Coffs Coast Health Club December Up-Date 2016

December 8, 2016

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Holiday Period Staffed Hours!
The team at Coffs Coast Health Club wish you & your family a safe, relaxing & fun filled holiday period. There will be no classes or childminding from Xmas Day 25th Dec until New Years Day Public Holiday 2nd Jan in either club but everything will be as normal before & after this period. Don’t miss the Xmas Eve Classes!!!

Toormina:
STAFFED      Xmas Eve Sat 24th 7.00am-12.00noon
Unstaffed       Xmas Day Sun 25th, Boxing Day Mon 26th, Public Holiday Tue 27th
STAFFED      Wed 28th 5.30-10.30am & 5.00-8.00pm
STAFFED      Thu 29th 5.30-10.30am & 5.00-8.00pm
STAFFED      Fri 30th 5.30-10.30am & 5.00-8.00pm
STAFFED      New Years Eve Sat 31st 7.00am-12.00noon
Unstaffed       New Years Day Sun 1st, Public Holiday Mon 2nd

Moonee:
STAFFED      Xmas Eve Sat 24th 7.00am-12.00noon
Unstaffed       Xmas Day Sun 25th, Boxing Day Mon 26th, Public Holiday Tue 27th
STAFFED      Wed 28th 8.00am-12noon & 4.00-8.00pm
STAFFED      Thu 29th 8.00am-12noon & 4.00-8.00pm
STAFFED      Fri 30th 8.00am-12noon & 4.00-8.00pm
STAFFED      New Years Eve Sat 31st 7.00am-12.00noon
Unstaffed       New Years Day Sun 1st, Public Holiday Mon 2nd

Don’t forget that all 24/7 members will be able to access their club at anytime to workout when they want. If that is something you are interested in, just chat with reception & upgrade to 24/7 for only $2 per week.

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Short Term Workout Options For Friends & Family!
Do you have friends or family that are in town during the school holidays? Would you like to save them some money & get them working out with you? Well due to popular demand we are now offering some short term workout options for them…

Single Visit – adult only $15, student or baby boomer only $10, incl access during all staffed hours
Week Pass – adult only $29, student or baby boomer only $19, incl access during all staffed hours

Simply see reception at the clubs or call Toormina on 6658 6222 or Moonee on 6653 6122 to take advantage of these offers for a limited time.
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REVEALED: Top Tips to Avoid The Christmas Bulge!
On average, Australians gain 0.8 – 1.5kg over Christmas time; and it’s not often easy to shift the excess weight once the New Year rolls around. So, what can you do to beat the Christmas bulge? Mid North Coast Physio’s Accredited Dietitian Katie Drury reveals her tips to eat healthy while still enjoying the Christmas festivities.

What are some strategies that can be used to make Christmas eating healthier?
1. Don’t skip breakfast: Instead, opt for a filling and healthy breakfast to start the day off on the right food, and avoid over-eating when it gets to lunch and dinner time. For example, eggs on wholegrain toast, a wholegrain cereal, such as Weetbix with low-fat milk or fruit and yoghurt.
2. Stick to healthy plate portions: aim to have half your plate filled with non-starchy vegetables or salad vegetables (i.e. everything but potato, sweet potato and corn).
3. Avoid Boxing Day over-eating by freezing leftovers on Christmas Day in individual portions that can be defrosted when required.
4. Take time to appreciate the foods you are eating; put your fork down between bites and take notice of the flavour and texture of foods when you are eating.
5. Drinking alcohol can add to the merriment of the festive season, but you don’t need to drink in excess to be the life of the party. Aim to have at least two alcohol free days per week, and try not to have more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day.
6. Keep up your exercise over the holidays! Ask for a gym membership for Christmas and get outside on Christmas Day with the family for a game of backyard cricket or touch football between courses.

If you would like to find out more about how a Dietitian can help you, call 1300273747 to request a FREE pre-assessment appointment with Katie.  These appointments are strictly limited so call now to ensure you avoid the extra kilos this Christmas.

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JOIN NOW & PAY NOTHING TIL 2017!
If you or anyone you know joins Coffs Coast Health Club before the end of December they will PAY NOTHING UNTIL 2017! That means no joining fee & also no membership payments until the 5th of January SAVING OVER $200!

We know it can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise during party season but it’s a hell of a lot easier if you’re doing it with someone. Training buddies can help keep you accountable, motivate you, keep you on track & provide a social relief when working out. If there is ever a time to keep up your training, burn those excess party calories or start on a new workout regime its NOW! Refer a friend that joins and you will receive 2 weeks FREE on your membership.

The offer is only valid to the first 50 people that join on any 12 month pay as you go membership, so move fast… Share, message or forward the offer to all your friends & help them pull through the holiday season in great shape.

