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[16 Jun 2021 | Comments Off on Sit all day for Work? You need these 5 exercises! | ]
Sit all day for Work? You need these 5 exercises!

Prolonged sitting is one of the single worst things you can do for your health. Not only is it a cause of lower back pain and poor posture (slumping), it is associated with numerous other health outcomes.

They include obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that make up metabolic syndrome.

For now I want to talk about the effects on your lower back. One of the ways sitting causes lower back …

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[30 May 2021 | Comments Off on Foam Rolling, Stretching, or A Combination – What Works Best? | ]
Foam Rolling, Stretching, or A Combination – What Works Best?

According to a 2015 study, a Combination of Foam Rolling, followed by Stretching, produces the best results. 

In the study, a group of athletes were tested using all 3 protocols on different days. For example, they were told to just Foam Roll, then assessed/measured on one day. On another day, they were told just to Stretch, then assessed and measured again. Then on another day they were told to Foam Roll AND Stretch and measured for the third time. 

The greatest effects were seen when people did the combination, with an increase in …

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[6 Sep 2020 | Comments Off on Improving Immune Function | ]
Improving Immune Function

With a global pandemic running around, there’s never been a better time to work on your immune system. You want it functioning at its absolute peak right now.

As we age, our immune system ages too. This means it doesn’t quite function as well as it used to. Luckily there is something we can do about it.

I just read an article talking about this and thought I would share the link as well as give you a few of the key points. This stuff is important because we actually need …

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[15 Jun 2020 | Comments Off on Returning to the Gym? Read this first. | ]
Returning to the Gym? Read this first.

We are expecting to be seeing a lot of people with injuries related to the sudden desire to quickly get in shape. Their exercise regime drifted a little over the last few months but with Summer approaching they need to get their bikini body back. Bravo I say! But, we need to temper that enthusiasm/desperation with a little common sense. If you’re trying to fit 6 months worth of training into the next 6 weeks read on.

I think the most common times people get injured is when they start a …

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[12 May 2020 | Comments Off on Creating a Daily Routine | ]
Creating a Daily Routine

Hey everyone, hope you and your families are all safe and well!

We had a bit of a downturn when the restrictions all started, but since then have been becoming steadily busier. A lot of this has been down to the effects of working from home.

Everyone is thrown off at the moment in one way or another. The chair and desk you sit on are different. The hours you work. The stress you are under. You can’t go to the gym you usually go to, or the yoga class you …

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[29 Dec 2019 | Comments Off on Can Pushup Ability Predict Longevity? | ]
Can Pushup Ability Predict Longevity?

According to a 2019 study, the answer might be yes.

In the study, researchers followed 1,100 men for 10 years. At the beginning of the study there were assessed in a number of ways, one of which was a pushup test.

Here are some quotes from an article which summarised the findings of the study:

“The participants were then followed for a decade to see if they experienced a cardiovascular event, such as a diagnosis of coronary artery disease, heart failure or cardiac arrest.”

“During the study period, 37 cardiovascular events were found …

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[29 Dec 2019 | Comments Off on Making New Years Resolutions Stick | ]
Making New Years Resolutions Stick

I wanted to share this article from the Harvard Medical School website which outlines steps you can take to make sure your New Years Resolutions come true.

It’s a great idea to make resolutions, especially if they involve improving your health or taking better care of yourself. But making the resolution is only the beginning. Improving your health involves making regular efforts to eat well, exercise more, drink less etc.

It can be hard to instantly make these kinds of changes so this article gives some great advice to help …

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[29 Dec 2019 | Comments Off on Painkilling Injection? Try Exercise Instead! | ]
Painkilling Injection? Try Exercise Instead!

A new study has shed light on the effects of injections on our bodies. It was previously thought that if your pain was considerable, you may as well try the injection – if it works, great! And if it doesn’t work, no big deal, you can try something else instead.

An article published on the Telegraph.co.uk site reported that this is not the full story. Here is a direct quote form the article:

Study leader Dr Ali Guermazi, of Boston University School of Medicine in the US, said: “We’ve been telling patients that even …

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[7 Aug 2019 | Comments Off on Product Review: Vibrating Foam Roller | ]
Product Review: Vibrating Foam Roller

Most of you know that I have a background working with elite athletes. In the 2000s I did a bunch of trips with the Australian Athletics team and treated a lot of world and olympic champions. I don’t travel with teams anymore but I still see plenty of athletes.

Athletes are always incredibly interested in self maintenance, because they’re always in pain to some extent. Over the last year I have heard from them about these new types of foam rollers that have a little motor in them that causes …

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[28 Apr 2019 | Comments Off on Is 10 minutes of exercise enough? | ]
Is 10 minutes of exercise enough?

According to new research, all you need is 10 minutes of exercise a day. In this study of 1500 people who were followed for 4 years, ” a brisk, short walk of less than 10 minutes a day is enough to keep older adults on their feet, reducing the risk of becoming disabled by 85 per cent.”

At the start of the study, every one of the 1500 people “were suffering pain, aching of stiffness from arthritis in their knees, hips, ankles or feet”.

The people who were able to do …