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  • Refer a friend to earn $$$ View Article

    Do you love working our with your friends? We do!

    When you refer a friend to Core Candy, you will receive $30 in your account credit to use towards your next purchase or membership.

    Your friend will also receive $30* to use on their purchase at Core Candy.

    Please email us at info@corecandy.com.au to redeem this offer with your name and the name of your friend.

    *$30 cannot be used towards introductory offers.

  • The struggle is real - our tips to help get you through View Article

    We all have days where we really struggle to get through our
    class – it’s completely normal!  Low energy levels could be due to almost anything: what you have or haven’t eaten that day, dehydration, hormone levels, a bad sleep, stress, the list goes on.

    Here are our tips to get you through a challenging workout:

    1.     Break it down

    Break down the exercise into mini intervals.  10 seconds is manageable, count down from 10 and then repeat.  Or count the reps you are doing – or counting helps you disassociate from your discomfort – before you know it, you’ll be done.

    2.     Think of a specific source of motivation 

    Why are you here?  Are you training for an athletic event that’s coming up? Do you have an event or holiday coming up where you want to look your best?

    3.     Time to be selfish

    Think about what you want to get out of the session.  This is your time, and every minute you are bettering yourself.  Control, strength, focus – every effort counts.

    4.     Reward yourself

    What awaits you after your workout is done?  An amazing hot shower? A delicious glass of red?  A thirst quenching fresh juice?  A delicious bowl of pasta? A beautiful relaxing movie?  The cool down stretches?

    Think about your reward and focus on it to power you through your workout.

    5.     How far have you come?

    What was it like when you first started exercising or attending a new class? How far have you come since then?  We tend to only focus on the future and the many things we aspire to, and don’t often reflect on or realise how far we have come. 

    6.     Welcome the discomfort – it’s just another feeling isn’t it?

    If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you! Welcome the discomfort, it’s necessary for change to occur.  Get comfortable with the uncomfortable, sweat and fatigue are part of the deal.

    7.     Lastly – bring your friends!

    This in itself is a super easy way to make your workout more fun and you’ll actually work harder without realising it!

  • Pilates Complements Everything! By Faren MacDonald View Article

    Pilates Complements Everything!

    First of all, what is Pilates?  I've heard this question many times, and one of the first things I say is, 

    It's a completely different style of working out than anything else, and it pretty much complements every other style of physical activity or sport you can think of.”

    The reason that I say this is because of the logic and functionality behind Pilates.  The overall goal of Pilates is to return the body back to anatomical neutral (the best place for our bodies to be in) with the ability to move freely through our daily lives with efficiency and without pain. Sounds pretty nice, doesn't it?

    These days we spend so much time sitting at desks or looking down at our phones that we end up with many muscular dysfunctions like tight hips and hamstrings, low back, neck and shoulder pain, weakness within the glutes, core, and poor posture...just to name a few.

    The other major cause of pain and dysfunction in our bodies is repetitive movement and overworking the same joints and muscles causing over­compensation and imbalances throughout the body. This type of strain to the body can include playing the same sport for many years (such as running, cycling or any other sport where you are basically doing the same movement over and over).

    That's where Pilates can come in and help to re­balance, bring body awareness, stability, flexibility and strength back to your body. This is why Pilates is such a complementary workout regime to anything else you do!

    Going to a Pilates class with a certified Pilates Instructor, you can expect to work from head to toe with a focus on technique and alignment to ensure proper muscle firing patterns, less over compensation of dominant muscles and working slowly and mindfully through all exercises.

    Pilates will help to re-­balance your body, have you leaving class feeling taller, lighter and with less aches and pains. Over time, your body will learn how to use all layers of muscles and allow the weaker muscles to get strong rather than continuing to allow your more dominant muscles to take over.  You will learn how to activate your muscles properly, and move with more efficiency during sports, other workouts, and throughout your daily activities.  When you move more efficiently, you are far less likely to injure yourself.

  • Reasons we love winter workouts View Article

    The weather is getting colder and the mornings darker - winter is coming! 

    One of the things that I love about Melbourne is that we have four distinct seasons in the year, each is beautiful in its own way. There’s no reason why winter needs to be the season we dread! 

