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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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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Fight Muscle Loss:  Lift Weights

    Fight Muscle Loss: Lift Weights

    When you think of a typical older person, one thing likely comes to mind: frailty . Even if you can’t really identify any obvious illness, there is something about most elderly people that communicates frailty and weakness. They probably walk slowly, move carefully and let others do many things for them, rather than doing those things themselves. What is it? It’s muscle loss, otherwise known as sarcopenia. And if you are 25 years old or older, it is happening to you already. But you don’t have to take it sitting down (pun intended). What is sarcopenia? Sarcopenia refers to the process of losing skeletal muscle mass and strength. “Sarco” is the Greek word ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Don't stop resistance training - Part 2

    Don't stop resistance training - Part 2

    Don’t Stop Resistance Training IF You Want to Lose Weight!
    Now that the weather is getting colder, you may be tempted to forgo your resistance training and stay indoors rather than going to the gym. But beware: if you give up your resistance training, you will be giving up more than you bargained for. Why resistance train? Resistance training is critical for true fitness. Without it, your muscles will atrophy. If you aren’t building muscle, you are likely losing it. And if you are 20 or older, you are definitely
    losing muscle, unless you are working hard to build it. Beginning at age 20, we begin naturally losing muscle mass every decade. The old ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Don’t Stop Resistance Training IF You Want to Lose Weight!

    Don’t Stop Resistance Training IF You Want to Lose Weight!

    Why resistance train? Resistance training is critical for true fitness. Without it, your muscles will atrophy. If you aren’t building muscle, you are likely losing it. And if you are 20 or older, you are definitely
    losing muscle, unless you are working hard to build it. Beginning at age 20, we begin naturally losing muscle mass every decade. The old cliché holds true for muscle mass: if you don’t use it, you lose it.
    Have you ever broken your arm or leg and had to wear a cast for a few weeks? Remember what greeted you when the cast was removed? Your arm or leg was a lot smaller and felt weak. That is because just a few weeks of disuse caused the muscles to ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Commit to be Fit

    Commit to be Fit

    Fitness starts in your mind. Ask any athlete or fit person what the number one secret is to his success at fitness, and he will tell you it is commitment. Commitment means that you are in it for the long haul.
    Commitment rises above bad days, hectic schedules and volatile emotions. Commitment hangs in there when you don’t want to do it, when you don’t feel like doing it and when you don’t have time to do it. True commitment doesn’t depend on how you feel. It depends on your integrity and on living for the purpose you have set for yourself. Are you committed to get fit? No Weekend Warriors Committing to be fit eliminates the weekend warrior syndrome. You may ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Be Smart about Gluten-Free Foods

    Be Smart about Gluten-Free Foods

    Are you going gluten-free? If so, you are in good company. Many Australians are reducing the gluten in their diets. Some are doing this because they have a confirmed diagnosis of Celiac disease, some are gluten sensitive, and others are finding that reducing gluten aids them in weight loss. What is gluten?
    Gluten is a protein found in certain grains such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt and semolina. It not only gives baked goods their characteristic texture and chewiness, but it is also used in the processing of many other foods to add thickness, flavor and added protein. If someone has Celiac disease, they have a condition in which the body experiences an immune ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Cold and Flu Season is Upon Us:  How’s Your Gut Function?

    Cold and Flu Season is Upon Us: How’s Your Gut Function?

    Winter is here, and that means that cold and flu season has arrived. Have you ever noticed that some people seldom get sick? Or maybe you have wondered why after being exposed to the same virus, one person gets ill while the other remains well. The reason lies in the strength of the immune system.
    And the strength of your immune system is largely dependent upon the condition of your digestive system. When you are exposed to bad bacteria or viruses, it is up to your immune system to protect you from being infected. If your immune system is strong, your body will fight off the threat. If your immune system is weak or compromised, you may end up sick. Microbes: the ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Balancing Cortisol for Weight Loss and Health

    Balancing Cortisol for Weight Loss and Health

    Balancing Cortisol for Weight Loss and Health
    How too Much Cortisol can lead to Decreased Health and Increased Belly Fat Some have called it the “master” of all hormones. Others curse it for its ability to wreak havoc on our body’s fragile endocrine balance. In spite of the mixed opinions one thing is certain: cortisol is a powerful hormone necessary for life. But if its level is not optimal in your body, your health could suffer. What is Cortisol? The hormone cortisol
    is produced in the adrenal glands and is primarily responsible for regulating blood sugar, helping to metabolise fats, protein and carbohydrates and assisting in managing our stress response. We all ....

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

    10 Ways to Torch 100 Calories

    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 ....

