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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.

Easily Outraged? Cop this…

We live in the age of the easily-offended. Where our outrage and anger is set on a hair-trigger. Social media has given us a platform to rant and rave. It is the 21st century soap-box. But is it worth it? What is the cost of being so quick to offense and outrage? In...

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International Women’s Day 2017

Wednesday the 8th of March marks International Women’s Day. A day to recognize all the wonders of the female phenotype that spreads one’s estrogen and oxytocin around the universe! Although I am a lover of the classics of Greek philosophy. Aristotle was all to wrong...

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Do you use your World Gym?

For many of us I am sure we associate exercise with a certain location or facility such as the gym, netball court, footy oval, usual running or walking loop, or community pool. We develop a relationship in our mind between exercise and the need to go to a particular...

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Valentines with a twist!

Happy Valentines day to all the Romeo & Juliet’s out there! Valentines day is the day to make up for the other 364 days  of the year…oops, I mean everyday is a day to connect with your monogamous partner right? Well I don’t want to be all up in your face with...

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Can we really create sustainable change?

There would be very few people in the western world who would not want to change one aspect of their health. From reducing weight to moving well, we want to change and most importantly, make that change “stick”. Take activity as an example. We roughly know the drill;...

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Tasting Australia? Try tasting your lunch first!

I was reading about the upcoming Tasting Australia Festival in the Weekend Australia on Sunday- I must add whilst drinking a 2007 Adelaide Hills Riesling and eating an ashed chevre, also from the Hills. Sundays should be filled with such acts of hedonism. Amidst my...

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Pause….for Parkinson’s

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...

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RunStrong- Get rid of ITB pain for good!

ITB. For many runners this acronym may stand for 'Imminent Trouble Brewing', and then may progress to 'Intense Thigh Burning' and then eventually 'I'm Taking a Break!'. If you have heard of the ITB it is probably because it been a source of pain and angst and impeded...

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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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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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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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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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Learn to Run Part 8: Dismissing the Dismissive

I have a real problem with so-called 'experts' who use their standing in the Academic and Health Communities to shoot down emerging concepts and practices in their field of expertise. Dismissive attitudes towards barefoot running, labelling it as a mere fad is an...

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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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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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Bone-on-Bone: When good engineering goes bad!

I am sure you have heard the term 'bone-on-bone' before. I have many times, usually in reference to the knee. Bone-on-bone refers to when the there has been significant loss of cartilage on one or both of the bones of a joint to the point that the bones are actually...

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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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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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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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So which diet works best? – Part 2

In my last blog post I outlined the importance of treating our dietary changes as only ONE aspect of the four pillars to our health. These changes should be lifelong behaviours rather than searching for a quick fix. However the scientific evidence of the most...

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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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Don’t believe everything you read in the papers

There was an article in Wednesday's Advertiser about water consumption- the point of the article was that, and I am paraphrasing, not only may we not need to drink water for our health, but that drinking water may actually be harming us! The picture was of a perplexed...

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Gluten or Glue-ten?

Do you remember doing papier mache at kindergarten? Part of the deal was making your own glue to hold the thing together. Do you remember what the recipe for making this 'safety' glue was? Flour and water. Add one to the other until a smooth, paste consistency is...

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Worlds Best Cereal

As a child I hated breakfast cereal. At the end of every bowl I had to resist the urge of bringing it back up! But still I persisted cramming it down because I knew how important the first meal of the day was for me. It wasn't until many years later that I discovered...

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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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Scott’s favourite keto-friendly brekky

My bosses often cringe, and my client's raise aneyebrow when I start handing out nutritional advice. I am the anatomy nerd- the function and rehab guy. But I actually do love to cook, because I also love to eat. And I also believe the iNform philosophy that our diet...

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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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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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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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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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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...

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Exercise benefits on Stress – fighting the beast!

Before we can make sense of how exercise can help us deal with stress better, it will be useful to understand the physiology of stress and how it affects us. Needless to say, a great starting point is to highlight that the best way to deal with stress is to reduce...

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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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So is that big bottom and thighs healthy now?!

A study recently published in this month's (Jan 2010) International Journal of Obesity is getting some interesting media attention. Results indicate that adipose (fat) tissue in the bum and thighs have a protective effect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease,...

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