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Life Hacks


Improve your life by following six simple tips from some of ECU’s best health, tourism and education experts.

Stretching can make you more confident and feel better prepared for exercise.

Stretching before exercise for a mental boost

Stretching can provide a psychological benefit. While researchers found no improvement in physical performance after a stretching warmup, athletes reported feeling more confident and prepared, according to a recent study by biomechanics expert Professor Tony Blazevich.

Read more about stretching before exercise.

Expect to rely on the bank of Mum and Dad

People hoping to get a bit of parental help to break into the property market may be on the money, with a recent study by School of Arts and Humanities' Dr Deirdre Drake finding that 60 per cent of Australians think parents should help their adult children with a deposit for a house.

Read more about parents helping their children financially.

Go backpacking

Backpacking might bring to mind aimless slackers hanging out in foreign cities, but an international survey by Professor Sam Huang has found the opposite — backpacking builds confidence and improves money management, problem-solving and communication skills.

Read more about the benefits of backpacking.

Let your kids play educational games

It turns out video games don't turn kids' brains to mush. Research from Dr John O'Rourke and Dr Susan Main found a 15-30 per cent increase in primary school students' mental maths skills after 15 to 20 minutes play each day. Students also reported they were more motivated and engaged with lessons.

Eat more protein

A diet rich in foods high in protein such as meat and legumes can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a study by ECU Centre for Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care researcher Dr Binosha Fernando.

Read more about the benefits of protein.

Set better goals

A survey of more than 200 young people by Dr Nick Moberly, from the University of Exeter, and ECU’s Associate Professor Joanne Dickson found two types of goal conflict: inter-goal conflict and ambivalence were independently associated with anxiety and depressive symptoms. “By better understanding how we set and pursue goals, how our goals interact, and the motives underpinning them, we can hopefully reduce rates of anxiety and depression,” Professor Dickson said

Read more about the impact of goal setting.

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