Fitness & Physical Health

  1. Do you have a vitamin deficiency? Here are some common signs.

    Do you have a vitamin deficiency? Here are some common signs.

    Have you ever wondered if your diet is providing you with all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy? Do you suspect that you may be lacking in certain nutrients but not sure which ones? This article outlines some common vitamin deficiency symptoms.

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  2. Hormonal imbalance. How to balance hormones with food

    Hormonal imbalance. How to balance hormones with food

    The role of hormones

    Hormones are chemical messengers that carry signals from one part of the body to another. Some well-known ones are insulin, melatonin, cortisol, adrenaline and testosterone, though there are over 200 altogether. They are made, stored and released by our endocrine system and it’s their job to regulate the activity of cells or organs throughout our body.

    Hormones control a variety of functions including mood, growth, appetite and weight (metabolism) and sexual development and function. Whilst we will all experience periods of natural hormonal fluctuations in our life, hormonal imbalance can also occur when the endocrine glands are not working properly. Correcting this is important as hormonal imbalances can lead to a range of serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease to name a few.

    In this article I’ll cover tips on how to balance your hormones but firstly, let’s explore some of the early signs that your hormones may be out of whack.

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  3. Lose, maintain or gain weight: How many calories do I need?

    Lose, maintain or gain weight: How many calories do I need?

    It’s a common question and one we get asked a lot. So we’ve put together this helpful guide to assist you in choosing the right daily calorie level to maintain weight, lose weight or even gain weight! And to make sure we got it right, we ran it all past Personal Trainer and Fitness Expert, Coach Joseph Hall, whose job it is to help people achieve the body weight and body shape they want.

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  4. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Sustainable eating - top tips to choosing sustainable food

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Sustainable eating - top tips to choosing sustainable food

    What is sustainable eating?

    Sustainable eating is about choosing foods that contribute to a healthy balanced diet while additionally having a low impact on our environment. To define it further would be to say that sustainable diets aim to ensure food security for present and future generations; protect biodiversity; respect cultures; be economically fair; optimise nourishment; plus combat malnutrition and obesity. Sustainable eating is about more than just the food itself – it’s about production, distribution, packaging and consumption.

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  5. Is coffee good for weight loss?

    Is coffee good for weight loss? You’re dieting and don’t think you can survive without your morning coffee. But can you drink coffee and still lose weight? The answer is yes. And no. It depends! Read on to learn about the best weight loss coffee options. Read more...
  6. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Is your home poisoning you?

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Is your home poisoning you?

    Learn if you’re living in a healthy home or harmful one

    Have you ever thought about how healthy your home is? Most people haven’t. We tend to think about our health in terms of what we eat or how much we exercise. Thanks to modern research we can now get an understanding of the impacts of external factors on human health and the homes that we live in play a large part in this.

    Exactly what is going on under your roof? If only the walls could talk! Let’s dive into everything you need to know about air quality, dust, household chemicals, cosmetics and food. Plus practical tips on how you can reduce your exposure to any nasties and make your house a healthy home for all who occupy it.

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  7. The secrets to good gut health

    The secrets to good gut health

    Your gut is your first line of defence against pathogens and toxins. It’s also responsible for digesting your food, absorbing nutrients and making vitamins. But the importance of gut health extends far beyond that! We now know that it impacts your immune system, body weight, metabolism, brain functions and mood regulation.

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  8. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: My secrets to a long happy life

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: My secrets to a long happy life

    If you’re born in Australia this year, you can expect to live for 83.5 years. Lucky you, as you’ll statistically out-live the Swedes, French, Germans and Kiwi’s. Back in 1950 a person could expect to live for 68.7 years, so we’ve come a long way.

    But living a long life is quite different to living a healthy, long life. Do you really want to live those extra years unwell and unhappy?

    Play your health cards right and you can be living longer living stronger, disability-free until advanced old age. Remember genes are one factor but adopting good lifestyle practices are even more important in the quest to help you stay mentally and physically fit.

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  9. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Get Sweaty! The benefits of exercise and sauna use

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Get Sweaty! The benefits of exercise and sauna use

    Sweating is the body’s built-in air conditioning system. When our internal temperature rises, our sweat glands release water to the surface of our skin. As the perspiration evaporates, it cools the skin and blood underneath. Sweat arises from one of three instances - when we exercise, when we have a fever, or when we are anxious and stressed.

    We all have around 4 million sweat glands that excrete a mixture of water, salt, amino acids and other substances. The exact composition of sweat varies from person to person based on hormone balance, physiological changes, and any bacteria and viruses in the body.

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  10. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Health Trend - Virtual Training

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Health Trend - Virtual Training

    Ironically, I started writing this article a while back. A series of back-to-back work trips had me suddenly exploring workout videos and apps I could use alone in my hotel room. Whilst it wasn’t the same as stepping foot in the gym, I have become quite the convert. I realised that online training offered me an effective way to maintain my fitness when I couldn’t get to the gym. Other pluses were the versatility to fit into my schedule, it was time-saving, could suit my hotel environment and the lack of available equipment.

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