Getting the black dog moving: The effects of physical activity on mental health

Did you know over 3 million Australian’s reported having a mental health or behavioral condition. That’s nearly 14% of the country! That’s absolutely staggering considering that figure only includes those currently diagnosed. In reality, if you personally haven’t experienced a mental health disorder such as depression, there is no doubt that someone in your circle […]

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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 […]

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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 appeal to these products. They have infiltrated service stations, supermarkets, clubs, bars and offices, […]

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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 it comes out of the […]

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Build a bigger brain through exercise!

Today’s Western lifestyle is toxic for our brains. The continual stress of rushing around, meeting deadlines, feeling guilty about not spending enough time with the family and poor sleep habits elevate levels of a hormone called cortisol in our bodies. While this hormone can actively destroy our memory faculties, some surprising research has shed light […]

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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 diluted, and so we see an internal […]

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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 your stress drivers and […]

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