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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - What Are You Aiming at?

    What Are You Aiming at?

    Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” And each of us knows from our own experience that he is right. The general flow of human life tends to be toward ease and comfort. One day flows into the next, and many of us never quite get around to turning our good intentions into reality. Those ‘good intentions,’ while no doubt admirable, tend to remain unrealized mainly because they are too vague. Vague ideas are impossible to focus on and aim for; they are moving targets. Do you have moving targets in your life? Perhaps you want to eat a more healthy diet or lose the winter weight that has crept upon you. Maybe you just want to ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - It's Easter!  Back Away Slowly...

    It's Easter! Back Away Slowly...

    The warm breezes of spring mean that Easter is around the corner! After the heavy colours of Christmas and Valentine’s Day, the bright, cheerful colours of spring are a welcome sight. But the cheerful colours are not limited to flowers and eggs. There is no escaping the onslaught of sugar that threatens us at every turn. From jelly beans to chocolate bunnies, empty calories abound. You need a plan. First, the facts I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you really do need to know what you are getting yourself into when you reach for that fluffy, yellow peep. Brace yourself, this is going to hurt… Sugar is really bad for you.
    When you consume Easter candy, ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Visualisation Leads to Actualisation

    Visualisation Leads to Actualisation

    Visualisation, done right, can be extremely powerful in achieving any goal. As you think about your goals, take into consideration the following… Using your intellectual factor of imagination see yourself already in possession of your goal. Picture yourself with the healthy and fit body you desire, and literally feel what it is like to have it. You cannot achieve anything in your “outer world” until you first see it in your “inner world.” Is Visualisation for Real? In one of the most well known studies on Creative Visualisation in sports, Russian scientists compared four groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their training schedules:
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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Liver Detoxification 101

    Liver Detoxification 101

    When was the last time you thought about your liver? If you are like most people, this amazing organ does not command much of your attention. But if you are interested in living as healthily as possible, attending to your liver can have big payoffs. Named after the Old English word for “life,”
    the liver is a critically important part of your body. The array of functions it performs is staggering. These include:
    Controlling blood sugar
    Regulating fat storage
    Producing proteins
    Cleansing the blood
    Metabolizing fat
    Producing energy However, if toxins clog and overwhelm the liver, it will cease to perform its functions correctly. If the liver cannot cleanse ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - 10 Ways to Torch 100 Calories FAST

    10 Ways to Torch 100 Calories FAST

    Some days you simply do not have time for your usual workout. Perhaps you are traveling or you have meetings from dawn ‘til dusk. Or maybe something totally unexpected comes up and your workout time disappears. When life steals your exercise time, however, you do not have to forgo your workout. If you have just a few minutes, you can burn off 100 calories, get your heart pumping fast and redeem at least a little of your workout. Here are 10 ways to torch 100 calories Use them on busy days or even to supercharge your normal workout days. Most estimates are for a person weighing approximately 60-70 kilograms. If you weigh more, you can probably shorten the duration, but if ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Are You Still Planning to Lose Weight & Get in Shape?

    Are You Still Planning to Lose Weight & Get in Shape?

    It’s time to stop planning and start empowering yourself. The time to move is now, and a group personal training is the perfect way to get started. Exercising by yourself can be tough. Nobody knows if you skip, there is no one to push you a little harder, and you don’t have a commitment to anyone else. One day off turns into two, and before you know it, weeks have passed without you even raising a sweat. Getting fit in isolation can be done, but it’s much harder and requires a resolve few of us have. That is perhaps why the popularity of group personal training programs is exploding: people sign up for them because they work.
    Group Personal Training Benefits ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Is This Energy-Drainer Keeping You Stuck?

    Is This Energy-Drainer Keeping You Stuck?

    It’s all around you, but you probably don’t even notice. It is a stealth energy-drainer, and it may be sabotaging your fitness goals.
    It’s called clutter and each of us has it in our lives. This can be physical clutter or mental clutter. The insidious nature of clutter is this: it establishes itself so gradually and entrenches itself so deeply, that we don’t even consciously know it is there. But it is there, sapping our creativity, our energy, and our productivity,
    and ultimately our health.
    Physical clutter is clutter in your physical environment. This can be in your car, your office, your kitchen, your bathroom, your closet, your garage etc. ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - How Daylight Savings Time Can Help You Lose Weight and Get Fit

    How Daylight Savings Time Can Help You Lose Weight and Get Fit

    Last Sunday marked the date we change our clocks in observance of Daylight Saving Time. On this day, most we moved our clocks forward one hour, resulting in more daylight at the end of each day. Many people dread this “spring forward” tradition, because it means getting one less hour of sleep. But you can take advantage of the upcoming time change to help you improve your overall fitness and health routine.

    The effect of daylight
    The sunlight has a profound impact on our bodies, particularly two hormones that control mood and energy: serotonin and melatonin
    . Serotonin tends to boost mood and energy, while melatonin tends to make you feel sleepy. Too much of it can ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - How to Overcome Winter Weight Gain

    How to Overcome Winter Weight Gain

    Today, we’re taking a hard look at winter weight gain. It’s a common problem—people tend to pack on a few kilos during the winter months. But we want to fight back, and we hope you will join us. Let’s get after this now. We’ll have less to deal with when the warm breezes start blowing! The good, the bad…and the solution Although winter weight gain varies from person to person, research shows the average gain to be two to four kilograms! Some people gain this extra weight because they have Seasonal Affective Disorder—a type of winter depression. But most of us can’t blame winter depression for our tendency to pick up extra weight ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Gut Permeability and Your Diet

    Gut Permeability and Your Diet

    More and more we are hearing about food allergies and food sensitivities. Because they are such common conditions, it is important to understand the difference between the two and what the health issues are which surround them. The difference between food sensitivities and food allergies Though on the surface food sensitivities and food allergies may seem like the same thing (they can even cause some of the same symptoms), they are, in fact, two different conditions. The least common of the two is a food allergy
    . A food allergy will bring about a response from the immune system that can impact several different parts of your body. Food allergies can be ....

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