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Delicious Berry Compote

It’s that time of year in Australia where berries are hideously expensive, but that doesn’t have to stop you enjoying these powerhouses of antioxidants, fibre and of course, sweet tasting goodness. Expensive fresh berries are simply a signal to switch to more affordable frozen berries and plan to simmer up a batch of 2-ingredient berry compote on a weekly basis. Berry Compote Ingredients 500g blueberries500g raspberries2 tsp vanilla extract2 tbsp orange or apple juice Optional Add-Ins 1 tsp ground cinnamonHandful of finely shredded mint leavesLemon, orange or lime zest1 tbsp maple syrup1 tbsp...

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Balance

Balance requires a delicate interaction between the three systems of your body: o Body and Mind awareness o Vision (eyes) o Vestibular (inner ear) Two of the most important factors that dictate our chosen strategy for balance are the information we attain from the above three systems and our past experiences. When there is a conflict of information between these three systems, our balance and sense of perception suffers. This can lead to myriad of symptoms including dizziness, vertigo, disorientation,...

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Side Plank

Side Plank can be a challenge but here are a few reasons why your body loves it: 1. Core strength and stablisization. Not only is this a strong workout for the transversus abdominis you are also targeting the glutes and obliques. Ensure hips stay stacked and avoid locking the elbow. 2. Strengthens arms, wrists & shoulders. Supporting the body in this static hold will build stregnth quickly in these areas. Be mindful if you do have weak...

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Protecting the largest joint in your body

Which one is the largest? The knee – the strongest but also the hardest working joint in our bodies. It plays a crucial role in sitting, standing, running and any vertical movement.  Unfortunately most of us have experienced knee pain and injury at some stage. Here are our top tips to keeping your knees healthy. Don’t ignore pain. If you have knee pain the sooner you have it assessed the quicker you can begin a plan of...

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The Importance of Using Resistance

We've all heard that building resistance into our exercise is important, but what exactly are the benefits? Here are our 10 best reasons to pick up those weights! Remember to start light and increase the weight or resistance as your strength builds. (1)  Improved tone and muscle strength helps to protect the joints from injury. (2)  Helps to maintain and increase flexibility, joint mobility and balance, essential as we age. (3)  Increases stamina so you can keep going longer. (4) Helps in the control and...

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Let Your Breakfast Eating Time Be Guided by Your True Hunger Signals

Did you know there is no conclusive evidence (as yet) that breakfast is the most important meal of the day despite what we tell our children.* Breakfast has been linked to improved memory and concentration, lower risk of developing T2D, unnecessary weight gain and obesity as well as a myriad of other chronic diseases but confounding factors could be involved, so an unequivocal causal relationship with breakfast cannot be proven. For instance, it could be that...

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Effective releases for the tightest hips

Hips can be an area of extreme tightness in the body making many yogic hip openers a challenge. The structure of your hips helps to support and stabilise your body weight, connecting your torso to your legs. Your hips are composed of these main components: the inner hips, the hip flexors and the outer hips. Essentially, your hip flexors draw your legs toward your body. Your inner hips are there to draw your legs toward each other...

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What a delicious twist!

If you suffer with a tight, sore lower back, this is a wonderful way to relieve the tension. To start, lie on your back, hugging the knees to chest. Release the knees and let them gently fall to the left side. Stretch your arms wide and look over your right shoulder. Ensure that the full extent of your arms and shoulders are in contact with the mat. Breathe and release further into the stretch. Take it to the other side...

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Why We Need Resistance Exercise

We've all heard that doing resistance work is beneficial, whether it's using weights, resistance bands or our own bodies. But what parts of the body does it help? 1. Bones: Resistance exercise helps to build strong bones and with great bone density we can avoid weakened bones and osteoporosis. 2. Heart: Improved heart health comes from including weights or resistance work into your exercise program. 3. Posture: Especially when we work on areas such as core, back and upper...

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International Women’s Day

Started in 1911, International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. We asked a number of women in the community this question: What does International Women's Day mean to you? Here's what they said...

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