Health and Wellbeing - July 2012
03 Jul 2012
Registrations are open
Registrations are now open for the 2012 Spring Corporate Challenge and Corporate Cup lunch-time sports competitions.
With a record amount of interest surrounding the upcoming season, it is important to guarantee your spot in the competition by registering early. To register you will need to supply: full name, email address and date of birth.
MasterCard, Visa or American Express is accepted for online registrations. Alternatively, please contact us.
Refer to the website for full payment details and conditions. For more information, please visit the http://www.melbournecitysports.ymca.org.au or call 9604 8600.
Genetics v. environment
Everyone knows that, as part of a healthy lifestyle, you need to get active and exercise regularly.
However there exists a large portion of the population which believes, even when they are exercising regularly, they can’t achieve physical benefits and, surprisingly, they’re right.
Everyone is different and the results of exercise will vary from one person to the next. Currently there is an increasing percentage of the Australian population who are clinically overweight. However the main factor for this increasing percentage is less clear. The debate over the cause focuses on two main areas – genetic factors (metabolism) and environmental factors (increased work hours, less physically-demanding jobs).
We know that we can’t change our genetics and we are predisposed to certain physical characteristics. Thus we have a better control over our environment, the types of food we eat, the amount we exercise, our levels of activity and more. Nevertheless, by only changing environment, we might not necessarily see the changes we desire.
Most importantly, we know that exercise increases cardiovascular performance, helps our immune system, fights depression, makes our brains work better, helps us sleep and many other benefits.
We can’t let physical changes be the sole motivation for exercise.
Corporate core strength
We are seeing an increase in the amount of hours worked and the amount of hours spent at the desk in a state of inactivity.
As a result many corporate workers are feeling the brunt of these trends in their lower backs.
The lower back region is an extremely important part of the human anatomy, which if not properly looked after can cause numerous lingering health issues.
Purely from an anatomical standpoint, the lower back is significant as it provides strength, support and flexibility, as well as allowing for a range of movements.
Most notably the lower back houses part of the spinal cord, which is responsible for housing the millions of nerve fibres that allow for movement in the lower limbs.
Therefore pain and stiffness in this vital area can lead to decreased productivity at work and an increase in the number of sick days taken.
Australia is one country that has recognised the importance of lower-back health and is actively promoting the benefits that exercise and physical activity has on this area.
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