Posts Tagged ‘Coffs Coast Health Club’

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Banana & Prune Muffins

October 19, 2017

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Serves 4

Ingredients

2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 ripe banana
100g prunes, chopped
2 eggs
6 scoops Protein Powder Vanilla Cream
1/2 cup almond meal
2 Tbsp sour cream

Method

  1. Place melted coconut oil in a bowl. Add mashed banana and chopped prunes and mix.
  2. Add eggs and sour cream and mix well.
  3. Add Proti Powder and almond meal and mix to combine.
  4. Place in muffin pans and bake at 170 C for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned.
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HSC advice from someone who survived

October 15, 2017

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It’s hard to avoid the impression that your Year 12 mark matters immensely. But remember, there are many pathways to where you want to go, and that number you think is all-important will eventually be forgotten, writes Dom Knight.

Today is the first day of the HSC, those three letters calculated to terrify Year 11 and 12 students and which I still can’t hear without experiencing flashbacks.

So, to all HSC and other Year 12 students, please allow me to offer you my sincerest condolenceswish you the very best of luck!

Talk to anyone who’s slogged through and obtained the NSW qualification, or the VCE or WACE or anything like it, and they’ll tell you that end-of-school exams are a uniquely cruel prank to play on 17-year-olds, especially when uni is never anything like as harrowing as the hoops you have to jump through to get there.

On the bright side, today is the first day of a few weeks of inconvenience you have to endure before getting on with the rest of your life, whatever that may entail. Which is hugely exciting.

Here are a few things that might help you transition from the ranks of those dreading their end-of-school exams to those delighted that they’ll never have to do them again.

Sleep

You’ll be tempted to stay up all night cramming, but that really isn’t a smart idea. You’ve been studying all year. You’ve done the trials. You almost certainly know everything you need to know already, and the honest truth is that exhaustion will probably hurt your performance more than stuffing your brain full of last-minute facts will benefit it. Worst of all, you might end up confusing yourself in your exhaustion.

Get a good pen

Boringly practical, I know – but if you’ve got a crappy biro, you’ll write less and your hand will cramp. Get one of those nifty rollerball pens where the ink flows freely without needing any pressure from your hand. I got ridiculous and bought a fountain pen because I thought it would let me write the most, but there’s no need to get that stupid unless you get a kick out of the idea. Oh, and get some spares, too.

Plan your essay answers

As a humanities guy, my HSC experience was full of 40 minute essays. Despite the temptation to start writing immediately, things always went better when I took a minute or two to work out some kind of logical structure.

Unfortunately HSC markers still don’t recognise listicles like this one, so you will need to construct some kind of an argument. Being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ isn’t really a possibility – it’s all about trying to write convincingly.

Find a way to take your mind off it

In Year 12, I convinced myself that what I should do right before any exam was play Tetris on my monochrome Nintendo Game Boy, because it’s impossible to freak out about how maybe you’ve forgotten certain key characteristics of flowering plants when there are different-shaped blocks to stack to the sound of a mesmeric Russian folksong.

These days you probably have far more sophisticated games on your phone, but the point is the same – we benefit from taking our minds out of a stressful situation. Whether it’s having a bath, lying in the sun or going for a swim, having some brain downtime will help.

Know that courses with higher entry requirements aren’t necessarily better

At school, I had my heart set on a certain course because it was supposed to be prestigious, and I thought that if I got into it, everyone would think I was smart. I’d never even thought of that particular career before my ego and my insecurity combined to tell me that I should do it.

I got into the course, and got my qualification, but I’ve never been sure that it was a good decision – I’ve never really used it, and all it ended up giving me were a few more years at uni. In other words, I made a dumb decision because I wanted people to think I was smart. Better to be honest about what you’d really enjoy doing, and be good at.

Treat yourself

I’m not saying go out and rampage through every outlet at your nearest food court, but this is not the time to be imposing a rigorous new diet. I wouldn’t have made it through the HSC without regular splurges on chocolate and ice cream, but your rewards program can work in other ways, too – two hours of study might buy one more episode of an entertaining TV show, or whatever works.

