The Gut Health Diet Course!

Gut health has become an increasingly popular topic of interest in the health community – and for good reason! Your gut health is more than just how regularly you go to the bathroom… Your gut microbiome has a fascinating role in optimising the health of the entire human body and our dietitians want to help you discover and enhance it.

In our brand new Gut Health Diet Course, you can expect to walk away with improved knowledge around dietary fibre, prebiotics, probiotics, resistant starch and so much more. You will not only learn the knowledge and practical tips from our Healthfix dietitians but also an array of delicious recipes specifically chosen to nourish your own microbiome (and that of your friends and family!)

Interested in joining us for the journey into your gut health? Here’s the logistics:
  • Course starts Wednesday 13th of October and goes for 7 weeks.
  • Classes are held via zoom on Wednesdays at 12:30PM and Sundays at 5:15PM
  • Classes are recorded and dietitian approved recipes are sent out to you every week!
  • Join our Facebook community with your fellow course participants and support each other through this journey.
  • Classes are designed to keep things engaging, by cooking dietitian approved recipes as a group while learning about all things gut health!
  • This course is included in all Health Club Memberships or you can access the course for $275


Fill in the form below to sign up and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with you all this October!

Try Yoga @ Healthfix!

Did you know that Healthfix offers Yoga classes for our community? Yoga is a broad system encompassing philosophy, physical movement, meditation and daily living – and that’s really just scratching the surface. What sets the physical practice of yoga apart from other disciplines such as Pilates is that yoga is strongly introspective, which can, for some people, transcend to an energetic or spiritual awakening. Yoga is all about calming the mind and obtaining clarity of thoughts, which helps us live a more joyful life.

What sets Healthfix apart from other yoga studios is that we pride ourselves on our client centred, evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to achieve optimal client outcomes. Every yoga class allows for our accredited yoga instructors to take the time to attend to each student’s development and form, ensuring you get the most out of your time on the mat. Healthfix’s team of professionals work together to get you to your fittest, at your pace.

That’s why we have listened to our community’s requests and developed two new yoga classes!

Introducing Yoga Flow. A class where you can move with your breath and create space in your body and mind. Classes integrate traditional yoga postures with functional movements, that are designed to address common areas of tension and weakness. Many options are provided so that you experience a level of challenge that is appropriate for you, allowing you to safely progress your practice and build awareness. You will leave feeling balanced and connected to mind and body. No props required, all fitness levels are welcome. This class is held on Tuesdays at 6PM

Introducing Yoga Revive. A restorative class focusing on supported and relaxing postures that allow the body release, and the mind to unwind. This practice relieves tension in tight muscles you didn’t even know were tight! A focus on deep breathing allows the mind to find a meditative state. This is very calming for the nervous system, thereby supporting you in times of stress. Props include supporting materials like yoga blocks, cushions, pillows, and a blanket. You want to be as comfortable and cosy as possible! This class is held on Fridays at 6PM

Ready to try a class? Our yoga classes are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6PM over zoom during this lockdown. The perfect time to wind down from work and settle in for the night.

There are 3 ways to get started in our Yoga classes;
  1. With a FREE trial to make sure that we are the right fit for each other.
  2. Using a Class Pass which you can prepay 10 – 20 classes at a discounted rate
  3. As a part of our health club membership where all classes are free and you can receive the added benefits of discounted one on one sessions with our other services as well as being allocated a mentor to help you navigate remaining in optimal health at this important time in your life.
 

Book in for your first class online, give us a call on 02 8065 0445 or fill in the form below for our team to reach out

Health Club Members Wellness Retreat!

Over the past 8 weeks, our community has battled many challenges. From working form home to home schooling to social isolation and the stress of having our routines thrown out the window. That’s why our team at Healthfix, would like to take this opportunity to host an online wellness retreat for our community reflect and prepare for life out of lockdown.

We would like to invite all of our health club members to join our team on Friday the 3rd of September for this online wellness retreat. Over zoom we will be hosting a group wellness coaching session and a rejuvenating stretch based pilates class. The intention of this event is to emphasise the importance of self care and develop the mindset to ensure you are thriving through lockdown. Not just surviving day to day. This event will also be an opportunity for our community to connect virtually and support each other through challenging times.