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  • 2 Steps to Weight Loss & Fitness Success

    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 unrealised 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 ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - A Lack of Vitamins

    A Lack of Vitamins

    Everyone knows that the human body needs a certain amount of vitamins and minerals everyday to function properly and remain healthy. A well balanced diet can supply your body with the vitamins it needs, although problems and disorders can arise if your diet doesn’t supply your body with the vitamins it needs. The symptoms of vitamin deficiency will normally present themselves when the lack of vitamins is at an advanced level. Those who don’t get enough of vitamins A, B1, and B2 for example, will always feel tired, along with a loss of appetite. Other symptoms include mental and emotional stress, chapped lips, and other annoying or painful habits. The most common causes of ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Exercise and Cellulite

    Exercise and Cellulite

    When Mike turned 65, he was11.4 Kilograms/25 pounds overweight. By strict dieting, he shed the extra pounds, but he lost more weight; he also lost his energy and vitality. He was always exhausted, and his friends, seeing his gaunt, drawn face, worried about his health. By the time volunteered for a particular fitness program two years later, he had put11.4 Kilograms/25 extra pounds back on. After 6 months of exercise and some willpower at the dinner table, Mike slimmed down again. This time he felt better than he ever had, brimming with energy and glowing with good health. What made the difference? The first time Mike lost weight; the second time he lost fat. The distinction ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Vitamin B12 Deficiency Diet Therapy – The Better Option

    Vitamin B12 Deficiency Diet Therapy – The Better Option

    It is hard to pin down exactly how many people suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency, but it’s safe to say that a lot of people have the condition without being aware of it. In most cases there is another health problem that leads to the deficiency. Some of these health conditions include Crohn’s disease and other bowel problems, being an alcoholic, or being elderly. However, as vitamin B12 is found in greater quantities in animal products, vegetarians and vegans may also have a vitamin B12 deficiency unless they are very careful about what they eat. One of the most common treatments is to be put on supplements or to get a shot of the vitamin, but vitamin B12 deficiency diet ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - The Importance Of The 12b Vitamins

    The Importance Of The 12b Vitamins

    The 12 b vitamin is one of the b vitamins that are essential to maintain a healthy body. Otherwise known as Cobalamin, the 12b vitamin is needed for the processes to convert the carbohydrates, fats and proteins from food into energy. 12 b also, more importantly, helps keep the red blood cells healthy and therefore prevent heart disease as well as keeping the immune system functioning at its maximum level. In addition, 12 b is used to create the protective covering of all nerve cells in the body. The most important function of 12 b is to form healthy red blood cells. However, all cells need 12 b to keep them healthy. It is the white blood cells, amongst others, that need 12 b to ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - "A Better You" Your 7 days program to self-improvement

    "A Better You" Your 7 days program to self-improvement

    I seem to have lost count on how many times I've read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don't), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality. There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite how trivial it could get. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self. So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you can think and improve on that should be enough for a week. 1. Know ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre -  3 Blunders To Avoid on Your Weight Loss Journey

    3 Blunders To Avoid on Your Weight Loss Journey

    There are times on your weight loss journey when progress can come to a halt. Days or weeks can go by without you seeing movement on the scale, and it can get downright frustrating. After working with thousands of clients, I've noticed certain patterns that can cause this weight loss stoppage. Here are 3 of those patterns. 1) Eating more than you think you are. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Zone Delivery Service, and other diet systems have one undeniable benefit to them - they define for the average person how large an actual serving is. Most of us underestimate the volume of food we eat (and consequently, underestimate the number of calories we consume in a day). By ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - Financial Fitness is Easy Once You Know How

    Financial Fitness is Easy Once You Know How

    Though it's the busy time of the year, it's the perfect time to pay attention to your finances. Why now? Recent reports have highlighted that many Australians are overpaying for home loans and spending more on interest than they should. We have established a partnership with Ross Group Finance
    to assist you to review your home loan interest rates and fees, should you require it. It's not in the banks best interest to save you money, but it is in the interest of Ross Group Finance. They can compare your home loan interest and fees for you with other lenders, to make sure you are on the right path. Contact Yvonne Sweeny
    if you would like some help, as money saved (and in your pocket) gives ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - 3 Principles For Overcoming Fitness Obstacles

    3 Principles For Overcoming Fitness Obstacles

    If you’re like me, the quest to be in shape and manage weight feels overwhelming. And, as if the quest to be fit isn’t hard enough, there’s often other obstacles to overcome: health issues, time management, mustering up courage or energy. Even if you’ve been exercising for a long time, there’s always new barriers to be broken. So, how to put all of this into perspective? According to Tom Turner, executive liaison for the Spina Bifida Association that’s exactly it: Perspective. And also, according to him, there’s no mountain too high to climb. Tom would know. Paralysed from the waist down since birth he’s now 35 and trains about three times a week. In fact, he tells me, he just couldn’t ....

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  • Personal Training in Oakleigh - Challenge Fitness Centre - 3 Powerful Motivation Tips For Ripped Abs

    3 Powerful Motivation Tips For Ripped Abs

    Can you see yourself walking down the street at your favourite location looking and feeling great? Or as you stroll down the beach and you notice people glance over their shoulders to admire your beautiful ripped abs that belong to you? Feeling so confident in yourself that your vacation seems perfect like a dream. You pinch yourself and realise that you have arrived. Everyone in this green earth would love to have six pack abs and be fully healthy. Can everyone achieve this goal? Yes. We people were created forexcellence so yes, anything is possible. Although some may find it difficult to reach personal goals, anything is possible if you have an optimistic and positive outlook on ....

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    True statement, especially in our group classes. From indoor cycling spin classes, yoga, Tae Bo, Metabolic cross training circuit to personal training, there's one to fit your goals. Chances are, there's one to fit your schedule perfectly. Even better, they're packed with motivated, not-afraid-to-sweat people who'll inspire and push you.
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    You're a lone wolf. A renegade. We get you. That's why we have so many individual workout options available. Wanna throw the kettlebells around? No problem. Jonesing for a quick 5km on the treadmill? You'll always find a free one. You chart your fitness course. We'll be the compass.
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