I have a client who had been suffering with back pain for 30 years. It had affected his quality of life considerably. He spent his weekends lying on the couch just trying to escape the pain, and dreading the return to work on Monday. When he came to me I asked him to put his finger on the point of pain. Unsurprisingly he pointed to the attachment point of the glute medius, which is just below the crest of your hip, about … Continue reading
Is there a secret to getting fit? Yes. Knowing what adaptations your body requires in order for you to get fit will save you a lot of time and wasted effort – and get you real results. This translates as ‘strategy’ – one that is well designed and is personal to you. Not someone else’s strategy – but your own. I can say with confidence that it is rare to find anyone starting exercise with a strategy of any kind. Joining a gym, … Continue reading
It all begins with a template of perfect human health. We need one if we are to be proactive about our health because it is the measure of what we need to do, and what we can take responsibility for. This template, a model of absolute health, enables the strategies that make it possible for us to achieve excellent health as individuals and as a society.
So why don’t we have a template of perfect human health? One reason is that the … Continue reading
Your health has become a product you cannot afford. Or even understand. It has been taken out of your hands and placed in the hands of the health industry. In a perfect expression of capitalism your health has been productised, commercialised, and then sold back to you at a cost you cannot sustain. In countries where health care costs are heavily subsidised by government tax revenues, the whole system is now under enormous financial pressure. So whether you pay as you go, or suffer the huge costs of medical insurance, or whether you pay via the taxation system, health care … Continue reading
You spend a day at the office and arrive home shattered. It may have been 10 or 12 hours since you left home that morning. Not much time left in your day to unwind and relax. Maybe a glass of wine and a microwave dinner? Or maybe you have kids and they are on your case – “let’s play”! You finally get to relax. So why is sitting and thinking all day so damn exhausting? And why … Continue reading
Dementia affects 340,000 Australians, with 25,000 of them under the age of 65 and the numbers are set to increase by a third in less than 10 years.
One person is diagnosed with the disease every six minutes, and it is the third highest cause of mortality in Australia, and the second highest for women.
Each week 1800 new cases of dementia are diagnosed.
These are very sobering statistics for anyone of any age. Alzheimers and other causes of dementia don’t accrue overnight. It is directly related to how you are living now, even if 65 seems like … Continue reading
Weight loss may be a goal, but is that what you really want? When a new client says that their goal is to lose weight I’m pretty sure they are really looking for something that actually has more meaning – to have more energy, to de-stress, to sleep better, enjoy a better mood, and to thrive. They really want good health in order to improve their quality of life.
Body image is a concern for all of us, but ultimately that is a reflection of our state of health. When you achieve good health, weight loss will follow naturally and … Continue reading
I was 50 when life gave me a kick in the pants and motivated me to get healthy. But where was I going to start? Most people will go for a run or join a gym, or try a new diet. My option was a bit more radical – I became a personal trainer. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the answer. However it did put me in the zone and gave me a chance to figure it all out. And after helping a lot of people get started it has become clear what the most common challenges are.
The very first thing: … Continue reading
After what may have been a long (and possibly agonising) build up to your new exercise program, you pull on your running shoes and hit the road. 300 metres later you’ve stopped, bent over with hands on knees, trying to breathe. God, who thought of this?! Starting exercise when you haven’t been doing it for a while can be a real challenge. Inactivity becomes a very comfortable state over time and breaking out of that is possibly the biggest obstacle. However there is great encouragement in the knowledge that the body adapts to challenges very quickly.
The secret to getting … Continue reading
Proprioception is the subconscious awareness of your body’s position in space. It is referred to as your sixth sense. It keeps you upright and stable despite changing circumstances like slippery or moving surfaces. It is proprioception that saves you if you trip. A simple example of proprioception is walking up stairs without needing to look down at your foot placement. This is possible because subconsciously you know where your feet are positioned in space. Proprioception is … Continue reading