A Book by Simon Fox, Backpain Specialist
Over 70 % of people stuffer from chronic back pain at some stage during their life. Back pain is often related to muscular imbalance, poor posture and even lifestyle which can be easily avoided if dealt with correctly. Unfortunately a large percentage of these people jump onto the back pain merry go round seeing some kind of therpaist every 3-4 weeks for pain relief, but never really understanding the problem or what they need to do to help manage and overcome.read more
Looking at different health and fitness challenges, a lot of the time you can argue that they do not work when it comes to the results people get. Discussing this across the fitness industry with other trainers and health professionals, it seems that this is a common occurrence. So we are looking at shaping a program that will ...read more
Take the stairs, walk to the shops, park on the far side of the car park and walk, all of these statements I am sure you have heard at some time. The fact is all of these statements are examples of incidental exercise. Incidental exercise is the general movement you do in everyday life. Yes this includes lifting, carrying, mowing the lawn, walking the dog and other work based activities you do to get through the day.read more
Your mind is an extremely power influencer in your life, how you think, your self-talk and the conversations you have in your head shape your attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. So when it comes to weight loss, improving your health and fitness, or even your career choices what are you actually saying to yourself.read more
Exercise helps with the Winter blues, by participating in a regular exercise program you can, not only ensure you get you summer body, but will also prevent and overcome depression.read more
Learn how by doing personal training with Lifestyle Essentials in Mitcham, we can reduce, eliminate and prevent joint pain. Strength training will strengthen your bones, ligaments and muscles reducing the load on the joints.read more
It is no surprise to hear that strength training will prevent muscle weakness. As we get older our muscles naturally waste away if we do not do strength training. Doing a strength training program one or twice a week will help you function more efficientlyread more
Strength training is the only scientifically proven method to prevent a reduction in your bone mineral density. BY participating in a strength training program, once or twice a week will increase your bone mineral density, strength your ligaments and tendons, preventing osteoporosisread more
headaches, neck stiffness and poor posture are all to common in today's society. By strength the posture of your shoulder you can prevent shoulder pain, and neck stiffness. This simple exercise will help you improve you posture so these issues are not impacting your life.read more
Suffering from chronic back pain can and will impact your life. Being able to reduce this pain and turn it off is an essential part of any back pain recovery program. To stop back pain, especially chronic back pain, requires you to turn off the nervous system that is driving the pain.read more
A great exercise to help develop shoulder stability is the seated row, there is number of ways to do the seated row, during this video I will discuss different ways to look at doing the exercise to develop shoulder stability and prevent shoulder injuryread more
Regular strength training will help increase your range of movement, By participating in a strength training program you will function more effectively throughout life.read more
Learn how Lifestyle Essentials exercise rehab specialist makes squatting easy and pain free. Watch the video now.read more
What is Personalised Genetic Health? Why do you have Back Pain?read more
Correct Breathing can help you reduce pain, prevent muscle tightness and improve cognitive functioningread more
Spin classes, cycle classes or bike classes are one of the most effective ways to improve your fitness and lose weight.read more
Strength training is one of the most effective ways to increase the strength of your tendons, ligaments, joints and surrounding tissues. Learn how we help you prevent injuries and recover from musculoskeletal injuries and weakness.read more
Help us celebrate and relaunch the studio at our Health & Fitness Expo on Friday 19 August!read more
Don't want to join a gym but want to get fit and healthy? Lifestyle Essentials is the place for you. Find out why. Watch the video now.read more
Squats are one of the most important exercise to help you lose weight. Nearly every single personal training we do at Lifestyle Essentials includes a squat…why?read more
What is your goal for 2017? With another New Year’s behind us it is time to get back into the swing of life. So, let’s be honest this year, no BS…. Are you happy with your health and fitness? Or would you like to lose weight by dropping a few kilos or losing a few centimeters? Whether you are looking to drop a dress size or run a marathon the fact is it takes action to achieve your goal. So, what action are you taking?read more
The first step to stopping back pain, is to turn off the pain. The way to do this is by manipulating the body’s nervous systems. The body has two nervous systems which are responsible for driving our reaction to life.read more
At this time of the year, people start thinking about how they can improve their overall health and fitness. For others they also want to incorporate losing some weight. Well following on from last months’ article about Weight loss, ‘Let’s Make It Easy’, this month I would like to give you a 7 day challenge.read more
What do you say to yourself? If your friends spoke to you the way you speak to yourself how would you respond? We are our own harshest critic; furthermore we tend to believe what we say and what we think. This process is termed ‘The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’.read more
With the Rio Olympics just around the corner and one of my favourite events on the horizon (weightlifting), I knew I had to do a piece on an important but often misunderstood subject - strength training. When strength training is mentioned, the first thing that often comes to mind is a bodybuilder doing crazy amounts of exercises to prepare for a competition.read more
Are you working the right ab muscles to stop your back pain? People often talk about a strong core when treating back pain, which is true you do need a strong core. But the problem is most exercises are not working the right core muscles to stop back pain.read more
There are many different types of group fitness classes you can do. One of the more effective classes for strengthening your joints and bone mineral density is a strength circuit class.read more
Most people with lower back pain can’t correctly activate their abdominal muscles. This often means you end up carrying more tension and stress in your spinal muscles instead of in your abdominals. Continual incorrect neural activation of the abdominals will lead to lower back pain and muscular dysfunction.read more
Group fitness classes are one of the most effective ways to lose weight, loosen up and boost your energy levels.
