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Exercise Stimulates Bone Growth

Many people are familiar with the benefits of exercise in reducing the risk factor for heart disease, stroke and in preventing obesity……however, Did you know that the physical stress from exercise also stimulates bone growth? Bones are living tissues, and when the skeletal muscles contract, they pull at the attachment on the bone, with the […]

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Mindfullness during your workout

What is mindfulness? It’s a simple, but challenging mental technique adapted from a Buddhist practice. Some people may think its about clearing your head and thinking about “nothing”. But in theory it’s actually more than that, its stepping back and hearing your thoughts without judgment with a relaxed but a focused mind. The world and […]

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Spine Health

As some point in our lives we experience back pain, this can be from sport, general activity even our job. Low back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in those under age 45. The spine provides structural support for our bodies, protection for our central nerves, and facilitates movement. The spine is […]

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Body Fat – How Does It Affect Health?

The term ‘body fat’ is a familiar one. However, most people associate this word to obesity, cholesterol and an unhealthy constitution. Although excess body fat content can have severe implications, the body requires a specific content of body fat for various metabolic and structural functions. Body fat is produced in the body through the absorption […]

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Exercise, health and stress

Many forms of exercise reduce stress directly, and by preventing bodily illness, exercise has extra benefits for the mind. Regular physical activity will lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, and reduce your blood sugar. Exercise cuts the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancers, osteoporosis and fractures, obesity, depression, and even […]

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According to the scales, my weight is down but my Body Fat Percentage is up – what’s the go?

When you are exercising regularly your muscles retain water (it takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to the muscles more efficiently). So if you have stopped working out or reduced your workout schedule then your muscles will let go of this water, in turn bringing your […]

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Muscle Wasting and Mental Health – Role of Skeletal Muscle on Brain Function

As we age our muscles become smaller and weaker, a condition known as sarcopenia. Research has shown that sarcopenia leads to an increased risk of poor functional status (i.e. a limited ability to perform activities of daily living) and poor musculoskeletal/cardiometabolic health. There have been recent studies to show that sarcopenia may also affect mental […]

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