Don’t worry – there are lots of pathways to where you want to go

These days, there are lots of ways to get into just about any field. Most programs are available at graduate level, for instance, and Melbourne Uni is pioneering a model where everybody does generalist degrees when they first leave school. What this means is that while a mark that exceeds your target will let you get into a certain course, not getting in this time around won’t permanently exclude you. It’s tempting to feel that school exams are an all-or-nothing scenario, but they really aren’t.

Or you might not know what you want to do, which seems scary but is really quite liberating – it’s OK to take a few years to find out.

Drink cups of tea

Coffee before an exam, perhaps, but I’ve always tended to drink a lake’s worth of herbal tea when I had to do a lot of studying or writing. Somehow, it’s very soothing. I particularly recommend peppermint or rooibos.

Find out about your heroes, and how they did at school

It’s hard to avoid the impression that your Year 12 mark matters immensely. Looking at the biography of just about anybody who you admire will show you that in fact, school results are a very minor thing in the context of most people’s lives. In terms of my heroes, very few hilarious comedians, great writers or excellent musicians did brilliantly at school, and even if they did, their marks didn’t particularly help them to become who they ended up being.

Get ready never to talk about your mark again

After the second week of uni, it becomes socially unacceptable to mention any high school accomplishment, and especially your mark – unless you do really well and the newspaper rings up 20 years later, I guess. You might put it on your first graduate job application, but you probably won’t ever again after that. A few decades on, even you will struggle to remember the number that right now means everything.

Good luck, and I hope you get the mark you want – but if it doesn’t work out that way, you’ll almost certainly still be absolutely fine. You may even be considerably better off if you avoid a course you don’t really want to do.

Regardless, in a few week’s time, you’ll never have to wear a school uniform again, and that fact alone makes it well worth saying – congratulations!

Dominic Knight is the NSW/ACT Evenings presenter on ABC Local Radio.
Article sourced from: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-12/knight-hsc-advice-from-someone-who-survived/6847466

How to Do a Kettlebell Swing

October 8, 2017

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“The kettlebell swing is the ultimate single exercise to improve strength, endurance, coordination, stability of the hips and core, and grip strength,” says Grant Anderson, co-owner and director of strength at Chicago Primal Gym. The move involves your whole body from start to finish, so it forces your cardiovascular and muscular systems to work together, which translates well to outdoor sports. And a set of swings is a total sufferfest, so you’re building some serious mental grit in the process.

“Many people are quad dominant,” says Noam Tamir, founder of TS Fitness in New York City. “Kettlebell swings fire up the hip-dominant muscles rather than the quads, which helps to bring balance to the body.” Translation: Your body will distribute weight and effort more equally, which is crucial if you want to prevent injury and maximize performance.

There are two types of basic kettlebell swings: the Russian version and the American version. You may have seen people doing the American swing in the gym or at a CrossFit box, where they swing the bell up and overhead, but this can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. “There isn’t much more gained from going overhead with the kettlebell, but there is a lot more risk,” says Tamir. Without proper mobility, this move can put pressure on the neck and possibly throw you out of alignment. The overhead position also makes it difficult not to go into hyperextension of the lower back, says Tamir, which could lead to injury. The Russian swing—where you stop swinging the bell upwards at eye-level and bring it back down—is your best bet: You’ll avoid injury and get the same physical payoffs.

Perfect the Basic Swing

If you’re brand new to the kettlebell, start with a 16-kilogram (35-pound) option; but if you have a little experience, use a 24-kilogram (53-pound) bell. That may sound heavy for your first swing, but going big can actually help you learn better technique and going too light can downgrade the impact of the exercise, says Anderson. “Doing swings with light bells is often counterproductive, because your upper body can easily take over the load,” he explains. This leaves your hips and hammies—the main targeted areas—out of the exercise.

