Five Ways to Take Your Workout to the Pool

  Are you sick of the same old gym workouts and classes but still want a great workout to blast the calories? With the weather heating up there is no better time to get into the pool with a new kick butt workout routine. With water being a great exercise tool you will learn the benefits of aquatic training and I am sure I will have you questioning why you didn’t think of getting in the pool earlier! Before we get into the exercises I’d like to tell you two fun facts about water that you may not know. Why… Continue Reading

6th Position – A Dance Studio For Adults

  Not only is taking a dance class a great way exercise, it has got to be one of the most fun ways there is to break a sweat.  So attention Canberra, there is a new dance studio in town for adults and it launches next week. We caught up with founder of 6th Position Gen Chan to get all the goss.   Leiden: What is 6th Position? Gen: It is the parallel position of your feet – but it is also Canberra’s newest ADULT dance studio!   L: What classes do you offer? G: We offer classes for adults… Continue Reading

Aerial Fitness – A womenCANplay-organised Event

  After attending the launch of womenCANplay in October and being inspired by co-founders Hannah Massingham and Billi McCarthy-Price to join this awesome network of active Canberra women, I was lucky enough to attend one of their recent Give It A Go events. The activity: aerial fitness. The participant: an uncoordinated and inflexible 22 year old female (yours truly). Challenge accepted. womenCANplay organised the Give It A Go session at Aerial Sports Canberra, located in Mitchell, Canberra. On arrival I was welcomed by Hannah and Billi as well as the founder and head instructor of the studio, Cher Albretch. I… Continue Reading

Cool Your Jets Post Exercise – Why You Should Cool Down

  So now that you understand why it’s important to bust a move before you bust a sweat (Warm-up), it’s also important to understand a cool-down post exercise. A cool down is equally important as the warm-up.   5 Important facts about a cool down: The cool down brings the body back to homeostasis (when our internal body seeks balance and equilibrium). Blood flow and breathing rates return to preconditioning levels. Allows for psychological recovery from the session. A debrief can be a useful tool to talk about goals and performance. This is particularly useful if you are working out… Continue Reading

Move Your Body Before You Move Your Body – Why you should Warm Up Before You Exercise

  So you’ve checked out the 5 exercises, 10 repetitions in 15 minutes sweat buster. Excellent! Before you dive head first into the workout, read on to find out how you can gain more out of your workout by including a warm up before you bust a move. A warm up is a really important phase of any workout session.   5 important facts about a warm-up: The warm-up allows for physiological and psychological preparation for exercise. In other words, it gets you physically and mentally prepared for more intense and harder movement. Increases blood flow to working muscles Increases… Continue Reading

Break a Sweat – 5 Exercises, 10 Repetitions in 15 minutes

  Here is a quick and easy workout that’s sure to get your heart rate pumping, burn energy and keep you toned. These high intensity exercises are perfect for anywhere anytime, including your lunch break or your lounge room.   5 EXERCISES, 10 REPETITIONS IN 15 MINUTES   Grab a timer. Your phone is a good option. Set the timer to 15 minutes.   PUSH UPS X 10 Tips: Beginner on knees, advanced on toes. Abdominal muscles engaged. Spine in a straight line. Breath: Inhale down, exhale push up.   MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS X 10 EACH LEG Tips: Engage the core… Continue Reading

Does a Do It Yourself Approach to Fitness Really Work?

  With more and more commitments vying for our time and attention, it can be increasingly difficult to make it to your regular gym or yoga class each week. That’s why the do-it-yourself approach to fitness is gaining popularity. But the DIY approach brings its own set of challenges; finding time, motivation and support. Everyone’s approach to fitness is unique, which is why each person’s fitness regime should be unique too. Can you work out effectively on your own when and where you want? We have explored the options for the time-poor but exercise-keen person of today, to help you… Continue Reading

Ready, Set Exercise

So you’ve read the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Exercise and you’re ready to get started. Here are some really important tips to consider when you’re just starting out with exercise that will help you stay on track. Research – Check out the MINDBODY app, it’s a great place to start. You can search for fitness classes in your area using your postcode, suburb or city. You can search for pilates, group fitness, yoga, barre, indoor cycling, cross fit, bootcamp, personal training and so much more. Try a variety of classes and forms of exercise. Find a few that you like… Continue Reading