Zoe the Yoga Expert

Yoga Burn

A message to all ladies (and gents too) who want to lose weight!


This young Yoga exercise specialist, (pictured),

Zoe Bray-Cotton

has developed what she believes is a unique yoga system designed to strengthen you, but more importantly to


unwanted fat.

And it doesn’t cost the earth!

In fact it costs very little to try – less than a months worth of your daily coffee!




Zoe the Yoga Expert

Zoe Bray-Cotton


Fat men

Close up of three obese fat men on the beach

How To Live A Hundred Years Or More


A recent article in the Adelaide Advertiser noted that there were over 2,700 people in Australia one hundred years or older. The article also suggested that by the year 2055 this number will swell to 78,000!


Obviously we are doing things differently today than say, fifty years ago.

However, even though these figures are heartening,  to be sensible, the figures need to be compared to the millions who die prematurely due to preventable causes.

 The most common of these would be smoking, drugs and obesity. And perhaps the worst would be obesity because it affects young and old and all areas of society.

In fact the BBC News reported that “the World Health Organization predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than 700 million of them will be obese.”

That’s one third of the earth’s population!

More than likely not many of these will be amongst the 78,000.

 With obesity comes diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and circulatory conditions, and arthritis, to name a few. In fact an article in the Adelaide Advertiser for Tuesday 19th.August suggested that research is also “showing that obesity can be attributed to 39 per cent of cancers of the uterus, 37 per cent of cancers of the oesophagus, 25 per cent of kidney cancers, 11 per cent of colorectal cancers and 9 per cent of post-menopausal cancer.”

The Wellness International Network gives a startling glimpse of the problem with the following list of the figures for the USA. Pro-rata, they would be equivalent for Australia.

  • 58 Million Overweight; 40 Million Obese; 3 Million morbidly Obese
  • Eight out of 10 over 25’s Overweight
  • 78% of American’s not meeting basic activity level recommendations
  • 25% completely Sedentary
  • 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 yrs old since 1990
  • 80% of type II diabetes related to obesity
  • 70% of Cardiovascular disease related to obesity
  • 42% breast and colon cancer diagnosed among obese individuals
  • 30% of gall bladder surgery related to obesity
  • 26% of obese people having high blood pressure

Childhood Obesity Running Out of Control

  • 4% overweight 1982 | 16% overweight 1994
  • 25% of all white children overweight 2001
  • 33% African American and Hispanic children overweight 2001
  • Hospital costs associated with childhood obesity rising from $35 Million (1979) to $127 Million (1999)
  • New study suggests one in four overweight children is already showing early signs of type II diabetes (impaired glucose intolerance)
  • 60% already have one risk factor for heart disease

Surge in Childhood Diabetes

  • Between 8% – 45% of newly diagnosed cases of childhood diabetes are type II, associated with obesity.
  • Whereas 4% of Childhood diabetes was type II in 1990, that number has risen to approximately 20%
  • Depending on the age group (Type II most frequent 10-19 group) and the racial/ethnic mix of group stated
  • Of Children diagnosed with Type II diabetes, 85% are obese


Again, what does childhood obesity say for the chance of being amongst 78,000 centenarians in 2055? Unfortunately they will be the few survivors because millions die prematurely.

Sadly, obesity is having an impact on all facets of society.

Seating manufacturers, theatres and airline companies (not to mention clothing manufacturers) are discovering that the average person is becoming wider. Who hasn’t had to accommodate the overflow of an obese fellow passenger sitting alongside on an aeroplane, forcing you to eat like a praying mantis?

But probably not so well known or appreciated is the effect that obesity has on the human spine and other skeletal joints. The increased weight causes the spine to assume abnormal and extreme curves, compromising spinal discs and facet joints. As the accompanying diagram illustrates, obesity causes a forward motion of the centre of gravity. This affects the neck causing the head to tilt forward and upward, often straining neck muscles. The same goes for the lower back due to the corresponding backward movement of the body.

Obesity and low back stress

Obesity and other stresses cause spinal damage


Now that we have been warned, what do we do about it?

  Well, it is never too late to tackle the problem. One of the first things to do is to see if or how much we are overweight and the best ways to do this is to calculate your Body Mass (weight)  which takes into consideration your height. The Herbalife Company supplies an easy to use and understandable calculator on their website: or you can purchase calipers from chemists, some sports stores, to measure body fat.

It’s not hard.

Implement a personal health program.

Once you have determined your situation you need to implement a health program including exercise and nutrition.

Stop smoking

Smoking is dangerous .

