How to get strong and feel your best (just in time for summer!) with health and fitness tips from our expert panel.

Words: Georgia Rickard

Get your skin checked

The best time of year to get your skin checked? Now, says Mona Mahajan, manager of St Ives Skin Cancer Clinic. “During winter, we don’t tend to expose our skin as much to the sun, so it gets particularly pale, making it much easier for doctors to see sunspots and any unusual moles,” she says. “So now is the best time to visit the clinic.”

Never lose a script again!

Do you find you’re often misplacing a prescription or losing track of expiry dates? (It’s very easy to do!) Visit
Blooms The Chemist and download its helpful new app. It scans your script, alerts you when you need to have it refilled and even lets you know when the script expires.

Sail through the HSC

Summer might be a time of fun and sunshine, but spare a thought for the hard-working students heading into their HSC, says Hillary Simon, the principal physiotherapist and owner of St Ives Physiotherapist. Exam time is stressful enough as it is, but “anyone spending prolonged periods of time working on a computer needs to ensure they sit with the correct posture”, she says – otherwise they may end up with headaches and neck aches. She suggests concentrating on sitting with the correct posture, and if that’s not enough, adding postural muscle strengthening exercises to their routine. “On Thursdays from 5.30 to 6.30pm, I also run a tai chi class. Tai chi is an effective exercise for the health of mind and body, comprising of slow, controlled movements that are suitable for everybody. It’s a great way
to help manage stress in our busy lives.”

Start a new sport with a new mindset

With so many fitness tips out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Try this: “If you’re starting a new sport, wear things that you feel good in,” advises Cheryl Buckingham, store manager at Lorna Jane. Feeling good in your outfit will increase your chance of enjoying the exercise, making you more likely to stick with it. “You don’t need to wear tight clothes to exercise, either – looser-fitting clothes can be just as good. If you want to look fashionable, blues and blacks are popular at the moment, but expect a gorgeous new range in a series of fashionable colours in time for summer!”

Try running!

Running gets a bad rap, says John Rae, owner of The Athlete’s Foot St Ives, but “a lot of running injuries are caused by poor technique, having the wrong footwear, or going like a bull at a gate after a 20-year break”. The good news? You can learn to run effectively, injury free and get ready for the St Ives Village 2km Dash in the Bare Creek Trail Run on November 27. If you’d like to give it a go, join the popular running group on Monday mornings from September. Even better – it’s free! Check The Athlete’s Foot St Ives Facebook page for more information or call 9440 5614.

Streamline your doctor’s appointments

Need a medical certificate? “For $25 you can consult with a pharmacist who can determine if you’re unfit for work,” says Julie Shih, pharmacist at Blooms The Chemist. “You don’t have to book ahead – just show up in store and we’ll consult with you. It’s really handy!”

Indulge in skincare

“Looking good gives you confidence and that’s important for good mental health,” says Mona, who also manages St Ives’
Glow Anti-Ageing Clinic. So why not indulge and enjoy a treatment or two? “Microdermabrasion removes the dead skin and makes it look younger, and also helps to promote collagen generation and remove ageing spots,” she says. “We also do ultrasonic facials, anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and more.” Sign us up!

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