Guest Blog: Recharge Your Batteries

So you’ve been easing out those tight spots, focusing on improving your core strength, avoiding the fish and chips shop and fueling your body with more fruit, veggies and lean protein. Your energy levels are shooting for the moon and you’re feeling on top of the world. Right?


You should be giving Popeye a run for his money by now!


But what if you’re not? What if you’re still feeling achy and lethargic? More often than not there is a lot more contributing to the ‘run down’ feeling than not taking on board enough quality calories.

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Guest Blog : Nutrition for Active Tradies

waterTradesmen have an incredibly active day! In most cases the typical tradesman will do more work in the first few hours of their day than the combined physical exertion of the typical office worker throughout his whole day (including his gym session). This is a credit to all those tradesman out there!

One of the biggest challenges is finding the right balance between energy expenditure and food intake to maintain muscle strength and a healthy body weight.  Access to nutrient-rich meals and snacks at the right times is crucial.

There are many reasons why tradesmen do not eat enough fresh food and consume too much junk food on the job and at home. Most start work very early, so fast food outlets that promote salty, fatty foods for breakfast are a convenient option.

Younger tradesmen may be living away from home for the first time and have simply never learned the skills of cooking fresh food. Money can be an issue too. Apprentices are paid a minimal wage, so a meat pie or bucket of chips is much cheaper than a salad roll. Similarly, fatty take away is often more convenient than cooking lean meat and vegetables for dinner. Sometimes, it’s simply a case of no access to healthy food anywhere near the worksite.

Apprentices often look up to master tradesmen on site and if they see them eating take away every day, then that is seen as the thing to do. (Here’s an opportunity for our senior Tradies to set some good examples for the apprentices. Promote ‘Snack Time’ instead of ‘Smoko’! The resulting improvement in productivity would be an added benefit.) [Read more...]

Guest Blog : Strengthen That Core!

So you’ve recognized that your niggling pain is too persistent to be ignored. You’ve done some stretching to tease out the knots and tight spots and you’re feeling much better. Maybe you’ve been for a massage or taken my advice and been to visit a health professional who’s been able to give you a diagnosis (which probably included some advice to improve your core strength).

But you’re a Tradie! You perform physical work every day. You are strong! Aren’t you?

Whatever the case it’s time to start thinking about prevention and understanding core muscles.

First of all we need to dispel a few myths. Core has become a fitness buzzword in recent years. People seem to think core training is synonymous with abdominal training. Most people think of the core as six-pack toned abs but the truth is that the abdominal muscles are a very small part of the core. The abs have very limited and specific action, and what experts refer to as the “core” actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis, and run the entire length of the torso. [Read more...]

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