Olympic Follow Up

As the Olympics draws to a close, with many of the races and competitions run and won spare a thought not only for those who didn’t achieve their desired results but also those who suffered injury prior to and during the competition. For them, there will be months of rehabilitation in preparation for their next…

Blood Pressure Hormones influence weight gain

High blood pressure has been directly associated with poor cardiovascular health for decades, but new studies have shown that the Renin-Angiotenstion System (RAS) that is associated with blood pressure regulation also affects metabolism and energy balance. As found by Grobe and colleagues (2016), when the RAS is elevated in the brain, it increases energy expenditure…

Brain Games for Brain Fitness

There are many research papers out there that advocate the use of some games that have been seen to stave off dementia, strengthen critical thinking skills and to promote general brain health. The number and different options out there for Brain games or brain training has increased. There are now online games, Wii games and…

22 Pushup Challenge

A new challenge has been floating around the internet the past few weeks and I was interested to know more about it. The challenge is to complete 22 pushups and record yourself doing it in an aim to reach a collective total of 22 million pushups. The group called 22KILL have started this challenge to…

Facebook DEXA Scan Auction

On Thursday August 11th 2016 at 6.30pm, we will be running a live video auction on our Facebook page Up for grabs will be three DEXA scans and full consultations with an Exercise Physiologist, that will help you understand the report and answer any questions you may have about how to make safe and significant changes…

Don’t Foam roll your ITB!

In the past couple of months I have been reading a couple of interesting research articles and positions from different health professionals on ITB foam rolling. Due to this I started to discontinue rolling the ITB with my athletes. I have been getting some great results from changing to a different approach, trigger point release…

Rest & Recovery

A couple of weeks ago we discussed how stress management plans are highly effective in the reduction of the emotional and psychological influences that stress has on us. Similarly, we must also consider physical stress and how the often understated term ‘Recovery’ is hugely important in our overall health. Much of the current ‘in vogue’…

Exercise and Brain Aging

  It is generally accepted that exercise slows the aging process of the body, but a recent study by the American Academy of Neurology showed that exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in thinking skills that occurs with aging. People who report light to no exercise experienced a decline…

Stress and Stress Management

Stress can affect everyone at different levels. Stress present in small amounts such as that experienced when meeting a deadline or a challenge can be motivating. However if stress levels are continuing for extended periods of time that can start to play a detrimental effect on an individual’s health. Stress can affect everyone differently, below…

Embracing Exercise in the Cold

As it gets colder we start to hibernate, letting out fitness routines fade, instead replacing it with time in front of the fire. Although this is the easier and sometimes more inviting option, it is important to continue exercises throughout the colder months. You may just have to approach your exercise differently or find a…