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Corporate Bodies’ insights, plus current and emerging global trends in workplace health and injury-prevention.

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Corporate Bodies’ insights, plus current and emerging global trends in workplace health and injury-prevention.

PART 1. DO YOU WANT TO STRESS LESS?

Molly Jones - Friday, June 30, 2017

Stress is a feeling that is created when you react to certain events or pressures. It’s the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina and heightened alertness. Pressures are not always from external sources, but often due to the demands we place on ourselves.
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WINTER WELLNESS

Molly Jones - Friday, June 23, 2017

Winter’s arrived alongside the cold, rainy days and winter nasties like the cold and flu. Although it might be tempting to stay rugged up indoors, you can still be proactive about your health and wellbeing to get you through the cooler months.

 

Here are six tips for staying healthy during winter.

 

Take advantage of the season – Colder months = more excuses for warmer foods. Opt for healthy ‘comfort’ foods such as soups, casseroles and pasta bake packed with filling veggies, lentils and barley.
 
Boost your immunity – Vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and zinc can help boost your immune system in winter. Include lots of citrus fruits, green leafy veggies, ginger, parsley, red meat, nuts and seeds to get the full benefits.
 
See your GP – Pay a visit to your GP for a quick check-up and consider getting the flu vaccine.
 
Keep exercising – You might not feel motivated because it’s cold and raining outside – but that shouldn't stop you. Use the treadmill at the gym, buy a home workout DVD or find an exercise partner to keep you on track.
 
Stay well at work – The colder months can leave us feeling dull and blue at work. Keep your head space clear and talk to a family member, friend or your boss if there’s anything causing you stress or anxiety.
 
Take some time out – Relax and spend some quality time with the family. Have a home-cooking and movie night with the kids. Make a tea, pick up a good book and get cosy.
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ARE YOU EATING MINDFULLY?

Leanne Scanes - Thursday, June 15, 2017

How many times in the day do you pop something into your mouth without really thinking about it?
 
Thanks to our 21st century way of life we are increasingly eating while running out the door, waiting in traffic or sitting in front of the TV.

 

If we aren’t aware of our eating behaviours, we're more likely to overeat.

 

Mindful eating is a skill that can help you become aware of and control your eating habits and avoid overeating.
Mindful eating is based on being aware of your physical hunger and fullness cues to guide decisions to start and stop eating, while identifying your personal triggers for mindless eating like emotions and social pressures.

 

Next time you have a meal, try some of these tips based on mindful eating:

 

Before eating ask yourself am I really hungry? – it might help you become more aware if you rate your hunger on a scale of 1 (not hungry) to 10 (ravenous!)

 

Slow down while eating and pay attention to the smell, taste and texture of the food

 

Put your cutlery down between mouthfuls

 

Are you on auto-pilot when you eat? Focus on the actual activity of eating and be aware of your habits or distractions around eating- avoid watching TV, working or reading while you eat
 
Enjoy your meal – if you don’t enjoy eating you will never be satisfied

 

Why not try to be more mindful with your next meal?
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GETTING INTO GROUP FITNESS

Molly Jones - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Whether you attend a class at the gym, an outdoor boot camp, or simply have a training buddy, there are many benefits to exercising with others. CONTINUE READING...

PART 2. HOW TO STRESS LESS?

Molly Jones - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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A DIETITIAN'S DAY ON A PLATE

Molly Jones - Thursday, June 01, 2017

Have you ever wondered how the dietitians here at Corporate Bodies International eat?
 
Today we speak to Alex, one of our team members to find out what a typical day on a plate looks like for him.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon snacks and the occasional evening snack too.

 

Breakfast - I’m always in a rush in the morning to get to work so I make sure I’m well prepared from the night before- I pack some low-fat greek yoghurt, natural toasted muesli (I use Woolworths Select toasted honey and cinnamon muesli because it’s a cheaper option with relatively less sugar than other brands I’ve tried) and some fresh fruit (like berries or banana). I enjoy my breakfast on the train to make sure I don’t miss out.

 

Morning snack - I usually snack on something savoury like low-fat cheese and crackers + some unsalted almonds at my desk to keep me going through the morning.

 

Lunch - It can be quite tricky to ensure your lunch is healthy, between buying it out and taking some time to prepare it yourself. I usually opt for some microwavable brown rice, a tin of tuna in oil with some mixed leaves and avocado (for those healthy fats) – too easy! I also munch on some carrot and cucumber sticks and if I’m still hungry, some wholegrain Vita-Weats with a spread of peanut butter.
 
Afternoon snack - It’s that time of the day and I need a healthy sugar fix. I’ll go for a piece of fruit like a banana or apple with a skim latte.
 
Dinner - I generally follow the ½ vegetables, ¼ carb, ¼ meat plate guideline. I might have something like spaghetti bolognaise with some mixed green salad, grilled lean beef or chicken breast with some potatoes and boiled greens, sometimes some oily fish like salmon or a legume based dish like lentil soup (especially during the colder months).
 
Evening snack- I like to indulge in a couple of squares of dark chocolate before winding down for the night.
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RESISTANCE EXERCISE - THE BASICS

Molly Jones - Thursday, May 25, 2017
Resistance or strength training is exercise performed when muscles are used to exert a force over a joint.  CONTINUE READING...

NUTRITION HOT TOPICS

Molly Jones - Thursday, May 18, 2017
It’s becoming increasingly harder to know what’s what in the age of the Internet.  CONTINUE READING...

AEROBIC EXERCISE FOR HEALTH

Molly Jones - Thursday, May 11, 2017
Aerobic activity is exercise that is performed at a moderate intensity over a longer duration.  CONTINUE READING...

READING FOOD LABELS

Molly Jones - Thursday, May 04, 2017
Food labels can often be confusing and tricky to understand, but it is equally beneficial to understand which foods are healthy and less healthy options for you and your family.  CONTINUE READING...

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