affects approximately 40% of women. It is defined by the various ways in which an individual is unable to participate in a sexual relationship as she would wish. FSD is a very complex and multi-faceted disorder due to a woman’s perception on sex, comprising of anatomical, psychological, physiological, and social-interpersonal components. There are multiple classifications of FSD: sexual desire disorder, sexual aversion disorder, sexual arousal disorder, sexual pain disorders, and female orgasmic disorders. What causes female sexual dysfunction? There are a variety of physical and mental factors that can contribute to the onset of FSD. Physical...

So, what even is motivation? Motivation is the drive to complete a task for a desired outcome. In this case, the task is regular exercise and the outcome is good health. But how the heck do we get more of it? Motivation Misconceptions The first thing to understand is that motivation is well and truly finite. It’s a feeling that people get for only a short period of time, and the bad news is that it runs out quite quickly. The biggest misconception about motivation is that we need to have motivation to succeed in any goal or area in our life. That’s a myth…...

Getting into a routine with exercise can be tough (trust us, we know). Setting yourself a challenge, like signing up for a fun run or committing to climbing a mountain, is a great way to get motivated and keep you on track. We sat down with Accredited Exercise Scientist, Nardine Presland, to get her tips on how to set yourself a fitness challenge (and succeed!). Why is it a good idea to set yourself a challenge? A fitness challenge not only provide a reason to improve, but can also demonstrate what the body is capable of. Whatever the size of the challenge,...