Research shows that no matter your age or fitness level, exercise can improve your mental health and self-esteem. Daily exercise not only helps maintain a healthy weight, but as you get older it also reduces the risk of diseases, such as arthritis and heart disease. It also improves mental health, memory and provides a better nights sleep.


If you don’t get the body moving, blood pools in the muscles, making you feel lethargic and stiff. So it’s important to get the blood circulating and to move your spine in each direction, every day to remain young and supple. Staying active also prolongs ones life and reduces emotional and financial stress.  


And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Yoga and Pilates are some examples of low impact exercise that can be tailored to your fitness level. There are modifications in every pose, so no matter if you are a beginner or intermediate, there are always options to pull back or push further.


As you exercise, you activate the Central Nervous System, which releases endorphins into the bloodstream. This activation sends ‘happy’ messages to the brain, which relieves tension in the body and makes you feel positive and energised. Endorphins in the body balance stress, so the more you release, the less stressed and anxious you will feel.


Exercise also changes neural growth in the brain. It reduces inflammation and helps develop a sense of calmness and overall peace in the mind and body. This is why Yoga is very beneficial in helping with headaches, back and neck pain and much more. Tuning inwards also increases awareness as it allows us to become more conscious of our mental health.


These are just some of the many reasons why exercise makes you happy.

- Jodie Kako


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June was a busy month for The Ox Effect members. We had our mid year Open Day and welcomed lots of friendly faces to our gym. We started our 8 week morning Yoga challenge. We had a guest teacher in, Tom Robb who ran his 'Fun Yoga' class, one Thursday night. We also made 'Ox Fusion' a permanent part of the schedule on Saturday mornings.  

I am always trying to get more yoga into the schedule because it is a great way to recover from your Strength and Conditioning training. It is also a great way to relieve tension from the body. I have received lots of positive feedback about all of these classes so will try and do some more in the months to come.

We are always open to suggestions so if you have some ideas let us know. I will do my best to find a way to get it on the schedule.



I am finishing up my Tai Chi studies in August so will be running a class at some stage next month. If you are interested please let me know and I will send you a message.

I would like to add a few more classes to Thursday nights and Fridays for Yoga and Pilates. As we continue to grow I will add these on. 

We rely on word of mouth referrals as a small business and really appreciate your help. If you bring a friend or family they can trial the gym for 7 days free. All they have to do is head to the Mindbody site and create a profile, book in for their first class and pay using the free trial pass. This will work for anyone who has not been tour gym before.

Thank you Thank you Thank you.  


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Member since November 2017.

What do you enjoy about The Ox Effect?

"The whole package! At the Ox effect I go to Yoga, Pilates, Strength and Conditioning classes with great teachers and trainers. The limited class sizes guarantee personalised attention in every class helping with form and technique and motivation during the tough parts. The use of the online booking system through the MindBody App lets me plan out my classes all week and have appointments automatically added to my phone calendar."

If you had to describe The Ox to a loved one, how would you describe it?

"The Ox is a gym that offers a range of group activities for the body and mind that most people can find their place in. The growing Ox community is friendly and inviting. The Owner/Head trainer Jess is the backbone of the OX with her passion and dedication to the gym and its members."

How does The Ox Effect help you?

"Starting as one of the least flexible people you will meet, Yoga and Pilates has help with posture and feeling more open.
Being more active now I am member at the Ox, I feel better during my day, with lower stress and anxiety levels.
In the 2 months I have been a member I have dropped more than 5kg."

Why did you choose The Ox Effect?

"Suffering long term niggling back and shoulder injuries, I quit going to my old gym to try to fix them. 2 years and 20 kg later I still hadn’t addressed any of the core issues that I had and my flexibly was worse than ever. I wanted a Gym that I could start off with a main focus on stretching and movement, with the aim to go back to strength when my body started feeling better. The OX filled those requirements for me perfectly. I started with only Yoga and Pilates to help with flexibility, core strength and shoulder strength. Once I was comfortable with how my body was responding to the yoga, I have been able to gradually add additional classes into my weekly routine, including some Strength and Conditioning classes."

What is your favourite type of training?


What is your goal for 2018 and do you feel confident you will reach your goal? 

"My Goal is just to continue to be active and keep working to improve how I feel. This will link to both mental and physical benefits that come from the Ox Effect Classes. Yoga and Pilates will help with flexibility and mobility, Downstairs classes will help with Strength and Fitness. And all of the classes help with managing the stress and anxiety of work and daily life."


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Fermented Ginger and Lemon Tonic

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Ingredients for 1 L of tonic:
½ cup sliced unpeeled ginger (you can also use turmeric here or a combo of both)½ cup sliced lemon unpeeled1 tablespoon of rice malt syrup (for fermentation)
1 tablespoon of sea salt


  1. Place all ingredients in a 1 L jar

  2. Cover with water, leaving about 2 cm between the top of the liquid and the lid

  3. Screw on the lid firmly and leave on your kitchen bench for 3-6 days (depending on the time of year). During summer it may only take 2 days

  4. Shake the bottle a few times each day

  5. Once you notice the bubbles of carbon dioxide form on top, open the bottle to taste. The longer you brew the tonic for, the less sweet it will taste and the more fizz you will get

NOTE: you can do a secondary ferment/tonic using the same ingredients and adding in another tablespoon of salt. This will require another 3-6 days.
Turmeric Paste
2 inch knob of fresh turmeric1 teaspoon peppercorns
Method:Peel the turmeric then grind with the peppercorns in a mortar and pestle until it forms a paste. Put spoonfulls of the mixture into ice cube trays and top with water. Keep in the freezer for smoothies, cooking and Turmeric Lattes.

Golden Milk
Ingredients:½ teaspoon of turmeric paste (or 1 ice cube worth)½ teaspoon vanilla powder½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut milk1 tablespoon ghee1 cup boiled water
Method:Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until frothy