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We often think about being “healthy” in terms of our bodies, and too often forget about our minds. So, what exactly is “mental health” and how can you look after yours? Let's take a look at why should exercise for mental health! What exactly is “Mental Health”? It’s a term that is thrown around a lot, but it’s also often misunderstood. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make...

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...

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,...

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...

When it comes to health and exercise, there is a lot (and I mean, a lot!) of misinformation out there. Fitness myths are NOT our friend, so we asked our experts for the facts and got them to bust some of the industry’s most iconic fitness myths. 1. I only need to do cardio to burn fat FALSE! Weight loss is achieved by having a caloric deficit each day and whilst endurance type training is helpful to burn calories, it isn’t the only way. Resistance training helps shed unwanted body fat through elevating your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is the amount...

At this time of year, everyone is making new years resolutions to make their year happier and healthier than the one before! Everyone needs a little motivation sometimes and what better time for our Exercise Experts to share some top tips to add some physical activity into your life, and to keep it up! 15 exercise tips to get you started and keep you motivated into the New Year and beyond!   1 - "Add variety to your exercise plan! Whether it be a different workout, cycling instead of swimming or changing up the location. Boredom with your routine can lead to lower adherence...

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...

Although we know that there are many forms of exercise that are free; working out at home, practicing Pilates via YouTube, walking your dog etc…we generally associate exercise with some form of cost. Whether this be your weekly gym membership, your fortnightly personal training sessions, or even just that expensive ‘on-trend’ workout gear – these costs can put us off committing to exercising long term. Once the free trial is over, we question whether we can afford it or whether that money could be better spent elsewhere. So what if we told you that exercising right could actually save you...

One of the biggest excuses not to exercise is ‘not having time’ and this was recently backed up with a study led by the Australian National University, who found that one in five people aged 25-54 years old claim they ‘don’t have time to exercise and eat healthy food’. On this note, we thought we'd investigate the excuses people use to avoid exercise, here's what we found. Here are some of the top excuses we make not to exercise and how we can overcome them: ‘I don’t have time' I don’t have to time to exercise translates to I don’t have...

Snap shot of cancer in Australia…   The prevalence of cancer is doubling every 10 years. It is estimated that approximately 130, 000 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2016. 1 in 2 (male) and 1 in 3 (female) Australian’s will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Approximately 46,880 deaths from cancer in 2016. Accounts for 16% -19% of the total disease burden in Australia. 67% chance of survival when diagnosed.   These statistics are unfortunately our reality. What is Cancer? Cancer Council Australia defines cancer as; .. a disease of the body's cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a...