A Weighty Issue!


Childhood obesity in Australia is rising at an alarming rate

There is no doubt that modern technology is having an impact on the health of the community.

People find taking the car to be a far easier option than walking reasonably short distances, and no body gets out of their seat anymore to change the TV channel?

Unfortunately, it’s our children who are suffering because of these attitudes – or at least they will later in life.

Childhood obesity is fast becoming one of our nation’s biggest health problems. Figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that seven­and-a-half million Australians are obese or overweight. Further figures indicate that 65 per cent of the population will be overweight by the year 2020.

Childhood obesity is also rising at an alarming rate; in less than 20 years, there has been an increase in diagnosis from 10 to 30 per cent. Couple this with the fact that overweight or obese children have a high chance of progressing to adult obesity, and our nation will no doubt continue to climb the list of being the fattest in the world (Australia currently sits within the top five fattest countries).


Although there are many factors to take into consideration, there has been a marked decline in children’s physical activity during the last decade. Wide-ranging technological, social ,economic and environmental changes have compounded the growing health problem; for instance, TV programs, computer games and ipads have replaced traditional playtime activities.

Another contributing factor to childhood obesity is the increasing consumption of high fat/high energy foods. This has caused an imbalance between the amount of energy consumed and the amount of energy expended, which in turn leads to an unhealthy weight and fat gain.


In an attempt to counteract this epidemic, schools are changing their canteen menu and sporting policies, but ultimately it is the responsibility of parents to ensure children have a balanced nutrition and exercise plan in place.

There are certain exercise and nutrition guidelines that can be implemented to help reduce the child obesity rate.

In relation to physical activity:

• Children should exercise every day, in as many different ways as possible. Activities could include swimming, ball sports, or bicycling – any activity that they enjoy.

• Encourage children to participate in a given sport in both winter and summer.

• Incorporate family exercise into your children’s routine.

• Discourage sedentary activities such as playing video and computer games, using the Internet, or watching TV.

• Encourage ‘incidental exercise’ such as walking to the shops or taking the stairs instead of using the escalator.


When it comes to nutrition, it is important for children to:

· Eat a balanced diet;

· Be encouraged to eat breakfast (the most important meal of the day!);

· Eat fruit and/or vegetables as a snack instead of fatty or sugary foods;

· Try to eat meals in a family atmosphere;

· Let food settle in their stomach before deciding on a ‘seconds’ helping;

· Limit the amount of soft drink consumed, and encourage drinking water instead;

· Discourage snacking to alleviate boredom;

· Avoid using food as a reward; and

· Make dietary changes subtle and slow.

There are numerous health risks associated with childhood obesity. Children and adolescents who are overweight or obese are more likely, in the short term,to develop gastrointestinal, endocrine, and orthopedic problems. In the longer term, they are more likely to develop diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and are at greater risk of premature death.

Why subject children to these problems when the answer is simple?

Be active, eat well, and live a longer happier life.

Are You Getting The Best From Your Trainer?


If you are a member of a gym and following a fitness regime, have you ever wondered if spending for your own personal trainer is really worth your money? Many gym members actually think that they can take charge of their own health and well-being and so they can totally do away with the supervision of more mature trainers. If you are one of those people who think that investment in personal trainers is an utterly waste of money, it’s best to read on and discover a few good reasons that could change your mind.

  • A personal trainer has vast knowledge and training when it comes to proper usage and handling of gym equipment. There are many stories of people who accidentally hurt themselves in the private facility of a gym due to improper handling of equipment. You safety is better ensured when and misuse of equipment can be avoided when there is a personal trainer to supervise and guide you.
  • A personal trainer can come up with individually tailored service and structure your regime such that your routines would be more effective and focused. By working together, you can come up with set targets so you know your specific goals and somebody can monitor your progress. A trainer is also indispensable if you have health conditions that must be considered. Weight loss and exercise programs for injured or disabled individuals are different.
  • It’s not always easy to stay motivated all the time to achieve your goals. There might even be times when you feel like quitting. This is when you really can get the best from your trainer because he or she can provide you the support and confidence you need to stick to your fitness regime through the tough times.
  • Aside from occasionally losing some of your motivation, there could also be moments in the gym when you lose your focus and become slack in some of your routines. A personal trainer will always undertake to get you back on track for guaranteed success. There might also be times when you no long feel challenged by your program; in such case, a personal trainer can properly modify and re-design your program so that it becomes challenging and effective once again.
  • In some instances when you cannot go to the gym, a personal trainer can be requested to provide an added and unique service of paying you a visit so you can work out on your most convenient place. This will ensure that you can continue with your fitness program despite your temporary inability to go to the gym. The trainer would also be able to provide the appropriate equipment so you can continue to increase strength and flexibility wherever you are.



