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Exercise Snacks

Exercise Snacks


On busy days, setting aside a large chunk of time to work out can feel unrealistic — even impossible. But new research suggests that a few short bursts of activity spread throughout the day could still improve aerobic fitness.

Dr. Martin Gibala, a professor at McMaste…

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Scans in Asymptomatic People


People tend to think that if a scan shows something, then there will likely be symptoms or pain as well. In reality, that is often not the case. This pictures shows (as the title suggests) abnormalities found on scans for people who had ZERO symptoms.


*All credit to Lee Darren …

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Things To Start Doing Now to Master Your Pain

10 Things To Start Doing Now to Master Your Pain (Part 2)


Remember that the first five were in last weeks blog, these 10 principles may seem simple in some ways, but they are the basis for approaching

pain—and in essence, life—in a healthier way. There will be times when they are difficu…

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Things To Start Doing Now to Master Your Pain

10 Things To Start Doing Now to Master Your Pain (Part 1)


These 10 principles may seem simple in some ways, but they are the basis for approaching

pain—and in essence, life—in a healthier way. There will be times when they are difficult, but they are the things that are under your power …

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Low Back Pain Beliefs

Low Back Pain Beliefs

In 2014, a study by Darlow et al was published in BMJ Open. The study looked at beliefs of back pain in New Zealand citizens above the age of eighteen years of age.

602 valid responses were received. Although not all of them had back pain at that moment (27%, which is sti…

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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis, is a leading cause of pain, disability and loss of independence in older adults.  Lumbar spinal stenosis refers to a focal narrowing of the central canal and / or lateral foramina of the spine usually identified by imaging.  It is interesting to note narrowing of…

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Pass Overs

The 'Pass Over' is a great exercise for anyone but particularly those working at a desk all day, your shoulders can become tight from being in the same position for hours and this provides an effective way of loosening them up. It helps to warm up and stretch the muscles in your shoulders, arms, and…

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Hip Hinges

The 'Hip Hinge' is not an exercise to increase strength or build flexibility, it is an exercise to activate our hips to flex. When bending over to lift up a box, change a baby or brush your teeth, a common error to make is to bend your lower back instead of your hips.

This exercise is demonstrate…

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Wall Angels

One of the best and simplest exercises that can be used to correct poor posture from sitting is called the 'Wall Angel'. This exercise will fire up your core, activate your bum muscles, help extend your thoracic, stretch your chest and activate your lower traps.

Our friend Luke from Reactivate Func…

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Men's Health for Movember



  1. Make man time

Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.

  1. Have open conversations

You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for so…

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Taking place on October 16 each year, World Spine Day has become a focus in raising awareness of back pain and other spinal issues. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients all taking part, #LoveYourSpine will be celebrated …

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Your Second Core

For years, our core muscles have been the focus of workout attention. For those who have failed to find them, these are the muscles that wrap around our middles like a corset and, through workouts aimed at engaging even the most deeply embedded of them, we have been promised better posture, flatter …

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Treating Lower Back Aches Without Drugs and Surgery by 'Rethinking Pain'

You're worn down by intermittent back pain. It's an unpredictable beast. It can come on so strongly you cannot walk, or sit.

At least you think you can't (but read on).

In desperation, you consider surgery — but this is not always a good move.

The evidence of benefit from surgery is weak at bes…

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12 Tips for Taking Care of your Spine

  1. Posture!

Get vigilant, catch yourself in the act of slouching and commit to straightening up. We’ve written all about the benefits of good posture before, but it’s worth repeating. Maintaining good posture is the #1 thing you can do to protect your spine, moment to moment.

Here’s an …

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22 Facts about the Brain

  1. Déjà vu (French for “already seen”) has never been fully explained, though some scientists believe that a neurological glitch causes an experience to be registered in the memory before reaching consciousness.
  2. While Einstein’s brain weighed 1,230 grams, which is within normal human range, …

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How Your Body Reacts to Exercise: A Timeline

What happens to your body within the first 10 minutes of starting a new exercise program?

As soon as you start exercising your body will respond by stimulating and inhibiting physiological processes that will allow you to exercise more efficiently. For example, your cardio-respiratory system increa…

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For a Better Night’s Sleep, You’ve Really Got to Work on Your Core (Temperature)

The role of temperature has gained attention since a study published last year found that core body temperature, which tends to fluctuate by a few degrees over the course of the day, needs to drop to help initiate sleep.

Setting the thermostat to around 18C is good for sleep, studies have found. …

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Functional Exercise

What is Functional Exercise?

These exercises can be modified to suit both beginner and advanced exercise routines and are great for weight loss! They are fun, complex and can you challenge you both in and out of the gym.

Put simply, functional exercise is any movement that mimics activities t…

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Victoria Health on Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?

The word ‘chiropractic’ comes from the Greek words cheir (meaning ‘hand’) and praktikos (meaning ‘done’) – namely, done by hand. Chiropractors are primary contact practitioners (which means they can see patients without a referral from a GP).


They focus on t…

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Dr Graeme Massager Information

Massage can be an extremely useful and beneficial form of therapy. If it were not for cost, time and availability issues most practitioners would probably have their patients receive more. If not for those issues again patients could make far better usage of massage for general health and well-being…

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