Call 6658 6222, or email tori@coffscoasthc.com.au for TOORMINA
Call 6653 6122, or email lee@coffscoasthc.com.au for MOONEE

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New Music & New Moves – Latest Les Mills Launches!

We will be bringing all the latest moves and music to your favourite Les Mills classes this month when we celebrate the new releases.  Launch classes are always great FUN and they are team taught by our dedicated and enthusiastic instructors.

As this quarter sees the launch of PUMP #100 there is actually going to be a GLOBAL launch of this class on Saturday the 14th of January (pop that one in your diary) so for our Super Saturday and Monday Madness we will showcase ‘the best of the best’ of past releases to get you ready for the BIG 100!  All the other Les Mills classes will feature the LATEST release.

Super Saturday at Toormina – Saturday 17th December
7.30am PUMP
8.30am ATTACK
8.30am RPM
9.30am BALANCE

Monday Madness at Moonee – Monday 19th December
6.00am PUMP
9.30am BALANCE
5.30pm ATTACK

The theme for this launch is CHRISTMAS!! So throw on your fabulous Christmas gear, bring your friends, get into the Christmas Spirit and you might just win a PRIZE!

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The Original Member Privileges Business List!

What is your favourite business on the Coffs Coast? Do you own a business and would like to get some free advertising? Do you work in a business that you think could benefit our members? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you time to act is NOW!

The Coffs Coast Health Club Member Privileges List compiles a list of Coffs Coast businesses that create an offer or discount specifically for our members. The business wins because they get more clients and our members win because they save money. Its how business should be done… Shop local!

To be included in the 2017 Edition please contact Tori 66586222 tori@coffscoasthc.com.au or Lee 66536122 lee@coffscoasthc.com.au

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You Ask and We Deliver!
We love hearing your feedback, listening to your fabulous ideas and getting your requests.  In answer to many of your requests Santa has come early at Coffs Coast Health Club! 

You will be excited to know that we have just installed a massive air conditioning unit in the group exercise studio at Moonee.  The room is a bit smaller & doesn’t have the natural airflow of Toormina’s main studio, so this has been the number one request from Moonee since last Summer.  The feedback so far has been very positive, so it might be time for you to head on in and see what all the fuss is about.

In the last two weeks we have also purchased new kettlebells, slam balls, aerobic steps, tricep ropes, an olympic swiss bar and resistance bands. We have also ordered a couple of free wheel bikes as an extra warm up or circuit class option for both clubs.

A common request from our 50+ classes has been a circuit timer with variable timings and a large display, so we have just received one each for the Main Studio at Toormina and one is in the Studio at Moonee. Enjoy!

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Specialised Pilates Sessions at Toormina!
Coffs Coast Pilates sessions are designed to build strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine.  The sessions only involve a small number of participants and are designed for there to be interaction with the instructor and personalised attention.

These Sessions are on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am upstairs in the Circuit Studio.  The sessions are only $15 each and bookings are essential through reception on 6658 6222 as places are limited.  Wear comfortable clothing and please bring a mat, drink & towel along with you.

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Monster Christmas Merchandise Sale!

All clothing and specially marked accessories are now discounted by 10%-60%. That means bargains starting at just $10 in both clubs!

BSC Limited Edition VIPER COLLECTION Compression Tights!
Handcrafted from High Performance Compression Fabric, in a luxe ‘Snake Skin’ pattern, these tights will create a flattering look for any body type.

All Coffs Coast Health Club Merchandise is also heavily discounted. Tshirts, Singlets, Hoodies, Hats, Bags and more so come down today and pick up a bargain! We have something for everyone.

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Help Us Help Our Communities Less Fortunate!
Every year we collect for worthwhile charities and this year is no different. The club spirit we have is immense and those in need benefit from all of our combined generosity.
REAP:
REAP Coffs Harbour is a passionate and lively group of volunteers who collect food for disadvantaged local residents who are ‘doing it tough.’ Drop your items to reception at Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina or Moonee, whichever is most convenient. All donations need to be in by 17th Dec.

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How Often Do You Need to Strength Train to See Results

December 4, 2016

We know it can be tough to go to the gym when there’s a full queue on Netflix, Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer, or really, anything better to do with your time. Or maybe you’re a runner whose workout schedule involves running, running, and more running. Then when you do hit the weights, your arms, back, and legs are so sore that you vow never to work out again (trust us, we’ve been there).

Whether your days are overtaken by running or you simply don’t have the time (or motivation) to get to the gym very often, you’ve probably wondered the same thing we were: Is it even worth it to strength train only one or two times a week?

Why You Should Lift

We won’t be the first to tell you there are plenty of good reasons to hit the weight room—even if your goal isn’t to build arms like The Hulk (and after seeing this guy, do you even want to?). Strength training can improve physical performance, movement control, walking speed, functional independence, cognitive abilities, and self-esteem. Plus, it can reduce blood pressure, enhance cardiovascular health, and decrease chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Gaining strength also minimizes your chance of getting hurt. “You’ll increase bone density and strengthen the tendons and ligaments, so not only are you simply able to lift more weight, but you’re also building resistance to injury,” explains Michael Boyle, a strength and conditioning coach and functional training expert in Boston.

