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Welcome to our library of iNform Health and Fitness Solutions articles. We hope you find them helpful and we encourage you to share them among your friends and your social media friends, so we can all help people become more “informed” about their health and fitness from an evidence base.

Happiness: What is science telling us?

It’s surely coincidental that I have been given the task to write about the “science” (I’m a nerd) and “happiness” (I like hugging people). For some time scientist were unable to measure happiness. And you can hypothesis all you want, but if you can’t lay down the...

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The importance of goal setting!

Life can be chaotic, unpredictable and at times overwhelming. We can often get consumed in our own routines and a little bit lost. The simplest task can seem like sending flowers to the moon. So how do we make a bit of sense out of our own world and make sure we are...

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Distorted images

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...

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Have you got a baseline??

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...

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Do your kids see you sweat??

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...

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Acid in the brain – the need for sleep

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...

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We stand upon the foundations we built…..

Venice is my favorite city that I have traveled to thus far. Admittedly it isn't great for trail running, but its virtues make up for that short-coming. It is a unique place, and its fragility is evident. Every corner you turn there is evidence of ongoing maintenance...

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Has the barefoot wave crested?

The symbol on the tongue of my New Balance Minimus 10v2 Trail shoe is this: <=>. Less equals more. This succinct message, I am sure infers that less structure, support and sole means more feel, enjoyment and performance. But for many, it probably lead to more...

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Do you do a pre-season?

This summer, become a better runner! Chances are that if you had a running-goal for this year, you have probably had a crack at it by now. City-to-Bay, Trailblazer, most of the SA Road-Runners club events and the various big-ticket state marathons have now been run...

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A Summer of Beautiful Movement

It has been an Australian summer of sport characterised by the consistent thread of the value of quality movement. It was great to see the majestic fluidity of Roger Federer back on centre court at the Australian Open. In his post-match interview after defeating...

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Beat the summer heat

It's 7am and your alarm sounds. A predicted maximum temperature of 37 degrees for the day, a scorcher. Don't feel like going for a run in that heat? Here's another option, grab a surfboard, SUP (stand up paddle) board, or kayak and get yourself down to the beach,...

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Head For The Hills

I've had a recent barrage of people who tell me they can't get out and exercise where they live because they are in the hills! I find some irony in the fact that many of these people can yet get out of bed at the crack of dawn, jump in their car on a freezing cold...

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Keep your trainer accountable!

Accountability for the trainer?! Isn't it their job to nag you about all the little changes you were going to make this week? I reckon it should be a two-way street, and this is one way you can ensure your trainer is keeping their end of the bargain. I do a fair bit...

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Won’t somebody, anybody, fix me body?!

When it comes to maintaining my car, I have a few skills tucked away in the tool kit- nothing fancy, but I know how to check the oil and water and replenish them; how to put air in the tires and for that matter, how to change a tire; I can change the bulbs and check...

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Redefining Weight Loss Success

Weight loss goals are easily tracked right? Record your current weight, set your ideal (or have it kindly set for you), create a plan, set a time frame then put your plan into action. At the end of your allotted time if you have achieved your weight loss target you...

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Healthy Cells 101

For those who have sat with an iNform Exercise Physiologist to assess or review your Bioelectrical Impedence Analysis (BIA), you may remember scratching your head at a couple of the measurements to do with your cells. Clinically, measurement and prescription on Active...

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Rehab Exercises? Why should I?!

The following conversation is an example of a common occurrence during initial consultations with new clients in our training studio:   Client: I hurt my shoulder six weeks ago and my physio has got me doing these three elastic band exercises. Me: Ok, that's...

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The Art Of Sleeping Well

Have you ever woken from sleep feeling like you've been hit by a bus?! It's a strange phenomenon that exists around the very act that is supposed to revitalise us, when simply going to sleep is not enough to cure tiredness - and may in fact leave us feeling worse....

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Melatonin: The Victim Of Technology

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone secreted from the Pineal gland in the brain. It's production is triggered by factors within and outside of the body, and it's primary function is to prepare the body for good quality sleep. Internally, production and...

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Resolve to Evolve

Off the coast of Croatia exist two Islets name Pod Kopiste and Pod Mrcaru. In 1971 a group of researchers transported 5 pairs of Podarcic sicula lizards from Pod Kopiste to Pod Mrcaru where at the time, the species did not populate. Some 35 years later, a second group...