Start by standing with your feet just wider than shoulder-width apart, toes turned slightly out and the kettlebell about a foot in front of you. Hinge your hips back so your chest and eyes are pointed toward the ground about five feet in front of you. Reach and grab the handle of the bell with an overhand grip, tilting the bell back toward you. Your shoulders are higher than your hips, and your hips higher than your knees. Sharply inhale through your nose as you hike the bell back between your legs, keeping it high above your knees. Sharply exhale through your mouth as you stand quickly, driving your feet into the ground and bracing your body in a “vertical plank,” squeezing your glutes and quads and bracing your abs. As you do, keep your arms straight and use the momentum of your hip thrust to bring the bell in front of your chest. Let the bell hang there around shoulder height for just a moment. Bring the bell back down toward hip height by hinging your hips back; repeat. Repeat in sets of five to ten reps.

Scale It Up

After you’ve learned the basic swing and progressed with heavier loads to the point where doing more than three or four swings feels very difficult, these variations will spice up your training so you continue to improve, says Tamir.

Single-Arm Swing

How It Helps: Focusing on a single arm forces you to practice grip strength and activates the smaller stabilizer muscles in your shoulder.

How to Do It: Set up the same way as you do for a double-arm swing, but grip the kettlebell with one hand. Line up the free hand parallel to the hand that’s gripping the kettlebell. When swinging the kettlebell backward between your legs, your free hand should mimic the movement pattern, parallel to the arm in use. Continue the hinge motion as you would if both your hands were on the bell.

Alternate KB Swings

How It Helps: This progression builds hand-eye coordination and teaches your muscles how to react quickly to changing demands.

How to Do It: Set up the same way as you do for the single-arm swing, but when the bell reaches shoulder height, transfer it to the other hand by placing the free hand over the working hand and quickly exchanging the kettlebell to the other hand during the floating phase. Continue the swing, switching hands at the top of each swing.

KB Clean

How It Helps: This exercise develops strength in the entire legs while working on muscle control during tighter, smaller movements.

How to Do It: Set up the same way as you do for the single-arm swing. As you hinge forward and bring the bell toward your chest, loosen your grip when the bell reaches your hips. Quickly tuck your elbow back toward your body so it touches your side and turn your palm inward so it’s facing your head. The bell should fall naturally over the top of your wrist. Return to the backswing by rotating your hand down toward the ground with the thumb facing your body and the pinkie facing away from you, keeping the kettlebell as close to your body as you can and swinging back through your legs.

Article sourced here: https://www.outsideonline.com/2243661/how-do-kettlebell-swing

Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – October 2017

October 3, 2017

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1. Ever thought about becoming a Personal Trainer?

The Last Personal Trainer Course Intake for 2017 begins in October so this is your LAST CHANCE to make a change and live your dream. You can find out more about the Australian Institute of Personal Training by contacting Coffs Campus Manager Dan Tempest on 0432 579 221 or coffscoast@aipt.com.au

2. Did you know when you walk you are putting the force of as much as 5 times your body weight on each foot?
Our friends at Mid North Coast Physiotherapy will make sure your feet are functioning at their best with their GaitScan assessments. Find out more about GaitScan or book in for one of 20 FREE GaitScan assessments they are offering this month.

3. Save the Date!
Don’t forget to pop Saturday 9th of December into your diary for our annual Members and Family Christmas Party. More details to come as the date gets closer… Keep up to date with all Club & Community events by visiting our Events calendar.

4. Have you tried Kombucha?
We are excited to announce that we will be stocking the wonderful Gut Instinct Kombucha in both clubs! Learn about the benefits of Kombucha, and look out for Taste Tests happening throughout the month at your favourite club.

5. Win a Prize & a Workout Buddy:
We have a very special members only competition running for the month, with the chance to win a prize a week simply for referring your friends and family to try the club! Check out the calendar below to see the wonderful prizes! Simply see reception at your club to refer your friends and get your name in the draw! Keep an eye on our Facebook each Monday to see if you’re the lucky winner! Not a member yet? Join online now and SAVE!


