Mindfulness and Meditation…Do They Really Work?
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  Well…yes, they do really work. The fact is, science shows definite health benefits for people who use mindfulness and meditation. Before we dive in, let’s just make sure we’re on the same page when we say “mindfulness” and “meditation.” “Meditation” is the ancient practice of connecting the body and mind to become more self-aware and present. It’s often used … Read More

Will your 2016 be different to 2015…. 2014…. 2013?
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Christmas and all it’s craziness is over and the focus shifts to the New Year.  You start reflecting on the previous 12 months, where you are now and where we would like to be, and realise that the resolutions you set last year (and the year before…. and the year before that) still haven’t been achieved. Like many looking forward … Read More

The importance of strength training
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Over the last decade, researchers have made extremely compelling arguments for the benefits of weight training for women and those over the age of forty. Most women who exercise are spending most of their time doing cardiovascular exercise, and less time using resistance that challenges their bodies. Resistance training does not have to be hitting the weight room with full … Read More

The trouble with Spring
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Spring is FINALLY here! It is my favourite season, despite suffering hay fever and having a bird phobia that peaks during magpie season! However as much as I LOVE spring, I struggle with what the season usually means, or implies, in the health and fitness industry.   Spring is usually when many players in the fitness industry bombard us with … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 21 – Celebrate!
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Today is the FINAL DAY of the Life Spark Wellness 21 Day Winter Wellness Challenge and it’s time to CELEBRATE!   Celebrate the small steps made and the breakthroughs you have had over the past 21 days.   Over the past 21 days you have completed challenges, learned from them and perhaps incorporated them into your daily routine. You worked … Read More

Wellness Challenge Day 20 – Take a small step towards your goal
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Last week you set a SMART goal based on your vision.   Today your challenge is to take the next smallest step you can manage towards that goal.   Exactly what that step entails will depend on your goal, but it need only be small. The step should small enough to accomplish quickly and easily and be a positive step … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 19 – Make exercise a priority
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Today your challenge is to consider how much you currently exercise – and how much you need to exercise to maintain good health. In order to ensure our health and wellbeing, being active and limiting how much time we are sedentary is essential. Australian guidelines recommend:   Being active on most days of the week Undertaking muscle strengthening activities on … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 17 – Be grateful
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Today your challenge is to write a list of 5 things you are grateful for. Even when life seems to give us lemons there are many reasons to be grateful. As the saying goes, we should ‘count our blessings’, even if it is sometimes difficult to do. Expressing our gratitude on a regular basis can improve our moods and overall … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 15 – Eat seasonal fruits
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Many of us have become used to being able to buy most fruits all year round, even when they’re out of season. But, buying seasonal produce will generally be tastier and cheaper, will have less of an environmental impact, and provide better nutritional variety in your diet!   Fruits currently in season include: apples, citrus (orange, mandarins etc), pears, kiwifruit, … Read More

Winter Wellness Challenge Day 11 – Smile!
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Your challenge today is to SMILE! The simple act of smiling does far more than just make you look friendly – it can change your life and the lives of those around you. Here are 5 reasons why you should flash your pearly whites more often: It boosts your immune system Smiling changes the chemistry in your body. Medical studies … Read More

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