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The Neuroscience Of Hobbies And Productivity

The suggestion of acquiring a non work or family related hobby is often scoffed as a waste of time or a selfish endeavour. With so many demands on the 'here and now', it seems there is no time to fit anything else in. On the back of this, I decided to look into the...

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Team Up For Happiness

A recent inquiry by the Gallup World Poll aimed to discover which is the happiest country in the world. If you want to maintain the suspense of not knowing, look away now. IT WAS DENMARK! Reason: The Danes trust each other! In a summary of findings, it was noted that...

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Diabetes In A Can

The prevalence of 'energy drinks' being sold nowadays is a massive concern to me. Even more concerning is the young demographic being targeted with such products. Bright colours, crazy names, giant sized cans and marketing links to extreme activities create corporate...

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Goodbye ‘Dry July’!

Time usually flies, unless it's Dry July! If you participated, well done! Your watering hole's will look forward to welcoming you back! If you didn't, it may be because drinking is in some way beneficial to you, and the cost-benefit analysis just didn't stack up. When...

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When Eating Out Is Your Only Option

Sometimes there's no avoiding it. Whether for social, business, or simply necessity to get you through to your next meal, eating out can be a common, convenient, and congenial part of life! It shouldn't be at the expense of your health and fitness goals! So here's my...

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All Work And No Play…

With a general perception that it's healthier to avoid the cold weather than be amongst it, many of us are not planning to surface again until sometime in September! I've recently noted the value in avoiding Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is good and well when you...

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The Perfect Training Program

Earlier this year, I acquired a new personal trainer. I have utilised the services of numerous trainers in my health and fitness journey, and they have been very good. However, my current trainer has drawn me back to the joys of my childhood. Her programming model is...

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Sick Building Syndrome

It is appropriate for business owners, employees and home-dwellers alike to consider the potential impact of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) as we move into Winter. SBS arose out of the energy crisis in the early 70's, whereby the cost of regulating outside air...

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What is the cost and what do you value?

I found the recent passing of Jim Stynes heart-wrenching from a number of perspectives. There is the obvious tragedy of a young family losing a loving father, and of a community losing a philanthropist and leader, but it is another aspect of this story that I found...

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From The Silly To The SAD Season

Little people can teach us a lot about life. At this point in time, my not-quite-two year old is wise beyond what she can express through her vocabulary. This is often a source of frustration for her, and my challenge is to efficiently decode her words so as to...

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Biggest Losers Losing Big-Time

I don't make a habit out of watching 'The Biggest Loser'. Cringing and arguing with my television are not pastimes I like to entertain. I did however stumble accross an unattended televsion during last night's episode, and my attitude towards this garabge was again...

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Motivational Harness #3 – Flow From Within

In my recent football article, here's what I eluded to: Is your workday structured around your physiology, or is your physiology dictated to by your workday? On a very complex level, asleep or awake, our bodies operate in cycles. It is physiologically impossible to be...

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Learn to Run Part 4: Ask yourself ‘why?’

I will start by paraphrasing a conversation that I had with a client a few weeks ago. Client: 'You're a fan of running aren't you?' Me: 'I'm a fan of running well.' Client: 'Yeah but you think running is good for you hey?' Me: 'I think that running well is good for...

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Kicking Goals!

Let me preface this by stating that your goals are yours, and yours only to choose. Also, you are free to change your goals at any point in time without any need for justification to anyone but yourself. Ok, now that is out of the way lets talk about goal attainment....

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Re-branding Stress

It's fair to say the word 'stress' has a pretty negative connotation in our society. Many people, including a previous incarnation of myself tend to associate the word stress with things like anxiety, frustration and anger. If we are stressed it is an admission that...

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Fitness Fads: Toning Shoes

  Right up there for me with the Ab King Pro and other elaborate fold-out clothes hangers is the phenomenon of toning shoes.  You've seen them: they kind of look like canoes for your feet. And that's pretty much how they act as well. Canoes were built to move in...

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FOAM ROLLING… You Should Take The Time!

The homework exercise that we all dread! “It’s boring, it takes too much time and it hurts”. Have these thoughts run through your head? How often have you been told by your trainer to do some foam rolling/tennis balling as part of your homework routine or before...

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The Ugly Side of Running

Running is not for everyone! I was recently on a running track alongside a busy highway when I received a spray of abuse from a passenger in a car. It's not  the first time it has happened - actually it's surprisingly common. Obviously it didn't hurt me, and I suppose...

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Happy Holidays!