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Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Chicken Florentine

September 21, 2017

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Pan-fried chicken served with garlic-flavoured spinach – it even looks healthy! Serves 4

Ingredients

¼ tsp pepper
500g chicken breasts or thighs, cut in half
1 Tbsp olive oil
500g fresh spinach, or 250g packet frozen spinach
3 Tbsp shredded basil
1 clove garlic, minced
80g grated parmesan

Method

  1. Sprinkle the pepper over each chicken piece. Place to the side.
  2. Heat a frying pan to medium and add the oil. Add chicken pieces and gently cook for 10 mins or until cooked through, turning once.
  3. Wash and drain fresh spinach, then place spinach, basil and garlic in a large saucepan with ¼ cup water and cook until spinach is wilted (approx 2 mins). Drain off excess liquid and toss with a fork.
  4. Place spinach on a serving plate and arrange chicken on top. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve immediately.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Low Carb Nachos

September 7, 2017

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Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – September 2017

September 3, 2017

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EXCITING NEW TIMETABLE FOR SPRING!

Spring is here – and with Spring comes our new timetable. We have a number of exciting changes for this quarter for both MOONEE and TOORMINA, all of which have been made due to the feedback and requests from our fabulous members!

TOORMINA

•    We now have BALANCE at 6.00am in the Main Studio on Wednesdays
•    METAFIT has been added as a FREE and timetabled class and will be on at 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the BOXING/CIRCUIT studio
•    We have all new Circuit style HIIT classes  – CC55.  CC55 is on Mondays at 6.30pm, Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Thursdays at 9.30am in the BOXING/CIRCUIT studio
•    Due to popular demand we have added Wednesday night childminding from 5.15pm – 7.45pm

MOONEE

•    We have introduced ZUMBA GOLD on 10.30am on Tuesdays.
•    METAFIT has been added as a FREE and timetabled class at 6.30pm on Tuesdays
•    The all new Circuit style HIIT class – CC55 will now be on at 6.00am on Thursdays
•    Due to popular demand we have added Monday night childminding from 5.15pm – 7.45pm
•    We will be extending Saturday morning childminding from 7.15am – 10.45am

All of these exciting new classes and changes begin from Friday the 1st of September.  We LOVE making positive changes and we hope you enjoy these awesome additions to the timetable! Pick up a copy of the new timetable from your club’s Reception today, or visit the online timetable here.

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FREE COMMUNITY OPEN WEEKS!
It’s our birthday but we are giving you the presents by opening up the clubs for a week of FREE fitness & fun! This year the Open Weeks line up perfectly with our Les Mills Launch days, which means double the celebration!

For our South side community, the Toormina Club will have an open week from the 4th until the 10th of September, culminating with our Les Mills launch on Super Saturday the 9th.

For our North side community, the Moonee Club will have an open week from the 11th until the 17th of September, kicking off on Mad Monday Launch Day!

For their respective Open Week, each club will be offering FREE ENTRY, FREE CLASSES, FREE CHILDMINDING and a very special SAVING OF OVER $200 for anyone who joins during the week. Plus, for our members, bring your friends and family in during the week and receive TWO WEEKS FREE for each person that joins because of you. We can’t wait to see you during our Community Open Weeks for 2017!

 

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LAST 2017 PERSONAL TRAINER COURSE STARTING SOON!
Live your dream in 2018! The fitness industry is booming. With an increased focus on health and fitness there is unprecedented growth and demand for high quality personal trainers and fitness professionals.

“Personal Training courses are not all created equal. I started an online one & I ended up wasting my time & money. This course run by Dan is so interactive & fun! I am gaining all of the skills & confidence I need to become a personal trainer in a real gym with motivation from real people. I see why AIPT are the leaders now, I love it!” R. Sampson

Get qualified and learn in the region’s most awarded health club, from the region’s most experienced personal trainers. Our very own Daniel Tempest is taking applications right now for the final Personal Training course this year and with ONLY a few positions left, your time is running out to turn your dream into reality.

Call the Coffs Coast Campus Manager Dan on 0432 579 221 or email him via coffscoast@aipt.com.au for further information!

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SPRING INTO FITNESS & SAVE!

