Category: Exercise Physiology

Strength Training for Runners: A Practical Guide

The benefits and importance of regular strength training for runners is widely reported in academic literature. No doubt you will have seen social media posts encouraging runners to get strong. However, how a runner should introduce strength work into their training program is not always clear. In this article we look at some practical ways […]

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If You Get Back Pain After Gardening, Are You Doing Something Wrong?

Many of us see the warmer weather as a chance to get on top of our gardens that can get away on us during the colder months of the year. However, spending a few hours gardening can often result in back pain either later that day or during the next. This can happen whether you […]

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Opioids for Chronic Pain: What You Need to Know

There is strong evidence that opioid therapy reduces the intensity of acute pain (pain present following tissue injury/trauma/surgery), cancer pain and pain for patients who are at end of life (palliative care). However, there is little evidence to suggest that opioids have an effect in reducing chronic pain (pain that has been present for more […]

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How Physiotherapy Can Help If You Have Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the smooth control of muscle movement. It can lead to difficulties in initiating, controlling and coordinating movement.  There are both physical and non-physical symptoms. Physiotherapy plays an essential role alongside the wider health care team to maintain function and quality of life for people living with […]

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The Importance of Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease

Exercise has long been recognised as an important treatment approach for Parkinson’s disease. A growing body of evidence shows that exercise can also help re-wire the brain and have a neuro-protective response. This means the right kind of exercise may not only improve overall physical function; it may also have an effect on disease progression […]

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Strength Training: What It Is & Why You Should Do It

Have you ever considered what it takes to be in great physical shape? We all have our own idea of what ‘fit’ is, but many of us fail to understand what defines fitness.  Most of would like to improve our fitness, whether that’s being able to walk further or garden longer.  Others want to improve […]

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How Specific Warm Ups Can Help You Stay Injury Free

In an ideal world, we would want to perform at our best and be injury free at all times. However, hard training and ultimate performance brings with it an increased risk of injury. It’s also no coincidence that if a team can keep its players on the field/court, or if an athlete can participate in […]

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Five Things to Consider Before Training For a Half or Full Marathon

As running participation numbers increase, more people want to progress their running.  While you might start out with a 5km parkrun or 10km fun run, it isn’t long before many runners look towards longer distances. Training for your first half or full marathon is a huge undertaking and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Preparing well will […]

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How Exercise Can Help Control Diabetes

Diabetes is a major epidemic challenging Australia’s health system. About 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes!  This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered), as well as undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).  This article discusses how exercise can help control diabetes and […]

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Why It’s Important To Exercise If You Have Osteoporosis

Low bone density is commonly associated with ageing. But recently we have seen an increase in younger people being diagnosed with it. Some even before they turn 50 years old. So why is the density of our bones important? It’s important because our bone density tells us how strong our bones are. It is also […]

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