Exercise is better with a friend. Here are 8 reasons why….

Exercise with a friend this month and they can enjoy 2-weeks unlimited training for FREE.
All new members will receive a 2-week unlimited pass until 31 March 2017.

Here are 8 reasons why exercise is better with a friend:

1. Accountability – when you have someone counting on you, you are far less likely to bail on a workout. Making plans to meet your friend at 6am is much more concrete than vaguely planning to exercise alone “some time”. Set a date and don’t be late!

2. Exercise becomes more fun – a key element in forming a lifestyle habit is fun. It’s always more enjoyable to share an experience with a friend.

3. You tend to get more out of the session – you’ll work that bit harder when exercising with a partner. It can bring out a competitive instinct that allows you both to push your limits. You’re more likely to do that extra set or an extra kilometre when you’re being spurred on.

4. Safety – having a partner means you will always have someone looking out for you. Whether it’s someone to help if you were to fall when running or to spot you when doing strength training. This will help you through final reps and they can keep a close eye on your technique.

5. You are more likely to try new things – ever wanted to try a boxing class but felt intimidated going there alone? With a partner, your excuses are now removed. It opens up all sorts of possibilities to try new forms of exercise.

6. Reduced costs – that personal training session instantly became cheaper for both of you! And, you’ll still get plenty of individual attention from the trainer.

7. Social well-being – social interaction is often listed as an important factor for many people when choosing exercise. Training with a partner gives you that social contact that is often non-existent when going solo.

8. Shared goals – if two of you are working towards a common goal, it helps to build more resolve and resilience. It’s a fantastic feeling to achieve a goal, and it can be even better when you achieve it with someone else.


Source: HBF

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Fitness benefits of exercising with a friend

There are many fitness benefits to be had by exercising with a friend. One of the best ways to keep active or get back into exercise for the long-term is to do it with a friend. Exercise is greatly enhanced when you are with a buddy and/or in a small group setting.

So why not stack the odds in your favour! Here are a number of benefits to illustrate that doing it together, is better:

1. Accountability – when you have someone counting on you, you are far less likely to skip a workout. Making plans to meet your friend at 6am is much more concrete than vaguely planning to exercise alone in the morning or after work. Set a date and don’t be late!

2. Exercise becomes more fun – a key element in forming a lifestyle habit is fun. It’s always more enjoyable to share an experience with a friend. It also allows you try out other activities. After all, it’s pretty hard to do boxing with someone without a buddy holding the pads.

3. You tend to get more out of the session – you’ll work that bit harder when exercising with a partner. It can bring out a competitive instinct that allows you both to push your limits. You’re more likely to do a few extra reps when you’re being spurred on.

4. Work out longer – time flies when you’re having fun… or at least when you are distracted. Having someone to chat with between sets let’s you focus on something other than just your workout making the time go by faster.

5. You are more likely to try new things – ever wanted to try a fun run or a boxing class but felt intimidated going there alone? With a partner your excuses are now removed. It opens up all sorts of possibilities to new forms of exercise.

6. Reduced costs – that personal training session instantly became cheaper for both of you! And, you’ll still get plenty of individual attention from the trainer.

7. Social well-being – social interaction is often listed as an important factor for many people when choosing exercise. Training with a partner gives you that social contact that is often non-existent when going solo.

8. Shared goals – if two of you are working towards a common goal, it helps to build more resolve and resilience. It’s a fantastic feeling to achieve a goal, and it can be even better when you achieve it with someone else.

Get a friend, buddy or mum and bub to try a Healthquarters class this month and take advantage of the FREE trail class for all new members. Motivate them to stick with you and encourage them to sign up for the 30 classes for 20 pass which works out at only $11 a class. Valid until 31 November, 2016.

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Walk Fit Barangaroo

Walk Fit in August

Walk Fit with Healthquarters walking fitness group in August and stay fit and healthy, whilst walking and talking and enjoying amazing locations by foot!

Walk Fit starts at 7:15pm and finishes at 8:45pm. The group usually covers about 6-7 km in distance. All you need is a bottle or bladder of water, a backpack, head torch, towel and walking shoes.

Walk Fit locations in August include:

  • Monday 1 August – meet at Sirius Cove car park, Mosman
  • Monday 8 August – meet at Willoughby Leisure Centre car park
  • Monday 15 August – meet at Naremburn shops car park
  • Monday 22 August – meet at the Waverton Bowling Club, Woolcott St
  • Monday 29 August – meet at the Cammeray shops car park

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You have time to exercise

YOU have time to EXERCISE

YOU have time to EXERCISE. The one thing every person has the same of, is TIME, yet the biggest excuse trainers hear from clients is ‘I don’t have time to exercise’. You have time to exercise if you want to, if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

Here is an example; one of our members, a mother of 2 kids under 5 and 12 weeks pregnant, made it to training this morning. She had to be at work at 7:45 am. I’m sure she could have found many an excuse not to come to training that morning at 6 am. It was cold, dark and pouring with rain.

Yet, she came, trained and left at 6:30 am. She managed a good 30 minute workout, even though the class finishes at 7 am. She found a reason to be at training, because it is important to her and makes her feel fit, strong and happy!

When you exercise regularly, you realise how good it is for you and how good you feel, it becomes a healthy habit.

So ditch the excuses, grab your motivation and Just Do It!

Need help, read these articles!

