Archive for the 'Health and Fitness' Category

Ditch the gym and buy a Wii?

Are you planning on using the Wii-fit to lose weight and increase your cardiovascular fitness? If you are, it may be time to think again.

A recent study of 10 women aged 30-58 conducted by the University of Queensland, found that using the Wii-fit for 30 minutes twice a week for 10 weeks did not significantly improve cardiovascular endurance, mobility, weight loss or overall wellbeing. The study did find that using the Wii-fit significantly improved balance and lower limb strength of the participants.

Take home message

Increased physical activity is beneficial to good health and can help an individual lose weight and increase their fitness. However, I would not recommend that the Wii-fit be the only exercise an individual engages in, as there are more effective and lower cost exercise routines available. If you would like to give Wii-fit a try I recommend you use it in addition to a well structured exercise routine.  Based on the University of Queensland research, balance and strength training games are more likely to yield the best results.

– Chris Vavakis



Is the Wii Fit™ a new-generation tool for improving balance, health and well-being? A pilot study

J. C. Nitz, S. Kuys, R. Isles and S. Fu
October 2010, Vol. 13, No. 5 : Pages 487-491



Weight Loss 101: Get Real and Cut the Crap!

So you want to lose some weight? I’m going to give you some simple NO BULLSHIT advice about how you can go about it. Best of all you don’t have to spend a cent.

STEP 1: First throw out all the stupid diet books, pills, shakes and supplements that the fruitcake Naturopath at the health food store sold you. There is no magic bullet nor do you need one, you CAN do this by yourself.

STEP 2: Start keeping a food diary. Write down everything that goes in your mouth, if it is food or drink it has to be written down.  Make sure you write down everything you consume as you do it. If you wait to the end of the day you WILL forget or underestimate how much you had.

STEP 3: Examine your food diary and aim to improve your diet gradually. Eating well isn’t hard but it takes a little commitment. Start by reducing portion sizes, increasing fruit and vegetables, cutting out high sugar/ high fat foods, reducing alcohol consumption and drinking more water. If you are unsure how to go about healthy eating and need some specific guidelines see the Federal Government’s Healthy Eating website.

STEP 4: Get off your butt and get moving! It doesn’t matter what you do, it is often said that the best exercise is one that you enjoy and will keep doing in the long run. Start slowly and gradually increase the frequency and intensity of your exercise sessions.  If you have not been physically active recently or have any health conditions I recommend you consult your doctor first.

Best of luck and let me know how you go!

Chris Vavakis

Top 5: Winter Exercise & Nutrition Tips

1. Buddy up

Having a training partner with similar goals will help push your training to the next level. It will also stop you hitting snooze on those cold mornings when exercise is the last thing you want to do.

2. Keep a daily food diary

It’s hard to stay on track when the weather is wet and miserable. Write down everything you eat and drink throughout the day. This will help you stay accountable and may well be an eye opener. Research consistently shows those who keep a food diary lose more weight than those who don’t.

3. Plan for the weekend

It can be difficult to eat well and pass on having a few too many alcoholic drinks when socializing with friends. But you don’t have to miss out if you plan for it. Being strict on yourself during the week will allow you to have some fun on the weekend and still reach your goals.

4. Exercise indoors

The cold and wet weather is not an excuse to give exercise a miss. Exercising in the comfort of your home is both cheap and effective. Why not purchase or hire some home fitness equipment or even an instructional exercise DVD.

5. Personal Training

Book some training sessions with a reputable personal trainer. A good trainer will help you achieve your goals in a safe and timely manner. Many will also come to your home or office during the cold and wet winter months.

Get in great shape this winter!

As winter hits and the weather gets worse, Mobile Trainer has started training a number of clients in their apartment complex’s gym or fitness centre. With the average Perth gym membership setting you back at least $700 a year and always increasing there has never been a better time to start using the one already provided for you.

Mobile Trainer has a number of short and long term personal training packages available and can even design written training programs for those who just need a little guidance. Why not start your heathier lifestyle this winter? Summer is just around the corner…

Pilates anyone?

Pilates instructional video……

Welcome back!

Happy New Year! Its now 2010 and the party season is slowing down just a touch, if your anything like me its time to set some goals. Let us know what your aiming for this year by filling in the poll.

Website issues

Mobile Trainer appologises for any inconvenience caused due to website unavailability in the past few days. This issue has been adressed and should not continue to occur.

Direct Debit payment option

Mobile Trainer is pleased to announce that from the 22nd of March 2009 customers will be able to pay by direct debit from their credit card or bank account. Please contact us if you would like to pay for your next package using this option.

Mobile Trainer is now on Facebook

We are pleased to announce that Mobile Trainer now has a Facebook page.  The page is in its early stages but will provide fan’s (the Facebook term for members) with exclusive content and specials.

Follow the link below and become a fan today!

Mobile Trainer – Facebook

I want to gain some muscle

Lately i’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking about the best way to gain muscle. Many of the e-mails I receive are from people who are confused by the constant onslaught of contradictory information whether it be from magazines, personal trainers, the web etc.

I thought it was time to get the information from the most reliable source and had a look at Sports Dieticians Australia’s (SDA) website. It turns out they have produced a great fact sheet on the topic so follow the link below. If you would like clarification on anything feel free to ask or contact SDA direct.

Sports Dieticians Australia – Increasing Muscle Mass fact sheet