Recently I've noted a number of reports on Australians who aren't taking holidays. In fact, almost a third of Australian workers have no planned leave in the next 12 months. In a rare moment of nostalgia over the weekend, my mind was cast back to my youth in the...

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Health, Investments and Running Shoes

Do you ever think that you would feel better if you could run 5km's without stopping? Or 10km? And does your picture of health involve a person who does this multiple times per week, perhaps with the resemblance of a smile on their face? Are your barriers to achieving...

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Functional Core Training: Please Explain.

Don't believe everything you read in the text books. More specifically, don't believe everything you read in the muscle section of anatomy textbooks. Such descriptions of human anatomy and function has fueled an approach to gym training that is completely contrary to...

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Learn to Run Part 2

I believe there is an ideal way for a human form to run. It isn't seen very often, but it exists. Intuitively we all have some idea what this should look like. When you see someone running through the park with beautiful, elegant form you know it. You may have no idea...

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The Core: What is it and why should I care?

Concepts such as the 'core' and 'core training'  to many people, are like algebra to me. I know of it but have no idea about any of the specifics or what the hell it does in the real world. I hope this article can elucidate what the core is, but I know I may also...

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What’s With Carb Loading?

Having recently completed my first official 'mini ultra' 50km marathon, one of the most common queries I received was about when I was going to do my carb loading, so I thought I would put forward my opinion on this concept! Carbohydrates are stored in the body, and...

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Skills Of Satiety

Eat to live, or live to eat? The latter resonates very strongly with me. For as long as I can remember, my life has revolved around food. Nourishment. The social experience. Comfort. The sensory buzz. The abundance of quality and exciting ingredients in so many...

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How to lose belly fat with exercise

Which exercise is best for the waistline? I often get asked this question when people are keen to shed a few kilos from around the midrift. Many people think that to lose the gut you need to exercise it, therefore crunches must be the way to go. This myth has been...

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Learn to Run: Part 1

So the City to Bay has been run and won for another year. And for many South Australians this event marks the culmination of many months of hard work in preparation, and I applaud all those who acheived this goal for 2011. I too am such a person, partaking in my very...

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Pain: Understanding for empowerment

One of my previous blogs, 'Pain? It's all in your head' certainly caused quite a stir. I attribute this mostly to the tabloid-style title I gave it, which may have paled the complexity of our experience of pain. So I thought a little clarification was in order to help...

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A Few Of My Favourite Things

I've never hated salad, yet it's never something that's particularly excited me either. Until I discovered how good it makes me feel! Lunch has always been a difficult meal for me. I usually scratch around for something that I can eat on the fly so as not to disrupt a...

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The inherent conflict within

A topical issue among a few of iNform's regular bloggers, during these very c c cold winter months has been capturing motivation to get moving. In one of my recent articles, http://informhealth.com/exercise-the-victim-of-the-box-we-put-it-in/ I questioned whether the...

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Making the Big Come Back

The winter months are starting to fade away and we are seeing a little more daylight and the sun seems to be making a bit more of an appearance. It's time to get the grizzly bear out of the cave and get moving again. Winter for some people is an ever present cloak of...

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Exercise: The victim of the box we put it in

Who couldn't relate to Lic's last blog "The 10 minute deal"? I certainly could. That 15minute internal debate takes more bloody time and energy than some quality exercise, but yields none of the myriad of benefits the exercise session gives us. How ironic. "...we are...

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TV Can Kill You, Hey?

I heard a recent statistic that watching two hours of television per day increased risk of death before the age of 65 by 13%, with associated risks of heart disease and diabetes going up by 15% and 20% respectively. Given the average Australian watches the box for...

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The 10 minute deal

Exercise makes your life better. I thought I would share the experience that I have had well lets say at least 25 times in the last 12 month. The scenario; an early start (getting up at 5am) and not a very goodnights sleep (for me less than 6 hours makes me a wee bit...

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Get cool to lose weight?

Damn it's cold outside! This was my thought as my knuckles were becoming numb on a frosty Adelaide Hills' morning on my regular run! We are all no doubt struggling through some of these colder months, so I thought this was the perfect time to talk about how our body's...

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In pain? It is all in your head

In my previous post I questioned our tendency to objectify aspects of our body by using language that separates them from us. By embracing our injured area as symptomatic of poor use, or by accepting our fallibility in our choice making I believe we are empowered to...

