Health Consequences of Vitamin D Deficiency

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? You could be putting yourself at a higher risk of many health conditions should your levels of Vitamin D be low. Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common and simple signs of ill- health. Vitamin D plays a vital role in your overall health and wellbeing – and in the prevention of many chronic diseases and cancers.   Deficiency and insufficiency of this “sunshine” vitamin is a global…

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Effects of Caffeine on Exercise Performance

This article will examine caffeine and some of the potential benefits on exercise and training performance. Please keep in mind that this article is not recommending you consume excessive amounts of caffeine to boost your performance, while a lot of research in the area has also been conducted on athletic populations. There are also serious health side-effects to consuming excess amounts of caffeine. However, if taken in appropriate, recommended doses, research has supported some potential…

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Understanding Lower Back Pain and How to Prevent It

Exercise Physiologist for low back pain

Written by Nathan Switkowski, Osteopath at Osteopathy on Canterbury Lower back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems that is experienced in Australia. It can be defined as acute (lasting up to 4 weeks), subacute (4-12 weeks) or chronic (more than 3 months). This blog will discuss some of the reasons why our lower backs can become painful, 2 common conditions and preventative measures we can introduce to prevent lower back pain. Why…

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Dr Peter Brukner ‘Fat Load of Good’

Peter Brukner fat load of good

Your ‘Food is Medicine’ was a concept originally attributed to the founder of modern medicine – Hippocrates.  Ironically today very few in the medical community have a deep understanding of nutrition.  This is not a criticism of modern medicine – but a reflection on how far the training of our medical community has been taken away from understanding the most important factor in fighting chronic diseases, many cancers, inflammation, pain and mental health – and…

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Common Running Injuries

Running Injury

Written by; Isabella Peters (Bach Ex Sci) (Master ExPhys current) If you are a runner you will understand there is nothing worse than an injury.  Injuries lead to interruptions to your training, potentially months of rehabilitation and a reduction in performance.  Whether you’re a ‘weekend warrior’ or a high-performance athlete, avoiding injury is vital to your ongoing enjoyment and continual improvement with your running. In this article we overview the most common running injuries and…

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Effect of Exercise on Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty Liver Disease

Your liver is the largest internal organ of your body. Its major function is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract before passing it to the rest of the body.   As such, the liver plays a role in detoxification, protein synthesis and aids in the production of chemicals for digestion. While your body stores fat in various regions for energy and insulation; when excessive fat builds up in your liver it is called fatty…

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The Importance of Ankle Mobility

Ankle Mobility

During squatting do you struggle to get your hips below parallel?  Are your heels raising off the ground during a squat? These common dysfunctions in movement can both be a sign of a lack of ankle mobility. Ankle mobility is often neglected but important for adequate performance of many movement patterns in your exercise and training. Many people struggle with the depth of their squat; and while this could be due to tight musculature or tightness…

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Best Mode of Exercise for Weight Loss

The Science of Weight Loss  During exercise the human body uses predominantly fat and carbohydrate as a fuel source. The ratio (percentage) of the fuel source used depends on the intensity and the duration of the exercise.  During high intensity exercise, the body will rely heavily on carbohydrates as the energy source.  Whereas during low intensity exercise the body will source a high proportion of fat for fuel. This is occurs physiologically because fats take…

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