26

Sep

Lazy Sunday @ Paintball

Good morning, well its the post AFL grand final aftermath and no doubt there are a few sore heads waking up  in Melbourne today.

But just to get you up and active for a sensational Melbourne Sunday afternoon, try and get together with a group of friends and head on down to your nearest paintball centre for afternoon full of fun, laughs and the odd bruise too.

With many fields located all over Melbourne both indoor and outdoor there is sureto be one close to you. So why not check it out for an afternoon you are sure not to forget in a hurry.

And best yet while you are desperately running around trying to avoid being hit by a barrage of paintballs there is sure to be loads of calories burnt up in the process.

So good luck and happy hunting.

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19

Sep

Lazy Sunday @ Melbourne Bike Hire

Wow, what a massive week. Sunday is finally here with a sleep in and a chance to relax and take it easy. If your stuck for ideas on what to do today then check this out.

The Victorian government recently implemented the Melbourne bike share scheme where user can rent bicycles for a low cost to use for their commute across the great city of Melbourne. The are 50 bike hirestations located around the city and bikes can be picked up and dropped of at any of these.

Why not spend your Sunday afternoon having a casual bike ride around Melbourne and check out some of the great sites and atmosphere that the city offers, and get on your way to burning some extra calories.

Bike hire stations are located near Federation Square, the MCG, Docklands, Melbourne Central & Melbourne Uni to name a few it really is a great way to get to know Melbourne.

Best of all the first 30 minutes of every trip is free.

The only downside to the bike hire scheme is the $300 deposit needed and no helmet hire.

For more info check out the Melbourne bike hire scheme website

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12

Sep

Lazy Sunday @ The Royal Botanic Gardens

Good Morning, I hope you enjoyed a sleep in on your Sunday morning. With spring finally rolling in and some great weather starting to shine through it is the perfect time to check out Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens are home to some fantastic scenery the perfect place for a spring family picnic. Best of all entry is FREE.

While you are there you might as well also have a walk / run around Melbourne’s famous ”Tan’ running track that does a lap around the gardens and past the Shrine of Remembrance.

The botanical gardens are open year round from 7:30am till sunset. located on Birdwood Avenue in South Yarra.

Have a great day!

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2

Sep

Why Do We Do The Things We Do?

Balance

This post is not going to make you lose any weight, it’s not going demonstrate any new training techniques and it’s not going to motivate you to work harder. It’s going to make you think; think about why we do the things that we do.

Now I am not a psychologist, but as a personal trainer of 13 years I have had the pleasure of hanging out (training) an amazing range of people from celebrities to housewives with seven kids. This has given me an awesome insight into how people tick and I have been blessed to have (and continue to have) the opportunity.
So after looking past the sweat, the well-directed cursing and the early mornings, what have I discovered?
It all comes down to desire. In our society today, we are conditioned to make more, achieve more, own more and look hotter than the next person. If we are not making an effort to do this we are perceived (or we perceive ourselves) to be failing. Desire is ruling our life and it is a train that we can’t get off because as soon as we achieve our initial desire, we automatically focus on a new one.

Here is an example based on a few people that I know:

Dave The Corporate Guy: Climbing the corporate ladder, he must work long hours (70-80 per week) to be able to afford the mortgage on the new 4 bedroom house that he just bought for his wife and their first child. In the 8 hours of waking non-work time, he crams in a couple of rushed PT session because he is expected to look good for his job and he is worried that his wife will leave for a younger, fitter man. He collapses on the couch every Sunday afternoon exhausted in preparation for next week.

WHY?

Why do we the things that do?

For me, it all comes back to desire (and it’s not always a bad thing). Having the desire to be better can be a highly motivating factor and one that create great change. Some other common desires that drive people include:
Desire to be successful, Desire to provide for yourself or your family, Desire to impress the opposite sex, Desire to make your parents proud, Desire to not be left behind by your friends.

Now this desire thing can be an alluring drug so it must be looked at with a little perspective. Some motivations are well measured and others are just excuses to have more stuff.
So that’s my two cents, now it’s your turn.

Why do you do the things you do? What drives you? Is it healthy or unhealthy?
Cheers Rick 🙂

1

Sep

Benefits of Fish

Fish is considered an important food that we should include in today’s diet and it has many positive benefits for our body. Most recent research has found the many health benefits fish has in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Fish can be described as rich in ‘brain selective’ nutrients such as omega-3 polyunsaturated fats (DHA & EPA), iodine, zinc, copper, iron, and proteins. Omega-3 is important in many functions of the body, including the production of blood platelets and red blood cells, improved blood clotting and blood vessel functioning, developing the retina, and brain development.

It is also believed that a diet rich in fish will help with circulation, concentration, memory, healthy eyesight and skin, and the prevention of some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, coronary heart disease and stroke, Crohn’s disease and even some cancers.

It is recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia that men consume around 610mg of omega-3 per day and women around 430mg of omega-3 per day. Consuming this quantity of omega-3 through fish products is achievable through the many varieties of fish we have on offer at the fish markets. The higher the fat content of the fish, the more omega-3 is available per 100g. There are many excellent sources of omega-3, predominately found in fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, fresh and tinned tuna, flounder, cod, mackerel, swordfish and halibut, to name a few.

Overall, we should be eating fish 2-3 times a week, if not more, and cooking it in a healthy manner (not fried). This way we ensure that we are consuming adequate amounts of protein, omega-3 and other vital minerals our body needs to function at its optimal level, and are maintaining a well balanced diet.

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29

Aug

Lazy Sunday @ National Gallery of Victoria

Hooray! It’s Sunday again, but what to do? After you have had your much deserved sleep in and breakfast in bed. How about treating yourself to a little bit of fine art?

The National Gallery of Victoria is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon wondering through the  galleries of artworks from Australia and all over the world. Infact there is so much to see that they have spread it out over 2 locations. Which also means that a walk between the 2 can add to all the exercise you will be getting while trawling through the thousands of pieces of art the NGV has on offer!

The NGV international centre is located @ 180 St Kilda Rd and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia can be found @ Federation Square.

If you would like more information about exibits currently showing you can check out the NGV website here.

Just for fun if you have a pedometer laying around the house you can take that along and see how many steps you can get in while going through the NGV. I would love to know your result.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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