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Health & Fitness
Strong Fitness Magazine Australia

Strong Fitness Magazine Australia

February - March 2020

STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia is a trusted source of cutting-edge fitness and health information for the resilient modern woman.

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6 Issues

In this issue

5 min.
audacious action alexa

ON BOXING I developed a real affinity for boxing during my university days, when it became an incredible outlet for me. It can teach strength and power, but also patience and focus. There’s nothing like hearing the ‘crack’ as you hit the pad to make you feel empowered. Boxing is the perfect analogy for life and mental health – it doesn’t matter how hard or how often you take a hit, it’s about the number of times you get back up to fight another day. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Attaining my Gym Jones full accreditation, gracing the cover of STRONG Australia and moderating a mental health panel at the 2019 Fitness Show in Melbourne on behalf of the magazine, and touring the United States as the opening speaker for internationally renowned suicide prevention warrior Kevin…

1 min.
my tips for improved mental health:

1 Find the things in life that bring you joy and give you purpose – be it walking your dog, listening to a podcast, going for a surf, having a coffee with mates, eating Caramello Koalas – and do them as often as you can. 2 Find your tribe. The people you spend your time with influence everything from your opinions and emotions to your shopping decisions, so choose them wisely. Ask yourself if the people around you make you feel good about yourself – and if they don’t, then disengage. 3 Sharing is caring, so talk it out – remember the last time you were able to help somebody else just by listening to them? Did you feel like a good human? Next time you’re going through something and you don’t…

2 min.
editor’s note

As this issue is going to print, a large portion of Australia is on fire. And I, like many people, feel as though it’s almost a crime to talk about anything else – especially when so many of our own readers’ mental and physical health are suffering. Houses, possessions and memories are being reduced to piles of black ash. Soot-tinged koalas are just beginning to crawl their way down a painful road of rehabilitation. Crops, farms and livestock – a lifetime of work – are being engulfed in flames. Lives and livelihoods are being lost. It’s brought with it a lot of tears and feelings of helplessness, but also, perhaps, perspective. And, hopefully, change. I for one have never been so proud to be an Australian. I have watched as so many…

1 min.
ways you can help

Here are just some of the Instagram accounts you can visit for more information on how to donate and help those in need: @redcrossau @salvosau @wireswildliferescue @spendwiththem @nswrfs You can also visit these websites: vic.gov.au/bushfireappealcfsfoundation.org.au cfa.vic.gov.au If you’re experiencing a hard time, need someone to talk to or are in crisis, there is always help available through these national 24/7 support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14 Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467…

1 min.
you asked:

Stability starts with your feet: Maintaining the weight of the squat across your entire foot will help make you more stable. If at any time you feel as though the weight is forward and in your toes, it’s a sign you’re not stable and could be overloading your lower spine. Focus on pushing through your midfoot and heel to enhance your strength. Keep your knees tracking in the same direction as your toes: This is important for stability and maintaining healthy knees. Ensure your knees do not sway inwards (knee valgus) or outwards (knee vargus) – by staying aligned you can safely control more weight and get stronger, faster. Sit into it: Try bending at your hips and knees simultaneously at the beginning of your squat; as you bend at the hips,…

3 min.
meet the strong advisory board

Alexa Towersey HEAD TRAINER Personal Trainer and mental health advocate and speaker, Alexa Towersey has a list of qualifications as long as her (ripped) arm, including a Bachelor of Science (Double Major in Biology and Psychology) and Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management and Kinesiology. She’s also qualified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, is a Gym Jones Fully Certified Trainer, and has completed her Mental Health First Aid certificates. alexatowersey.com // @actionalexa Leanne Ward DIETITIAN Nutritionist, Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian, Leanne Ward has extensive experience in her craft, working in both clinical and one-on-one coaching settings. Ward specialises in emotional eating, gut health and sustainable weight loss for women. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Health Science (majoring in Nutrition) and a Master of Dietetics Studies. She has also completed her Sports Dietetics…