10 creative ways to stay motivated this winter

Motivation: how to get it

How to motivate yourself into a routine you’ll stick to

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May OH! Mag

May Optimum Health OH! Magazine

Download your FREE copy of the May edition of the Optimum Health Magazine.

This month you’ll be inspired by the way Di Westaway handled her “mid-wife crisis”, you’ll explore the benefits of exercise on your brain, enjoy some nutrition tips for a healthy heart, learn the habits of happy people, and lots more! It’s all in the new edition of OH! Magazine.

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In this month’s edition you’ll also read about:

  • 1 in 4 Aussie kids are getting less than half the daily exercise they should. 
  • 14% of Aussie parents are worried about their kids becoming overweight. 
  • 78% of Aussie kids are getting less than the recommended daily amount of exercise. 
  • 1 in 7 Aussies aged over 50 have evidence of macular degeneration. 
  • Exercise benefits your body AND your brain. 
  • Dr Joanna shares her tips for a healthy heart.
  • Discover celeb chef Pete Evans’ recipe for scrambled eggs with zucchini spaghetti and raisins. Yep, raisins! 
  • Share in food blogger Phoodies’ delicious recipe for spanakopita.
  • Mike Campbell explores why success is measured by sex, money or freedom.
  • Nardia Norman examines your ‘stickability’ in terms of motivation and willpower. 
  • Heidi Di Santo explains the problems with being judgemental. 
  • Greg Sellar confronts the four things you probably don’t want to hear.
  • Discover nine habits of happy people.
  • In the new OH! Magazine you can win over $1,000 worth of prizes. 
  • Discover all things new in healthy and balanced living.

 

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mums & bubs class

Mums & Bubs – Friday Fun Day Exercise Class

Join Healthquarters this Friday for our Mums & Bubs Friday Fun Day! Are you keen to exercise but stuck with the kids these school holidays? Bring them with you to a fun exercise class this Friday 9:30am – 10:30am on the netball courts at Willoughby Leisure Centre.

Bring along scooters, bikes, picnic rug, colouring books or something to entertain your kids. You’ll get to feel fit, fantastic and energised.

Afterwards, you can join us and the other mums and kids for a coffee, milkshake, juice, hot chocolate or whatever takes your fancy at the incinerator cafe.

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Places are limited.
First class free!

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morning exercise

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise in the Morning

I love exercise in the morning. So why mornings?…

1. Increase daily energy. When you exercise in the morning you’ll be energised for the day!

2. Increase metabolism. When you exercise early in the morning, it “jump starts” your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours, sometimes up to 24 hours! That means you’re burning more calories all day long just because you exercised in the morning!

3. Regulate appetite & make better food choices. Many people find that morning exercise “regulates” their appetite for the day – that they aren’t as hungry and that they make better food choices.

4. You’ll exercise consistently. Over 90% of people who exercise *consistently*, exercise in the morning. If you want to exercise consistently, odds are in your favour if you exercise first thing in the morning.

5. Regulate body clock. If you exercise at about the same time every morning, and ideally wake-up at about the same time on a regular basis, your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms adjust to that.

6. Take care of your body, mind & soul. For many people, that appointed time every morning becomes something they look forward to. It’s time they’ve set aside to do something good for themselves – to take care of their body, mind, and soul.

7. Increase mental acuity. Research has demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity. On average it lasts four to ten hours after exercise! No sense in wasting that brain power while you’re sleeping.

8. You’ll ensure you do it. Exercise first thing in the morning is really the only way to assure that something else won’t crowd exercise out of your schedule. When your days get hectic, exercise usually takes a back seat!

9. Early to bed, early to rise. By exercising in the morning, you’re more inclined to go to bed earlier. Research has shows that the sleep you get before midnight is the most important and that people who exercise on a regular basis have a higher quality of sleep.

10. You’ll feel GREAT!

Healthquarters offers morning classes Monday at 6am, Wednesday at 6am, Friday at 6am, Friday at 9:30am and Saturday at 8:15am.

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Exercise makes you happy

exerciseWe all know exercise is good for us. It keeps our weight in check, makes us stronger, and keeps us fit. But did you know that exercise can make you a happier person, yes exercise makes you happy!

When you work out and stay active on a regular basis, it’s not just a coincidence that you feel less stressed, less anxious, and generally happier.

Here are 6 reasons why exercise makes you happy:READ MORE

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Exercise and your spouse will follow

Research suggests that when one spouse exercises and commits to improving their fitness routine their partner is likely to follow their lead, the study from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found.
The impact is so strong that, when a wife reaches recommended guidelines for exercise, her husband is 70% more likely to follow the example and reach the recommended levels.

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March Optimum Health Mag

March Optimum Health OH! Magazine

March Optimum Health OH! Magazine

Download your FREE Copy of the March Optimum Health Magazine. In this issue of OH! learn how to boost your wellness with Tim Robards’ guide to stretching & mobility. We’ve also detailed the dangers of prolonged sitting, given you tips to help cope when a friendship ends, and lots more health and wellness tips from our resident healthy lifestyle experts. Read it online right now at http://joom.ag/vCop

Summary

  • Read Tim Robards, Stretching for Success guide
  • Stand up to boost your health
  • Discover 3 steps to staying motivated
  • Rediscover the joy of eating
  • Learn how to cope when a friendship ends
  • Get to know the top tips for abundant thinking
  • Lots of recipes
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