Now is the time to start sculpting that summer body you’ve been dreaming of! As the weather starts to warm-up it’s easier to get your body moving and undertake regular exercise. For the month of September we are making it even easier to get started or get back into it by:

-Waiving the Joining Fee (save $149)
-Including a FREE Personal Training session
-Giving you all the benefits of our full membership with 24/7 access, access to over 65 group exercise classes per week and 2 convenient locations, just to name a few!

These inclusions will save you well over $200, putting that summer body right in your grasp! Hurry, there are only 25 of these packages available across both clubs so beat the summer rush and start your fitness journey right now! Call 1300 040 479, email lee@coffscoasthc.com.au for Moonee or tori@coffscoasthc.com.au for Toormina or pop into either club now. Alternatively, you can join online now. 
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FROM CANADA TO THE COFFS COAST – HE’S HERE TO HELP!
While moving to the opposite side of the planet is a daunting prospect for many, Mihai Mitrache did it to follow his dream.  Having grown up and studied in Canada, the opportunity to complete his Masters in Physiotherapy through the highly acclaimed course at Sydney Uni was too good to pass up. His love of the Australian lifestyle has been what brought him to the Coffs Coast in January to join the team at Mid North Coast Physio.

How can Mihai help you?

1. Injury prevention
Whether you’re playing sports or working a physical job, the best way to stop pain is to prevent it. I can run you through a functional assessment to determine if you’re at risk of injury and use those results to put together a preventative treatment plan for you.

2. Lower back pain
You don’t have to live with lower back pain, even if it’s just a niggle. Hands on physio, dry needling, and a little bit of exercise can do wonders to keep your back in great shape no matter how old you are.

3. Headaches
Many headaches actually stem from stiffness in the neck joints and a postural imbalance of the neck muscles. With a little bit of hands on work and gentle stretching, I can help you reduce the number of headaches you suffer from all while improving your posture and range of motion in your neck.

4. Post-surgical rehabilitation
Whether it’s a knee reconstruction, joint replacement, arthroscopy, or lower back surgery, I can help you re-gain your function and decrease your pain. In fact, my goal is always to get you back stronger than you were before!

5. Shoulder problems
The shoulder joint is the most flexible joint in the whole body, and it’s for that very reason that it’s the joint most often injured. I can help you restore normal function, range, strength, and reduce pain in your shoulder.

If this sounds like something you could benefit from, you can give the admin team at Mid North Coast Physio a call and request a FREE assessment with Mihai. Simply call 1300 27 37 47 to book – these appointments are limited so call now.

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BLACK and BLING – LES MILLS LAUNCHES!

We will be bringing all the latest moves and music to your favourite Les Mills classes at the beginning of September when we celebrate the fabulous new releases.  Launch classes are always lots of FUN and they will all be team taught by our enthusiastic and dedicated instructors. The theme for these launches is BLACK and BLING so get out your favourite black lycra and team it with a little bling. There will be awesome prizes for best dressed so why not go crazy with the glitter, the diamantes and the sparkles!

SUPER SATURDAY at TOORMINA – 9th of September

PUMP               7.30am
ATTACK           8.30am
CYCLE             8.30am
BALANCE        9.30am

MONDAY MADNESS at MOONEE – 11th of September

PUMP               6.00am
BALANCE        9.30am
ATTACK           5.30pm

Bring a friend for FREE to all class launches and show them why you love your LES MILLS classes so much!

 

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CYCLE NEWS!
Keep your eye on the bikes in the CYCLE studio as they undergo their annual full service, upgrade and revamp. You will notice that Bikes will disappear and then reappear all sparkly and will ride like new with thanks to Jason Liggett from SC Fabrication.

This month we farewell Amanda Bos as she hangs up her cleats after 6 years of teaching Monday morning 6am CYCLE classes with us and over 12 years of teaching. Amanda is retiring from group exercise for now while she focuses on her dental career and explores some amazing adventures around Australia.

We are very excited to announce that this month will also see the return of Sheree Pate to our team. Sheree is very keen to ride with you all again and I am sure that you will welcome her back with open arms and big smiles.

