The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-11-26T23:17:47Z Pepper joins forces with St Kilda Football Club 2015-11-26T23:17:47Z pepper-joins-forces-with-st-kilda-football-club MEDIA RELEASE  27 November 2015 St Kilda Football Club has spiced up its corporate partnerships by announcing financial services provider Pepper Group Limited (‘Pepper’) as its new principal partner.     As one of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders, with a growing global presence, Pepper offers a range of consumer finance products and services, including home and car loans, and complements St Kilda Football Club’s existing line-up of exciting brand partners. Pepper’s relationship with ‘The Saints’ is in place for the next three years.   Patrick Tuttle, Co-Group CEO of Pepper, said: “As a founding club of the Victorian Football League, St Kilda has a strong heritage in the AFL and Pepper is excited by the opportunity to be associated with such an iconic Australian sporting organisation.    “As a club, The Saints proudly supports ambition, celebrates achievements and encourages all who are connected with it to aspire to its philosophy of ‘How I Want To Be’. These values are mirrored in Pepper’s culture, where we believe that everyone deserves the help and guidance necessary to realise their personal and financial goals.”    St Kilda Football Club CEO, Matt Finnis, welcomed Pepper Group to The Saints: “There is so much positivity surrounding our club and having an international business like Pepper join us and commit to being part of the journey we are taking is fantastic.” Pepper is seeking to boost awareness of its brand in key AFL states nationally and in particular, Victoria. The loyal St Kilda fan base represents the type of customers Pepper typically works with to help them get ahead in life, whatever their circumstances.    As part of the partnership announcement, Pepper will also unveil its new consumer-facing brand ‘Pepper Money’, which will be introduced over the course of 2016.     Commenting on the new brand, Pepper’s Co Group CEO, Mike Culhane said: “Following an extensive, and ongoing, period of acquisition, growth, and an ever-expanding suite of lending products, Pepper is embarking on a comprehensive rebranding exercise to better explain what products we offer to consumers.”   “To be named principal sponsor of St Kilda is a defining moment in Pepper’s story, bringing our brand to a wider audience of sporting fans in Victoria and across Australia, as well as expanding on our existing sporting relationships with the Western Sydney Wanderers and as naming rights sponsor of Pepper Stadium.”   Pepper is the only financial services brand to be associated with St Kilda and shares the principal partnership role with Dare Iced Coffee.    Ends    For more information, please contact DEC PR on behalf of Pepper Group: Joanne McIntosh or Sarah Bullen  02 8014 5036 | pepper@decpr.com.au    About Pepper Group Pepper Group (“Pepper”) is Australia’s largest non-bank residential mortgage lender (as measured by total assets under management), is a leading provider of specialty residential mortgage and consumer financing, and a highly experienced third-party loan servicer and asset manager. Pepper is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:PEP) Worldwide, the Group currently has approximately A$36.8 billion of loan and lease assets under management (comprising prime and specialist residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, equipment leases, small business loans, consumer loans and car loans).  Pepper Group now comprises approximately 1,400 employees worldwide and has offices in Sydney, Parramatta, London, Dublin, Shannon, Madrid, Singapore and Seoul. Since establishing itself as a specialist residential mortgage lender in the Australian market in March 2001, Pepper has originated more than A$5.7 billion of specialist residential mortgages in Australia. It also commenced originating commercial auto & equipment finance in April 2013. In August 2011 Pepper acquired GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand mortgage lending businesses, which comprised a portfolio of approximately A$5.0 billion of Australian and New Zealand residential mortgages. This transaction was one of the largest whole loan transactions in Australian history. Pepper’s current wholesale funding partners in Australia include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. In addition to lending and servicing its own residential mortgage and consumer finance portfolio, Pepper provides third party primary and special servicing across various types of mortgages, leases and unsecured loan products. Pepper is jointly led by Co-Group Chief Executive Officers, Mike Culhane and Patrick Tuttle. Mike and Patrick are focused on ensuring Pepper continues to leverage its core credit underwriting and loan servicing expertise both in its home market of Australia and other underserved markets in Europe and Asia. Pepper is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in Australia. Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in Ireland. Pepper Savings Bank is regulated in South Korea by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). Pepper is ranked by S&P as a “STRONG” Residential Loan Servicer and is included on S&P’s Global Select Servicer List. 5 tips on using a solar charger for your mobile phone 2015-10-23T03:24:51Z 5-tips-on-using-a-solar-charger-for-your-mobile-phone Having a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet means you can recharge your gear anywhere the sun shines. Perfect for travel, camping and most of all emergencies. Remember summer power failures, anyone? Imagine a holiday with no flat battery moments but instead the convenience of your camera and mobile phone fully usable anywhere. Solar power for your mobile devices also means you are taking less power from the grid – saving the planet one recharge at a time AND saving money. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your solar charger, whether this is for camping or everyday. 1. To increase the efficiency of your solar charger, make sure the panels directly face the sun at all times. As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, adjust your solar charger accordingly. Pop it onto the car console or dashboard while driving to catch some rays. Leave it on the window sill at home through the day so you can recharge off the grid at night. 2. If you are charging through a window, windscreen, etc, be aware that the charging times will be increased especially if your windows are tinted. 3. A great way to use a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet while camping or bushwalking is to WEAR IT! Strap it to your backpack and recharge your portable battery anywhere you go. Then its on hand to charge up your phone, camera, GPS or the kid’s iPod (so you can enjoy the serenity a bit longer). 4. The power of the sun’s rays depend on the season, as during summer the earth faces more directly towards the sun. So charge times can vary depending on the season where you are. The time of day is also an important factor to consider when using your solar charger. You will get the best performance when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually at noon. In fact, an hour charging at Noon will give better charge than a few hours later on the same day. 5. Extreme weather can affect your solar charger’s efficiency, so if its baking hot, protect your charger from until its a little cooler, ideally less than 45deg C. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au has solar chargers from leading brands including Powertraveller. From the waterproof Powermonkey Expedition or to the family sized pairing of Powergorilla + Solargorilla, from waterproof Powermonkey Extreme 12V to the all-in-one Solarmonkey Adventurer, we have a solar charger to suit your lifestyle and mobile devices. Christmas Gift Ideas for people who love technology 2015-10-23T02:43:49Z christmas-gift-ideas-for-people-who-love-technology Picking the right gift for family and friends who love technology just got easier, with the release of new ideas to help them take their favourite device away camping, to school or even to work. Mophie H2Pro case for iPhone 6/6S and Lifeproof Fre Power Case have it all: military-grade tough, waterproof and dropproof tough case, with inbuilt rechargeable battery pack, so you get 100% extra battery life built into your case wherever you go. Powertraveller Powermonkey Expedition solar charger is a revolution in portable charging technology, bringing together multiple ways in which to naturally, yet efficiently generate power - all housed in strong, aluminium, waterproof casing. The waterproof (IP65 rated) powermonkey expedition houses a 10,500mAh lithium polymer battery which can be charged in three ways; via hand-powered crank, solar or via the international AC mains charger. Does your home or office have multiple devices to recharge every day? A charging station can charge up to 5 devices from one powerpoint. Griffin PowerDock 5 and BlueFlame 4 Device Charging Station can save space, time and sanity. Educational technology toys mean the kids won’t realise they are learning while they have fun. Osmo Game System brings iPad into the physical play, with interactive games for creative thinking and problem solving. LittleBits Electronics, including kits on space and Arduino, teaches them about circuitry, leading them to robotics, coding and much more. Working with iPad is so much easier with an inbuilt keyboard in a protective case. Zagg Slim Book case for iPad Air 2 has backlit keyboard to make working that bit easier, even in low light. Powered Life helps you maximise your mobile technology – whether you are a school with iPad and laptop fleets to manage, or a family that needs to kidproof its iPads, as well as businesses large and small. Protect your devices with the choice of best brand protective tough cases while recharging anywhere with solar and portable power. Reduce admin cost and time of managing multiple devices in your school or business with charge-sync solutions. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! Power up your Dad this Father's Day 2015-08-21T04:15:16Z power-up-your-dad-this-father-s-day Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and spend their time doing different types of things. Here are some great gift ideas for YOUR kind of Dad. Sporty Dad If Dad likes to bike or hike, he might like to take his mobile phone with him. MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra) often like to record their hard-earned kms so waterproof phone kit with a mount to keep it safe while he works the pedals is a great gift. Lifeproof has waterproof, drop proof, dust proof cases for mobile phones – so they are also Dad proof – including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. iPod users get protected too. Add on an optional mount kit so Dad has his phone on his bike, car, boat - anywhere.   Business Dad Mophie’s range of powered cases for mobile phones is legendary. Yes, you read right: built-in back-up battery in a protective case. Flick a switch and recharge anywhere. Stock available right now for iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus as well as Samsung Galaxy S5. Lifeproof makes Dad even more powerful (get it??) with a waterproof PLUS powered case. Perfect for the endlessly busy Dad, the clumsy Dad; the travelling or tradie Dad. If Dad likes to recharge more than just his phone, check out the Mophie Powerstation XL which can recharge 2 devices at once, from its 12,000mAh rechargeable battery pack. Or a ruggedised powerstation with the Mophie Powerstation Pro, with a 6000mAh power bank that is drop proof and water resistant.   Adventure Dad Does Dad like to get out there in the wilds? Powertraveller portable power gear means Dad can venture far, while keeping in contact with his world, with solar and rechargeable power packs. Powermonkey Explorer 2 is crushproof, waterproof while Powermonkey Solarmonkey Adventurer has endless power for mobile devices. For the hardened explorer, the brand new Powermonkey Expedition power pack includes solar and hand crank recharge options. For the Dad who ventures overseas, the BlueFlame World Charger plus Portable Battery Pack can make simple work of recharging devices, with a single AC adaptor with international pins, plus a detachable portable pack to keep him recharged anywhere. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps you choose where to work or play. Use your mobile phone, tablet or notebook - anywhere, any time - with top brand portable power and tough cases for mobile devices including Lifeproof, Mophie, Powertraveller and much more. Solar chargers, waterproof mobile phone cases, kid-proof iPad/tablet cases. 360 PR Secure Shark Shield PR Account 2015-02-02T02:26:07Z 360-pr-secure-shark-shield-pr-account Today, we are very excited to announce that 360 PR  will be representing the public relations for Shark Shield, the world’s only proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent designed to reduce the risk of an unwanted shark encounter.    The Shark Shield range of electrical shark deterrents are the result of over twenty years of scientific research by some of the world’s leading experts in sharks. Scientific tests of the Shark Shield, conducted using bait to attract sharks have shown that the Shark Shield reduces the chance of the shark moving closer than several feet from the device.   The technology behind Shark Shield devices sends pulses from the electrodes that interfere with the shark’s electroreceptor system, located in the shark’s snout. This results in muscular spasms and levels of discomfort to the shark, but does not harm it – Deterring it from coming too close.  Lindsay Lyon, Director of Shark Shield says, “We are focused on the environmental welfare of the ocean and its inhabitants. We believe that Shark Shield can reduce the culling of sharks directly by ultimately replacing shark nets, and indirectly by protecting all types of ocean users. These devices have no long-term effect on sharks or indeed any other creature.   “Shark Shield is increasing the levels of participation in water sports and we help make peoples working environment much safer – we provide peace of mind for individuals, families and employees so everyone can enjoy the world’s oceans,” said Lindsay.   It would be great if you could add us to your call-outs, our contact details are: Lisa Solomons: lisa@360pr.com.au or 0416 175 518 Jessica Durrington: jessica@360pr.com.au or 0423 833 814 Lydia San: lydia@360pr.com.au or 0432 205 309   Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further information, expert opinion or images. Shark Shield is available at: www.sharkshield.com Travel gets a jump start 2015-01-20T04:30:17Z travel-gets-a-jump-start Whether you are travelling or just running a busy life with a car full of kids or clients, NOTHING wrecks the day more than a flat car battery. Or if it’s on the water, a boat battery that just won’t kick over, leaving you stranded, or ruining a perfect day’s fishing before it’s even begun. Times like these you