Take a bow Australia.
You’ve just been announced as the seventh healthiest country in the world, and we’re one of only a few English-speaking countries to make it (although given how multicultural we are, that’s a moot point).
Our Spanish friends took the top honour, replacing Italy (now in second spot). Iceland got the bronze medal.
It’s not just our ability to smash out burpees in the pre-dawn, or our love of a run along the beach – Medicare and access to health care for all, hospital services and acute illness care are a major factor, as is the decline in tobacco usage across our fair country. Our air and water are clean, our toilets flush and while we take these for granted, they play a huge role in keeping the population healthy.
Because we’re competitive, we need to know how to move up the list. The way to get on the dais is to control the big lifestyle issue of obesity. And we do that through eating better and moving more.
Let’s not all make drastic changes all at once. Add a side salad to your meal, try the bun-less burger option, swap the arvo snack for a piece of fruit. Little changes. They add up.
The same goes for exercise. Start incorporating more movement in your daily life. Take a flight of stairs instead of the elevator. Work on the 8th floor? Get off on level 6 and walk the rest. Start by walking downstairs first and build up to the uphill slog. Stick a podcast in your ears and walk to work, or at least to the next suburb and get the bus from there. Destress from work with a hit of tennis, or strap on the boxing gloves. You don’t have to excel at everything you do, the key is to move a bit more than you did yesterday.
And if you’re wondering who’s ahead of us and who to beat, here’s the list. The good news is that we beat the kiwis at something!
Read more in The New Daily's article here
Search the internet for ‘benefits of running’ and you’ll find a world of information. From the physical benefits like strengthening muscles and building bone density to the mental benefits of improving memory to providing stress relief – you’ll soon start thinking running is a miracle cure. And that’s just on the first page of search results! At Pride Fitness, we’re all for celebrating the benefits of exercise but realise it can be hard to get motivated to get moving.
For all Pride Fitness clients and Boot Camp attendees, we’re pleased to add a social run to your week. Every Monday evening from 630pm, we’ll add the miracle of running to your world.
We meet outside La Montage, jog out to Rodd Point & back – then bask in those endorphins.
It’s about 5km in total.
This is not a part of Boot Camp nor is it mandatory! It does not count towards your 10 sessions. This is a free social outing open to all clients and Boot Camp attendees.
You don’t have to join in each week. Life gets in the way sometimes, so come when you can.
Runners will be part of a WhatsApp chat group; each Wednesday afternoon just let us know if you can make it and we’ll wait for you at the start point. As this is not part of Pride Fitness activities, we will be running at our own risk, as a group of friends. By joining the run, you agree that you are running at your own risk. This also means you are free to run together on those weeks that the trainer cannot make it (again, life gets in the way sometimes).
Are you ready to run?
Even at 7am the heat and humidity were not ideal. Still, I'd promised a bootcamp and Pride Fitness always delivers.
A jog to our destination leaves us dripping in sweat. The locals aren't cracking a sweat, we look like we've been doing HIIT for hours. A push-up pyramid kicks us off, with some core work to follow (I'll list the exercises at the bottom, just do them all in a sauna to get the full Vietnamese experience).
Wheel barrow races were the option if assisted rows/sumo squats aren't your thing. Note: by now sweat is teeming off your wrists making dips a danger (a slippery dip, if you will).
Side planks become trecherous in the humidity, you'd be amazed just how much sweat can pool on one side of your face, only to waterboard you when you change sides.
The team rounded out the pre-breakfast out with a jog back to the hotel looking every bit drowned rats, to the muted entertainment of the locals. Wherever you are, whatever the weather- you can always make fitness a part of your everyday
Here's the abridged workout:
Repeat til you get down to one, then plank til everyone's finished.
Leg raise with pulse
Tricep dips (10,10,10) while others do sumo squat with partner row.
Run to finish
The first LGBTQIA boot camp kicked off in style this week with a cross-section of our community in attendance. Actually, we don't know the orientation of our boot campers and we really don't care. What matters is they're turning up, they're laughing, sweating and swearing their way through group training each morning.
The campers (but not mincers) were treated to a fitness test to base their progress off and a few circuits designed to hurt all over. By Thursday, the pain was in residence as were the smiles. We'll see how they shape up for week two.
Don’t be put off by an early morning boot camp. There’s tonnes of scientific research that points to the health benefits of exercising in the morning. Everything from reducing stress, increasing creativity and being more productive are linked to not hitting the snooze button at 538am.
My personal motivations are listed below, but if we’re being honest – there’s a certain smugness to arriving at work having already been awake and productive for 3 hours!
A morning fitness session boosts your energy for the whole day. You’ll be in better shape to face another morning of the crush of #cityfail, the push on the bus or cramming yourself into the lightrail along with half of the Inner West’s sum population of high school students.
Believe it or not, you’re actually more likely to exercise in the mornings because you’re less stressed in the mornings. After a busy stressful day in the office, you’re more likely to slump into the lounge and only move to open the door for the food delivery driver.
When you wake up early, you have more time to think about the day ahead, making you more productive. Early risers tend to be more focused, organised and energised than their snooze-smashing counterparts.
You’ll be a better all-round person after exercising. It puts you in a better mood, releasing hormones in the brain to improve your mood and well-being.
If you manage to get up early twice a week for 5 weeks to exercise, you’ll have proved to yourself that anything is possible.
Matt is the owner and operator of Pride Fitness. When time allows, he writes things here.