Increased Retirement age – Do you have enough strength?!

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Seeing this image appear on my Facebook feed made me really think about the implications highlighted by the pictured gentleman. There is no question that we need to think about the national (and global!) financial sustainability of an ageing population and associated pension costs. But surely this can’t just be a financial discussion right?! Do […]

People watching: do you have enough strength??

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I love people watching. My ‘creative expression’ is understanding human movement, and helping others move better so that they can get more from life. This is what I do, every day, and I love it. In fact, this is not a job, but somehow, a part of who I am. As such, I would struggle […]

Pause….for Parkinson’s

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Yesterday marked ‘Pause for Parkinson’s’ day. A day to recognize and show loving kindness and compassion to ones who suffer this debilitating neurodegenerative disease. When we think of Parkinson’s disease (PD) , Michael J Fox who sadly was diagnosed  in 1991 at the tender age of 30 usually comes to mind. To be diagnosed at the […]

High Intensity Interval Training: So why all the hype?

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Workout trends come and go, and one of these that is getting a lot of attention is High Intensity Training (HIT). The attention, such as that in television shows like Catalyst and Michael Mosely’s ‘The truth about exercise’ (claiming that 6 minutes of exercise per week is all that we need) is largely well deserved, […]

Surviving Easter: tips to successfully crossing over from summer to winter health!

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I have learned over the last decade+ of being not just a PT, nor just an Exercise Physiologist, but a lifestyle coach, that we are about to enter into a dark time for healthy exercise behaviours: Those that stuck to their NY resolutions may be in full swing and kicking some serious goals (hopefully this is […]

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 […]