And while you may think cardio is key to losing weight, a study found that men who did 20 minutes of weight training each day saw a smaller increase in belly fat as men who spent the same amount of time doing cardio.   In another study, 10 weeks of resistance training was shown to increase lean weight by 1.4 kg (about three pounds), increase resting metabolic rate by 7 percent, and reduce fat weight by 1.8 kg (about four pounds).   So if you’re trying to slim down, it may be time to say so long to the treadmill—and hello to the weight rack.

One and Done?

Research also suggests that a once-weekly strength training frequency can be just as effective on improving muscle strength as a more rigorous schedule.   This small study followed two groups of adults over 60—one group performing a set of strength training exercises to muscular fatigue once per week, and a second group that exercised twice per week—and found that substantial strength gains can be derived from less frequent activity.

“I have clients who only strength train once or twice per week, and they still see some significant results in strength.”

Trainers agree there are definite benefits to workouts on a limited schedule. “I have clients who only strength train once or twice per week, and they still see some significant results in strength,” says Noam Tamir, a Greatist expert and founder of Tamir Systems Fitness. “Most of this can be attributed to neural adaptation, which means that your nervous system is adapting to added force, even if nothing is happening to muscle size.”

“Full-body functional strength training can be super effective once or twice a week,” agrees Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician and author of Running Strong. In fact, Metzl created a series of programs for runners training for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon distances that incorporate a strength workout just one day per week. And he’s experienced the benefits personally: As Metzl has incorporated one day of functional strength training—think bodyweight exercises—into his own marathon and Ironman training plans, he’s broken his personal best times.

To be fair, one or two days of lifting per week is probably not getting you anywhere near those Hulk-esque arms—but that’s OK. Strength training isn’t just about “bulking up,” Metzl explains. “Instead, it helps your muscles get stronger, improves your balance, and preserves your fast-twitch muscle fibers, allowing your muscles to contract faster.” Translation: This helps you drive the golf ball farther, hit an overhead harder, and see improvements in any sport performance.

Strength training also increases endurance, or lactate threshold—the amount of time it takes for your muscles fatigue, Metzl says. This means the amount of exercise you’d have to do to make your muscles so sore you can’t use them efficiently (i.e. that painful soreness after hitting the weights when you do so sporadically) increases the more you lift.

An added bonus for people training for endurance races such as marathons or triathlons: Even though their time is already limited, adding anaerobic (strength) training one or two times per week helps the body handle the repetitive stress of movements like running, cycling, or swimming, Tamir adds.

What if you’re not doing any sort of exercise outside the one or two trips to the gym? “For the average person, strength training once or twice a week is enough to break the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle,” says Rebecca Golian, a personal trainer and creator of the Obstacle Course Race Training Program at Chelsea Piers in New York City. “It’s enough to stimulate muscle growth, increase cardiovascular strength, and help improve endurance.”

The Sweet Spot: Two-a-Weeks

Not all experts agree that strength training only once a week is sufficient, however. “Strength training twice per week is perfect, but once is a waste of time,” Boyle says. “Sure, you can potentially gain strength on one workout a week, but you would continually be sore. Twice a week is less of a shock to the system and allows the body to better adapt.“

Research also makes the case for two or three weekly resistance workouts rather than one. One study examined the effects of three different strength training frequencies on 1,725 previously sedentary men and women.   The one-day-per-week trainees added 0.7 pounds of lean weight, whereas both the two-days-per-week and three-days-per-week exercisers added 3.1 pounds of lean weight. Another study comparing different strength training frequencies on torso rotation muscle strength had similar results.

Fifteen minutes, twice a week, is the minimum amount individuals can strength train and still see results.

The good news is that you don’t need to dedicate a lot of time to each session. Boyle, who also trained the Boston Red Sox team that won the 2013 World Series, lifts just 15 minutes, twice per week on average. He believes this is the minimum amount individuals can strength train and still see results. But Boyle doesn’t mess around: He squeezes in a variety of compound exercises that target different muscle groups (both upper and lower body) as a circuit, completing two sets of 10 reps of each exercise.

“And keep in mind the size principle: The higher the resistance, the more muscle recruitment,” Tamir says, meaning you shouldn’t be reaching for the three- or five-pounders if you can actually lift 10 or 12 pounds with good form.

A final bonus: Training hard twice per week gives your body adequate time to recover, Golian says. Many people tend to overtrain, which can delay your progress.

If you’re looking to bulk up or train for intense lifting competitions or obstacle course races, adding additional days of training can be helpful but are not always necessary, Golian adds. She has clients who train up to four times per week, but cautions that stress from additional training sessions can be harsh on your body, so it’s important to speak with a trainer and tailor a program that suits your individual goals.

