Fitness Tag

With only approximately 30% of all the Australian population living outside major cities, there is a significant health inequality in rural and remote Australia.   Rural and remote communities often lack easy access to healthcare and health infrastructure compared to those living in more densely populated areas. Poor overall health status, increased incidence of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes and higher premature death rates are noted inequalities facing those living in rural and remote areas. Bridging the gap to better health for rural and remote communities in Australia can partly be achieved through implementing supervised exercise programs. We all...

It is well documented that exercise is vital for keeping our bodies in good shape! Exercise is great for our heart and lung health, promotes optimal cholesterol levels and blood pressure, reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes and keeps our waistlines in check.  What is less talked about is how great exercise is for our brains. Brain health is vital for reducing risk factors associated with the development of conditions such as dementia. Dementia is a degenerative brain condition that affects almost 1 in 10 Australians over the age of 65 and 3 in 10 over the...

I have been asked what is the best way to warm up prior to commencing a strength session using weights. A few questions are “should I warm up by walking on a treadmill?” or  “should I just do a few stretches?”   First off - what is a warm up? A warm-up is a session,  comprises of light cardiovascular exercises combined with stretches, and is necessary to help avoid injury whilst working out. Why warm up? For majority of all Australians we have a desk job comprising of 8-9 hours of sitting hunched over a desk. Due to the nature of the job our...

It's that time of year when we get very busy and very merry! We find that most people are so busy they forget to look after themselves - so here are our top tips on how you can keep that physical activity up!   1. Do what you need to do early As we countdown to the big day we find more and more social functions keep cropping up – an after work drink, a visit to a relatives…they just keep coming! Try and do some exercise in the morning before you go to work, that way there should be no excuses for...

Research shows that extra kilos mean a shorter life for men. It’s time to start turning back the clock and here are some tips!   1. First measure your waist. It should be no bigger than half your height, according to research by City University London. If it’s within this healthy limit you should live to the average life expectancy. If not, for every extra few centimetres, you face losing months or even years of life. 2. Cut down on alcohol. It is calorie-loaded and contributes to the development of “moobs” or man boobs, says fitness expert Matt Roberts. “If you don’t want to cut...

So you enjoy your exercise, but are not sure if you should move early in the morning or after work?   The general agreement among experts is try to fit exercise in the morning as it can give you a boost for the rest of the day. “When you do a vigorous session in the morning, your metabolism is raised post-exercise for up to 12 hours, which is going to make you more efficient at using stored fat,” says accredited exercise physiologist Dr Jarrod Meerkin. “At night your metabolism drops, so you are not going to gain the same benefits you would expect to...

The running season is underway, and Australians are lacing up with the aim of improving their personal best times ahead of their respective fun runs. Take the next steps in your performance with these useful tips.   As the weather eventually warms and summer approaches, thousands of Australians begin to lace up and pound the pavement for another season of fun runs, all with the aim to beat their time from the previous year. Jogging laps of the local cricket oval or running steadily around the block, although very outdated, are still staple training programs for many runners out there. Work the...