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Winter is here again and so is the flu..learn some tips on how to deal with it and when to exercise
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“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”
– Oscar Wilde
Client Story – Mary
Mary has been attending corehealth since September 2016 and has become a valued member of our community (we like her so much we only give her Friday’s off!). While Mary has lived in various places around Australia and the UK, she has always come back to Adelaide. After a career working in Public Relations, Mary spent some time in the UK with her husband, volunteering for various organisations. She explains that her ‘choice in volunteering’ came after thorough, extensive Internet research before making the big move. Similarly, this is how she found us!
While many of her friends were completing pilates classes and enjoying their results, Mary didn’t feel as if she had yet found the place to suit her. After scrolling through our website and reading our staff blogs, which was what finally tipped her mind into booking that initial appointment!; she came to see Michelle to begin pilates sessions. Regular hip discomfort and back pain were the driving forces behind making a return to regular exercise.
After several one on one sessions, using muscles that she didn’t realise existed, Mary took the leap into classes. While Mary was content enjoying the social setting of classes, and beginning to notice a reduction in hip / back pain, along with an improvement in posture, little did Mary know that Michelle knew that the addition various exercise types would reap Mary even more benefits. Long story short, this is where Amir and Mary’s interaction begins.
After an initial assessment with Amir to begin Exercise Physiology sessions, the first sentence Mary spoke to me was ‘I hope you are going to give my self-esteem a boost after my appointment with Amir!’. After this appointment, Mary came to the realisation that pilates classes, in addition to regular resistance training within Exercise Physiology sessions were the ideal exercise routine for her. Mary also completes regular walks around her local parks, and completes meditation twice a week. After her sessions at corehealth, we aren’t surprised meditation has become a rather important component of her week!
Since beginning with us, Mary has made significant improvements to her posture and strength. We are so encouraged to see her completing regular exercise and feeling so much more positive with her physical ability / performances. While we are sure her family and friends find it bizarre to see Mary using a wobble board regularly, and flailing her limbs around while lying on foam roller as to practice her ‘exercises’, we are extremely proud as a clinic of her achievements so far, and are very excited to continue to be a part of her exercise journey!
– Written by Sarah Bernhart
We have come to that time of the year where all the nasty cold and flu bugs are out and about to get us especially when our immune system is low. The big question is; should we exercise when we are sick?
Studies have shown that if we are just suffering from the ‘common cold’ – i.e. sore throat / runny nose / slight headache and the symptoms are fairly mild, it is encouraged to still participate in some light to moderate intensity exercise. A study conducted at Ball State University showed that the exercise capacity and recovery time from illness in participants who exercised were no different from the control group.
However, it is advised best not to exercise if the symptoms occur below the neck, meaning chest congestion /muscular and joint paint / fever. In this case, the best thing you could do for yourself is to drink lots of water, get some sunshine and rest.
As the symptoms gradually subside, it is advised to return to your exercise regime in a gradual and gentle manner at least for the first couple of sessions to ease the body back into it. Additionally, it is important to be consistent with your exercise regime to get the maximum benefit. Studies have also shown that individuals who are more active reported fewer colds and/or flu-like symptoms. Furthermore, your immune system undergoes more positive changes as exercise intensity increases, enhancing movement of immune cells throughout the body.
– Written by Celine Tan
All of us here at corehealth just wanted to take a moment to say a big congratulations and best of wishes to our dedicated client Karen on her retirement and being honoured by the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. Karen has been with us since the very start before there was even a corehealth and has been a wonderful client to have around and we know that her dedication and passion for her job will surely be missed. She should be very proud of herself and we wish the best of luck with all her future endeavours!
Recently Amir took a trip to Europe to attend a conference in Switzerland and while on his voyage he ofcourse took some amazing photographs throughout his adventure! Take a look for yourself and try not to drool over those mounds of baklava!
Sweet Potato Scones with Pecan Praline Cream
Try our healthy and delicious take on scones!
415g (2 3/4 cups) self-raising flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
45g chilled butter, chopped
175g (2/3 cup) steamed sweet potato, mashed
125ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk
185ml (3/4 cup) lemonade
Pecan Praline Cream
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
45g (1/3 cup) pecans, toasted
1/4 teaspoon salt flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 x 200 ml tubs Dollop cream
Step 1. Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan-forced). Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the flour, baking powder and butter into a large bowl. Rub the butter in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Step 2. Make a well in the centre. Add the mashed sweet potato, buttermilk and lemonade. Mix with a flat-bladed knife until mixture just comes together. Turn onto a well-floured surface and knead gently until just smooth. The dough can still be just a touch sticky.
Step 3. Pat the dough out to about 2-3cm thick. Cut scones out using a 5-5.5cm cutter. Place just touching in rows on the prepared tray. Gently knead any remaining dough and repeat. Bake for 15 minutes or until scones are cooked through and lightly golden. Cool on tray.
Step 4. To make praline cream, line an oven tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the sugar in a small, heavy-based non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Shake to cover the base of the pan. Heat the sugar gradually over the heat, shaking the pan often until the sugar melts and begins to caramelise. You need to do this slowly or the sugar will burn. Pour the caramelised sugar over the prepared tray. Scatter with pecans, cinnamon and salt. Leave to cool and set.
Step 5. Break cool toffee into pieces. Place in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Whip the cream with a whisk in a bowl until soft peaks form. Fold in praline.
Step 6. Break scones in half and top with Pecan Praline cream.
– Suggested by Marissa Carter