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Do Weight loss challenges work?

Do Weight loss challenges work?

Looking at different health and fitness challenges, a lot of the time you can argue that they do not work when it comes to the results people get.  Discussing this across the fitness industry with other trainers and health professionals, it seems that this is a common occurrence. So we are looking at shaping a program that will ...

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( Posted in: Losing Weight )

Why is incidental Exercise So important?

Why is incidental Exercise So important?

Take the stairs, walk to the shops, park on the far side of the car park and walk, all of these statements I am sure you have heard at some time. The fact is all of these statements are examples of incidental exercise. Incidental exercise is the general movement you do in everyday life. Yes this includes lifting, carrying, mowing the lawn, walking the dog and other work based activities you do to get through the day. 

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Do you have a self-fulfilling prophecy that is causing you to fail?

Do you have a self-fulfilling prophecy that is causing you to fail?

Your mind is an extremely power influencer in your life, how you think, your self-talk and the conversations you have in your head shape your attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.  So when it comes to weight loss, improving your health and fitness, or even your career choices  what are you actually saying to yourself.

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( Posted in: Losing Weight )

Exercise helps with the Winter blues (video)

Exercise helps with the Winter blues, by participating in a regular exercise program you can, not only ensure you get you summer body, but will also prevent and overcome depression.

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( Posted in: Strength Training )

Strength Training, prevents and eliminates joint pain (video)

Learn how by doing personal training with Lifestyle Essentials in Mitcham, we can reduce, eliminate and prevent joint pain. Strength training will strengthen your bones, ligaments and muscles reducing the load on the joints.

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( Posted in: Strength Training )

Strength training prevents muscle weakness (video)

It is no surprise to hear that strength training will prevent muscle weakness. As we get older our muscles naturally waste away if we do not do strength training. Doing a strength training program one or twice a week will help you function more efficiently

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( Posted in: Strength Training )

Strength training and bone mineral density (video)

Strength training is the only scientifically proven method to prevent a reduction in your bone mineral density. BY participating in a strength training program, once or twice a week will increase your bone mineral density, strength your ligaments and tendons, preventing osteoporosis

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Strengthen you shoulder to prevent headaches and poor posture (video)

headaches, neck stiffness and poor posture are all to common in today's society. By strength the posture of your shoulder you can prevent shoulder pain, and neck stiffness. This simple exercise will help you improve you posture so these issues are not impacting your life.

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Learn how to prevent, reduce and eliminate back pain (video)

Suffering from chronic back pain can and will impact your life. Being able to reduce this pain and turn it off is an essential part of any back pain recovery program. To stop back pain, especially chronic back pain, requires you to turn off the nervous system that is driving the  pain.  

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Developing Shoulder Stability and Shoulder Strength (video)

A great exercise to help develop shoulder stability is the seated row, there is number of ways to do the seated row, during this video I will discuss different ways to look at doing the exercise to develop shoulder stability and prevent shoulder injury

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Regular Exercise Will Improve Your Mobility (video)

Regular Exercise Will Improve Your Mobility (video)

Regular strength training will help increase your range of movement, By participating in a strength training program you will function more effectively throughout life.

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( Posted in: Strength Training )

Learn how to squat without pain (video)

Learn how Lifestyle Essentials exercise rehab specialist makes squatting easy and pain free. Watch the video now.

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( Posted in: Core Strength Exercise )

November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

What is Personalised Genetic Health? Why do you have Back Pain?

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( Posted in: Newsletters )

Breathing

Breathing

Correct Breathing can help you reduce pain, prevent muscle tightness and improve cognitive functioning

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Have you tried Spin Classes at Lifestyle Essentials yet? (video)

Spin classes, cycle classes or bike classes are one of the most effective ways to improve your fitness and lose weight.

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( Posted in: Group Fitness )

How strength training helps prevent injuries (video)

Strength training is one of the most effective ways to increase the strength of your tendons, ligaments, joints and surrounding tissues. Learn how we help you prevent injuries and recover from musculoskeletal injuries and weakness.

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( Posted in: Strength Training )

Health and Fitness Expo Open Day

Health and Fitness Expo Open Day

Help us celebrate and relaunch the studio at our Health & Fitness Expo on Friday 19 August!

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( Posted in: Personal Training )

What makes us different from traditional gyms (video)

Don't want to join a gym but want to get fit and healthy? Lifestyle Essentials is the place for you. Find out why. Watch the video now.

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( Posted in: Personal Training )

How Squats Help You to Lose Weight ?

How Squats Help You to Lose Weight ?

Squats are one of the most important exercise to help you lose weight. Nearly every single personal training we do at Lifestyle Essentials includes a squat…why?

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( Posted in: Strength Training )

WHAT IS YOUR Health and Fitness GOAL FOR 2017?

