How exercise lifts work productivity – Infographic

A British study conducted across three varied working environments has demonstrated the beneficial role which exercise plays on productivity.  300 participants were asked to complete questionnaires on their productivity and on their mood states; taken during days undertaking 30-60 minutes of exercise and on days of non-exercise. Overwhelmingly the participants undertaking the 30-60 minutes of exercise reported their time management skills, mental performance, and ability to meet deadlines improved on days when they exercised.  Furthermore,…

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How physical activity transforms your brain

Exercise and brain

We know the positive impact exercise has on our physical health, but did you know that physical activity has a positive impact on your brain? A recent study conducted on nine masters athletes aged between 50-80 years demonstrated marked changes in blood flow to various regions of the brain with a 10 days cessation of exercise. Each athlete was selected based on a criterion of having trained 5 days per week for 15 years; with…

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Top 10 Benefits of Strength Training

Strength Training with Personal Trainers Balwyn

Most people begin strength training to enhance their physical beauty, shed a few kilograms or simply to build muscles. However, the fact is there are many health benefits from doing regular strength training that go beyond physical attractiveness and weight reduction. So, let’s find out the top ten benefits of strength training. But before that, you need to know exactly what we mean by strength training? Also commonly known as weight training or resistance training,…

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Strength training for the deep stabilizing muscles

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Written by:  Nathaniel Christoforou  (Exercise Science student, Deakin Unviersity) Everyone with an interest in strength training knows the importance of targeting the large muscle groups such as those in the legs, back and chest:  as these help build muscular strength.  Training these larger muscles is also visually appealing.  However, in many training circles it’s often the smaller, deeper muscles that are overlooked. There is a gap in the understanding of these smaller muscles and the vital…

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Spinal Flexion during strength training: Is It dangerous?

Written by;  Nick Agius (Exercise Science Student-  Deakin University) Many exercise physiologists, personal trainers and strength and conditioning  coaches teach the importance of maintaining a neutral spine throughout strength training exercise. Numerous studies have pointed to this being pivotal in preventing chronic back injuries that can arise holding spinal flexion under loads. However, there is opposing evidence suggesting this debate isn’t so black and white.  Indeed, many researchers argue spinal flexion during strength training may be of…

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Exercise Right Week 2018

Exercise Right

This week from 21st to 25th May is national Exercise Right Week 2018 promoting the importance of people in Australia undertaking physical activity and exercise programs designed appropriately to their own individual needs. Whether you undertake an exercise program with the goal to lose weight, increase fitness, build muscle or for increasing your general health and wellbeing; the message of Exercise Right Week 2018 is to ensure you have a program specifically tailored to your…

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Sugar increases your risk of Alzhelmers

The many dangers of sugar on your health have been documented in many academic publications.  Amongst other things; sugar makes you fatter, can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer, can increase you risk of stroke and heart attack. Emerging research on the health consequences of eating sugar revolves on the impact it is having on your brain.   Sugar is proving to compromise brain function – with studies showing there is short term…

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Strength and endurance training benefits for older adults

Strength Training at Inspire Fitness

Written by: Allen Howell (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) The Australia population is ageing, and unfortunately we are also performing less physical movement. Aging is a complex process that involves many variables such as genetics, lifestyle factors and chronic diseases. These factors strongly interact which greatly influences the speed of the ageing process. Participating in some form of physical activity on most if not all days of the week can elicit a number of beneficial responses within…

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