The services of a personal trainer would, undoubtedly, cost you a bit more. However, when you consider all the benefits that you can get out of having professional support on your journey to perfect health and fitness, the investment is definitely worth it.

The 10 Top Tips To Keeping Your Fitness Resolutions

Woman exercising on treadmill in gym
Don’t let Christmas get the better of you

I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and the time spent with family and friends.

However all good things must come to an end and February marks the official end to the festive season.

It is now time to put into practice the grand ideas of the past few weeks and set about achieving those New Year’s resolutions.

The following tips will help to keep you motivated to ensure 2015 is the year you make it happen.

  • Consistency


Maintaining consistency when exercising is vital. We all start a new fitness program enthusiastic and motivated but often lose impetus and burn out a few weeks in. Exercise should become a part of your lifestyle and be just as important as any other appointment you keep. Don’t overdo it at the start and do not give yourself an excuse to skip a session. Place your exercise session in your diary and do everything you can to ensure it happens. If you do not feel like training on a particular day make the effort to still go to the gym but exercise at a lower intensity than you normally would. Trust me you will feel better for doing it. Make a year-long commitment to your training and attempt exercises you know you will enjoy and complete.

  • Set Achievable Goals.


Setting achievable and realistic goals will ensure you stay committed to your exercise program. Consistency of exercise rarely occurs without setting goals. Realistic and achievable goals act as your road map and will provide direction within your training. Your goal should be challenging yet achievable, only through dedication and hard work. Think long and hard about your goals as they can derail your fitness resolutions very quickly.

  • Be PatientAs the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You must respect that it will take some time to get your body and/or fitness back. Don’t get frustrated with this. Whatever your goal, understand that it takes time and dedication to make any real change. Be patient and ensure that you take something positive out of each week. Little changes applied consistently lead to big results. Your goals should be set with this in mind. Also ensure you do not let a little slip up de-rail your whole fitness regime.


  • Find a training partner


A training partner will help keep you accountable to your goals and your fitness resolutions. Finding a training partner around this time of year should be quite simple as many have probably over- indulged and need some extra work. Spread the word that you are looking for a partner and find someone you like and respect. Ensure you both share a common goal and enjoy each other’s preferred training techniques. If you tell your partner that you are going cycling at 5:30am, are you going to sleep through the alarm? Hell no. Accountability is everything. Spread the word, you will be surprised who you find and what you can both achieve.

  • Extend you limits


If your training program rarely or never changes, the body will grow accustomed to the exercise techniques being used. Alternatively, by continually changing your program the body is forced to constantly adapt leading to a never-ending change. Always attempt to extend your training limits to continue to ‘shock’ the body and ensure continued gains. This can be done via time, distance, intensity or exercise technique used. Change is good. Do this and watch your results soar.

  • Variation


Variation will help to alleviate boredom. Boredom is the biggest killer when it comes to not realising fitness resolutions. Continually change your training disciplines but ensure you keep them enjoyable and fun. The more variation you have the more eager you will be to turn up tomorrow. Remember that you are only guided by your imagination as to the unbelievable training possibilities.

  • Be Organised


Today’s busy lifestyles require us to spend more time at work and less time doing what we enjoy and like. Ensuring that you are organised with training times, training partners and diet preparation will guarantee your time is productive and beneficial . Your training becomes like clockwork when you have designated time for it. Attempt to schedule your exercise at times with little or no impact on work or family time. Get yourself organised and you will see that there really are enough hours in the day.

  • Make it Fun


Your training must be fun for you to continue doing it. Choose exercises and training disciplines you like. Completing exercises you loath is a sure way to fitness resolution failure. Have a laugh and enjoy it.

  • Reward Yourself


If you have had a great week, then reward yourself with something special. Of course it is not wise to negate the gains you have worked so hard to achieve, but let your hair down and give yourself a pat on the back (in a sensible way). Whether it is food or alcohol related, an outing with the family or a facial or massage, ensure you reward yourself for a great effort. This will aid in you maintaining discipline and real lifestyle changes not quick fixes.

  • Do Not Crash Diet


Crash diets are sure to fail and do not work. Eat healthy, sensible whole foods. Long term results are reliant on this becoming a lifestyle. The process of change takes time, dedication and will power. Crash diets are not the answer. We all lose interest sooner or later and often balloon back to where we started. Many times way beyond your original start point.

There you have it. Make this year YOUR year and not just another wasted opportunity. Follow these tips, stay positive and give yourself the tools to ‘be your best’!