wish you had the solution in your pocket. Well, now you can. PowerOn Portable Jump Start Kit is a small-sized lifesaver. It’s a jump start for your car, boat, bike or whatever, capable of jump starting your vehicle’s battery up to 20 times from a full charge. It takes up less than the space tor a set of jumper leads but can get you out of a tight spot in a minute. Of course, sometimes flat battery emergencies can be of the OTHER type, such as a flat mobile phone or iPad battery, leaving you uncontactable, or worse, having to listen to the kids argue in the back seat for the next 2 hours 48 minutes. So the PowerOn Jump start kit is also a power pack, ready to recharge any 5V/1.2A USB chargeable device from its massive 12000mAh battery pack. Plus the built-in safety LED torch, and your travels just became a whole lot easier. It can put out 86 lumens of light and up to 100 meters of illumination, with multiple illumination modes: torch, strobe light, and SOS. An emergency light capable of lasting up to 120 hours on a full charge! >> Find out more about PowerOn Portable Jump Start Kit here Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps travellers enjoy the outdoors and remote adventures while keeping their mobile devices charged and protected. From solar chargers and portable power packs, and drop-proof and waterproof protective cases for devices, to mounts for keeping your device anywhere, our products help you maximise your fun whether you are glamping or hiking mountains with goats. Live a powered life!  6 tips for buying a school-proof iPad case 2015-01-20T04:16:35Z 6-tips-for-buying-a-school-proof-ipad-case More schools are offering bring-your-own-device, or BYOD programs, for children to bring their own iPad to school to use in class teaching. This reduces the impact on the school’s budget, but also makes students and their parents responsible for protecting the iPad to, from and at school. So what should you consider for your school-going iPad? Here are our top 6 tips on what you should focus on. Protective case with genuine drop protection This iPad will be dropped. Face this fact right now. So you need to give it genuine protection from the inevitable – this is not the time for a cheap and cheerful plastic wrapper over your $600 iPad. High quality brands such as Gumdrop, Otterbox, Trident and Lifeproof engineer their cases to handle drops, shocks and more. This can include inbuilt air chambers, high density silicone, ABS plastic internal frames and other forms of clever to kid-proof your device. The dozen dollars or so you will spend on it will be worth it for the extended life of your iPad, and the fact that your little Jonny won’t be the only one without an iPad at school for a week while you get it fixed – again. Screen cover Screens cop a bit from grubby little people. Sand and grit being dragged across the screen can leave lasting damage to the glass and frankly you really need a screen to be clear to get the most out of a tablet. Many good quality cases include an inbuilt plastic screen cover that is both tough but also sensitive so the ever-so-slightly heavier finger pressure required to activate the screen is well worth it for the protection it provides. Of special note is the Otterbox Defender case which has an integrated plastic screen cover but also a detachable screen guard/stand which provides a tough ABS plastic barrier between your child’s iPad and compass set. Alternatively, some come with adhesive screen protectors, such as Kensington BlackBelt and Safegrip models. Adhesive covers can be purchased separately so added to other cases, and replaced when required. Port covers Mashed banana in your charge port, m’am? No thanks! Make sure that your iPad case includes secure port covers to keep the nasties out of vulnerable places. Stand up Having a stand on the iPad case can make a difference to a child’s head and neck position while using the device, and assist to ensure good posture. Cases such as Gumdrop Hideaway, Kensington Blackbelt and Otterbox Defender include stands, while Trident Kraken AMS Media Stand is an optional accessory. Protection in class – storage for lunch breaks etc One of the major worries for schools is how to secure the iPads while they are not in use. Wall cages with charge systems – such as PC Locs or Ergotron - may be the answer, otherwise lockable trolleys to move devices around. There are many options available and the school needs to have a solution so that your iPad doesn’t vanish while the kids are at lunch. Accessorise for success Make sure that your child has the gear they need for using the iPad in class. This may be a child-friendly stylus pen, or volume limited headphones so that they can’t blast their heads off. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps families and schools maximise iPads and tablets for learning, while minimising the cost. Protective cases and covers for children of all ages including those with special needs. Styluses, headphones, keyboards and other accessories. Charge-sync-storage systems for schools to reduce admin cost. All the best quality brands, all in one place at www.poweredlife.com.au or 1300 POWER 4 LIFE (1300 76937 4 5433) or hello@poweredlife.com.au.  