Category: Wellbeing

Walk your way to a healthier heart

Tina Wu The health “burden” of inactivity is a recurring issue in Australia and certainly not a surprising one. According to the Department of Health, adults spend an average of 39 hours per week in sedentary activity, with almost 10 hours just at work. However, a new study from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found that nine in 10 Australian adults could reduce their risk of heart disease by walking as little as 15 minutes more each day. By increasing the amount of moderate activity every day, such as brisk walking, the risk of potential...

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Yoga Retreats: What’s On Offer in Australia

Isabella Ross All things wellness have catapulted in popularity over the last decade within metropolitan Sydney. In particular is the humble practice of yoga, which has been combined with a health–orientated escape to establish the marvellous yoga retreat. Whether you are a fitness fanatic or someone who just wants to have a getaway without the temptations of over-indulgence and excessive drinking, then why not look into this fun and relaxing escape.   Pinetrees Lodge – Situated in the World Heritage-listed surrounds of Lord Howe Island is the fabulous Pinetrees Lodge. For anyone who has visited this exclusively plush island...

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BIGGEST WELLBEING TRENDS FOR 2018

Isabella Ross   Healing Spices: Described as nature’s gifts, spices have been used since ancient times in daily health regimes. However, recently the healing and detoxifying powers of these spices have sparked our attention once again. Turmeric is arguably the trendiest spice of the season, thanks to recent studies finding it to be a potentially powerful cancer fighter. Ginger has been an intrinsic part of Asian medicine for centuries, known for its digestive benefits of aiding nausea and heartburn. Cinnamon is labelled as one of the most powerful healing spices, due to its ability to improve blood sugar levels...

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Spring Allergies 101

Isabella Ross Ah Spring – the time where flowers bloom spectacularly and pollen is abundant in the warm, breezy air. However this season is notorious for wreaking havoc on the noses, eyes and skin of all allergy- sufferers. So to aid those in search for solutions, Sydney Observer exclusively sat down with CEO of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), Maria Said, to answer some of your questions. Can the change in weather affect our skin? The change in weather certainly can affect our skin, so we recommend people use body washes that contribute to hydration when the skin is...

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Caffeine Fix is Hiding Sleep Disorders

Marlene Even  What effect is our morning caffeine fix having on our quality of sleep? While we often don’t think of coffee as a drug, it does act as a stimulant. Having a cup of coffee speeds up the brain and nervous system, as our hearts beat faster, and body temperature rises we feel more awake. When we consume too much caffeine it can make it harder for us to fall asleep and diminishes the quality of sleep. For example, sleep may be lighter and disrupted throughout the night. Other impacts include anxiety, agitation and tremors. The Sleep Foundation...

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