Exercise for the Risk Averse: choose to be active!

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We have all heard about that uncle that didn’t smoke or drink, and went to bed early, and died of a heart attack while going for his morning run, right??!! Why would we even bother?!! Well, there’s some truth to that fear, as your risk of injury and other negative health events certainly increases somewhat  WHILE […]

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Recently I’ve had lots of discussions with clients about their weightloss goals, the reasons and motivators  behind these, and associated body-image issues. A respected Adelaide Professor in Exercise Physiology and anthropometry (study of body dimensions), Dr Kevin Norton (and colleagues) published some interesting findings about our perceptions of our, and ideal, body images. The picture […]

Have you got a baseline??

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I hope I haven’t got any musos falsely excited based on the heading… but if I have, then you might as well just tune in (ah, see what I did there…ha…ha…ahhh….ok…I’ll get on with it…). As we near the final development and exciting launch of our MovementScreen, I’ve been spending a lot of time talking […]

Do your kids see you sweat??

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Last week I saw a report on the ABC about the growing prevalence of overweight and obese (O&O) kids in Australia, and it sparked a lot of angry thoughts! As one my areas of passion is seeing healthy active kids! The stats, as you can imagine, are scary: Back in 2000, approximately 20% of teenagers […]

Acid in the brain – the need for sleep

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One of the most important pieces of health information has just been discovered, but it seems to still be hidden under the blankets. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York have found out WHY we actually need to sleep! we probably already have an idea of the health implications of too little (or […]

The Glycemic Load. The other half of the story.

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I have this conversation with clients at least once a week, so I thought I’d share it here for you as well. Now, while I’m an Exercise Physiologist (and not a dietician), the majority of our clients ask about dietary advice, as it’s part of the lifestyle behaviours that we often coach our clients through. […]

You’ve made the wrong New Year’s Resolution

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Ok, I’m not going to berate you. I think its pretty normal that by now, the end of January, you have probably not continued with your NYRs. After all, we know that 88% of people are in the same boat! But why does this keep happening year after year? There are some common mistakes that […]

Desensitised to poison

What would be your response if you tuned into the radio – a respectable radio like ABC Radio National – and you heard a leading researcher being interviewed and he was excited about the fact that they are very close to developing a vaccine that would desensitise you to a poison?? Well, this happened to […]

Secret to old age nothing to do with lifestyle??

I’m sorry, but I have to get this off my chest. I came across some incredibly irresponsible and short-sighted ‘journalism’ today (Thurs may 20th, 2010) in Adelaide’s The Advertiser. On page 3 of the ‘news’paper the first paragraph of the centre story states that “the secret to old age could have nothing to do with […]

Reverse the ageing process with 90 minutes of resistance training a week!

So, lets follow on with our journey through the benefits of exercise, and here is one that is going to get you listening! exercise will slow down and even reverse the effects of ageing! and in particular, this is related to resistance training, or the lifting of weights. We know that when we lift weights […]