Movement optimization - the missing link? 2014-10-23T07:58:23Z movement-optimization-the-missing-link When we train we spend exorbitant amounts of time on planning and analyzing our reps, our sets, weight lifted or time to complete our workout. However we rarely fail to look at and think about what is perhaps the most important thing we have, and that is our movement quality.   This is something that has slowly come to the forefront of the fitness industry due to the efforts of a few key people but needs a much bigger push into the eyes of the mainstream fitness consumer. One of the biggest progressions made is the growth of the Functional Movement Screen, introduced by Gray Cook as a tool for trainers to use to quantify the quality of their clients movement patterns and give them the tools to create positive change. The increase of popularity of fitness personalities like Ido Portal and their movement based philosophies have led to more awareness and development of movement quality.   While investigation of these systems and philosophies can be worthwhile it can be time consuming and hard to find a good starting point. What we will provide for you here are 5 tips you can implement immediately to improve the quality of your movement.  1. Breathing   Breathing is the fundamental quality of any movement practice. The ancient martial arts and yoga have always integrated breathing into their practice and this is something that modern movement and exercise have neglected.   A great idea to improve movement quality and breath simultaneously is to limit all your breathing during a moderate training session to nasal breathing only. This will have the following benefits:   - balance the nervous system, leading to a flow state - optimize core function - prevent a stress response from exercise - and much more   This is a particularly great idea for cardio exercise and will improve your cardiovascular fitness immensely. It is not recommended for power exercises like Kettlebell swings or Olympic lifting.  2. Self limiting exercises: Put them in your program   This is another concept introduced by Gray Cook. Basically it involves performing exercises that have built in correcting qualities.   An example of this is jump rope. It is impossible to jump rope with poor alignment and form, it builds quality of movement as part of successful execution.   Here are some self limiting exercises you should try:   - Barefoot running - Rock climbing - Battling ropes - Most single leg exercises - Kettlebell presses done bottoms up - gripping the handle bell upsides down   These are a great start to your self limiting exercises. Try them out.    3. Think of training as practice, not working out   This is a huge paradigm shift for most people. Most people go to the gym trying to destroy themselves and sweat as much as possible. This may be fun but it is certainly not productive.   A good idea is to use one day at the gym to practice a particular lift. A good idea is to practice the dead lift. Spend one training session working on form and perfect execution of a lift. As a bonus sided effect of this practice session is that you will get smoked as a side effect.  4. Stop each set before failure   Many people take each set to total failure. This will lead to suboptimal movement quality. It is a good idea to stop the set with one or two reps left in the tank. This will ensure every set looks good.   Another benefit is that it will lead to optimal muscle fiber recruitment. Perfect reps recruit the most muscle fibers needed for the job and as form degrades, range of motion decreases and speed changes you are fatiguing and not recruiting all your muscle fibers. Make sure all reps in a set look the same, from first to last.  5. Try a new sport or activity   Trying new activities can help you improve your movement skills. For example, taking up rock climbing can improve performance in the pull up exercise. Learning dance can help improve movement awareness in leg training exercises.   If you continuously learn new skills and add to your movement vocabulary you will gradually find your movement quality in your training getting better and better.   Try and implement the tips above and watch your quality of movement improve rapidly. Enjoy the movement journey.  For more inforamtion please contact Paul Meldrum from DC Health Performance. Email: paul@dchealthperformance.com.au Mobile: -61 413 673 28+  About Paul Meldrum  Paul has been involved in the health and fitness industry for nine years. During this time he has worked with thousands of clients in the areas of weight loss, muscle gain, rehabilitation and sports performance.   Paul is highly regarded within the fitness Industry and has received the following awards for his dedication; 05/06 Personal Trainer of the Year Clinical Excellence Award, Australian Sports Kinesiology Institute. He is dedicated to furthering his ability to help his clients in any way possible and to educating other professionals so they can achieve amazing results with people from all walks of life.  