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The complementary medicine claim game – scientific fact or marketing fiction?

by Tess Wilson | Tuesday, May 26, 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.

The use of complementary medicines in Australia has increased significantly in recent years. Supermarket and pharmacy aisles are awash with vitamins and minerals marketed to consumers with a promise to temper the risk factors associated with disease, recapture ‘lost’ energy, and ‘enhance performance’. Accessible, convenient and seemingly healthy, it’s little surprise that (propelled by powerful industry advertising) millions of Australians have been quick to adhere to the multivitamin trend. But do the health claims made by the companies producing these products stack up?

In Australia, the advertising of complementary medicines is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code, which aims to ensure that the ‘mad men’ marketers behind the advertising of these products do not mislead or deceive consumers. According to the code, an advertisement for a therapeutic good must not provoke unrealistic expectations of product effectiveness or imply that it is a reliable substitute for sufficient nutrition. more

I put this up my nose to enhance my performance (legally!)

by Bel Fong | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This post was written by Bel ‘The Fonginator’ Fong, avid triathlete and Senior Course Coordinator with PT and fitness education provider fitnessU.

Ever run with a blocked nose? Horrible isn’t it? Anyone who participates in any form of physical activity – especially competitively – knows how important good breathing is. Not just breathing – good breathing.  As a triathlete I’m always on the lookout for new techniques and tools to (legally) give me a sporting edge, so I was intrigued to hear about a piece of kit called ‘Turbine Sports Breathing Technology’. more

2015 Fitness Industry Award Winners Announced

by Ryan Hogan | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 Fitness Industry Award winners announced

The Fitness Industry Awards, coordinated by Australian Fitness Network (‘Network’), acknowledge the work of individuals and organisations who give so much to the industry, and to the wider community, in an effort to change more lives for the better. Presented annually during the FILEX fitness industry convention, the awards showcase truly inspirational figures and groups.

On 10 April, before thousands of industry peers at the Melbourne Convention Centre, Network announced the 2015 award winners:

Steve Jensen - Lifetime Achievement
Managing director and owner of Impact Training Corporation and the National Sales Academy, Jensen has influenced and trained literally thousands of fitness professionals around the globe through his legendary sales and communications workshops. For more information visit: more

FILEX 2015 - that's a wrap!

by Ryan Hogan | Friday, April 17, 2015

The annual FILEX fitness convention and Fitness & Health Expo were held from 10 to 12 April 2015, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

FILEX is owned and organised by Australian Fitness Network (Network). Network’s CEO Ryan Hogan, says, "The event was fantastic, with 120+ presenters delivering more than 250 sessions over three days. It's no wonder the 2,000+ delegates who attended over the weekend delivered such rave reviews in response to their experience!" more

Let’s get some more zzzzz’s…

by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, March 30, 2015

This post was written by Cyndi O’Meara, nutritionist, author and founder of healthy lifestyle business

Sleep, glorious sleep! It’s a magic elixr, but many of us don’t get enough of it. Sometimes this is due to reasons beyond our control (small kids and bogeymen), but for many of us there are a number of techniques we can use to promote a good night’s sleep.

7 steps to a good night’s sleep
1. Try not to eat a big meal just before going to bed. Get into a routine of eating earlier than later and make sure your food choices are simple; a small piece of fish, meat or chicken with salad and vegetables around 6pm allows you plenty of time to digest the food before heading into slumber three to four hours later. more

How fit do you need to be to sit in a car?

by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, March 09, 2015

It is obvious to most the intense training that athletes undertake to be at the top of their game. Gruelling training regimes, strict diets, early mornings and late evenings on the field or in the gym are the norm. But what training do you need to become a competitive V8 driver?

We all manage to sit in cars without any training, so how different can it be just because you’re driving fast? Well, more than a little different, it turns out. Sitting in the driver’s seat is a stressful and intense experience that requires resilience and focus. Cars reach temperatures of 60 degrees and over, conditions that would test any professional athlete. more

This is what inspires greatness

by Network Admin | Sunday, February 22, 2015

This post was written by Kirsty Nield, Group Fitness Manager for Blackwood Fitness.
The theme of this year’s FILEX fitness industry convention is ‘Inspiring greatness’. As a presenter at FILEX I was asked to write a paragraph about what inspires me. This is a really tough question because when you work in an industry as positive as the fitness industry, inspiration comes from many different areas and people.

When I thought about it harder, I thought about what gives me the best satisfaction at work. What pushes me to be better, try harder and use my skills to their full potential? The answer is new instructors – in particular, instructors who have made the decision to enter the fitness industry as a result of a life experience or in an attempt to discover a new and more fulfilling career. Having left an office job which was stressful, had long hours, was totally frustrating and unfulfilling, I can really relate to anyone who is looking for a more rewarding career. I count myself lucky to have a job which I actually look forward to doing each day. If I can help others discover a better balance between work and pleasure, I will. more

You’re more than a fitness professional. You’re an agent of change.

by Network Admin | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ask almost anyone who chooses to become a personal trainer or group fitness instructor why they did so and you’ll commonly hear that they were inspired by someone when they were on their own health and fitness journey.

As a fitness professional, you do more than just help someone get fitter and healthier. You help them to achieve things they never thought they could; to put their mental and physical resilience to the test; and to strive to be the best version of themself that they can possibly be. The term ‘fitness professional’ doesn’t really do justice to the weight, depth and breadth of what it means to be a personal trainer or group fitness instructor - which is why the team at fitnessU love the term ‘Agent of Change’. One such ‘Agent of Change’ is fitnessU graduate Dianne Galea. more

Australia’s mental health: the time for action is here

by Oliver Kitchingman | Thursday, October 09, 2014

A complete approach to wellbeing recognises the value of mental as well as physical fitness. In National Mental Health Week, and on the eve of World Mental Health Day, we look at a proposal to reform Australia’s approach to mental health issues. more

How running helped me quit smoking

by Network Admin | Thursday, September 04, 2014

This post was written by avid smoker turned even more avid runner Andy Hines. more

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