A Summer of Beautiful Movement

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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 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga he highlighted how much better he is feeling moving […]

Injury Free Surfing. The Upper Back and Shoulders Part 1: The Problem

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Paddling a surfboard when restricted in thoracic extension is a recipe for injury. There is one thing you will do a lot of in surfing, and that’s paddling. Paddling out to the break, to catch waves, to get back out, to stay in the right spot. The basic paddling posture is on your stomach, with your […]

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 […]

Beat the summer heat

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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, river or lake.These sports can aid your […]

Is sitting the new smoking?

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We don’t think much about the amount of time we sit on our butts, in fact we’ve geared sitting into pretty much every aspect of our lives. We only need to look at US data to see that TV viewing time and low activity jobs have doubled,  and miles spent in a vehicle has triple […]

To Exercise or not, is it worth the risk?

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As an Exercise Physiologist I am thinking about the risk of exercise daily. Particularly with clients that may have pre-existing chronic conditions, and my goal is to make it as safe as possible. However, I have to admit, that when I exercise I put no thought into it’s inherent risk. Many of us hear stories about […]

Which diet is best for your health?: Part 2

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In my last blog I outlined the evidence pointing toward a Mediterranean diet for health and longevity. However we are yet to discuss what foods it mainly consists of. Contrary to what many people believe, it is not high in breads and pastas!

Which diet is best for your health and longevity? Part 1

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When it comes to diets there are literally hundreds of types to choose from, mostly built around the billion dollar weight loss industry. But what about those of us who just want to eat healthy? What are the key components of a healthy diet that will ensure us a long and disease free life?

Learn to Run Part 13: Forefoot running and the knee

As a runner, when this pursuit comes up in converstaion with non-runners (or jaded runners for that matter) the question that is usually asked (with just a sprinkling of smugness) is, ‘so how are your knees?’ My response is along the lines of ‘fine thanks, how are yours?’ This is often met with a bit of […]

Learn to Run Part 12: Comparsion of different foot strikes and injury rates

There is new research being published regularly comparing different types of foot strikes. Unfortunately most of this research is coming out of biomechanics labs! It seems like biomechanists have gone crazy for foot-strike mechanics, and believe me, their research findings are certainly establishing, without any shadow of a doubt, that fore-foot striking is different to […]