About DC Health Performance Your Results Are Our Priority - At DC Health Performance, our sole purpose is to help you achieve the results that you are after. Whatever your goal, whether it is fat loss, muscle gain, strength or injury rehabilitation, we are here to help.   With our combined 22 years of experience we have the knowledge to help you in the fastest, most effective and safest way possible. To find out how we can personally help you with your fitness goals, feel free to contact us anytime! http://dchealthperformance.com.au     Stress: Is it Making You Fat? 2014-10-01T22:00:00Z stress-is-it-making-you-fat Stress is something each and everyone of us will have to deal with for the rest of our lives. It is an unavoidable fact of life that we will all be subjected to many different stressors and have to deal with it. Stress can also lead to many different signs and symptoms and is a leading cause of stubborn fat, particularly on the abdominal area. Stress can cause: Premature ageing Abdominal fat Alter your blood sugar control Ruin your sleep cycle Massive amounts of inflammation Don’t be a victim to stress – take charge of it Since stress is something we all have to deal with and isn’t going away anytime soon, here are our top 7 tips to help you beat stress and drop fat off your abs.1. Drink green tea Green tea is an absolutely fabulous healthy drink and has 100′s of potential benefits. It can effectively mitigate the inflammation and oxidative stress caused by high levels of stress. One thing to be aware of is that a fairly high amount of green tea needs to be consumed for a therapeutic effect. 3-5 cups a day should do it, or consider a green tea concentrate supplement.2. Consume lots of antioxidants Antioxidants are very important when you are stressed as it will help your body produce glutathione, the primary antioxidant your body needs to deal with stress. You need to ensure you consume them with nearly every meal. Berries, dark green vegetables and spices and herbs are ideal.3. Meditate or take up a mind body practice The benefits of these kinds of practices cannot be overstated. For example, meditation has been found to reduce an inflammatory marker called Il-6, which is a sign of high stress and anxiety. The best activities you can try are meditation, yoga and traditional martial arts. Which one you choose does not matter, it is as long as you enjoy it and do it consistently.4. Take magnesium – lots of it Magnesium is the anti-stress mineral and will help you sleep deeply. It is highly worthwhile to consume at all times, but particularly when stressed. Taking it at night time with your evening meal is your best option. Another great option is an Epsom salt bath. This has 2 benefits: it loads your body with magnesium and the bath itself is very relaxing! Adding essential oils like lavender can only improve the experience.5. Consume adequate fats including Omega 3′s All stress hormones that we make are derived from dietary fat. Having a highly stressful lifestyle and a low fat diet is a recipe for disaster as you will not be supplying your body the raw materials to make stress hormones. This will then cause further stress. Make sure you include Omega 3 fatty acids as they can increase the bodies antioxidant capabilities and reduce inflammation. Other good fats include butter, coconut oil, nuts and avocado.6. Consider a nutraceutical Sometimes you need some extra support when dealing with stress. Some of the best nutraceuticals we have found for this purpose are: Phosphatidyl Serine: This is especially effective in reducing the primary hormone of stress, cortisol. It is best taken in the evenings. Holy Basil: This is considered an adaptogen and can help your body produce more or less stress hormones depending on what you need. It is best taken throughout the day. Acetyl L Carnitine: This is a great addition if you have trouble waking up and being alert in the morning. Do not take after 2pm.7. Fill in a gratitude journal This is a great way to improve your sleep and improve your ability to deal with stress. All you need is a diary and a pen and before you go to sleep, simply write down all the things you are grateful for that occurred in that day. This will help frame your mind in a positive late, which will stop your mind from racing at night. Having a positive worldview will also help you deal with stress better with a lower response of stress hormones. Stress is always going to be there and that is something we have to learn to live with. Hopefully the tips in this lesson will help you manage your stress better and you should start to experience faster fat loss on your abs. For more information please contact Paul Meldrum from DC Health Performance. Email: paul@dchealthperformance.com.au Mobile: -61 413 673 280  About Paul Meldrum  Paul has been involved in the health and fitness industry for nine years. During this time he has worked with thousands of clients in the areas of weight loss, muscle gain, rehabilitation and sports performance.   