So let’s make September the month to CYCLE!

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OBLITERATE BODY FAT WITH METAFIT!

We are very excited to announce that Metafit will be added to our Group Exercise Timetable as of the 1st of September, meaning that it is now included in our membership price! Metafit is a 30-minute High Intensity Interval (HIIT) workout using bodyweight. It comprises short intervals (10-30seconds) of high intensity body weight exercises such as sprints, squat jumps and many more, coupled with intervals of complete or active rest.

Metafit is suited for everyone of all fitness levels and ages, and is great for:
–    Weight loss
–    Shedding body fat
–    Building muscle
–    Boosting your metabolism
–    Increasing fitness
–    Time poor people

Metafit classes will be on at Toormina on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm, and at Moonee on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Come and try a class this month!

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FITNESS PASSPORT SCAN TO WIN!
Coast Health Club and Mid North Coast Physiotherapy have teamed up to create an ultimate health package to be WON by a lucky Fitness Passport member this month! Simply scan your Fitness Passport card at either Toormina or Moonee in the month of September to go into the draw to win.

What’s included in the prize (valued at over $300):
–    1 Hour Massage
–    Foam roller
–    Tube of Fisiocrem Cream
–    CCHC Protein Shaker
–    Superfood Nano Greens
–    4 different flavours of the super yummy Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bars

All this will be going home with a lucky Fitness Passport member at the end of September, simply for visiting either club! Remember: each time you scan your card you get another entry into the draw, so the more visits, the more chances to win!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SPARTANS! 
In the first week of August, personal trainer and pump instructor Jazz O’Meagher headed over to Hawaii with our wonderful members Naomi Symonds, Mathew Stewart, Fiona Clancy, Alana Constable and fellow pump instructor Janelle, to complete the Spartan Race Trifecta. This included the Spartan Beast (21+kms and 30+ obstacles), Spartan Super (14+ kms and 25+ obstacles) and Spartan Sprint (7+ kms and 20+ obstacles).

They completed the three races to earn their Hawaiian Trifecta Medal while enjoying the high humidity, steep mountains and endless mud! The team joined around 40 other Aussies from around the country in the “Aussie Invasion” team who all completed various distances over the race weekend. Jazz, Mat and Naomi are now training for their next goal, Spartan Ultrabeast (42kms 60+ obstacles) which will be held next year.

If you have ever thought about entering a Spartan Race, or would like to know what training for one is like, give Jazz a call on 0415238461.

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doTERRA OILS INTRODUCTORY KITS ON SALE THIS MONTH! 
When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Using essential oils is intuitively simple and highly satisfying. However, the many oils available with their numberless combinations and wellness applications can be a bit overwhelming to beginners.

As a simple first step on your journey with essential oils, we recommend a trio of lavender, lemon, and peppermint, three of our most popular oils. They will provide you and your family a compelling experience with the life-enhancing properties of therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Introductory Kit including 5mL bottles of Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint is now $35! Available through reception at both clubs, get in quick while stocks last!

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KID’S CLUB UPDATE! 

We are super excited to let you know that due to popular demand we have added extra Kid’s Club sessions at both Toormina and Moonee beginning on the 1st of September. Our wonderful team – Emma, Stewart, Paige, Jess, Cassie, Ebony, Tahlia, Lisa, Shannon, Deb, Ivana, Dana, Sarah, Maggie, Britt and Anna – will now be available to care for your kids whilst you workout more often!

Toormina will now have childminding available every Wednesday night from 5:15-7:45pm.

Moonee will now have childminding available every Monday night from 5:15-7:45pm PLUS extended hours on a Saturday morning, 7:15-10:45am.

As always, please book your sessions in advance by calling 1300 040 479 to receive a discounted rate, and so that we can ensure that we have adequate childminders available to supervise your kids. For a list of all Kid’s Club sessions, click here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER!