- Would you like more energy ?
- Would you like to increase your core strength?
- Would you like to tone up and drop a dress size?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you need to consider joining our groups.read more
Major back surgery is becoming more and more common. Although the techniques and surgical methods have improved there is still a mixed out come of results. One thing is guarantee is if you do not do the right rehabilition program after the surgery can end up worse off then in the first place.read more
As a rehab. specialist, I see people in everyday life who feel that living with back pain is normal. It’s something you just put up with and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it! If this is you, let me break this thought process.read more
Do you wear a weight belt in the gym? If so, why do you do it? It’s true that when you wear a weight belt, you’ll feel stronger, but do they actually make you stronger?read more
Just because you have a six pack and sexy lean abdominals, it doesn’t mean you have a strong BACK.read more
So many people who suffer from back pain are on what we term, the maintenance merry go round. This is where they source treatment which gives them some level of relief from their symptom of back pain. Often however this relief will just be temporary, meaning that within days or weeks they are back for another round of treatment, and so on….read more
When assessing and treating back pain it is essential that you assess the whole body and not just the back.read more
As a rehab. specialist, I see people, in everyday life, who feel that living with back pain is normal. They believe, it’s something you just put up with and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. If this is you, let me break this thought process.read more
When you hear the term 'bootcamp', what does this mean to you? What picture first comes to mind? Is it the commando yelling and screaming at you to get down in the mud and crawl on your stomach? Or it is being in the dark, freezing cold park at 6am trying to get warm, with cold, wet feet. This does not sound too motivating to get you started, does it!read more
Sitting down for a living can cause your back pain. In face in clinical studies 4 out of 5 people who sit down for a living have dysfunctional butt muscles, increasing their risk of back pain.read more
Group fitness classes have fast become a popular alternative to gyms . Imagine training in a small supportive group with a fully qualified personal trainer shaping the program and guiding you through a safe and effective training program.read more
Do you suffer from BACK PAIN? While treating your back pain, has your Allied Health Professional ever assessed your breathing patterns?read more
One of the latest trends in weight loss is the use of technology to help people get fit, to get a better picture of their movement and exercise habits. Gadgets such as the Wii Fit (a few years old now), and these fit bands, connected to smart phones and tablets, are selling by the bag load.read more
Strength training is one of the most important aspects of any core strength exercise program. Yes, it is important to do cardio workouts and stretching, but the core to any weight program or general health exercise program must include strength training.read more
Strength training can boost your metabolism, help you lose weight, decrease body fat and stabilise your blood glucose levels. This helps reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is ‘diabetes by choice’, harsh but true! Having Type 2 Diabetes is completely up to you. This is because it is caused by your diet and your lifestyle.read more
Strength training is an essential part of any program for relief from back pain. The muscles in the back are specifically designed to support the spine and when these muscles work correctly they reduce the amount of stress being loaded into the joints.read more
Harsh as it sounds this statement is true for some many people. Whether you are referring to a child who does not look before crossing the road or a 49 year old over weight male with type 2 diabetes, the concept is the same. If you do not change what you are doing then I your behaviour may kill you.read more
Our behaviour dictates who we are. It is one of the strongest predictors for what we think, and for what is important to us in our life. In fact, it is not what you say which is reapply important, it is how you act, treat yourself and others, which is the true representation of who you are.
People often say one thing, but if there is no synergy with their behaviour, what they say means absolutely nothing. Talk is cheap. So when you say- I have to lose weight, or- I want to get fit, or- I need to improve my health, just saying it does nothing to help achieve your goal.read more
How can sleep help you lose weight?
It seems like the perfect plan, along with the magic pill which will burn kilos off you while you, supposedly, do nothing.
Losing weight while you sleep, is possible, but it is not something you can do without some work involved.read more
Recently, I was challenged to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You may have seen some celebrities around the world taking part, pouring buckets of ice over their heads, and nominating other people to do the same. And THEN remembering to remind people to donate.
But what is the ice bucket challenge all about? What is it in aid of? And why ice? Why not a running challenge, or a laying in the warm sun drinking mojitos challenge?read more