Paul is highly regarded within the fitness Industry and has received the following awards for his dedication; 05/06 Personal Trainer of the Year Clinical Excellence Award, Australian Sports Kinesiology Institute. He is dedicated to furthering his ability to help his clients in any way possible and to educating other professionals so they can achieve amazing results with people from all walks of life.  About DC Health Performance Your Results Are Our Priority - At DC Health Performance, our sole purpose is to help you achieve the results that you are after. Whatever your goal, whether it is fat loss, muscle gain, strength or injury rehabilitation, we are here to help.   With our combined 22 years of experience we have the knowledge to help you in the fastest, most effective and safest way possible. To find out how we can personally help you with your fitness goals, feel free to contact us anytime! http://dchealthperformance.com.au   Follow us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/DCHealth Inflammation: Is it Stopping You From Dropping Fat? 2014-09-25T22:00:00Z inflammation-is-it-stopping-you-from-dropping-fat Stubborn fat loss is one of the most frustrating problems we can encounter when trying to get healthy and lose fat. There is nothing more frustrating than eating well, exercising diligently and not seeing results on the scale or the tape measure. One factor that needs to be addressed and can make all the difference in your results is inflammation. Inflammation can manifest in the body in numerous ways. Some things that will cause inflammation in the body include: A poor diet that is high in grains and processed foods High levels of stress Trans fats and a lack of Omega 3 fats Lack of physical activity Toxicity and heavy metals Lots, lots more! If inflammation is ignored it can lead to many different problems. When inflammation moves from acute to chronic it will start to cause cell and tissue destruction. This will lead and contribute to the development and progression of all disease processes. As you can see inflammation is a major problem that can definitely affect your fat loss efforts. Here are the 7 steps we recommend you follow to reduce inflammation.1. Optimize your Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio. This is the most important step to follow to sort out inflammation in the body. Omega 3 and omega 6′s are essential fats that we need to consume in the diet. As a general rule omega 6 fatty acids are inflammatory and found in high amounts in the diet. Omega 3′s are anti-inflammatory and are not consumed enough. You can increase your consumption of oily fish like salmon or supplement with fish oil. Make sure you reduce processed foods in your diet to reduce Omega 6 fatty acids.2. Eat berries to reduce inflammation Berries are absolutely packed with antioxidants which reduce inflammation quickly. They will also lower oxidative stress which is a contributor to ageing and heart disease. Consume these foods on a daily basis and rotate between all different types of berries. Remember to try and eat strawberries that are organic as they are one of the foods most heavily sprayed with pesticides.3. Resistance train 3-4 times per week This is a great way to improve body composition and lower oxidative stress which is a contributor to inflammation. It is ideal to follow a muscle building training protocol to get the best results.4. Supplement wisely for inflammation Supplements can be used very effectively to reduce inflammation. The 5 main supplements we recommend are Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc and Curcumin. Curcumin is the nutrient found in the spice Turmeric which could be the most powerful anti inflammatory herb available.5. Go gluten free to lower intestinal inflammation Gluten is the highly inflammatory protein found within wheat and wheat products. It increases inflammation by agitating the intestinal wall of the small intestine. Gluten can be found in many different products so take care to read all food labels. Following a Paleo food template may be a good idea to reduce inflammation.6. Heal the gut A healthy gut leads to a healthy body. If the gut has high levels of inflammation and damage it can totally stop fat loss. Some ways to improve gut health include taking probiotics and glutamine, drink more water and increasing fiber intake.7. Balance your blood sugar The reasons for this are two fold: Unbalanced blood sugar is inflammatory in and of itself and when your blood sugar drops you will be more likely to eat high sugar and highly inflammatory foods. If you feel inflammation is one of the things holding you back try and follow the advice in this article. You should see some quick drops in body fat.   For more information please contact Paul Meldrum from DC Health Performance. Email: paul@dchealthperformance.com.au Mobile: -61 413 673 280  About Paul Meldrum  Paul has been involved in the health and fitness industry for nine years. During this time he has worked with thousands of clients in the areas of weight loss, muscle gain, rehabilitation and sports performance.   