Do your kids see you sweat??

overweight teenager

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

tries to get 8hrs sleep in 3

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 […]

The Glycemic Load. The other half of the story.

loaf of bread

I have this conversation with clients at least once a week, so I thought I’d share it here for you as well. Now, while I’m an Exercise Physiologist (and not a dietician), the majority of our clients ask about dietary advice, as it’s part of the lifestyle behaviours that we often coach our clients through. […]

How to lose fat with exercise Part 2

Fat loss v EE

So to burn more fat you need to work at lower intensities in the “fat burning zone” right?? This is probably the number one exercise myth that despite it’s lack of evidence never seems to be truly debunked. You still even see on the cardio gym equipment to this day heart rate graphs of the […]

Skinny And Rich In Only 18 Months…Without Exercise!

If you were thumbing through the Sunday paper over the weekend, you may have come across two separate full-page articles eight pages apart from each other. The first carried the big bold headline ‘Exercise Won’t Make You Thin‘. The second had the headline ‘How I Went From Virtually Zero to $3.5 MILLION of Real Estate […]

Get cool to lose weight?

frosty

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 natural warming system could possibly […]

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 […]

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 of moving your body […]

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, as this fat has anti-inflammatory properties. This is very different to ‘visceral’ fat (that stored internally […]

'Green' vs 'brown' carbs. The Omega argument

In our last post we left off with a recommendation to increase vegetable intake as a means of reducing total carbohydrate intake, and to also improve the ratio between 0mega-3s and omega-6s. This is very important as this ratio is totally unbalanced by our common western diets, which, among other things will also increase the […]