Ben Rashleigh

Through out the week you can usually find Ben teaching his Pilates studio clients at Aligned for Life Pilates – Melbourne.

Ben truly believes that every single person deserves a chance at living their best life just like he had the opportunity to do so in 2012, which has led him to help people to participate fully in their own live through the Pilates Method as well as movement education in the corporate space and of course hosting the Let Me Take A Selfie Podcast.

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Why is bone heart so important?

Humankind is entering a new demographic era. At the start of the next decade, globally, for every 100 people aged 15-64 years there will be 14.4 people aged 65 years or over. The United Nations projects that this so-called “old-age” dependency ratio will increase dramatically throughout the 21st Century. By 2030, the global ratio is projected to be 18 seniors per 100 “workers”, which is set to increase to 25.2 per 100 and 37.6 per 100 by 2050 and 2100, respectively. The current global population of 7.7 billion is projected to grow to 8.5 billion, 9.7 billion and 10.9 billion by 2030, 2050 and 2100, respectively. The impact of such a rapid shift in the age structure of our global society has enormous implications for how we manage national economies and healthcare systems.

Our bones support us and allow us to move. They protect our brain, heart, and other organs from injury. Our bones also store minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, which help keep our bones strong, and release them into the body when we need them for other uses. So keeping our bones strong and healthy not only prevent fractures but also positively effect our bodies constant action for  homeostasis.

Join us as we look into the research and their recommendations on how to stimulate bone growth for the general population and the osteoporotic.

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Ep. 048 – Unlocking your creativity w/ Brady Brewer The Let me take a Selfie Podcast

Finding your creativity to help find your own uniqueness, your own signature and the conversation and expression of yourself. A window to an insight of who you and others are, a tool to having an authentic relationship with yourself, an apparatus to internal auditing and dialog, creativity has many uses in arts, projects and tasks. But do we see the usefulness in our health, wellbeing and self worth? This week we sit down with Brady brewer and discuss just that. Enjoy the show! For show notes, visit: 
  1. Ep. 048 – Unlocking your creativity w/ Brady Brewer
  2. Ep. 047 – The art of decision making w/ Dr Shyam Barr
  3. Ep. 046 – The effects of exercise on our whole bodily systems
  4. Ep. 045 – Managing my rheumatic pains – Not so regular Joe interview w/ Liesbeth Vander Elst
  5. Ep. 044 – Why strength training is important