Women’s Health Tag

The diagnosis of Breast Cancer brings challenges, lots of emotions, time off work, a new routine and a heap of side effects.   The last component of treatment that an individual is likely to consider is regular exercise. Let’s talk about why it is important, how it can help and what it means long-term. Exercise is an integral part of management of Breast Cancer during and after treatments have ended. Regular physical activity will assist with: Maintenance of lean muscle mass Maintenance of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Manage and reduce cancer-related fatigue Improved mood Maintaining aerobic conditioning Manage flexibility and mobility, especially after...

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...

Endometriosis. It’s a chronic health condition affecting one in eight women worldwide, yet unfortunately there is little information available around how exercise can help manage and improve the painful symptoms associated with an Endo diagnosis.   Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing, and there are some inappropriate exercises that may worsen your current symptoms, but returning to exercise post diagnosis can be important for both your physical and mental health! What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a gynecological condition where endometrial-like tissue grows outside the uterine cavity. We say endometrial-like, as this tissue is not identical to the cells found within...

Unfortunately, many women are left in the dark about how to safely return to exercise after hysterectomy.   There are some inappropriate abdominal exercises after hysterectomy that can increase the risk of injury to the pelvic floor (e.g. pelvic organ prolapse or hernia). But we know how important exercise is – both for physical and mental health! There are some exercises however that are better than others for recovering and returning to exercise after hysterectomy, and it is always best to seek the advice of an Exercise Physiologist to help rehabilitate and return to the activity you love to do – and protect...

Our hormones control our body. Our bodies go through the menstrual cycle and this cycle can influence your metabolic state and results from training. Hormones estrogen and progesterone impact fat gain and loss due to their direct impact as well as effect on other hormones. Our menstrual cycle (here I’m talking about premenopausal women and those who are not using oral contraceptives): The start of your cycle begins immediately after you finish the follicular phase from day 0 to 14, during this phase there is an increased estrogen and normal progesterone and an average body temperature. From here we move to ovulation phase around...

Have you been piling on the pounds, yet haven't changed your diet? Are your periods irregular or absent altogether? Is your skin breaking out like crazy? These are just a few signs that you may be suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a hormonal condition that affects up to 18% of women. However, diet and exercise can be extremely helpful in treating the symptoms so you can lead a healthy, happy and fertile life.   How PCOS affects your body Excess testosterone - we all produce some testosterone, but too much can prevent ovulation and change your menstrual cycle Insulin resistance - your body has to produce much...

There’s no need for me to describe to you that excruciating, crippling ache that is period pain. Getting down to the science of it though, dysmenorrhea (period pain) occurs more intensely in women that have raised levels of prostaglandins - hormone-like compounds that cause the muscles of the uterus (womb) to squeeze and contract harder than normal to dislodge the thickened lining (endometrium). These contractions may also reduce blood flow to the uterus, making the pain worse. I’m sorry to tell you ladies, but there’s really not one sure fire fix that can make these go away instantly.  But for those of...

Accredited Practising Dietitians, The Biting Truth, dish up nutritional tips to help you better control your blood glucose levels, improve your sensitivity to insulin and manage Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).   In a new collaboration with Dietitians Association Australia, Eat Right provides expert nutrition and diet advice on a range of niche' exercise and health condition topics.   What is PCOS?   [caption id="attachment_7253" align="alignright" width="373"] 1 in every 8 women of childbearing age is affected by PCOS.[/caption] Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (or PCOS) is one of the most common medical conditions in young women. In fact, 1 in every 8 women of childbearing age is affected and unfortunately,...

Motherhood is tough. In fact, it’s one of the toughest roles you will ever have to play in your life and it all becomes very evident you will spend most of your waking (and sleeping) hours with the new addition to your life.   The first thing that gets ignored is usually your own health and well-being, so Exercise Right decided to put together our top tips for time poor mums with help from Carly Ryan, Accredited Exercise Physiologist. *Please note, these are aimed at mothers of toddlers and not directly post partum. For information on this read How to Exercise Right After...

Perhaps you're afraid lifting weights will make you look bulky. Maybe you're hung up on the fact that you 'only need cardio' to lose weight? Or you just don't think you have enough time for strength?   The benefits of strength training for women are immense. For example, women more than men, need to meet the essential strain for bone remodeling which is required for the reduction of osteoporosis. Unfortunately however there are several long standing myths and misconceptions that mean many women overlook strength training as a part of their regular exercise regime. Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Kitty Chao, sets out to bust some of the...