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How to drink less but still have fun this party season

by Network Admin | Monday, December 14, 2015

This post is written by Catherine Saxelby, an accredited dietitian and nutritionist who is a member of the Lion Beer Advisory Panel and has overseen the introduction of nutrition information panels onto Lion’s entire range of beers.

If we could just contain things to a one-off Christmas Day blow-out, our bodies could cope. But it’s those indulgent gatherings in the long lead-up such as end-of-year farewells, speech nights, office parties and family picnics that can wreak havoc with our best intentions. Then it spills over into New Year with fatty finger food and salty chips.
 
The silly season is also the peak time for drinking, from a glass of bubbly on arrival to a cold beer at a barbecue, but it can undo your hard efforts at the gym if you go overboard. Small wonder this over-indulgence is linked to holiday weight gain.  ...read more

Should I juice or should I blend?

by Oliver Kitchingman | Thursday, December 10, 2015

This blog post was written by Lisa Craven, author of Juice It! Blend It!

With party season upon us, and the increased opportunity to indulge in snacks and alcohol that this entails, you might want to give yourself a pre-emptive health boost by packing more nutrients into your day. And whizzing a whole bunch of fruit and veggies into a drink is a great way to quickly get a massive hit of goodness.

But should you juice or blend? Juicing and blending are both great, but for different reasons. Juices are made using juice extractors and smoothies are made in blenders. Although some think they are the same, they are in fact quite different. They taste different, have a different consistency and different health benefits. You can have a few juices in one day, but just one smoothie will fill you up.  ...read more

FILEX 2016 strives to help fitness professionals realise their true potential

by Ryan Hogan | Wednesday, December 02, 2015

In 2016, the annual FILEX fitness convention will turn 21, and we’ll be celebrating by giving you all the information and opportunities to ensure you can help your clients and members reach their full potential – and so you can become the best version of yourself, as well!

If you’ve attended a FILEX event before, then you’ll be stoked to discover that we’ve introduced a number of awesome new reasons to attend the largest annual fitness convention in the southern hemisphere. These include:  ...read more

Why we should add health literacy to the Curriculum

by Tess Wilson | Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This blog post was written by Tess Wilson, a Membership Consultant with Australian Fitness Network. A former competitive swimmer, Tess is passionate about healthy living and the life-enhancing power of healthy, nourishing and delicious real food.
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I’ve just qualified as a personal trainer/fitness instructor – what do I do now?

by Oliver Kitchingman | Sunday, September 13, 2015

Congratulations! The fitness industry is a really positive and vibrant industry to work in. You have the skills and power to hugely improve, and even transform, people’s lives – and there aren’t many professions in which you can say that.

So – now you’ve got your cert III or IV in fitness, what do you need to do to get started working in the fitness industry? There are a few things.

1. Get registered – most employers will require it
You may plan to run your own studio or training operation, but most people will start out by gaining experience working for an established gym or fitness facility. Most club owners/operators will require you to be registered with a fitness industry registration body before they will employ you or contract you to work in their facility. Why? Because registration (which requires proof of ongoing education every two years) helps to maintain high industry standards.  ...read more

Mindful meat: how eating less but better meat can help your health - and the planet

by Tess Wilson | Monday, August 24, 2015

This blog post was written by Tess Wilson, a Membership Consultant with Australian Fitness Network. A former competitive swimmer, Tess is passionate about healthy living and the life-enhancing power of healthy, nourishing and delicious real food.
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What’s in a label? When it comes to country-of-origin, it’s hard to tell

by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, August 10, 2015

This blog post was written by Tess Wilson, a Membership Consultant with Australian Fitness Network. A former competitive swimmer, Tess is passionate about healthy living and the life-enhancing power of healthy, nourishing and delicious real food.

Can you tell where a food product comes from by reading the label? In most cases the answer is not as clear as it should be. Food labels are regularly awash with perplexing and misleading terminology; making it almost impossible to tell where a product is made or produced.   ...read more

What’s the difference between Australian Fitness Network and Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia?

by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, August 03, 2015

You may have just qualified as a fitness professional in Australia – getting your cert III and/or cert IV in fitness.

You’ve heard mixed and confusing messages about having to register and become a member of some fitness organisations before you can start working. And something about insurance too.

Let’s clear up the confusion.

What are ‘Fitness Australia’ and ‘Physical Activity Australia’?
Fitness Australia – and Physical Activity Australia – are industry registration bodies for fitness professionals in Australia. Most fitness facilities will require you to be registered with either one of these bodies before they will employ you.  ...read more

How to train and race with confidence

by Oliver Kitchingman | Thursday, July 09, 2015

This blog post was written by Jen Brown, chief coach at Sparta PT. Jen is presenting ‘Ladies, New to Triathlon? How to Start and Finish Your Race with Confidence’ at the Australian Triathlon Endurance & Cycling Expo being held on 4-5 July at The Dome, Sydney Showground. atecexpo.com.au/pr1

Whether it’s a Mud Run or City2Surf, a local park run, triathlon or ocean swim, events are a great way to stay motivated through the colder months.

Unlike weight loss goals which can easily be changed as you struggle with motivation, events give you a fixed deadline. You can't tell yourself ‘I’ll start next Monday’ because eventually you'll run out of Mondays and race day will arrive whether you’re ready or not!  ...read more

Shake up your diet: the new Healthy Eating Pyramid is all about variety

by Tess Wilson | Thursday, July 02, 2015

This blog post was written by Tess Wilson, a Membership Consultant with Australian Fitness Network. A former competitive swimmer, Tess is passionate about healthy living and the life-enhancing power of healthy, nourishing and delicious real food.

Information endorsing food regimes and guidance on nutrition is boundless. We are inundated by a wave of ‘healthy eating tips’ and ‘fad diets’ that often create more confusion than coherence. It is therefore difficult to determine what a healthy balanced diet actually looks like.

Nutrition Australia’s food pyramid has been an enduring image that aims to encapsulate what constitutes a healthy diet. This seminal image has undergone a recent transformation in an effort to square off growing nutrition confusion. The updated pyramid has a fresh new look and a renewed health message; providing clearer advice on the types and proportions of foods we should aim to eat every day for good health.   ...read more

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