This event will be led by our Member Experience Manager and Certified Wellness Coach, Mark Wilson. Mark will be taking the group through a wellness coaching session on reflection and gratitude during challenging times. This session will help all members feel connected, supported and inspired so we highly recommend everyone attending this session. Following the wellness coaching session, our pilates instructor, Amy Yeoland, has designed a rejuvenating and relaxing pilates class. Designed to help reset your body for the weekend.

This event will commence at 5PM on Friday the 3rd of September, and is exclusive to our health club members. If you’re a member and are interested in coming along, fill in this form to RSVP your attendance and we look forward to see you at the online retreat!
Take Care, Team Healthfix

In the message section of the form, please input ‘RSVP’ and our team will do the rest!

Antenatal Pregnancy Pilates – New Class @ Healthfix!

Calling all future mums to be. Healthfix has developed a new program to help you prepare mentally and physically for birth and motherhood in a safe, supportive and sustainable way.

Our Women’s Health Team of pelvic floor physiotherapists and Pilates instructors have developed a brand new Pilates program that is designed to help you build pelvic floor awareness and posterior chain strength to support you during pregnancy and beyond.

The goal of our Pilates classes are to –
  1. Build lower body and posterior chain strength to support you in carrying your growing baby through pregnancy.
  2. Build upper body strength and endurance to help prepare you for carrying your new-born and breastfeeding.
  3. Develop hip stability and pelvic control to assist you in a safe labour and delivery.
  4. Lengthening and strengthening your adductor thigh muscles to help support the weight of your growing baby belly and providing your more leverage to push during labour.

Exercise is a safe and beneficial thing to be doing throughout your pregnancy as it can help reduce common pregnancy symptoms and improve your overall health during pregnancy and post-partum. Exercise during pregnancy has proven to help:
  • Reduce symptoms of morning sickness, insomnia, stress and anxiety.
  • Improve psychological well-being.
  • Assist with weight management and prevention of gestational diabetes.
  • Reduce and prevent lower back pain.
  • Improve labour outcomes by improving pelvic endurance, awareness, stability and strength.

Wanting to get started with pregnancy Pilates today? Here’s the next steps. Our classes are hosted in-person at our North Sydney gym or you can join over zoom from home! Classes are on Thursday evenings at 6PM. To sign up for a class, fill in the contact form below. Our team with respond with the required forms needed to register and make sure you’re safe to exercise. Then, there are 3 ways to get started.
  1. With a FREE trial to make sure that we are the right fit for each other.
  2. Using a Class Pass which you can prepay 10 – 20 classes.
  3. As a part of our membership where all classes are free and you can receive the added benefits of discounted one on one sessions with our other services as well as being allocated a mentor to help you navigate remaining in optimal health at this important time in your life.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Join us for a brand new nutrition course! Starts the 18th of August

Healthfix would like to invite our community on a tour around the world (from home of course) with food! Our dietitians, Mel & Jordan, have put together a brand new nutrition course focusing on ‘healthifying’ your favourite meals.

We believe that food brings communities together. Food is fun, comforting and exciting. But some of our favourite meals, aren’t always treating our bodies with the highest quality of nutrition that we deserve. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have them! By learning to ‘healthify’ your meals from our registered dietitians, you can enjoy all of your favourite dishes and cuisines and still stay on track with your health and nutrition goals.

Starting Wednesday the 18th of August, our dietitians will be taking you on a cooking adventure around the world which will give you the versatile tools and knowledge to transform your family favourite meals into dietitian approved healthy recipes!


If you’re keen to get involved in this nutrition course, or you have any questions, fill in the form below and our team will be in touch!

Healthfix – Then and Now

Joel bates then and now                          

To think that only 9 years ago, only 4 of us were huddled into a corner of Anytime Fitness down in McMahon’s point, pondering where this thing called Healthfix could end up. I always admired Sean’s vision and determination to ultimately have a facility full of great people working towards amazing personal health. At times I would question whether those were dreams of grandeur, or simply dreams that lay the foundation for a thriving business of 20+ staff over two locations. Thankfully I was wrong.

Before I could see develop further, I decided to ditch Healthfix, and chase a girl to Singapore. Luckily this was the best thing I have ever done. Now Lisa is my amazing wife and mother of our beautiful daughter Odette. This move personally was the life experience shift that has shaped me and the way I treat. I created the context for my development as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, but more so the experience to understand what it takes to treat people from all countries, cultures and backgrounds.