Make the Most of a Limited Training Schedule

Boyle recommends doing a total-body workout that combines moves like push-ups, pull-ups, basic plank-type core work, and squats. This type of workout twice per week can build strength without dedicating hours to the gym, he says.

Metzl agrees, recommending a quick training circuit right when you wake up. He’s a fan of the burpee, as well as plyometric jump squats and arm walkouts to push-ups. “These moves ramp up your metabolic furnace for the day,” he says.

If you have 15 minutes to spare, Metzl recommends his Ironstrength Workout, which consists of seven sections, including plyometric jump squats, planks, push-ups, mountain climbers, burpees, deadlifts, and more. Have more time? Try our 30-minute, no-gym bodyweight workout.

Also important to keep in mind: “A proper warm-up is crucial before kicking off a high-resistance, high-intensity workout,” Tamir says, especially if you’re sedentary the rest of the week. Doing a lot of single-leg and single-arm exercises also helps keep the body balanced and minimizes injury, he adds, and you can alleviate any soreness with recovery techniques such as ice baths or Epsom salt baths.

Finally, proper nutrition is still king when it comes to getting the results you want, so you’ll have to pass up those daily doughnuts. “Eating healthy carbs post-workout will replenish your glycogen levels and help your muscles recover faster,” Tamir says. But more important is the window for consuming protein: To maximize protein synthesis, have 20 or more grams of protein within an hour of working out, he suggests.

The Takeaway

Doing something is better than doing nothing, Boyle says. Hitting the weight rack (or the mat for bodyweight exercises) once or twice a week may not give you a Schwarzenegger-esque body, but the small gains you do make might incentivize you to exercise those muscle areas more often. After all, sometimes feeling sore is just what you need to remind you what a good workout feels like and get back into the groove of three, four, or even five workouts per week.

Article sourced from: http://greatist.com/move/how-often-to-strength-train?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=story4_cta&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_2016-11-29_testB_20160817

Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – December 2016

December 1, 2016

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REVEALED: Top Tips to Avoid The Christmas Bulge!
On average, Australians gain 0.8 – 1.5kg over Christmas time; and it’s not often easy to shift the excess weight once the New Year rolls around. So, what can you do to beat the Christmas bulge? Mid North Coast Physio’s Accredited Dietitian Katie Drury reveals her tips to eat healthy while still enjoying the Christmas festivities.What are some strategies that can be used to make Christmas eating healthier?
1. Don’t skip breakfast: Instead, opt for a filling and healthy breakfast to start the day off on the right food, and avoid over-eating when it gets to lunch and dinner time. For example, eggs on wholegrain toast, a wholegrain cereal, such as Weetbix with low-fat milk or fruit and yoghurt.
2. Stick to healthy plate portions: aim to have half your plate filled with non-starchy vegetables or salad vegetables (i.e. everything but potato, sweet potato and corn).
3. Avoid Boxing Day over-eating by freezing leftovers on Christmas Day in individual portions that can be defrosted when required.
4. Take time to appreciate the foods you are eating; put your fork down between bites and take notice of the flavour and texture of foods when you are eating.
5. Drinking alcohol can add to the merriment of the festive season, but you don’t need to drink in excess to be the life of the party. Aim to have at least two alcohol free days per week, and try not to have more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day.
6. Keep up your exercise over the holidays! Ask for a gym membership for Christmas and get outside on Christmas Day with the family for a game of backyard cricket or touch football between courses.

If you would like to find out more about how a Dietitian can help you, call 1300273747 to request a FREE pre-assessment appointment with Katie.  These appointments are strictly limited so call now to ensure you avoid the extra kilos this Christmas.

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2016 Members & Guests Christmas Party!
THANK YOU for joining us for an afternoon of fun, frivolity, good food and great company at our annual Members and Guests Christmas Party.  It was so good to celebrate the year that was and to socialise without the lycra and the sweat!  Thank you to the Greenhouse Tavern for the fabulous venue and yummy food and to Wicked Berries for the simply delicious cake and chocolate covered strawberries.There were a number of special awards presented at the lunch;
Toormina Member of the Year 2016 – Dianne Scanlan
Toormina Team Member of the Year 2016 – Andrea Giacopazzi
Toormina Most Visits for the Year – Brad Lanser
Moonee Member of the Year 2016 – Sarah Howard
Moonee Team Member of the Year 2016 – Megan Howard
Moonee Most Visits for the Year – Benjamin Hooke

We also celebrated the end of the Healthy Inspirations 12 Week Challenge.  There were lots of fabulous results and everyone who participated is well on their way to being a happier, healthier, fitter and stronger version of themselves.