Paul is highly regarded within the fitness Industry and has received the following awards for his dedication; 05/06 Personal Trainer of the Year Clinical Excellence Award, Australian Sports Kinesiology Institute. He is dedicated to furthering his ability to help his clients in any way possible and to educating other professionals so they can achieve amazing results with people from all walks of life.  About DC Health Performance Your Results Are Our Priority - At DC Health Performance, our sole purpose is to help you achieve the results that you are after. Whatever your goal, whether it is fat loss, muscle gain, strength or injury rehabilitation, we are here to help.   With our combined 22 years of experience we have the knowledge to help you in the fastest, most effective and safest way possible. To find out how we can personally help you with your fitness goals, feel free to contact us anytime! http://dchealthperformance.com.au   Follow us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/DCHealth   Are you eating enough calories? 2014-09-09T22:00:00Z are-you-eating-enough-calories Media Release 10/09/2014 Are you eating enough calories? The debate about the importance of calories has raged on in the fat loss industry for the last 20 years. Many people claim they are all that matter while other camps claim they are irrelevant. In our opinion they matter, but they are a part of the bigger picture. If you have addressed blood sugar, inflammation, food intolerances, stress and hormonal balance then addressing your unique calorie needs can really help you accelerate your fat loss results. Here is what we tell our clients to do to maximise their results when trying to drop fat by manipulating their calories.1. Ensure you are eating enough calories The most common problem we see when working with clients is that they are not eating ENOUGH calories. If you do not eat enough calories your body will slow down your metabolic rate to maintain balance. If you keep eating too low an amount your body will refuse to burn fat.  2. Work out the amount of calories you need for your goal To lose fat you need to eat the right amount of calories for your goals. Here is a good rule to follow to ensure you eat enough calories to maintain a good metabolic rate and have a weekly calorie deficit. To work out your number take your bodyweight in pounds (kg x22) and multiply this by 12 and 14. This will give you your calorie range. For example, a 60 kg person would have to eat between 1584 and 1848 calories per day to lose fat. Staying in this range consistently will guarantee results.3. Ensure you have a weekly calorie deficit The most important factor when looking at calories for fat loss is ensuring you have a deficit in calories over the course of a week. A deficit of 500-1000 calories per week will lead to great results.4. Every now and then cycle your calorie intake. Every now and then a great way to accelerate progress is to increase your calorie intake rapidly and then return to your baseline level. When you do this, it will stimulate your bodies metabolic system to burn fat faster and when you return to your baseline you can take advantage of the faster metabolic rate. Try not to go crazy when you do this, 1.5 times normal is ideal.5.Track your calories to ensure consistency To ensure compliance using a simple calorie tracking tool can really help you to identify if you are sticking to what you have to do. Many people find when they do this they quickly learn how far off they really are from what they need. Calories can hep you achieve optimal fat loss if the primary factors we have already discussed have been addressed. In the next part of this series we will teach you all about the importance of different macronutrients and how to manipulate them for the ultimate fat loss results and to get in the best shape of your life.For more inforamtion please contact Paul Meldrum from DC Health Performance. Email: paul@dchealthperformance.com.au Mobile: -61 413 673 28+About Paul Meldrum  Paul has been involved in the health and fitness industry for nine years. During this time he has worked with thousands of clients in the areas of weight loss, muscle gain, rehabilitation and sports performance. Paul is highly regarded within the fitness Industry and has received the following awards for his dedication; 05/06 Personal Trainer of the Year Clinical Excellence Award, Australian Sports Kinesiology Institute. He is dedicated to furthering his ability to help his clients in any way possible and to educating other professionals so they can achieve amazing results with people from all walks of life.About DC Health Performance Your Results Are Our Priority - At DC Health Performance, our sole purpose is to help you achieve the results that you are after. Whatever your goal, whether it is fat loss, muscle gain, strength or injury rehabilitation, we are here to help. 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