The benefits of incorporating skipping into your workouts

Firstly, I’d just like to be clear that this is not about skipping your workouts, but incorporating skipping INTO your workouts. It’s a subtle difference, but can have drastically different outcomes!

Recently, I started including skipping into my workouts and it’s been a really fun addition. I also found out there are many benefits for your body and overall wellbeing.

Here are some articles that I’ve come across exploring the benefits of skipping.

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Wobbly balance

When we are faced with injury or illness, a slump or feel a little lost in our lives, the search for an answer can often be overwhelming. There are so many different health practitioners, with a multitude of theories and opinions, some based on science and research, some not. And with research constantly re-defining what it means to be healthy, the process of finding health can be very confusing.

For me, my definition of health is finding BALANCE in my life.

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MOSIC in the media for Osteopathy Awareness Week 2018

MOSIC has featured in the news several times this week as part of Osteopathy Awareness Week (15–21 April). Our director, Dr Shane Buntman, appeared as a guest on a live Sky News interview last Sunday.

And in this article from The Age on Monday, a longtime MOSIC client credits Osteopathy with getting his back pain under control after surgery on a ruptured disc. You can read the full article here:

The one thing you’re forgetting in your workout

Do you have any stories about how Osteopathy has helped you overcome injury or achieve your goals? We’d love to find out. Please feel free to send us an email or contact us on social media with your stories.

  @/mosic_osteopathy_pilates/

 

@Dr_Osteopathy

 

  @MelbourneOsteopathySportsInjuryCentre/

 


Osteopathy Awareness Week helps the community by sharing stories about how Osteopathy can assist people in overcoming injuries and achieving their health and wellbeing goals.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you achieve yours, then please feel free to ask a question or contact us on:

Active April 2018 at MOSIC

 

April is such an exciting time of the year for the MOSIC community. It signals the beginning of our Active April campaign, part of a fantastic state government initiative whose aim is to ‘promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians to join in the fun of increased physical activity.’ This year MOSIC is offering a number of FREE events as well as participating as an organisation.

Visit the Premier’s Active April website to find out more or sign up for you or your organisation.

For MOSIC, this means taking health and wellbeing to the next level. This year we will be focusing on three key elements to help deliver the best version of ourselves to the MOSIC community, every single day during April:

  • Exercising and moving every day
  • Further refining our healthy eating habits
  • Developing our mindfulness skill set

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Eating fat doesn’t make you fat

Explaining why the popular misconception “if you eat fat, you’ll get fat” has contributed to the obesity epidemic

Fat is one of the body’s most basic building blocks, comprising about 15% of our overall weight. In our diet, fat (from animal or vegetable sources) provides a concentrated energy source. Contrary to popular belief, a fairly high percentage of diverse, good quality fats are required for optimal health. Although now slowly changing, for several decades now, a lot of health advice has unfairly promoted a low-fat diet. The problem with this is that it almost always equates to a high-sugar and/or high-refined carbohydrate diet that contributes to insulin resistance, obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and numerous other health problems.

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

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Low back pain – What’s the real culprit?

Low back pain – those three little words that make us all cringe. It’s estimated that over 70% of people will experience low back pain in their lifetime. Often, it can be debilitating, preventing us from doing many of the activities we love like walking, swimming, gardening or running.

Several different structures contribute to low back pain including discs, joints, muscles, nerves and ligaments. Pain might be local to the area, more towards the back of the hip or down to the leg. Symptoms might also include feelings of numbness, tingling or weakness.

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Natasha’s remarkable recovery for the Patagonia ultramarathon

MOSIC client Natasha Sekulic describes on her blog the incredible RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon that she completed in the Patagonia region of Argentina in November last year. What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is that Natasha suffered a debilitating calf muscle tear as she embarked on her training program for the 7-day 250km event.

It turned out worse than anticipated and three weeks post tear I was still on crutches … Six weeks post injury and I still couldn’t do a single calf raise and I was still walking with a heavy limp.

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Simple exercises to help manage headaches

As a frequent migraine sufferer, I’m always on the lookout for useful resources to help ease the effects of migraines and headaches. Recently, I’ve come across the Yoga U blog, and this excellent post about some simple foam roller exercises that you can do to help manage tension-type headaches. As a CBD-based centre, many of our clients are office workers who suffer from these types of symptoms. If this is you, then I encourage you to have a read. You might discover a really simple way of easing some of the symptoms.

You can read the full post on the Yoga U website here:

https://www.yogauonline.com/yoga-for-pain-relief/yoga-for-headaches-3-ways-use-foam-roller-release-tension

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Pilates and the foam roller

It’s not just about pain.

Many people’s first thought, at the very mention of the ‘foam roller’, is a feeling of excruciating pain. Rolling the outside of your leg or your IT band can effortlessly bring on these types of sensations. Pilates sometimes make use of the foam roller for certain deep tissue release techniques (that can hurt), however there are many additional benefits. The foam roller can also be used to encourage both proprioception and stability.

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Training for your first triathlon in just 4 weeks

Summer in Australia means it’s triathlon season. For anyone who has said they’d like to complete a triathlon one day, if you act now you’ve still got time to prepare for your race this season!

You might be thinking ‘there’s no way I can prepare in time’. But I assure this is not the case. Even if you haven’t even been running regularly over the holiday season or can’t remember the last time you rode a bike, there’s no need to stress out!  You CAN do it.

I’ve prepared the following tips and a basic training plan that you can use to get ready for your first race, in only 4 weeks. Triathlons come in many different distances, so choose something appropriate for your experience. Common triathlon formats include:

  • Sprint Distance: 500–750m swim, 20km cycle, 3–5km run
  • Olympic Distance: 1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
  • Triathlon 70.3 (Half Ironman): 1900m swim, 90km cycle, 21.1km run
  • Triathlon 140.6 (Ironman): 3900m swim, 180km cycle, 42.2km run

In this post, I’ll be outlining a basic training plan for your first sprint distance event.

Whilst I have a background in training, competing both as a swimmer and a triathlete when I was 16, the last time I raced was 7 years ago. Since then I’ve made very few attempts at serious swimming or cycling. However, with some gentle persuasion and encouragement from senior Osteopath and mentor, Brendan O’Loughlin, I was convinced to give it another go. Unfortunately, the timing of the event left me with just 4 weeks to get ready, so this is what I did to prepare for my first sprint distance triathlon in over 7 years…

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