Healthy Inspirations 12 Week Challenge Winner – Scott Pearson.  Scott lost 21.8kg, 51.5cm and 7.4% body fat.  He won a photography session with Lisa Fahey Photography complete with a makeover from Kaboodle Body and Beauty and Sa-Lance Salon.

Healthy Inspirations 12 Week Challenge Runner Up – Paul Johnson.  Paul lost 14.6kg, 44cm and 6.6% body fat.  He won a pamper package from Skinfit

Healthy Inspirations 12 Week Challenge 2nd Runner Up – Carlee Hardaker. Carlee lost 11.3kg, 46cm and 4.8% body fat.  She won a pamper package from Skinfit

A huge congratulations to all our winners, please give them your best wishes when you next see them in the club!

Find the photos here on Facebook…

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JOIN NOW & PAY NOTHING TIL 2017!
If you or anyone you know joins Coffs Coast Health Club before the end of December they will PAY NOTHING UNTIL 2017! That means no joining fee & also no membership payments until the 5th of January SAVING OVER $200!We know it can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise during party season but it’s a hell of a lot easier if you’re doing it with someone. Training buddies can help keep you accountable, motivate you, keep you on track & provide a social relief when working out. If there is ever a time to keep up your training, burn those excess party calories or start on a new workout regime its NOW! Refer a friend that joins and you will receive 2 weeks FREE on your membership.

The offer is only valid to the first 50 people that join on any 12 month pay as you go membership, so move fast… Share, message or forward the offer to all your friends & help them pull through the holiday season in great shape.

Call 6658 6222, or email tori@coffscoasthc.com.au for TOORMINA
Call 6653 6122, or email lee@coffscoasthc.com.au for MOONEE

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New Music & New Moves – Latest Les Mills Launches!

We will be bringing all the latest moves and music to your favourite Les Mills classes this month when we celebrate the new releases.  Launch classes are always great FUN and they are team taught by our dedicated and enthusiastic instructors.

As this quarter sees the launch of PUMP #100 there is actually going to be a GLOBAL launch of this class on Saturday the 14th of January (pop that one in your diary) so for our Super Saturday and Monday Madness we will showcase ‘the best of the best’ of past releases to get you ready for the BIG 100!  All the other Les Mills classes will feature the LATEST release.

Super Saturday at Toormina – Saturday 17th December
7.30am PUMP
8.30am ATTACK
8.30am RPM
9.30am BALANCE

Monday Madness at Moonee – Monday 19th December
6.00am PUMP
9.30am BALANCE
5.30pm ATTACK

The theme for this launch is CHRISTMAS!! So throw on your fabulous Christmas gear, bring your friends, get into the Christmas Spirit and you might just win a PRIZE!

 

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The Original Member Privileges Business List!

What is your favourite business on the Coffs Coast? Do you own a business and would like to get some free advertising? Do you work in a business that you think could benefit our members? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you time to act is NOW!

The Coffs Coast Health Club Member Privileges List compiles a list of Coffs Coast businesses that create an offer or discount specifically for our members. The business wins because they get more clients and our members win because they save money. Its how business should be done… Shop local!

To be included in the 2017 Edition please contact:
Tori 66586222 tori@coffscoasthc.com.au or Lee 66536122 lee@coffscoasthc.com.au

 

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You Ask and We Deliver!

We love hearing your feedback, listening to your fabulous ideas and getting your requests.  In answer to many of your requests Santa has come early at Coffs Coast Health Club! 

You will be excited to know that we have just installed a massive air conditioning unit in the group exercise studio at Moonee.  The room is a bit smaller & doesn’t have the natural airflow of Toormina’s main studio, so this has been the number one request from Moonee since last Summer.  The feedback so far has been very positive, so it might be time for you to head on in and see what all the fuss is about.

In the last two weeks we have also purchased new kettlebells, slam balls, aerobic steps, tricep ropes, an olympic swiss bar and resistance bands. We have also ordered a couple of free wheel bikes as an extra warm up or circuit class option for both clubs.

A common request from our 50+ classes has been a circuit timer with variable timings and a large display, so we have just received one each for the Main Studio at Toormina and one is in the Studio at Moonee. Enjoy!

 

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pilates
Specialised Pilates Sessions at Toormina!
Coffs Coast Pilates sessions are designed to build strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine.  The sessions only involve a small number of participants and are designed for there to be interaction with the instructor and personalised attention.These Sessions are on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am upstairs in the Circuit Studio.  The sessions are only $15 each and bookings are essential through reception on 6658 6222 as places are limited.  Wear comfortable clothing and please bring a mat, drink & towel along with you.

 

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Monster Christmas Merchandise Sale!

All clothing and specially marked accessories are now discounted by 10%-60%. That means bargains starting at just $10 in both clubs!

BSC Limited Edition VIPER COLLECTION Compression Tights!
Handcrafted from High Performance Compression Fabric, in a luxe ‘Snake Skin’ pattern, these tights will create a flattering look for any body type.