Fri 1st & Sat 2nd Gourmet on the Lawn
Sat 2nd – Coffs Classic
Sun 3rd Coffs Harbour Running Festival
Sun 3rd – Father’s Day
Mon 4th – Sun 10th – Toormina Club Community Open Week
Fri 8th – Open Air Picnic Opening
Sat 9th – Super Saturday Les Mills Launches – Toormina Club
Mon 11th – Sun 17th – Moonee Club Community Open Week
Mon 11th – Mad Monday Les Mills Launches – Moonee Club
Wed 20th – Chicks at the Flicks
Thurs 21st – Sun 24th – Bellingen Music Festival
Sat 23rd – NSW School Holidays begin
Sat 23rd – Woolgoolga CurryFest

 

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Health Benefits Of The Beach

August 27, 2017

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Waves gently crashing along the shore. Sunlight streaming from a cloudless sky. Miles of seemingly-endless sand joining the horizon. Sounds pretty peaceful, doesn’t it? And for many of us who spend most weekday hours indoors, it doesn’t take much persuasion to peel off the layers and catch some sun.

But if you do need more reasons to hit the beach, find out how the surf, sun, and sand can boost your physical and mental health.

 
HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE BEACH

Look no further than the experts. In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, author J. Aaron Hipp, Ph.D., environmental health expert and assistant professor at the Brown School, pointed to the restorative environment of the beach.

“Studies have shown that natural environments like beaches and waterfront parks offer more restorative benefits to people than gyms, entertainment venues and the built urban environment,” said Hipp.

His study goes further to suggest that we require specific conditions in that beachside environment to achieve the fully-desired restorative effect.

“Mild temperature days and low tides offer the most restorative environments when visiting the beach,” he said.

“Beachgoers visiting on a day nearly 3 degrees (F) warmer than average were 30 percent less likely to perceive the beach or coastal park as restorative, compared with those visiting on average or cooler than average days.”

1. Sun
We all know the risks of too much sun exposure. But there are benefits to getting some rays, too.

When our skin is directly exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D, a vital tool that helps with calcium absorption and building strong bones. Some of it comes from diet, but a good portion also comes from the sun. And according to the Mayo Clinic, as little as 10 minutes of sun exposure can provide us with our daily dose. According to the vitamin D council, “your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink.”

In one study, sun exposure was shown to offer other benefits in addition to vitamin D production — including an increase in endorphins and possible prevention of autoimmune diseases.

But despite these benefits, limit your exposure to excessive sunlight to avoid skin cancer risks. When you do head out into the sun for more than a few minutes, remember to wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.

2.Sand
Did you know that the soles of your feet have more sweat glands and nerve-endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body? And that walking barefoot stimulates them much more than walking in shoes?

Not only are you stimulating nerve endings when you walk on the sand, but you’re also strengthening the muscles in your feet, which don’t get used nearly as much when you’re wearing shoes. And according to Martin Zucker, author of Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, you may be better connected to the earth when you ditch your shoes, reaping vital mood-boosting benefits. “Earthing,” argues Zucker, reconnects our bodies to the ever-present energy of the earth, which modern lifestyles have increasingly diminished.

And in a study focused on running and walking on the sand, researchers found that walking on sand requires 1.6 to 2.5 times the energy than it takes on a hard surface.

“Our muscles perform more mechanical work when running or walking on sand than on a hard surface,” said study co-author Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune, M.D.

If treading on the unwieldy sand for too long sounds tiring, try alternating your walk or run on the more compact sand closer to the water, where the surface will be less challenging.

3.Surf
Sea water contains high levels of various minerals — including magnesium, potassium and iodine — which may help fight infection, offer therapeutic effects, and potentially help the body heal and detoxify.

Swimming is linked to decreased stress and increased sense of well-being; studies have shown swimming and water-based exercise help to decrease anxiety and depression.

Aside from its therapeutics effects, swimming provides excellent physical exercise, employing most of our major muscle groups, especially as the water provides gentle resistance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming ranks as the fourth most popular sport activity in the United States. Among other aerobic activities (like running and bicycling), swimming for as little as two-and-a-half hours a week may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and boost heart health.