This also then allowed me to look back on what Healthfix was becoming. I loved the chance to talk to Sean (he did most of the talking surprisingly) and share stories of our professional and personal development. Not only did the layers of professional assets grow at Healthfix, so did the vision of the facility that now exists in North Sydney.

Now things are different. I look at the younger physio’s here and am so impressed with their knowledge, maturity, and empathy. Their development is incredible, and it provides the glue that creates a great physiotherapy team and keeps us all on our toes. Our ability to integrate with our team, allows our patients to achieve so much more. This can range from the simple things of picking up your kids or running your first marathon. For too long, Physio’s have been trying to do too much, when the answer is creating a team around the patient so they can achieve more. The facility we have (and have access to in Broadway) creates the active environment needed to get the long terms results we crave.

Physiotherapy has changed, and in that change, we are moving towards the model that Healthfix embodies. Integration and drawing on high level Exercise Physiologists, Personal trainers and Dieticians simply mean we get better results for our clients. We now need to consider all facets of the individual in front of us to understand where we can best help them. This is the environment we have now at Healthfix. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be back at Healthfix. Whilst much has grown and developed, the same core of quality results for patients remains at the core. Ultimately that’s why we do what we do.

What is wellness?

The Wellness Series | What is wellness?

Wellness is a broad, holistic integration of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Yes, it’s about fuelling the body nutritionally and physically, but it’s also about engaging the mind and nurturing our emotional wellbeing.  Not just surviving – but thriving. The World Health Organization has defined health as not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, but “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”.  Wellness is an attitude; the practice of healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, not jumping on a health fad or exercise craze. Several lifestyle areas are key dimensions of overall wellness. They include: social connectedness, exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness. Each one has an impact on your physical and mental health – ie, your wellness. By making simple and healthy choices on a daily basis, you will be well on your way towards reducing stress and having positive social interactions.  

Social Connectedness

Connecting with friends or loved ones is a great way to help improve your physical and mental health. Strong ties with family, friends and the community provide us with happiness, security, support and a sense of purpose. Being connected to others is important for our mental and physical wellbeing and can be a protective factor against anxiety and depression. “What we try and emphasise is community – whatever that might mean for you,” says Healthfix Senior Coach Mark Wilson. “Healthfix embodies that social connectedness as all members of our public, whether they’re doing rehab or working towards performance-based goals – come together and work in the same space. It also serves a good education purpose, in that no matter the ability, we’re all trying to be better and improve.”  

Physical movement

Even 20 or 30 minutes of daily exercise can have a positive impact on your overall sense of wellbeing and help improve your mood. WHO has identified a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes high intensity exercise per week to have a marked impact on how people are feeling physically and emotionally. This is thanks to the release of endorphins, a type of neurotransmitter that helps relieve pain and stress. Physical activity also stimulates the release of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which play an important part in regulating your mood and improving sleep cycles. Regular exercise also helps balance your body’s level of stress hormones. Don’t know where to start? Try a brisk walk on your lunch break or opt for the stairs instead of the lift when you can. “It is important that people get the appropriate type of physical activity,” advises Mark. “If you’re not sure, keep it low intensity. Light physical activity is a great way to help improve wellbeing and prevent injury.”  

Nutrition

By adding wholesome ingredients to your plate, you’ll be taking steps towards a healthier you. The food we eat gives our bodies the “information” and the materials they need to function properly. For example, your immune function thrives on vitamins A, E and C, while your metabolism is affected by potassium, niacin and B6.  “We are what we eat,” says Mark. “Nutrition is an absolute keystone to health and wellness – anyone can out-eat any exercise routine. It’s important to get the right foods in the right quantities, avoiding foods that might cause us harm.”  

Sleep

Sleeplessness and mood disorders are closely linked. And it can work both ways – sleep loss can affect your mood, and your mood can affect how much and how well you sleep.  Your amygdala is the fear processing unit in your brain. The good news is that not only is it reset during the night under deep REM sleep, it also becomes less active following a good night’s sleep.  Ask yourself: when was the last time you woke up feeling refreshed? Do you feel that you’re currently getting a good night’s sleep to energise you for the next day?  Consistent bedtime practices can help get you a good night’s sleep. Avoid caffeine after 12pm, include quiet and calm activities before going to bed, and wake up at the same time every day – these are simple ways you can begin your journey towards becoming a successful sleeper.  

