Author Archives: Vicky Graham

08 Mar 2024

Long term chronic stress and the effect on our allostatic load

Allostatic load is a term we are going to hear a lot more about in the future. It is used in the field of psychology and medicine to describe the cumulative wear and tear on the body as a result of chronic stress. It refers to the physiological consequences of chronic exposure to stressors, which can lead to a range of negative health outcomes. The concept of allostatic load highlights the interconnectedness of the mind and body, emphasizing the impact of psychological stress on physical health.

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16 Oct 2023

Muscle – the organ of longevity!

We are all pretty aware these days of the importance of exercise as we get older and the benefits we get both physically and mentally from regular exercise. What is less understood is the life changing benefits of preserving and building our muscle as we get older. Muscle is an incredible organ that has a…

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26 May 2023

‘The Right Advice’

This year’s theme for Exercise Right Week is ‘The Right Advice’, where Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are promoting the importance of ‘seeking individualised and territory-qualified health professionals’ to provide advice upon your exercise and health care. Exercise Right Week runs from the 22nd of May until the 28th of May, and essentially aims to provide Australians with an understanding of the benefits of exercise and ‘where to get the right advice’.

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22 Nov 2022

Life after Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation 

Keely MacLean Clinical Exercise Physiologist (Student) 22/11/22    A stroke is something that we don’t see coming but it can have profound and sometimes lasting effects. We as Exercise Physiologists tend to shape our rehabilitation methods around something called ‘neuroplasticity’, so what is it and why is it so important?   What is a stroke?…

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14 Nov 2022

Exercising with Multiple Sclerosis

Tamika Hassum Accredited Exercise Physiologist 16th November 2022   Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Many of the symptoms associated with MS can be reduced through movement and exercise. Check out some things to be aware of when exercising with MS.   Multiple sclerosis (MS) MS is characterised…

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01 Nov 2022

Play Based Exercise for Kids – What is it and why is it important?

Hannah Bain Accredited Exercise Physiologist     Less than 23% of 5 – 14 years old’s are moving for 60 minutes per day…. Most of us are aware of the adult recommendations for physical activity (150-300 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity per week). But how well do we know the recommendations for children…

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20 Oct 2022

The Benefits of Warming Up and Cooling Down

Warm-ups and cool downs are something we all hear about all the time, but not many of us truly understand why everyone says they are so important. So, what are they and how can we make the most out of them to improve our functionality, exercise performance, and exercise routine? Warm-Ups: A warm-up is a…

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