All Coffs Coast Health Club Merchandise is also heavily discounted. Tshirts, Singlets, Hoodies, Hats, Bags and more so come down today and pick up a bargain! We have something for everyone.

 

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Help Us Help Our Communities Less Fortunate!

Every year we collect for worthwhile charities and this year is no different. The club spirit we have is immense and those in need benefit from all of our combined generosity. We have two ways this year to help…

Share The Dignity:
‘It’s in the bag’ campaign asks that we donate a handbag you no longer use, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special and even pop a thoughtful note into the bag to show her that someone cares and that she matters. Drop your bag to reception at Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina or Moonee, whichever is most convenient. All donations need to be in by 3rd Dec.

REAP:
REAP Coffs Harbour is a passionate and lively group of volunteers who collect food for disadvantaged local residents who are ‘doing it tough.’ Drop your items to reception at Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina or Moonee, whichever is most convenient. All donations need to be in by 17th Dec.

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Grab Your Diary!

Need some extra motivation, a new goal to aim for or just to hang out with your crew? Why not join your trainers, instructors and fellow members at one of the following events this month… We’d love to see you there…

1st December      – 50+ Members Class Christmas Party – Sawtell Golf Club 12noon, Book at reception
7th December      – 50+ RSL Class Christmas Party – Sawtell RSL Club 12noon
7th December      – Birch Carol & Coyle – Chicks at the Flicks – Lion 6.30pm
8th December      – Sawtell Summer Sessions

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How to avoid drinking your calories this Christmas

November 27, 2016

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Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be Christmas without staff parties, egg nog and brandy. After a busy year, Christmas is a time to unwind and indulge in a glass, or two (or 10).

But with more than 100 calories in a shot, drinks can add calories fast. Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Arlene Normand, shows us  how to make smart beverage choices this festive season.

In a new collaboration with Dietitians Association Australia, Eat Right provides expert nutrition and diet advice on a range of niche’ exercise and health condition topics.

Eat Right’s Top 6 Cheats to Avoid Drinking Your Calories This Christmas


1. Eat before you drink.

If you imbibe on an empty stomach, the alcohol will be absorbed into your blood stream more quickly. In other words, the liquor will go straight to your head. Drinking wine when you are hungry makes you more apt to pig out on fattening foods. Some good pre-party noshes: a small meal or snack containing fibre, protein and healthy fat such as chicken soup, low fat cheese on whole-wheat crackers, or a handful of nuts.

2. Do water chasers.

Alternate water and alcohol over the course of the evening. This will prevent you from guzzling your cocktail and also keep you hydrated. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect, so it is important to drink at least two glasses of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume.

3. Nix the ‘nog.

With more than 200 calories in a 150g serving, which typically contains brandy, milk, sugar and raw egg. It is not a beverage, it is a dessert.

4. Dilute it.

Order cocktails like vodka and club soda, rum and diet coke, or gin and diet tonic that include a calorie free mixer. Or cut your wine serving in half and make up the difference with soda to create a refreshing wine spritzer.

5. Fake it.

Fool yourself – and your friends – by having a non alcoholic drink that looks like a stiff one. For example, order a sparkling water on the rocks with a twist of lime and swizzle stick.

6. Set your limit.

Resolve ahead of time that you will only have one or two drinks. After that, switch to water or a diet soft drink. Beware of waiters and party hosts, who keep filling your glass, that make it hard to keep track of how much you have had to drink.

And for more tips on how to avoid falling off the band wagon this Christmas check out our ultimate Christmas survival guide.

Article sourced from: http://exerciseright.com.au/how-to-avoid-drinking-your-calories-this-christmas/

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Roasted Garlic & Tahini Dip

November 24, 2016

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Summer Skin Care Smart

November 20, 2016

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.

It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.

It’s important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt.

Develop a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and changes to existing freckles or moles.


How to check your skin

How to check your skin in the mirror

  • Make sure you check your entire body as skin cancers can sometimes occur in parts of the body not exposed to the sun, for example soles of the feet, between fingers and toes and under nails.
  • Undress completely and make sure you have good light.
  • Use a mirror to check hard to see spots, like your back and scalp, or get a family member, partner or friend to check it for you.

What to look for

There are three main types of skin cancer- melanoma (including nodular melanoma), basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Melanoma

Melanoma

  • Most deadly form of skin cancer.
  • If left untreated can spread to other parts of the body.
  • Appears as a new spot or an existing spot that changes in colour, size or shape.
  • Can appear on skin not normally exposed to the sun.

Nodular melanoma

Nodular melanoma

  • Grows quickly.
  • Looks different from common melanomas. Raised and even in colour.
  • Many are red or pink and some are brown or black.
  • They are firm to touch and dome-shaped.
  • After a while they begin to bleed and crust.