WHAT IS YOUR Health and Fitness GOAL FOR 2017?

What is your goal for 2017?  With another New Year’s behind us it is time to get back into the swing of life. So, let’s be honest this year, no BS…. Are you happy with your health and fitness? Or would you like to lose weight by dropping a few kilos or losing a few centimeters? Whether you are looking to drop a dress size or run a marathon the fact is it takes action to achieve your goal. So, what action are you taking? 

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( Posted in: Motivation )

Stop Back Pain

Stop Back Pain

The first step to stopping back pain, is to turn off the pain. The way to do this is by manipulating the body’s nervous systems. The body has two nervous systems which are responsible for driving our reaction to life. 

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Seven days to change!

Seven days to change!

At this time of the year, people start thinking about how they can improve their overall health and fitness.  For others they also want to incorporate losing some weight. Well following on from last months’ article about Weight loss, ‘Let’s Make It Easy’, this month I would like to give you a 7 day challenge. 

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( Posted in: Losing Weight )

Positive Self Talk - Stop Feeding Your Bullshit!

Positive Self Talk - Stop Feeding Your Bullshit!

What do you say to yourself?  If your friends spoke to you the way you speak to yourself how would you respond?  We are our own harshest critic; furthermore we tend to believe what we say and what we think. This process is termed ‘The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’. 

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( Posted in: Motivation )

5 Reasons EVERYONE Should Do Strength Training

5 Reasons EVERYONE Should Do Strength Training

With the Rio Olympics just around the corner and one of my favourite events on the horizon (weightlifting), I knew I had to do a piece on an important but often misunderstood subject - strength training. When strength training is mentioned, the first thing that often comes to mind is a bodybuilder doing crazy amounts of exercises to prepare for a competition. 

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Weak Abs Can Cause Back Pain

Weak Abs Can Cause Back Pain

Are you working the right ab muscles to stop your back pain?  People often talk about a strong core when treating back pain, which is true you do need a strong core. But the problem is most exercises are not working the right core muscles to stop back pain. 

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Avoiding the Christmas Bulge this year

Avoiding the Christmas Bulge this year
With Christmas approaching we often talk about it being the wrong time of year to lose weight.  It is impossible to start a diet or an exercise program over the Christmas season!
 
Why? I ask! This is an interesting mind set and one that is not only common in society all over the world, but one that literally leads to excuses for you to eat what you want, drink like a fish and be lazy. Harsh, yes, but true!
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( Posted in: Strength Training )

Circuit Group fitness classes, increase your bone mineral density

Circuit Group fitness classes, increase your bone mineral density

There are many different types of group fitness classes you can do. One of the more effective classes for strengthening your joints and bone mineral density is a strength circuit class.

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Do you get pain in your abdomen

Do you get pain in your abdomen

Most people with lower back pain can’t correctly activate their abdominal muscles. This often means you end up carrying more tension and stress in your spinal muscles instead of in your abdominals. Continual incorrect neural activation of the abdominals will lead to lower back pain and muscular dysfunction.

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Group fitness classes, fastest way to lose weight

Group fitness classes, fastest way to lose weight

Group fitness classes are one of the most effective ways to lose weight, loosen up and boost your energy levels.

  • Would you like more energy ?
  • Would you like to increase your core strength?
  • Would you like to tone up and drop a dress size?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you need to consider joining our groups. 

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( Posted in: Group Fitness )

Strength training helps recovery from back surgery

Strength training helps recovery from back surgery

Major back surgery is becoming more and more common. Although the techniques and surgical methods have improved there is still a mixed out come of results. One thing is guarantee is if you do not do the right rehabilition program after the surgery can end up worse off then in the first place. 

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Stop Living with Back Pain

Stop Living with Back Pain

As a rehab. specialist, I see people in everyday life who feel that living with back pain is normal. It’s something you just put up with and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it! If this is you, let me break this thought process. 

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Are Weight Belts A Great Training Tool Or Just A Fashion Accessory?

Are Weight Belts A Great Training Tool Or Just A Fashion Accessory?

Do you wear a weight belt in the gym? If so, why do you do it? It’s true that when you wear a weight belt, you’ll feel stronger, but do they actually make you stronger? 

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Sexy Abs, Weak Back: How can that be?

Sexy Abs, Weak Back: How can that be?

Just because you have a six pack and sexy lean abdominals, it doesn’t mean you have a strong BACK. 

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Are you on the backpain merry go round?

Are you on the backpain merry go round?

So many people who suffer from back pain are on what we term, the maintenance merry go round. This is where they source treatment which gives them some level of relief from their symptom of back pain. Often however this relief will just be temporary, meaning that within days or weeks they are back for another round of treatment, and so on….