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Health Lessons From a 10-month Old

    My baby girl was introduced to lamb-shanks recently. It was a balmy evening on Sydney's Darling Harbour, and she was captivated by these hunks of meat served up beautifully over mashed potato. Now prior to this, she had survived on a staple diet of her...

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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...

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I, not this. Me, not that.

I have noticed a strange quirk in the language that we use in reference to our own bodies. I have noticed a tendency to use pronouns such as 'that' or 'this' to describe a certain part or aspect of our body as if it is a foreign object. I have also noticed use of the...

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Rediscovering the Joy of Movement

My exercise plan for the day is to go out for a run. I know this as I checked the Tasks on my Microsoft Outlook Account- there it is in Arial 12pt- 3.30pm, 6.2km run. It is now 3.00pm so I'd better get ready. I slip my orthotics into my High Performance Neutral...

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Homework Exercise: A Necessary Imposition

Contrary to popular belief, we do not handout homework exercises to you because we have a burning desire to nag you and impose ourselves upon your personal life. That forms only part of our motivation! Homework exercise for many of our clients is imperative if they...

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To Be Fit or Not, That is the Question…

Yeah yeah, I hear the droning! Of course we need to be fit... Actually, I'd like to take this opportunity to put fitness into context. The current 'buzz' around training is Boot Camps or similar fitness programs - an all or nothing approach to training - where every...

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Outworking Stress : Survival of the Fittest

I begin by referring back to an earlier post to expand on a single point regarding our western setting. As stated in this article, stress should be acute - we perceive threat, we deal with it, and we move on. However, the nature of many stressful situations are...

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Walking for well-being

A recent post by a colleague, Scott Wood, highlighted that if you want to lose weight you need to do more than just walk. Walking uses four times as much energy as sitting on a couch, however, when we factor a 30 minute walk into our whole day the increase in energy...

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Walk to lose weight? Not likely

You will probably not lose weight if you starting going for walks. Sad but true. And you probably already know this as it hasn't worked in the past. Let me explain why. Your body doesn't want lose weight! Our primitive physiology loves hanging on to the fat that we...

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adults and sport making our kids fatter.

Among all the bad news on the radio as I drove to work this morning, I heard that the Heart Foundation has released data from a new study stating that now 25% of Australian kids are overweight or obese, and that they are tipped to be the first generation EVER to live...

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Injuries are Symptoms

In my line of work, I often find myself repeating the same little spiel over the course of a week to a number of clients. This is simply because a lot of the concerns that my clients have regarding their health, fitness or their body are shared, and hopefully, the...

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Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser?

This year I decided that I want to exercise more, but not because I want to lose weight! I hear many resolutions at the beginning of a new year to shed unwanted kilos. These are made with the notion that effort will be required, with resolve for active pursuit....

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Running the Cares Away

Tis the season to be jolly...jolly busy! Deadlines, shopping, crowds, family, finances, holidays...for many, the list goes on. So don't worry - I don't intend on making you feel guilty for not prioritising exercise during the silly season. I was feeling particularly...

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Exercise is inflammatory

This statement quite often leaves people somewhat confused especially after they’ve been told the impact chronic low-grade inflammation has on insulin resistance, which is a precursor to developing diabetes. However, while an exercise bout does increase levels of pro-...

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So, exercise, what are you good for??!

In an earlier post we promised to outline the many benefits that exercise can provide you, and this is our time to deliver! now, before your eyes roll back in boredom, I have to tell you that the more that we look at this the more exciting and brilliant this concept...

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Fitness Myths iNformed

After discussing our last post on spring related aches and pains on radio last week (ABC 891 'Drive' with Grant Cameron - wednesdays at 5.45pm) we've been told by a lot of people that they felt challenged to get out and get more active, which is fantastic! However...

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Spring fitness solutions

With spring upon us we are already seeing a lot of our clients, and friends and family, starting to increase their physical activity. This is typically a result of the slighter longer and somewhat warmer days, and the impending approach of summer and its scantiness!...

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Barefoot running and shoes

A friend asked me for my opinion on barefoot running, technique and specific shoes. I think that barefoot running is a big and controversial topic (!) so I thought I would post my response on line and get other's perspective on it! Here are some of my thoughts: Yes I...

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Exercise and Low Back Pain

Here's some scary stats for you: 80% of the Australian population has suffered from low back pain at some stage in their life. 25% is suffering from it right NOW!! - there's a good chance that this may be you as you read this. And one in four people that you walk past...

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