Brain-Boosting Exercise

Exercise 101:  It builds muscle, and increases fitness, and can make life a little easier - and not just physically! It's well known that exercise and physical activity helps you maintain good physical health. Did you know that exercise is good for your mental health too? Maybe you've heard that it's a primary treatment recommendation … Continue reading Brain-Boosting Exercise

How do I become stronger physically without going to the gym?

I don’t have (or want) a gym membership. What can I do every day to get stronger? Muscle mass naturally decreases with age, about 1% per year from your mid-30s onward. Strength decreases along with that loss. This is easy to ignore – when you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s, it’s easy to not notice … Continue reading How do I become stronger physically without going to the gym?

Client Question: Is morning exercise or evening exercise better for weight loss?

Great question from one of our personal training clients in Taringa this last week: Should I do my workouts in the morning or the evening for better weight loss?  When it comes to working out, most of us want to maximize the results we get, so it would make sense to work out when your … Continue reading Client Question: Is morning exercise or evening exercise better for weight loss?

What gym equipment will give me the best cardio workout?

To improve cardiovascular fitness, you need to challenge your cardiovascular system. Simply put, that means moving your body in a way that increases your heart rate and makes you breath harder. Of course, you can get fit without a gym membership, but the variety of cardio machines under one roof can make your cardio workout … Continue reading What gym equipment will give me the best cardio workout?

Do you really need a doctor’s clearance to start exercising?

You might. And you might not. Getting a doctor’s clearance prior to starting an exercise program has one purpose, which is to answer this: How much will your health status place you at risk for a medical emergency during exercise? To some degree, common sense applies here. How healthy are you right now? Do you … Continue reading Do you really need a doctor’s clearance to start exercising?

Client Question: Can Walking Uphill Take The Place of Lower Body Resistance Training?

Walking along coronation drive in Brisbane

Thanks to one of our exercise physiology clients in Indooroopilly for a great question! Hill climbing can be a challenge to the muscles of the lower body, whether you walk outdoors or on a treadmill. As a result, uphill walking can help improve the strength and endurance of the lower body muscles. But it will … Continue reading Client Question: Can Walking Uphill Take The Place of Lower Body Resistance Training?

What is Functional Training?

The short answer: Functional training is exercise that mimics and prepares you for the movements you make in everyday life. The longer answer: Will depend on who you talk to! Functional training can have as many definitions as there are trainers. In exercise science, functional training refers to an exercise or training program that will keep … Continue reading What is Functional Training?

The Fourth Element of Fitness: Neuromuscular Exercise

Most exercise programs focus on the three most common elements of fitness: strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. However, a separate focus on each of these elements means you’ll overlook what training and exercise is all about: Allowing you to move better. Better could mean moving more, or being able to do specific activities, or moving … Continue reading The Fourth Element of Fitness: Neuromuscular Exercise

What Are The Most Common Types Of Exercise?

Swimming in an outdoor pool in Brisbane

Depending on your workout or the type of physical activity you do, you can gain muscle strength, cardiovascular and aerobic endurance, improve your flexibility and joint health, or help maintain other components of good physical function like balance and coordination. The most common components of exercise programs are resistance training, cardio or aerobic exercise, and … Continue reading What Are The Most Common Types Of Exercise?

What’s the difference between exercise, physical activity, and movement?

All refer to different ways of using your body. The differences lie primarily in intent, intensity, and duration, but other elements also impact what category your activity might fall into. And don't worry about not working hard enough - it's all good for you! Movement The broadest category of, well, body movement. For our purposes, … Continue reading What’s the difference between exercise, physical activity, and movement?