Get Moving During Social Distancing | Challenge 2

We need to get moving! Social, or physical distancing which is recommended to reduce the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) has altered our daily work and recreation patterns, leading to a much more sedentary lifestyle for many of us!  Presently, I am working remotely like many of you, which requires less walking, and my gym and swim classes are cancelled.  The number of steps I take in a typical day have been reduced by one-half. We know that Exercise (even a single…

High-intensity interval training is trending: So what is it?

Short bursts of vigorous exercise from several seconds to minutes can be very beneficial to fitness and health. This latest ‘word on the street’ is supported by science-based studies over the last decade and is now incorporated into updated physical activity guidelines worldwide such as the 2018 US Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Short bursts…

What are the consequences of inactivity? …increased risk of death! Ouch… get off the couch!

Our leisure, school and work time are increasingly spent watching screens while sitting such as television, computers, and socializing on small screens.  Consequently, we are becoming more sedentary during our average day, and spending less time doing physically active tasks. It’s much more convenient to email our work mate down the hallway instead of getting…

Lack of sleep can be a pain in the neck. Try these five proven tips for great quality sleep

Sleep is a powerful tool – too little sleep slows recovery time from injury, and adversely affects overall physical and mental health.  Good quality sleep of 8 hours however, can improve the effects of ageing, and improve memory, healing from injuries and optimize well – being. The National Sleep Foundation of Australia recommends that adults between 18-64 years old have 7 to 9 hours sleep each night, and people over…

The ‘Wonder’ Drug – ‘Exercise is Medicine’!

The benefits of regular exercise are quite outrageous. Exercise has been called the ‘wonder’ drug and a ‘miracle’ cure.  Research indicates that regular exercise is effective in the prevention and treatment of many common diseases including type 2 diabetes, some cancers, dementia, depression, heart disease and other common serious conditions. Regular exercise is estimated to reduce…