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New Years Resolutions: Track It!


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New Years Resolutions
As we close in on Xmas, New Years Eve, and the accompanying New Years resolutions which will no doubt follow the holiday festivities and overindulgences, many of you are perhaps preparing for your New Years resolutions. While there’s nothing bad about making new years resolutions per se, I’ve never personally been a big fan of them – they’re made, they’re broken, and most people end up on a merry-go-round of constantly broken resolutions from one year to the next.

One Ingredient for Long-Term Success
One method which I’ve applied both personally and professionally which can have an enormous impact on sustaining long-term fitness and exercise habits is recording each and every exercise session, including sets, reps, and weights lifted (or the equivalent if performing cardio). While it sounds fairly painful and tiresome to record every detail in this manner, it does become…

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Why it’s Easier for Men to Lose Weight

“There’s no gender equality with weight loss. When it comes to offloading extra weight it’s biologically easier for men than for women – and muscle is a key male advantage.

Compared to women, men usually have less fat and more muscle – and because muscle burns more kilojoules than fat a man’s metabolic rate can be five to ten per cent higher than that of a woman, explains Sydney-based exercise physiologist Allan Bolton.”

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Exercise Therapy for the Treament of Mental Illnesses

While it comes as no surprise to most people that exercise has positive mood-altering effects, the use of movement therapy in a structured intervention for the treatment of various mental illnesses is still treated with a great deal of ambivalence by many healthcare providers and government policy-makers.

This short segment which appeared on ABC2 briefly outlines some of the research conducted by Simon Rosenbaum, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), and the positive outcomes that can be experience when a structured program is delivered by an AEP to facilitate the treatment and rehabilitation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Exercise Physiology for the Prehabilitation of Planned Surgery

Prehabilitation is the delivery of movement therapy to improve the outcomes from surgery. An Exercise Physiologist is an ideal Allied Health Professional who can help you to maximise those outcomes and improve both the rate and quality of recovery, while minimising the necessity for extensive post-surgery physiotherapy or exercise physiology services *after* the surgery has already taken place.

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Virtual Gyms and Fitness Centres

Blogger “Deeply” recently posted about the eXtension virtual world presence of the “Avatar Fitness Club” in the gaming platform Second Life. There’s a lot of potential for virtual environments to replace forums and other online support networks, including the enormous benefits that come with virtual environments – such as enhanced interactive feedback, community and group support, and educational opportunities. I published a post about this form of support and education a year ago over on the Skeptifit blog:

“Second Life – Virtual Fitness Centres: What’s it all about?”

Although it may take a while for virtual environments to achieve their full potential, I’m still a big believer that this will happen eventually, particularly with the (Facebook funded) Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to be soon released at an absurdly affordable price.

Have you ever participated in virtual support groups? Is there any future in virtual reality platforms and supportive environments for health and fitness?