High impact activity increases the stimulus on your bones to increase their density.
The effects of this are most remarkable in adolescence, as our bodies are rapidly growing, but they occur throughout the lifespan.
Non weight bearing exercise does not cause the same improvements. It is important to include some level of cross training in your regime to avoid injury, but also remember that, even if swimming is your sport, the effects on your bones of getting out for a good walk a few times a week cannot be underestimated.

A 2007 study published in Stroke journal has found a strong association between people’s inability to cope with stress and risk of stroke.
Coping and adapting quickly and well to life events is associated with a much lower risk of stroke.
Exercise is the perfect method for reducing stress, giving yourself some time out and has the added benefits of helping maintain strong healthy muscles to support your joints, improving your balance and maintaining a healthy body weight.
It is win-win, really.

Research released today by the Baker IDI, following patients for 12 years has revealed that people are significantly OVER estimating their levels of physical activity and UNDER estimating the amount of time they spend sitting.

That means that you may be doing less than you think.

This is BAD NEWS. Less active time and more sedentary time were clearly correlated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, all of which increase your risk of heart disease.

Those who developed obesity and glucose tolerance issues were 3 TIMES more likely to die in the 12 year study period.

AND being young is no immunity. The highest risk period for weight gain and waist measurement increases was 24- 35 years of age. Combined with the other statistics, these young people are setting themselves up for short, unhealthy futures.

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Did you know that drinking moderately (1-4 per week), exercising moderately (30 mins/ day), eating fruit and veges (5 serves/ day) and maintaining a healthy body weight ( BMI 20- 25), is all it takes to add 14 quality years to your life?

According to a UK study of 20000 people over 11 years, this is the truth. So, don’t let your injuries hold you back.

Seek help sooner and let your health team get you up and going quickly to make the most of all of your days!

Iron stores are often implicated in fatigue in the general population, although there is very little data to back this up.
In the endurance athlete, even very small reductions in iron storage can lead to performance deficits.
These reductions are often considered by the testing laboratories to be within the normal range for the general population and therefore may go untreated.

Athletic fatigue, though is often multifactorial and all these factors need to be teased out in order to achieve maximal improvements.
How to beat fatigue
Click here to read an article with tips to help fight fatigue, written by our sports dietitian and nutritionist Jodie Read.

Painful tendons are some of the most common problems we see at MP Sports Physicians. This includes elbows (“tennis” and “golfer’s” elbow), shoulders (rotator cuff tendons), Achilles tendons, knees (patellar tendons, or “jumpers knee”), hips (often called “bursitis”), hamstrings and others at the wrist, hand, foot and ankle. In medical terms, tendon pain is called “tendinopathy”.
The major part of treating a sore tendon is to develop a regular and well-structured program of exercises to strengthen the tendon. Pain relief and methods of preventing excessive load to the tendon is also important, and we can help to work out a suitable plan for you.

When your tendon is not responding to these measures, then it becomes necessary to consider other treatments that may improve your pain so that you can recommence the exercise program. Our understanding of tendon tissue and healing has been a developing science, with major advances in the last 10 years. We now have a number of possible treatments that have been shown to work through good clinical studies.

To decide exactly which treatment is right for your tendon sometimes requires some investigation, often with an ultrasound scan. This can show the structure of the tendon, and differences in structure can help us choose which treatment is most likely to help you. We can perform an ultrasound scan of your tendon at the time of consultation at either Mornington or Frankston, which means that we can plan your treatment sooner.

Some of the treatment options for tendinopathy may involve injection into or around the tendon. This is often best done under direct vision with the ultrasound machine. Again this is a technique that we can perform in the clinic in many cases.

Our aim is to get your tendon to improve with training, and to help guide you back towards the things you would like to be able to do.