Lifestyle

The Important Role Of Exercise In Preventing A Stroke

Written by Hamish Hall, Exercise Physiologist at Sylvania. Article from October 2017

The Important Role Of Exercise In Preventing A Stroke

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What is a stroke?

A stroke is the loss of blood flow to a region of the brain, this loss can occur because of a manifestation of cardiovascular disease, characterized by the build up of atherosclerotic plaque in cerebrovascular arteries. This ultimately will lead to an ischemic stroke, which is due to a blood clot sealing off the artery, these types of strokes account for 87% of all strokes, however strokes can also occur from excessive bleeding, this is referred to as a hemorrhagic stroke.

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Exercise Session Frequency

Written by Josh de Rooy, Exercise Physiologist at Thornleigh. Article from October 2017

Exercise Session Frequency: Is there a problem with exercising on consecutive days?

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In the quest to make exercise the top on the priority list, there is no doubt the odd week where regular schedules are altered by other issues that arise. Quite often, there may be a situation where the week is almost out, the set 2 sessions are not yet achieved, and Thursday and Friday are the remaining 2 days for potential exercise. The general consensus tends to be the thought that is it not favourable to exercises on 2 consecutive days as you will be too sore or may risk injury, however that isn’t the recommended course at Optimum.

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Parkinson’s Disease

Written by Ellie Goodwin, Exercise Physiologist Student at Sydney University. Article from October 2017

Parkinson's Disease

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This year I participated in my first City to Surf to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). A lot of people ask me why I chose to focus on raising funds for this disease as I did not know anyone personally who was affected. So I explain to them how I grew up in awe of Michael J Fox. Michael, this crazy, exciting actor from the Back to the Future trilogy, (maybe if you’re a little more old school and have seen Family Ties) like so many other people with Parkinson’s disease, have had to adjust to a new lifestyle since discovering their diagnosis.

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Why Your Desk job Is More Reason To Exercise

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from September 2017

Why Your Desk job Is More Reason To Exercise

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“I just don’t have time to exercise because I work full time 5 days a week.” As exercise physiologists we often hear this excuse for not exercising or as a reason for the decline in someone health. But what if I was to tell you your desk job is even more reason to exercise. If you come in and tell us that you are an accountant, IT guy, or maybe a banker, I can almost guarantee you have experienced neck/shoulder pain, lower back pain, poor posture or weight gain.

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What Happens When You Stop Exercising

Written by Dean Katselas, Exercise Physiologist at Campbelltown. Article from September 2017

What Happens When You Stop Exercising

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Recently I have noticed previous Optimum clients remaking their commitment to their health after a long hiatus from exercise. I was chatting to other staff members across our clinics and we all agree that there has been a lot of people come back into our programs. In most cases they have left Optimum to engage in an unsupervised independent home or gym program but have failed to maintain a sufficient dose of exercise to get any benefit from it. Unfortunately, the numerous health-boosting adaptations of exercise are not permanent unless you continue to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle throughout the lifespan.

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Is Your Child Ready For School?

Written by Siri Burke, Speech Pathologist for Optimum Health Solutions. Article from August 2017

Is Your Child Ready For School

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Starting big school is an exciting time for children and their families. It involves many changes for our little ones, including their routine, their friends, their teachers, and even what they wear. You might think that being ready for school means knowing the alphabet or being able to write your name, but there is much more to it!

What skills do children need for school?

Understanding language – Children need to understand what is going on around them. In the classroom they’re being given directions all day, and some of those will be complex directions with lots of steps, for example, ‘Put your shoes on, put your bag away, then line up at the door.’ If a child is having problems with their receptive language they might not understand what their teacher has told them, and follow this instructions incorrectly or not at all.

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Fats: Friend or Foe?

Written by Chloe Horne, Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from July 2017

Fats: Friend or Foe?

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Fats are one of our major food groups which are essential for good health but the public perception seems to be continually changing over whether they are good or bad. Some people avoid fats like the plague while others such as some modern food bloggers are telling us to eat more fat. Even dietary guidelines around fat consumption have evolved with new evidence so it can be extremely confusing for the everyday person to decide whether fats are good or bad. The confusing thing about fats is that they can be both!

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Lifestyle Cancer Risk

Written by Susannah Keppo, Exercise Physiologist at Ashfield Article from July 2017

The Impact Of Your Lifestyle On Cancer Risk

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Recently I was watching a documentary about the effects of lifestyle on cancer and risk of developing cancer. It discusses more so on what the patient can do themselves to improve their chances or lower risk of cancer rather than simply accepting that there is nothing they can do once they have been diagnosed with cancer. The documentary is not against conventional cancer treatments but how the patient has the power to change lifestyle habits to improve their health and cancer diagnosis.

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My NDIS Experience – By Brad Sculley, Studio Manager

Written by Brad Sculley, Studio Manager at Blacktown.
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NDIS has been extremely fun and rewarding for me as a practitioner and for the staff here at Optimum. We are really loving that we have the opportunity to make a real difference in peoples lives.  Across the whole Optimum network we have over 50 clients now who have chosen us as their provider for Hydrotherapy, Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Dietetic treatments. Currently I am seeing 6 clients personally and it really is bringing me great joy, all with their own unique need for Optimum to help them live life to the fullest.

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Stress & Weight Gain

Written by Michael Zajc, Exercise Physiologist at Homebush. Article from April 2017

Stress & Weight Gain

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Is stress affecting your weight?

Have you ever gained weight during a stressful period of your life? Did you notice you were putting on the kilograms around your stomach? If so, there might have been a more complex reason behind this.

Weight gain during times of stress can be attributed to changes in the body’s hormone balances. Even if you are already physically active, having chronic high stress for long periods of time can prevent you from losing weight and even add weight on.

Cortisol

One particular hormone that affects our weight during stressful periods is cortisol.

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