    For one thing, winter is the perfect time to exercise or get back into exercising if you were too busy enjoying summer. Here are some reasons we love to work out in winter: 

    1. It’s a fabulous, natural way of warming up your body 

    2. Building on 1., you’ll save money on your heating bill – being physically fit makes it easier for people to cope with cold. You’ll also be home less if you’re busy exercising. Or exercise at home for a quick warm up. 

    3. When you open your door to get to your 6.15am class – you’ll feel instantly fresh. Nothing like some cold fresh air to waken the senses! 

    4. Winter workout gear is far "cooler" - there are more legging styles to choose from than shorts, and the amazing long sleeves, hoodies, jackets, oh my 

    5. No FOMO - you’re not missing out on anything outside. The couch can wait an extra hour. 

    6. Your hot shower after class will feel amazing 

    7. You’re always ready for a beach holiday 

    8. My favourite - it’s not too hot to exercise! 

    And if this fails - just think of the benefits exercise brings you. You want to manage your stress, have more energy and feel good about yourself rather than falling asleep at your desk, feeling overwhelmed and sluggish.  

    Write down all the ways exercise adds to the quality of your life. Stick it on the fridge or bathroom mirror and read it regularly, particularly when you are feeling flat. 

    Let’s embrace winter 2016!

  • Goals - strong bones View Article

    Do you know someone who has recently broken a bone? It's not fun.   Once you break a bone you immediately realise how essential it is for performing every day activities.  

    We generally think about exercise and fitness as essential for maintaining our muscles, cardiovascular system and body weight. Exercise as a means of keeping your bones healthy may not spring to mind - but maybe it should!  For most people, bone mass peaks during your 30s.  Young women and men who exercise regularly generally achieve greater peak bone mass (maximum bone density and strength) than those who don't.   They're generally also less at risk of developing osteoporosis - a common disease in Australia (especially among women) that affects over one million people.  This disease makes bones brittle and causes them to break much more easily than normal bone. 

    Bone tissue is amazing – like muscle, it becomes stronger in response to exercise.  Exercise is recognised as one of the most effective lifestyle strategies to help make bones as strong as possible - the catch is that exercise must be regular (at least three times per week) and ongoing to have a meaningful benefit.  

    When our muscles pull on our bones through exercise, bone tissue becomes stronger through increased deposition of mineral salts and production of collagen fibres by osteoblasts. 

    So how can you ensure you have strong, healthy bones?   

    THE RIGHT KIND OF EXERCISE  

    When it comes to bone health, not all types of exercise are equal. Bone strength depends on the specific way that stress is applied to the bone during the exercise (so although swimming and cycling are great for our cardio health, they're not so great for bone strength).  The best kinds of exercise to keep your bones strong are weight-bearing aerobic activity and strength or resistance training.  

    WEIGHT-BEARING AEROBIC ACTIVITY (EXERCISE WHILE DONE ON YOUR FEET)  

    This includes both low impact and high impact activities such as Barre, HIIT, brisk walking, running, aerobics, tennis and dance, which all help to build and retain bone mass. Swimming and cycling, although great activities for general health and fitness, are not good forms of exercise to promote bone strength, as they are non-weight bearing.  

    RESISTANCE TRAINING (STRENGTH TRAINING)  

    This includes any exercise where the muscles have to work hard to overcome a resistance such as your body weight (as in a push-up) or a weight (such as a biceps curl with hand weights). Strength training has been shown to significantly increase bone density and reverse the effects of bone degeneration associated with aging.  

    Core Candy Barre,HIIT and Pilates Springboard classes all include resistance training.  

    GOOD NUTRITION 

    For strong bones, we need to consume Vitamins A, C and D, Calcium and Phosphorus.  

    Calcium intake is so important! Your calcium levels in your bones are not fixed so a drop in calcium in the body’s fluids causes the breakdown of mineral salts and the release of calcium from the bone.  

    IDEAS FOR FOODS HIGH IN CALCIUM  

    Dairy products (milk, yogurt and cheese);  broccoli; dark, leafy greens; edamame; figs; oranges;  sardines; canned salmon;  white beans;  nuts and seeds; tofu…and hold the salt (it can negatively affect bone strength)!

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