Issue 32


Fitness Week 6/10- 12/10:For Two Great Causes!


Healthworks Fitness Centres are extremely proud to be one of the sponsors of Fitness Week, an extremely worthwhile campaign organised in an effort to raise the awareness of the importance of health and fitness within the community. This event will introduce some wonderful opportunities for members of the general public to sample what the modern day fitness industry has to offer.

During this campaign, the public are able to register at a participating gym (such as Healthworks) for just $10! This small amount will entitle the buyer to a card which gives them FIVE visits at the participating fitness centre of their choice. A percentage of each $10 spent, goes directly to the National Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia. This investment by the consumer provides a great way to understand what the industry has to offer prior to committing to a membership. However, there is even more incentive to come and try Healthworks out! Provided the card holder has a minimum of three visits stamped off their card, they will go into the draw to win a fabulous brand new car (make yet to be advised), plus many other incentives on offer that week. The visits must be used by 19th October 2003. There will be many exciting events surrounding Fitness Week, so keep your eyes peeled and ears primed.

Here are a few reasons to try Healthworks as one of the sponsors,



Osteopathy: Structural and functional integrity Of The Body!

Osteopathy is an established recognised system of diagnosis and treatment, which lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. It is distinctive by the fact that it recognises that much of the pain and disability which we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.

What kinds of problems can osteopathy help with?

Whilst back pain is the most common problem seen, osteopathy can help with a wide varied of problems including changes to posture in pregnancy, babies with colic or sleeplessness, repetitive strain injury, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, children with glue ear, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries among many others.

What can I expect when I visit an osteopath?

When you visit an osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken and you will be given an examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body.

The osteopath may need additional investigations such as x-rays (although most of the time this is not necessary). This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed for you.

Treatment usually involves some soft tissue stretching, joint mobilization to gently increase a range of motion and on occasions manipulation. Some exercises or stretches may be given as "homework" to further assist in a patient's recovery.

Osteopaths will assess the whole body to find the cause of a complaint rather than just treat the current symptoms, thus enabling greater resolution of an injury or pain.

The West End Osteopathic Clinic has been providing complementary health care to Brisbane for over a decade. Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare encompassing "hands-on" techniques to improve movement, reduce pain and encourage positive health changes by an individual.

To contact the West End Osteopathic clinic call (07) 07 3846 3037 or click here to visit their webpage.



Spring Clean your Body: With Mondo Organics

Our Saturday markets are busy with people feeding their bodies the 'good food' for spring! Come down to mondo certified organic produce market, meet Eva Dick and grab yourself a bargain. Purchase $50 of BFA Certified organic beef packs, and receive a pack of mondo sausages free.

From 11am until sold out, take advantage of the best organic prices in town with Eva's "I'm over it and want to go home Sale". Eat organics @ cheaper than supermarket prices.
Markets are on every Saturday 7.30am - 12 noon

Spring catering…time for a spring party!

Spring is the time for dusting off your best summer frock, playing your favourite Astrid Gilberto album and hosting that glamorous party!
Mondo catering is innovative, flexible, delicious and on time.

Throughout Spring we will be offering the organiser of Christmas and Spring parties, complimentary breakfast for 2 vouchers to say thank you for selecting mondo catering.

We are taking orders now for Christmas Organic Turkeys or Duck's, call on 3844 1132. or click here to receive a complimentary bottle of wine when dining at Mondo Organics.



Health Cover: with added benefits

As part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing member benefits, we have found a quality Health Cover provider in Australian Unity. Australian Unity has been looking after the needs of Australians' for over 160 years and in that time, they've developed a sound understanding as to the protection that people need and expect. Join now and you'll benefit from the following:

4% Direct Debit Discount*
You will receive a 4% discount* on your health cover contributions when paying by direct debit. This adds up to considerable savings each year.

Join Now And Save
For a limited time only, Australian Unity is also offering 30 Days Free^ Health Cover. Join before 30 November 2003, and after your first month, you'll get 30 days cover free. Saving money couldn't be easier!

Get A Little Extra With Wellplan
Simply by purchasing Australian Unity Health Cover, you will have access to Wellplan. Wellplan is a series of better health programs with benefits you can use all year round. You'll have access to health-related information, personalised feedback on your health status, and a range of services to help you lead a healthy, happy and more balanced life. Now with Wellplan, you don't have to get sick to get something back from your health cover.

To find out more about Australian Unity Health Cover, call Rudi Tartaglia on 3214 7828. or

*Inclusive of all other retail discounts. Excludes Healthy Travel Cover. Conditions apply. Excludes Healthy Travel cover and selected Corporate Plans. Australian Unity Health Limited (ABN 13 078 722 568) is a Registered Health Benefits Organisation.

Peakology:useful information and tips thanks to Peak Physique!

with Brad Sheppard

Would you like even faster results from your personal training? If you would, you'll love Peakology. Peakology will bring you useful information and tips dedicated to enhancing your life through ground-breaking exercise and nutrition habits.

So set aside 3 minutes RIGHT NOW to read the following article and then implement the strategies, it's that simple! The results start when you do.

