Health Wellbeing Tag

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...

As Dolly Parton told us all, working ‘9 to 5’ is something most of us cannot avoid. What Dolly didn’t say was that on average a desk job worker sits for 1920 hours a year and that could be killing us. Australian statistics show that 68.5% of the workforce are either sedentary of have very low levels of activity. Essentially, we go to work and sit for eight hours and that fact is having serious effects on our health. Even for those desk job workers who do exercise outside of work, all their good work could be negated by the amount of sitting...

Not everyone likes exercise, and that's okay. Don’t want to hear about sets and reps and sprint times? Here’re some ideas about ways to move that you might not have considered.   For some people, having to think about what they want to do at the end of a day of work is too much – they just want to go to the gym and have an instructor or a personal trainer direct them. For others, they are concerned about a specific health issue, or want to work towards specific fitness related goals, and so they seek the help of an accredited exercise...

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...

As we age exercise remains vital for our health and wellbeing. Studies show exercise can improve our life expectancy and reduce the risk of us developing various age related health issues. With just a little dose of exercise each day, we can live longer, healthier lives.   Staying physically active into our older adulthood ensures adequate muscle strength and bone health, maintains heart and lung health and mental acuity, as well as reducing the risk of developing Chronic Diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. The body changes with age and maturity.  Our blood pressure increases, our lung capacity decreases, we gradually loose...