Mindfulness

Did you know that practicing mindfulness is good for the body and mind, helps with focus and also changes the brain? Take a moment right now to consider your own mind and how you are feeling. The more you tap into your own thoughts, the more you may become aware of how you react to stressful events. Healthfix’s integrative approach can help you achieve optimal wellness, particularly through its Wellness Coaching program, where Mark and team can work with you to find solutions to areas which are presenting as roadblocks to leading a healthier more bountiful life. “If you take the word wellness out, and replace it with whatever you personally want to work on – say, routine, lifestyle, healthy eating, sleeping, motivation, anything – that’s essentially what wellness coaching is,” explains Mark. “The coaching element remains constant, it’s just the goal that changes.” Healthfix utilises different methodology in its wellness coaching, including The Check Institute’s holistic health system, which focuses on the four-doctor principal: Dr Diet, Dr Quiet, Dr Happiness and Dr Movement. Contact us today to find out more.
New Year health goals | tennis

Kick-starting 2021 | Firing up your New Year health goals 

We’re all glad to bid 2020 a not-so-fond farewell. And while we can’t guarantee a *whole* new start for 2021, it is within our power to set achievable New Year health goals that will see us through the year – and beyond. Many people make the mistake of unrealistic expectations when it comes to their New Year resolutions. Buoyed by the idea of a brand spanking new year, and excited for what’s to come, vague immeasurable promises such as “lose weight”, “get fit” or, worse, “quit <bad habit/food type>” almost guarantees disappointment. This year, set yourself up for success by using the S.M.A.R.T. system. What’s that, exactly? Well, we’re glad you asked. Here’s how you can set achievable goals, and nail them. 

 

S is for Specific

In order for a goal to be effective, it needs to be specific. As with most things, the devil is in the detail: ask yourself what needs to be accomplished? What steps will need to be taken to achieve it? Who will I need to connect with to help? This is the first step to accomplishing your New Year health goals.  For the team at Healthfix, specifics are the building blocks of any health change. Where you and where you’re going can only ever be measured with the nitty-gritty, whether that’s mobility specific, or weight based, or getting you ready for your next ultramarathon. Thinking through these prompts will help set a highly-specific goal that not only lays out what you’re aiming for, but also gives any necessary context. Which leads us to…

 

M is for Measurable

“Specific” is a solid start, but it’s missing something – “specifically” (see what we did there?) it’s detail-orientated mate: numbers. Specific can’t be achieved without numbers. And you can’t count numbers without being specific. Numbers can sometimes be scary, but they can also be powerful. We believe it’s crucial to quantify any goal – it makes it that much easier to track progress and know when you’ve reached the finish line. Plus, beating the number makes things fun. 

 

A is for Achievable

Goals should be empowering — not high pedestals from which you eventually tumble. That’s why this letter of the acronym is dedicated to ensuring that your New Year health goal is achievable. Put simply, this is the point in the process when you (and we) take a reality check. Is the goal you’ve outlined so far actually reasonable? Is it something we could realistically accomplish? Honesty is the backbone of our health club, and we will consider and face any conditions or limitations that might impede your goal, together.

 

R is for Relevant

Nobody wants to set goals for the sake of setting them. There should be a real benefit attached to actually reaching that target, although in the case of health, there’s always a benefit. That said, this “R” should be relevant to you and your own health journey. Think about why the goal is actually important to you? What is its key benefit? Once we identify how it fits into your core beliefs, we can incorporate into your actual goal so that you and the team have a grasp on the larger picture.

 

T is for Timely

Goals can’t stretch into infinity – they need a deadline. That’s the important final piece of S.M.A.R.T. goals. It also underscores the other four goal pointers, and is an important piece of measuring success. We like to make sure we’re all on the same page about when a goal can and can’t be reached. Are you expecting to see results immediately? In a month? In five years? We feel strongly about finite therapy – your health journey shouldn’t be endless monthly physio appointments with no light at the end of the tunnel. Health goals, like any goals, should have realistic timelines included in them, so that everyone – you, your therapists, your trainer – stays on track. 
Shoulder pain

Focus on: shoulder pain | Top 5 tips for managing shoulder pain 

Shoulder pain is a common physical occurrence. Your shoulder is a complex, highly mobile structure made up of several components. When considering the shoulder you need to think about the collarbone connecting to your chest, the collarbone connecting to the shoulderblade or scapula, and finally the arm bone joining to the scapula. Strong tendons, ligaments and muscles support your shoulder and make it stable. In younger people, pain is more likely to be due to an accident or injury. However as you age natural changes occur to your shoulder joint and the rotator cuff tendon, similar to seeing wrinkles and grey hairs in the mirror. We also see pain more strongly associated with how one is using – or perhaps not using – their shoulder. Here are five easy tips to help manage shoulder pain and keep your joint strong.  