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma

  • Most common, least dangerous form of skin cancer.
  • Red, pale or pearly in colour, appears as a lump or dry, scaly area.
  • May ulcerate or fail to completely heal.
  • Grows slowly, usually on areas that are often exposed to the sun.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

  • A thickened, red scaly spot that may bleed easily, crust or ulcerate.
  • Grows over some months, usually on areas often exposed to the sun.
  • More likely to occur in people over 50 years of age.

The ABCD of melanoma detection can be a useful guide when checking your skin.

ABCD melanoma detection guide

A is for Asymmetry – Look for spots that lack symmetry. That is, if a line was drawn through the middle, the two sides would not match up.

B is for Border

B is for Border – A spot with a spreading or irregular edge (notched).
Colour of skin cancer C is for Colour – Blotchy spots with a number of colours such as black, blue, red, white and/or grey.
Diameter of skin cancer D is for Diameter – Look for spots that are getting bigger.

These are some changes to look out for when checking your skin for signs of any cancer:

  • New moles.
  • Moles that increases in size.
  • An outline of a mole that becomes notched.
  • A spot that changes colour from brown to black or is varied.
  • A spot that becomes raised or develops a lump within it.
  • The surface of a mole becoming rough, scaly or ulcerated.
  • Moles that itch or tingle.
  • Moles that bleed or weep.
  • Spots that look different from the others.

Mole or skin cancer?

Almost all of us have moles. Moles are not normally present at birth, but appear in childhood and early teenage years. By the age of 15, Australian children have an average of more than 50 moles.

Normal moles usually look alike. See your doctor if a mole looks different or if a new mole appears after the age of 25. The more moles a person has, the higher the risk of melanoma.

  • Harmless coloured spots that range from 1mm to 10mm.
  • Uniform in shape and even coloured. May be raised.
  • The more moles or freckles you have the higher your risk of skin cancer.
  • May have uneven borders and multiple colours like brown and black.
  • Observe moles carefully for any sign of change.

Although you may notice one or more skin changes, it does not necessarily mean that you have skin cancer, however it is important that you visit your GP to have them investigated further. Your GP can discuss your skin cancer risk and advise you on your need for medical checks or self-examination.

It can be difficult to know whether something on your skin is a harmless mole or normal sun damage, or a sign of cancer. When in doubt, speak to your GP.


What is my skin type?

Skin types that are more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) radiation burn more quickly and are at a greater risk of skin cancer.

All skin types can be damaged by too much UV radiation. Skin types that are more sensitive to UV radiation burn more quickly and are at a greater risk of skin cancer.

People with naturally very dark skin (usually skin type V or VI) still need to take care in the sun even though they may rarely, if ever, get sunburnt. The larger amount of melanin in very dark skin provides natural protection from UV radiation. This means the risk of skin cancer is lower.

Eye damage can occur regardless of skin type. High levels of UV radiation have also been linked to harmful effects on the immune system.

People with very dark skin do not normally need to apply sunscreen (but this remains a personal decision) but they should wear hats or sunglasses to protect their eyes.

Vitamin D deficiency may be a greater health concern for people with naturally very dark skin, as it is more difficult for people with this skin type to make vitamin D. People with naturally darker skin may require up to three to six times more sun exposure to help with their vitamin D levels.

Skin types

Type 1 skin type Type I
Often burns, rarely tans. Tends to have freckles, red or fair hair, blue or green eyes.

Type 2 skin type

Type II
Usually burns, sometimes tans. Tends to have light hair, blue or brown eyes.
Type 3 skin type Type III
Sometimes burns, usually tans. Tends to have brown hair and eyes.
Type 4 skin type Type IV
Rarely burns, often tans. Tends to have dark brown eyes and hair.
Type 5 skin type Type V
Dark brown skin. Rarely burns, tans profusely.
Type 6 skin type Type VI
Deeply pigmented, dark brown to black skin. Never burns.

Cancer Council Australia would like to thank Cancer Research UK for the provision of these skin type images.
Info sourced from: http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/check-for-signs-of-skin-cancer.html

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Salmon Salad Wraps

November 17, 2016

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16 Ways to Access Pure Joy

November 13, 2016

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Are you accessing Pure Joy on a daily (or hourly) basis?

Did you know that Joy is your birthright? The only thing that keeps us humans from experiencing it is because we are bogged down by toxins (either physical, emotional or spiritual). Here are some ways I’ve found to get my daily dose of Pure Joy and to keep it coming forever…

1. Fresh air – Find places where you can breathe clean air on a regular basis. If you live somewhere that doesn’t have great air quality, then go on hikes, vacations or places you know you can breathe deep and fresh. I find using an air purifier is a great way to clean the air in my house. When I sleep with the window open in the mountains (as I am doing over the next 2 weeks), I need only 6 hours sleep (2 hours less than “normal”) and wake up without an alarm at 6am feeling super refreshed!