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Ankle Movement Linked to Back Pain

Ankle Movement Linked to Back Pain

When assessing and treating back pain it is essential that you assess the whole body and not just the back. 

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Stop Living With Back Pain

Stop Living With Back Pain

As a rehab. specialist, I see people, in everyday life, who feel that living with back pain is normal. They believe, it’s something you just put up with and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. If this is you, let me break this thought process.

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Bootcamps - are you fit enough?

Bootcamps - are you fit enough?

When you hear the term 'bootcamp', what does this mean to you? What picture first comes to mind? Is it the commando yelling and screaming at you to get down in the mud and crawl on your stomach? Or it is being in the dark, freezing cold park at 6am trying to get warm, with cold, wet feet. This does not sound too motivating to get you started, does it!

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( Posted in: Group Fitness )

Is sitting down all day causing your back pain

Is sitting down all day causing your back pain

Sitting down for a living can cause your back pain. In face in clinical studies 4 out of 5 people who sit down for a living have dysfunctional butt muscles, increasing their risk of back pain.

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Group Fitness Classes: the new alternative to the gym

Group Fitness Classes: the new alternative to the gym

Group fitness classes have fast become a popular alternative to gyms .  Imagine training in a small supportive group with a fully qualified personal trainer shaping the program and guiding you through a safe and effective training program. 

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( Posted in: Group Fitness )

Back pain caused by incorrect breathing

Back pain caused by incorrect breathing

Do you suffer from BACK PAIN?  While treating your back pain, has your Allied Health Professional ever assessed your breathing patterns?

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Weight Loss Technology: Gimmick or Game Changer?

Weight Loss Technology:  Gimmick or Game Changer?

One of the latest trends in weight loss is the use of technology to help people get fit, to get a better picture of their movement and exercise habits. Gadgets such as the Wii Fit (a few years old now), and these fit bands, connected to smart phones and tablets, are selling by the bag load.

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( Posted in: Losing Weight )

Why should you do strength training?

Why should you do strength training?

Strength training is one of the most important aspects of any core strength exercise program. Yes, it is important to do cardio workouts and stretching, but the core to any weight program or general health exercise program must include strength training.

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Strength training helps prevent type 2 diabetes

Strength training helps prevent type 2 diabetes

Strength training can boost your metabolism, help you lose weight, decrease body fat and stabilise your blood glucose levels. This helps reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.  Type 2 Diabetes is ‘diabetes by choice’, harsh but true! Having Type 2 Diabetes is completely up to you. This is because it is caused by your diet and your lifestyle. 

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Strength Training Exercises for Back Pain Relief

Strength Training Exercises for Back Pain Relief

Strength training is an essential part of any program for relief from back pain. The muscles in the back are specifically designed to support the spine and when these muscles work correctly they reduce the amount of stress being loaded into the joints. 

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( Posted in: Back Pain Relief )

Change or die

Change or die

Harsh as it sounds this statement is true for some many people. Whether you are referring to a child who does not look before crossing the road or a 49 year old over weight male with type 2 diabetes, the concept is the same. If you do not change what you are doing then I your behaviour may kill you. 

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( Posted in: Motivation )

Will I be Fat for Life, or can I change?

Will I be Fat for Life, or can I change?
It is that time of year where the all these amazing weight loss shows come on TV, selling the idea that you can lose weight and achieve your fitness dreams. But can you? 
 
Unfortunately, as seen time and time again, the majority of these people who participate in these reality TV shows put their weight back once the cameras stop rolling.
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( Posted in: Losing Weight )

Why do you do what you do?

Why do you do what you do?

Our behaviour dictates who we are. It is one of the strongest predictors for what we think, and for what is important to us in our life. In fact, it is not what you say which is reapply important, it is how you act, treat yourself and others, which is the true representation of who you are.

People often say one thing, but if there is no synergy with their behaviour, what they say means absolutely nothing. Talk is cheap. So when you say- I have to lose weight, or- I want to get fit, or- I need to improve my health, just saying it does nothing to help achieve your goal.

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( Posted in: Motivation )

Losing Weight While you Sleep - Part 1

Losing Weight While you Sleep - Part 1

How can sleep help you lose weight? 

It seems like the perfect plan, along with the magic pill which will burn kilos off you while you, supposedly, do nothing.

Losing weight while you sleep, is possible, but it is not something you can do without some work involved.

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( Posted in: Losing Weight )

What is this Ice Bucket Challenge all about?

What is this Ice Bucket Challenge all about?

Recently, I was challenged to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You may have seen some celebrities around the world taking part, pouring buckets of ice over their heads, and nominating other people to do the same. And THEN remembering to remind people to donate.

But what is the ice bucket challenge all about? What is it in aid of? And why ice? Why not a running challenge, or a laying in the warm sun drinking mojitos challenge?

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( Posted in: Motivation )

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