#1 Shoulder pain diagnosis

There are many causes of shoulder pain and not all of them are due to problems of the shoulder joints or associated structures. Accurate diagnosis is important. “Common pathology is frozen shoulder, impingent, tendinopathy and referral from the scapular or neck,” physiotherapist and Healthfix founder Sean Cooney. “To treat your pain effectively, it’s crucial to know what to treat.”

 

#2 Using full range

When experiencing shoulder pain, the protective muscles around the joint try to keep your arm by your side in an effort to restrict movement. Activating the muscles that move the shoulder through its full range (these are called the antagonist muscles) can significantly reduce your recovery time.

 

#3 Comfortable and progressive loading

Everyone’s progress is different. Make sure you don’t push yourself or your shoulder beyond what feels comfortable. That said, strength is built with progressive loading – that is, a little more weight and/or repetitions as is safe for your particular issue. “Monitor your pain one to two hours after exercise or the next morning to know if you’re loading correctly,” advises Sean. 

 

#4 Don’t go too far

Pain management is the first step to regaining strength in any part of the body. Sean recommends to first get comfortable with using your arms below shoulder height, gradually moving up to shoulder height before – no points for guessing – graduating to using your arms above your head. “This is a safe way to ensure you’re not going too far when regaining your full range of motion,” says Sean.

 

#5 Stretch. And stretch again.

“Stretching can serve as a great tester and reliever of pain, not to mention the best way to improve flexibility in the shoulder. A daily doorway stretch can help mitigate shoulder pain or find out if you’re lacking some essential range of motion. To do this, find yourself a clear doorway, stretch the arm overhead to grasp the door frame, then lean forward to create resistance. If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, our team of physiotherapists and exercise physiologists can help. Book an appointment online today.

Christmas Group Training Timetable

  From Monday the 21st December – 1st January we will be running a Christmas Group Training Timetable. During this period we will be offering two class types, Strength & Conditioning and General Pilates

What is Strength & Conditioning?

The Strength and Conditioning group training sessions will combine mobility and flexibility, aerobic exercise and resistance training in varying amounts, to help you develop strength, cardiovascular fitness and prevent injury.

What is General Pilates?

The General Pilates class will have a full-body focus and develop your flexibility and mobility, stability and control through a variety of floor-based movements.

Christmas Timetable 

Monday, 21st December
  • Strength & Conditioning at 6:00 am with Jonathan
  • General Pilates at 6:30 am with Amy
  • Strength & Conditioning at 1:00 pm with Bladen
Tuesday, 22nd December
  • Strength & Conditioning at 6:00 am with Jonathan
  • Strength & Conditioning at 1:00 pm with Bladen
  • General Pilates at 6:00 pm with Amy
Wednesday, 23rd December
  • Strength & Conditioning at 6:00 am with Jonathan
  • General Pilates at 6:30 am with Amy
  • Strength & Conditioning at 1:00 pm with Jonathan
Thursday, 24th December
  • Strength & Conditioning at 6:00 am with Jonathan
Friday, 25th until Monday, 28th December (All inclusive)
  • Nil
Tuesday, 29th December
  • Strength & Conditioning at 6:00 am with Jonathan
  • Strength & Conditioning at 8:30 am with Amy
  • General Pilates at 6:00 pm with Amy
Wednesday, 30th December
  • Strength & Conditioning at 6:00 am with Jonathan
  • General Pilates at 6:30 am with Amy
  • Strength & Conditioning at 8:30 am with Jonathan
Thursday, 31st December
  • Strength & Conditioning at 6:00 am with Amy
  • Strength & Conditioning at 8:30 am with Jonathan
Friday, 1st January:
  • Nil
Saturday, 2nd January:
  • Normal group training schedule returns