Author Archives: Nathan Tieppo


The mineral Magnesium has a few major functions within the body. They include: strengthening your bones, helping with enzyme functions and also helping with nerve and heart function. The recommended daily requirement of magnesium for males is 350mg, while for females it is recommended that they consume at least 265mg of magnesium per day. Failure to do this can lead to complications such as; weakness, muscle pain and poor heart function. Foods that are great sources of magnesium are; wheat bran, green vegetables, nuts, legumes and chocolate.

Exercise Myth Busters #16

You Don’t Work as Hard When You Train with Group Training

It has been believed that if you attend an exercise group or train with a group of people that you won’t work as hard (i.e. you won’t be focused on as much by the trainer/instructor). While group exercise doesn’t suit everyone, it is a great alternative to exercising alone, because the other members of the group can help motivate you to work harder in the session.  It can also provide some healthy competition amongst the group and is a great opportunity to socialise while training. It is also more likely that you will stick to the style of training you enjoy most. So, if the group environment suits you, then you will most likely achieve your best results through group training.


Zinc is an essential mineral that plays many important roles in keeping your body functioning at its best. Some of the major functions involving zinc include: protein synthesis, wound healing, and immune function (which is why it is present in many cold remedy lozenges). It also plays a role in keeping your sense of taste and smell working properly. 
It is recommended that we consume zinc daily as we do not store a great amount of in our body. For males it is recommended that 14mg is consumed per day while only 8mg per day is required for females. Without adequate daily intake you are likely to suffer from symptoms such as skin rash, diarrhea, a decreased appetite and sense of taste, hair loss, and poor growth and development. In order to boost your daily intake of zinc, eat foods like seafood, meat, greens and whole grains.

Exercise Myth Busters #14

I’m not overweight, so I don’t need to exercise.

The benefits of regular exercise have been proven to go far beyond just weight loss. Performing regular bouts of exercise can help to increase muscle and bone strength, helping you to perform essential everyday tasks with a lot more ease, and reducing the risk of obtaining an injury, as well as delaying the onset of muscle and bone degeneration later in life. There are also important reductions in the likelihood of developing heart disease & diabetes. The benefits are not just physical either; regular exercise can improve sleep patterns and increase self esteem and psychological well being.

Exercise Myth Busters #10

If the box says ‘Low Fat’, it has low kilojoules and is better for you.

It is a common misconception that low-fat and fat-free foods are also low in kilojoules. Many processed low-fat or fat-free foods have as many as, or in some cases, even more kilojoules than full-fat foods because they have more sugar and other high kilojoule containing compounds added to them to improve flavour and texture.  So, if you’re trying to lose weight, remember to check the kilojoule content of foods you eat, even the ones that claim to be low-fat foods, as the main influence in weight loss is energy intake not fat intake.

Image source

Exercise Myth Busters #7

Exercising Is A Good Cure For A Hangover.

While it is true that alcohol is an energy source for your body. That just sounds a bit too good to be true…and it is. The reason alcohol can be an energy source is because when there is alcohol in your system your body doesn’t like it! Alcohol is a toxin that your body wants to get rid of A.S.A.P. so it burns it as energy. But as well as a toxin alcohol is also a diuretic which causes the body to loose more water than it takes on (the reason for all the toilet stops after a few to many) this leads to your body becoming dehydrated. The dehydration is the reason for the pounding headache you get after a big night out. So next time your out remember to drink plenty of water with your non water flavoured drinks.

Got your own myth you want busted? Submit it at

We’d love to hear from you.