And since it’s a non-impact sport, swimming offers a great way for people with injuries to get some exercise. For sufferers of arthritis, water-based exercise can help improve joint pain symptoms.

Sources:

Hipp JA, Ogunseitan O. Effect of environmental conditions on perceived psychological restorativeness of coastal parks. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 2011.

Mead MN. Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2008.

Lejeune TM, Willems PA, Heglund NC. Mechanics and energetics of human locomotion on sand. The Journal of Experimental Biology. 2011.

Moghaddam J, Hefzollesan M, Salehian MH, Shirmohammadzadeh M. Effect of Different Exercises on Reducing Male Students Depression. Annals of Biological Research. 2012.

Jun 14, 2013 12:14 PM By Amy Boulanger
Sourced from: http://www.medicaldaily.com/health-benefits-beach-3-reasons-hit-beach-summer-246789

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Vanilla, Passionfruit & Raspberry Desserts

August 24, 2017

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Serves 4

Ingredients

200ml water
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
6 scoops Proti vanilla
4 passionfruit
1 cup frozen raspberries

Method

  1. Combine Place water and Greek yoghurt in a bowl and mix with a stick blender.
  2. Add Proti powder and mix carefully with a stick blender until smooth.
  3. Add fruit and stir through.
  4. Pour into serving glasses or ramekins and refrigerate for a few hours or until set.

How Shame Affects Eating Habits

August 20, 2017
Eating certain foods quickly can become a conditioned pattern around feelings of shame—and the anxiety of being found out.

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A common expression of shame is eating certain foods secretly and fast when nobody is around. This habit may continue for many years, not because we like the experience of eating in this way (few do), but because it lets us fool ourselves into believing that we have not eaten anything “forbidden.” Often, these eating habits become a conditioned pattern, with underlying feelings of shame—and the anxiety of being discovered—present all the time.

Often, these eating habits become a conditioned pattern, with underlying feelings of shame—and the anxiety of being discovered—present all the time.

The first thing that we can acknowledge is that this hidden secret of “not being or doing enough” is extremely energy consuming. Becoming aware of the ways that shame plays out in our own experience is the first step toward learning to treat ourselves more gently.

What types of awareness are helpful?

  1. Becoming aware of repetitive thoughts that go through the mind when life becomes difficult. Often, they are lingering self-doubts, such as “I’m unlovable,” “I’m helpless,” “I’m inadequate,” “I’m a failure.” “I’m basically alone,” or “I don’t belong.”
  2. Learning to identify the different manifestations of shame. Sometimes shame shows itself as “the inner critic” (or self-blamer) or “the pusher” (for whom nothing is ever enough).
  3. Being mindful of shame in the body. Downcast eyes, lowered head, and unstable posture are all natural expressions of shame. Other physical sensations that occur with shame include warmth, or heat and blushing.

How can we work with shame and build more shame resilience?

The first step is to keep shame from growing. Secrecy (taboos), silence, and judgment are three fuels that help shame to grow exponentially. Breaking the silence and challenging taboo thoughts about eating are essential parts of the healing process.

The second step is to focus on our common humanity. Human beings are born with the wish to be loved, and we need each other to survive. Therefore, we all seek approval and feel social shame when we perceive that we do not fit in. When you understand that we are all struggling with the same feelings and fears, you can connect with our common humanity.

Breaking the silence and challenging taboo thoughts about eating are essential parts of the healing process.

The third step is allowing the discomfort to be present. It takes courage to expose your hidden stories to the light because it is much easier to hide in the dark. Mindfulnessaddresses each moment-to-moment experience with curiosity and openness, no matter if there are negative core beliefs or shameful experiences.

Additionally, bringing compassion and kindness to the situation can ease the suffering that results after self-criticism. Consciously breathing or softening into the tensed areas can increase your tolerance for these painful situations.

Finally, you can offer yourself words of care and kindness for being in a difficult situation. Talk to yourself as you would talk to someone you love, such as your child or partner. What would a very compassionate friend say to you in this situation? Compassionate and soothing gestures can support you in finding inner warmth as an antidote for the harsh and cold words of shame.

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