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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...

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,...

Sun, sea, snacks, cocktails…? Holidays and overseas trips are all about unwinding and enjoying yourself.   If your holiday isn’t action and adventure packed and more like a week or two surrounded by cocktails and coconuts, then it’s easy for our exercise routines go slightly out of the window. However, there are some things you can do to stay on track, many you probably do already! Here are some tips to stay on top of your physical activity when overseas:   Swim Make the most of that swimming pool. Whenever you go for a dip, aim to do a few laps each time. Swimming is great for...

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...

For some, the idea of doing anything when in the company of 20+ strangers can be daunting. If you then combine that with the self-consciousness that many people feel about their bodies or fitness levels, it is understandable that trying a new exercise class can be nerve wracking!   The good news is that there are some ways to alleviate your anxiety when taking a new group fitness class, here we share some tips:   Arrive early If you're already nervous, don't add more pressure to yourself by arriving when the class is full. You may end up struggling to find a spot if the class...

Every time we exercise, the body undergoes change to adapt to the stress that we place on it. The by-product of these adaptations can include muscle soreness and fatigue, reduced muscle strength and power, all of which can impair athletic performance in the hours and days following. Recovery modalities allow us to accelerate the process, and return to training or competition feeling fresh and ready for the next training session or competition. The following strategies can be used to assist recovery following training or competition:   Compression garments These work through applying pressure to the areas of the body in which they cover. It...

As wonderful as it would be to wake up feeling fresh, invigorated, and ready to absolutely own the day ahead – this is rarely the case for most of us! Whether you’re sore from yesterday’s workout, haven’t had a great night’s sleep, are feeling a little lazy, or you’re just generally not a morning person; getting out of bed can be chore #1 of the day. As we don't move as much in our sleep, our muscles can cramp and tense up. Stretching of a morning helps rid our bodies of tension and stress, and increases blood flow to our muscles and...

Easter;   A time synonymous with overindulging on the treats the 'Easter Bunny' so generously delivers; and whilst you shouldn't feel guilty for treating yourself every known and again - it's important to make sure you keep moving.   Staying healthy isn't all about counting calories; but it's quite shocking to know that scoffing a 100g chocolate Easter egg comes at a calorific cost which will take roughly a 2hr 15minute walk for women, and 1hr 36minute walk for men to burn off. It can be hard to muster up the energy to workout after consuming copious amounts of sugar, although it can give you a 'sugar...

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...

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...