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A lot of  people believe being healthy and being fit are one and the same. In reality, they can be separate states of physical being. You can be really fit, and not very healthy, and you can be very healthy and not very fit. The best result is when a person has a balance of fitness and health, this requires us to identify and understand the difference between fitness and health. Health has been defined by the World Health Organisation as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It…
The original name for what is now known as Pilates was ‘Contrology’. The reason for this name was because Joseph Pilate’s aim was to help people take back control of their body. It is ironic that when he developed this type of exercise it was primarily for men, but as the popularity has grown around the world classes are now mainly attended by women. Joseph Pilates was a Wrestler and a Boxer and was from Germany in 1888, he went to London in the early 1900s and taught self defence to Scotland Yard, while he was there World War 1…
Every Thursday at 11 am John Cawley teaches a 45 minute Pilates mat class at the Mission Australia Centre, 19 Denham St in Surry Hills. This is a free class for anyone that is homeless or at risk of homelessness. If you know anyone or work with a homeless shelter / organisation and have residents who would like to attend the class let us know. The class is open to people of all fitness levels and ages. John started these regular classes 2 years ago and wants to see as many people as possible benefit from these classes. Get in contact with…
I founded my Company Plant Based Life in 2015 with the aim of helping as many people as possible to learn about the health benefits of a Plant Based lifestyle. I had already been working as a Personal Trainer for almost 2 years, but prior to this I had worked in numerous corporate IT jobs over a period of 27 years. I am a now food coach, pilates instructor and personal trainer with a big focus on optimising workplace productivity by implementing healthy habits. Transitioning to a 100% Plant Based diet made up predominantly of raw fruits and vegetables has…
I have been looking forward to watching the Game Changers for a few years now, ever since I heard an interview on the Rich Roll Podcast with former UFC Fighter James Wilks. James discussed his idea to make the documentary and back then he couldn’t have imagined how it would grow to have the plethora of big names behind the production. When James was competing in the UFC he got injured in training and had a 6 month break from the sport and during this time he started researching nutrition to assist with his recovery from injury.  He came across…
At Plant Based Life we are dedicated to helping Companies to improve productivity in the workplace through our Corporate Programs and Services. John Cawley the founder of Plant Based Life has previously worked in large Corporate Companies and in various IT related roles before switching to the Health and Fitness Industry many years ago. This experience has motivated John to promote the importance of wellness for staff.Workplace wellness cannot be treated as a band-aid, and you definitely won't be able to find it in a fitness app. Engagement, motivation, support and strategy are the keys to a successful program. If…
Last week My wife and myself and our son went to watch the excellent documentary Food Fighter about the OzHarvest Founder Ronnie Kahn. It was shocking to witness how much food waste there is in Australia and other parts of the world but at the same time extremely inspiring to see how Ronnie has dedicated her life to helping prevent food waste. Some of the statistics and information highlighted were really shocking, like perfectly good bananas and other fruits and vegetables that get destroyed because they have slight blemishes on them and supermarkets refuse to stock them because of these…
Optimum health is more than what we eat, and at Plant Based Life we firmly believes that we must learn to find a happy balance between healthy eating and enjoying a rich and fulfilling life. Dietary hang-ups and obsessions suck the joy for life and we want to help people overcome these negative beliefs. To be sustainable, a good diet must be healthy, enjoyable, affordable, easy to access and prepare. This is where Food Coaching is extremely important, a Food Coach will help you implement simple steps to add more healthy whole food plant based food sources to your meals.…
At Plant Based Life we want to help everyone reclaim their natural movement, regardless of current age, fitness level etc. We believe we have devised the perfect training methods and client-centered approach to be able to help everyone to improve their overall health and vitality through natural and efficient movement. Movement is a form of expression and the more confident you feel in the way you move, the more confident you will feel in your everyday tasks. This applies to all aspects of your life and it is our Job is to teach you how to move correctly so that…
Recently World’s Strongest Man competitor Robert Oberst guested on Joe Rogan’s podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience,  and while the conversation hit a wide range of topics including deadlifting and (of course) psychedelics, it also covered veganism. Rogan regularly interviews proponents of both vegan and carnivore / omnivore diets, so when Oberst said there are no vegans in strongman, Rogan knew there were exceptions. Although Joe's interviews with Rich Roll, (Vegan ultra-athlete) and John Joseph, (Vegan Proponent and author and former Lead for Punk band Cro-Mags) were both respectful and insightful interviews, it has always been clear that Joe has major issues with…
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