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  I generally don't make New Year's resolutions as I live with the philosophy that every day is filled with infinite opportunities to improve how we live. There is no point waiting for a specific date to make change, basically start doing it right now. I constantly encounter people who put health, fitness and nurtition very low on their priority list behind work, family, social commitments etc.   It's a strange thing that human's do, and I find it really sad thar for a lot of people to start making changes it has to take a rapid deteriation of their…
“Self-confidence, poise, consciousness of possessing the power to accomplish our desires with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice of Contrology (Pilates).” - Joseph Pilates, (founder of Pilates)  “The goal of training is not to change how the body looks, but to improve how the body moves.” - Gray Cook, (Co-founder Functional Movement Systems)  For quite some time now I have been incorporating functional movement and training as well as pilates into the workout routines I provide for my clients. If you want a body that functions better throughout the day, then you should really start adding functional movement…
  Robyn Chuter www.empowertotalhealth.com.au You’ve heard the saying “You are what you eat” a thousand times. But have you ever thought about what the trillions of bacteria that inhabit your gut might be eating, and how this impacts on your health? Your gut microbiome is comprised of roughly 500-1000 species of bacteria, whose combined numbers run into the trillions, outnumbering your own cells; along with fungi, yeasts, archaea and viruses.  In case you’re feeling a little grossed out by the idea that your insides are teeming with ‘foreign’ life forms, consider this: even your own cells contain bacteria DNA. The tiny mitochondria inside…
John Cawley www.plantbasedlife.com.au   In the last couple of years, a lot of people I know have had to deal with stressful situations in their life. This includes friends, family and clients whom I train. As a personal trainer, I have noticed how stress in its’ many forms can have negative effects on training to be fit and healthy. I don’t know much about astrology but I can only assume that there has been something in the stars that has caused so many people to face challenging times in their life and hopefully that it is all going to change…
Human beings are designed to move. It is one of the most important factors for our health and the biomechanics of our bodies. We are constantly reminded about the benefits of healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness techniques, good sleep, etc. However, very rarely is it made a priority to include more movement into our daily activities. A lot of exercises that people are undertaking do not include adequate mobility, flexibility, and stability work to improve the range of motion of key muscles and joints. Good movement is of paramount importance to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. It is also very important to…
John Cawley www.plantbasedlife.com.au   As a Personal trainer, I get to help people at varying levels of fitness, some of which, are already extremely fit and need assistance in certain areas, while others have no previous training experience or have injuries/health conditions. I have had injuries myself and know how it can have a negative impact on training. I like to focus heavily on mobility and flexibility with all my clients to help prevent injuries while also providing rehabilitation for any existing injuries or muscle imbalances. I cannot emphasize enough how important this is for everyone undertaking regular exercise. There…
At Plant Based Life we are committed to training outdoors as much as possible, because of all the benefits this type of training provides. If you are keen to do some out-door boot camp sessions contact us. We have regular bootcamps running in Summer Hill with other locations coming soon…… Feel-good factor We are all extremely fortunate to live in a country with great weather, and being in nature will always help to keep people in a positive mood. The oxygen boosts you get from the fresh air gets the serotonin flowing, and it’s not just about feeling good. The…
John Cawley www.plantbasedlife.com.au   It’s been a while since I posted a blog for Plant Based Life, and one of the reasons is that for the last few months I have been very busy drinking a lot of green juice. Now, what I mean by this is that I recently did an extended juice feast. On a juice feast, you do not eat any food, instead you juice all your vegetables and fruit and drink 4-6 liters daily. It differs greatly to what people think of as a “fast,” the ratio should be around 80% vegetable juice and 20% fruit…
John Cawley www.plantbasedlife.com.au   Do you have a habit of continually making excuses not to exercise? I’m too busy, I’m too tired, I simply don’t have enough time, I’ll start next week. The excuses can go on and on. This is a very common trend with a lot of people unfortunately. It is very easy to get too busy with work and family life and put exercise very low on the priority list or not make it a priority at all. You don’t want to wait until you have a health scare or see a friend or family member get…
John Cawley www.plantbasedife.com.au   The most common question that all people who follow a plant based/vegan diet get asked is "Where do you get your protein from?" There is a major misconception that surrounds what protein actually is. The meat industry spends billions of dollars each year trying to convince the public that meat is the best and most complete form of protein. This blog post will explain some of the most common misconceptions in-regards to protein. Here is a list of some sources of plant based protein: You probably know you need to eat protein, but what is it?…