Fully Functioning Abdominal Fibers! If you have been enlightened with our previous articles you would have found the following to be true:

  • If you want you abdominal muscles to show you need to lose body fat
  • Everybody has a six pack! Sometimes it just a little hidden!
  • Although your six pack (Rectus Abdominus) gets the most attention, there are other main parts that need to be emphasized
  • There are 3 main parts top your abdominals, these being your Rectus Abdominus, your Oblique musculature and your Transverse Abdominals

    Today's Peakology gives you some simple strategies to have all 3 abdominal muscles in top shape!
  • Rectus Abdominus: your Rectus Abdominus is easily stimulated via any movement whereas you flex your trunk (roll your chest towards your hips). As you can see, even by doing this whilst you are sitting behind your PC chair or, better still, on your Swiss ball you can consciously activate these particular muscles. Now, we need to add some resistance and typically your bodyweight is the easiest from of resistance you can have. Try this: lying on the floor, Place a rolled up towel or folded pillow / cushion under your lower back, bend the knees with the feet on the floor, hands on the opposite shoulders & tongue on the roof of the mouth. Now "Roll" your chest towards your hips and describe the sensation.
  • Oblique musculature: Your Oblique Musculature is active in many planes of motion, however to successfully isolate them and understand their role and activation simply do the following: lie on your side, have something comfortable supporting your elbow (a small pillow is fine). Now, place your elbow under your shoulder ( as if you are going to bear weight on it). Using your feet (on their side and locked together), your knees and finally, your elbows as supporting mechanisms, simply raise your hips off the floor as high as you can. You should feel the activation of the muscles down the side of your body closest to the floor.
  • Transverse Abdominals: these muscles are in a class of their own and require a full explanation on how to successfully activate and utilize. To feel the role of your TVA, simply lie on your stomach, holding your hands in front of your chest, using your feet, knees and elbows as anchor points, simply lift your hips off the floor. At this stage, activate your TVA by drawing your belly button to your spine. If you have successfully mastered the movement you should find a "flattening" of the midsection and the energy drawn into the abdominals at the front as opposed to the muscles of the lower back.

    If you are unsure on how to do any of these exercises (and many more), why not have one of the 11 highly skilled Peak Physique trainers show you through the best Abdominal workout you have ever had!

If your would like to check out Peak Physique contact Brad for a FREE consultation on (m) 0412-999-656 or visit their webpage by clicking here or



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Dandruff is the unattractive flaking of skin on the scalp which occurs whenever the skin cells grow abnormally fast. These flakes are small and either white or grey.

Studies have shown that dandruff is often linked with an inadequate diet and inefficient carbohydrate metabolism. It can also be triggered by an excess of sugar; deficiencies of essential fatty acids and poor digestion. Dandruff is often a symptom of another disorder, such as seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory scaling disease primarily of the scalp and face. This results from sebaceous glands that have become overactive. Emotional traumas, illness, or hormonal imbalance can aggravate and worsen seborrheic dermatitis.

DANDRUFF Dietary Suggestions
Eliminate sugar from the diet, including foods containing sugar. Starchy, devitalised, refined and processed foods also add to the cause of this problem. Avoid excess bread, biscuits, cake and all sweet or starchy foods, confectionery and beverages. Do not use medicated shampoos. Although they may give temporary relief, the condition usually returns worse. Use a mild jojoba or herbal shampoo regularly. Massage rosemary oil into the scalp.

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Short and Sweet: Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict Serves : 4

Ingredients: 25g Australian Butter 1 1/2 tablespoons flour 1 1/2 cups Australian Milk 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 teaspoon vinegar 4 eggs 4 English muffins, split, toasted Australian Butter, extra, for spreading 4 slices ham 4 slices Australian Swiss-style cheese

Method: Heat butter in saucepan, add flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add milk and continue to cook until mixture just boils and thickens. Stir in parsley and season to taste. Half fill a shallow pan with water, add vinegar and bring to the boil. Break eggs carefully into water and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until just set. Remove eggs very carefully from water with an egg slide and drain on paper towel. Spread toasted muffins with extra butter and top with ham, cheese and eggs. Drizzle parsley sauce over eggs.

25g Australian Butter 1 1/2 tablespoons flour 1 1/2 cups Australian Milk 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 teaspoon vinegar 4 eggs 4 English muffins, split, toasted Australian Butter, extra, for spreading 4 slices ham 4 slices Australian Swiss-style cheese Method Nutitional Analysis per serve Serves: 4 Carbohydrates: 37 g Energy: 2026 kJ Calcium: 402 mg Protein: 27 g Fat: 26 g


Laughter is the best medicine!

With some misgivings, we left a young baby-sitter in charge of our three energetic youngsters. When we returned a few, hours later, she was sitting alone watching TV. I went to check on the children, and found them in our narrow hallway. By bracing their arms and legs against the walls, two of them had climbed up to the ceiling. "The baby-sitter taught us how," they said gleefully. The sitter joined me, her face a deep red. "Since they had me climbing the walls, I figured they might as well be too," she stammered.


Quote of the month!

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit


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