Here is a list of things to do:

  1. Educate  yourself. Ignorance is bliss but it can be deadly. Read books and articles, check the internet, but only implement what appears sound and don’t get carried away with anything too esoteric.
  2. Have a medical check up with your GP and ascertain your condition (especially before commencing an exercise regime).
  3. Exercise Daily. Start with a little and build up. Walk around the back yard or down the street until you can venture further afield. If your middle aged (45+) maybe get a CT scan of the arteries in your heart to determine if there are blockages before you start running.
  4. Implement a Nutrition Program. Get help from a professional by consulting a Naturopath or a holistic Chiropractor to help your program. But commonsense alerts most of us to the right and wrong things we eat.
  5. Stop Smoking  (or taking non prescription drugs and excessive drinking). As if we didn’t know these would be on the list.

Now, before I close let me say that we all recognize that life is not fair. All of us know of instances of the few that defy the statistics and despite their lifestyles, reach old age. On the other hand, a friend of mine who was as fit as the proverbial bull died of a heart attack whilst playing squash at 56 years of age. Maybe he should have taken cognizance of the fact that both his parents also died in their fifties due to heart problems.

So what’s the point?

Just this.

We need to do our best at keeping fit but have to be comfortable with the variables of life. Accidents, natural disasters, and our genetical background all have an impact on how long we will eventually live.

Maybe you and I will be among the 78,000 – if so I will be 109!


Picture of the author at his desk.

Author Will Mcallister

Weighty Ways to Stay Healthy

Push Ups

Push Ups


Scientists are discovering that regular gym work for those over fifty can slow down the aging process and rejuvenate health.

Dr.Simon Melov of the Buck Institute for Age Research north of San Francisco believes that people are becoming unnecessarily feeble before their time. This is probably because most of the ageing population become inactive and refrain from muscular activity.

 Melov and other researchers suggest that resistance training (weight lifting) rejuvenates muscles and strengthens bones.


In fact recent research demonstrates that resistance exercise stimulates “gene activity” in muscle cells (BBC News) and not only makes muscles stronger but younger as well.

In one Canadian study a mixture of  65years+ and 20-35 year olds were given twice weekly resistance training workouts of an hour long over six months. Before the study the 65+ group were about 60% weaker than their younger participants but by the end of the period the 65+ group had significant gains in strength.


Avtive senior working out at the gym

Active Senior Adult Man Working Out in the Gym.


Lifting weights also have a positive effect upon bones as well. The resistance puts pressure on bone tissue causing it to draw upon more nutrients in order to become stronger to handle the new tasks.



Astronaut in outer space against the backdrop of the planet earth. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.


Remember the old adage, ‘what you don’t use, you lose?’ This was one of the problems encountered in space travel because the consequent weightlessness and lack of muscular resistance, caused a loss in the bone mass of the astronauts. Now astronauts who are in space for any length of time undergo a regime of exercise to prevent too great a loss of their bone tissue.



Incidentally, this may explain why women live longer than men.

House wife doing cleaning duties

Young smiling housewife cleaner.


Generally, they never retire or become couch potatoes but continue their normal lifestyle after their husband’s retirement. They have a daily regime of resistance training. What they did before their husbands retirement, they continue afterward. For instance, they hang out the washing, carry the shopping, clean the house, as well as a host of other things (come on fellas, give them a hand, you might live longer).


But anyone in the 50s+ can and should participate in resistance training.

 “Strengthening muscles keep individuals active and maintain their independent lifestyles much longer,” said one personal trainer. Anytime Fitness franchises are springing up everywhere and are open 24/7 so there are no excuses. An initial assessment is applied to every individual (for example if you have had a hip replacement or bypass surgery, your program will be assessed appropriately).


But even if you can’t get to a gym you and don’t have  equipment at home you can improvise. First grab a weight lifting booklet from a library or a health food shop.

From there use a little initiative and in place of dumbbells use cans of food or bottled water. Improvisation is the name of the game! Follow the regime as outlined in the booklet and gradually increase the frequency and weights used as you feel comfortable. And always leave a day or two between sessions to allow for muscle recovery. On these days do aerobic activity, such as walking or even bicycling.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain and hey, you might even make new friends.

 It’s never too late.

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our new ABC of Healthy Living!

As time progresses we hope to fill these pages with great advice on how to live healthy. We will do this with articles from guest bloggers and other sources on nutrition and exercise, as well as recipes – and gardening!

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Dr Will McAllister – Holistic Chiropractor and author promoting nutrition, exercise and supplementation for overall wellness.



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