Category Archives for Exercise and Fitness

Do you have problem genes?

Health risks are widely accepted as being influenced by two main factors: genes and lifestyle. Many believe that there’s nothing that can be done about genes, and it’s true to some extent. But it’s not the whole story. Family history and disposition to particular health problems might be the result of genetics, but the genes […]

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4 factors for long-term exercise participation

What are the major factors that keep people engaged in long-term exercise? In order of importance: Friendship Despite the bravery that’s sometimes needed to start exercise alone, most people find that if they continue to exercise alone they – put simply – don’t continue. For most, connecting with others is necessary for long-term engagement. Obviously […]

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What’s your ideal body type?

Most women, and probably most men, have in mind a desirable body type which they would love to have. It will be a little different for everyone, but the chances are that there are some real similarities. For women, it’s likely to be a media-generated ideal that includes being tall, slim and well-proportioned. Throw in […]

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Exercise for weight loss

The old dogma of ‘eat less and exercise more’ has finally been laid to rest, but will anyone be listening? Exercise for weight loss is simply not a good strategy. It helps, of course, but by itself it’s not enough. This video summarises how we burn calories: through resting metabolism, the thermic effect of food, […]

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The power of play

We’ve all watched children playing and marvelled at their energy, enthusiasm and curiosity. They play with passion and then, once too tired to go on, cry with equal passion before sleep takes over. Their bodies are limber, minds clear, and worries non-existent. It sounds like the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life. Through […]

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Taking the first step

We can all remember the first time a new kid started school. They were introduced to the classroom, 20 – 30 pairs of eyes on them, as nervous as they had ever been in their life. Maybe you were the new kid. Taking the first step was the hardest and bravest part of starting at […]

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5 things we can learn from elite athletes

Take a look at elite athletes and you see a lot of dedication, perseverance, and hard work that leads to the successes they achieve. Here’s an interesting observation from an elite athlete who is doing our program to learn how to eat well and improve her performance: “I decided to do it and so I […]

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Health Minister gets weight loss message wrong!

Today’s news featured an article discussing the idea that the weight loss message needs to be more positive. Of course it does. Guilt and fear have no place in helping people lose weight. For too long, it has been accepted that obesity is the result of eating too much and exercising too little. By extension, […]

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Taking responsibility

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a spending spree? It might go for a day, a week, or even longer. In the early stages of over-spending, it seems like a lot of fun and you get lulled into thinking you can continue this course. Over time, over-spending leads to debt and stress, […]

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Sit less, move more – more often

You may have seen the 60 minutes segment about the importance of sitting less throughout the day. Research about the dangers of sitting for extended periods is gathering momentum. Sitting for extended periods on a regular basis is linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, overweight/obesity, and early death. On average, we spend 9.4 hours per […]

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