2. Fasting – Anywhere between 18 hours and 3 days is enough to notice changes. We know through science that fasting regenerates cells and lowers IGF1 (a hormone which, in excess, accelerates aging and disease). Choose an amount of time which works for you. Even if you just fast on water from lunch one day to breakfast the next day by skipping only dinner you will get benefits. The longer you fast, the cleaner your cells will get and the more you will reverse aging, weight gain and disease. Be smart about coming off the fast by eating fresh, raw and high vibe foods.

3. Dry fasting – See my other blog posts about DF. In my opinion, DF is a miracle that could completely change the way the world views the healing process. Here is a quote from Tonya Zavasta: “Inflammation can’t continue without water. Tissues get swollen with water in places where infection is having a party. Pathological bacteria and microbes love wet terrain. A water shortage is, for them, as devastating as fire. During any fast, dead or dying tissues will be expelled from the body. A water fast simply takes much longer than a dry fast to accomplish this goal. Dry fasting eliminates inflammation the same way a swamp is cleansed of mosquitoes andother insects when it dries up. Microbes are annihilated. The shortage of water is a cleansing drought that’s disastrous to the body’s enemies, such as nasty bacteria. How much more effective is a dry fast? Each day of dry fasting offers benefits roughly equal to three days of water fasting. Bottom line: Dry fasting is a potent practice with many health and beauty benefits. Says Russian doctor Sergey Filonov, who supervises dry fasts for many patients who come to his retreat, the dry fast is the most effective method of healing that nature can offer us.”

4. Green Juice every day – Above all else, you’ve to to get your daily dose of alkalizing minerals through high enzyme, green juice!!! I believe that quickest way to access Pure Joy is through alkalizing your body with dark, leafy greens.

5. Beaut– Surround yourself with beautiful things such as views of mountains and nature. Or just make your home a beautiful place to be.

6. Meditation – Find an app such as Simply Being which help you to stay on track with any length of meditation time. The benefits include everything going better in your day, pure joy, more synchronicities, confidence, less cravings, more peace in your life. Try it!

7. Violet Flame – I decree every day the following: “I AM a being of Violet Fire, I AM the Purity God (or Source or Creator) desires.” This should be done in sets of 3, and you can keep going as long as you want until you feel it. As I decree, I feel the energy rising in me, and my joy and energy sky rocket within seconds of beginning. This is one of my favorite spiritual practices. I experience a palpable surge of joy when I Command, Insist, and Demand that all energies other than those which serve the highest good be consumed by the Violet Flame.

8. Music – Pick music that makes your heart sing. I listen to Wade Morissette, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaurand other devotional music in the morning. Then when I’m ready to get going, I switch to upbeat, dancy kinds of music such as Jason Mraz. Music accompanies me throughout the day and contributes greatly to creating my own energy bubble of pure joy and blocks out negative thoughts and energies.

9. Dance – Whenever and wherever you feel called. I love to dance at home and to move my hips in a figure 8. Unleash your goddess power women! We can create life through our wombs, imagine the power that lies in just moving that energy field through time and space. Try it and see how empowered you feel. NOTE: When you are in public, don’t wait for someone to ask you to dance; if you love the song, be the first one on the dance floor and watch what happens. You will be followed by a bunch of other people who were too afraid to be the first. Be an instigator!

10. BE in service (“How can I serve?”) – Living your life purpose will create joy and well being in all aspects of your life (unless you forget to serve you first by taking care in all the ways I am laying out here).

11. Chakra Balancing– Listen to my video:

12. Skin Brushing – Dry brushing every day will help you to feel amazing.

13. Source Tapping (EFT) – Proven to completely destroy physical, energetic and mental imbalances as well as food cravings/addictions. It can help manifest new things such as love, new living situations, etc.

14. Positive Situations – There is no such thing as a victim, just victim thinking. In every moment, I choose to surround myself with positive people or environments. I set this intention daily when I am doing my decrees or meditating. If I find myself in an uncomfortable situation, and If I am not able to free myself in the moment, I will look for the fastest way out (but perhaps not most graceful if the situation demands a quick exit) and clear my energy immediately upon reaching “safety.”  See #s 6, 9, 11, and 13 to help yourself reset.

15. Don’t settle – Be clear about exactly what you choose to manifest and don’t settle for less than that. When you declare that you deserve only what you ordered (not some watered down version) Source will provide you with that or better! You can be amazing!

16.Orderliness/cleanliness – Get your body, your things, your car and your house in order, and your life will flow into perfect balance too. Energy goes where energy flows so do what you can to make it beautiful!

 By Elaina Love, Faculty Member here at the BodyMind Institute
Sourced here:https://bodymindinstitute.com/16-ways-to-access-pure-joy/

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Sesame Cucumber Salad

November 10, 2016

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Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week-Herb & Avocado Omelette

November 3, 2016

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