Active Life Journal

Sleep Essentials for Athletes

Sleep Essentials for Athletes

We examine how sleep impacts on the physical and mental health of athletes with evidence suggesting a good night sleep should be as important part of an athlete's regime as diet and training.  We also give you our top tips to getting a good night sleep - quality and quantity of hours!

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We love a stretch sequence

We love a stretch sequence

When we workout we tend to focus on building muscle and increasing our aerobic fitness.  While strength and cardio training are  important elements of our health and wellbeing, a commonly overlooked factor is flexibility.  Maintaining good flexibility is not only critical for mobility but it is also helps to prevent injury and reduce muscle pain.   One of the best ways to improve flexibility is to incorporate regular stretching to your fitness regime.  Cyclists and runners particularly benefit from a good stretch as the body tends to stay in the same position for long periods on long rides and runs, resulting in stiffness and reduced mobility.  ...

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First Women's Paris Roubaix Review

First Women's Paris Roubaix Review

This Saturday night (2nd October 2021 AEST) was a momentous date on the Women's cycling calendar - the first time women competed in the famed Paris Roubaix event.  Nicknamed the 'Hell of the North' this is a race famed for grueling muddy and dirty road, slippery cobblestones and the famed outdoor velodrome, for those lucky enough to survive to the finish! For many female cyclists this was a dream come true, an event that many involved in women's' cycling have been lobbying to be added to the calendar for many years.  For cycling fans and viewers, it is top notch entertainment, a...

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Exercise your Brain

                    Worked your way through Netflix's back catalogue and looking for something more satisfying to exercise your brain?? Look no further than this selection of podcasts from the team at Radiolab that explore some fascinating health and sport related topics.  Guaranteed to get you through at least another week of these lockdowns! The Unslicening Did you know that women tend to get autoimmune disease more than men? Three scientists dive back in time and into our genome to try to find out why. Gonads: Dutee In 2014, India’s Dutee Chand was a...

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Descending with confidence

Descending with confidence

Eyeing off that spectacular mountain climb you’ve wanted to conquer but more nervous about getting down than up?!  We get it.  Descending can be a nail biting experience and often, more difficult than grinding your way up the climb itself.  Here are our top tips to ensure you’re always descending safely AND with a smile! Position, position, position Having a low centre of gravity when you descend increases your stability and gives you better traction (and therefore control) on the road surface. So, make sure you get low on the bike including hands in the drops rather than on the...

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