Bag The Benefits Of Cross-Training

Use your body in a different way with cross-training and reap the full benefits of your fitness regime.

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The Fitness Trifecta

Why Walk When You Can Swim, Bike and Run?

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Harmful Effects Of Being Overweight Underestimated

New research reveals the real impact of being overweight.

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Wise Up To Exercise

Even a single work-out may have beneficial effects on a wide range of brain functions.

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The Negatives Of Sitting and Exercises To Help

The science is in and it’s bad news for most of us – sitting is a bummer.

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The Reason Why You Shouldn’t Workout Today

Taking a day off exercising is an essential part of a healthy, well-balanced life.

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Celebrating International Parkrun Day

Parkrun is a deceptively simple concept – it’s a free, weekly, 5km timed run. This Saturday 7 October marks Parkrun’s 13th birthday.

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What can an exercise challenge teach us about resilience?

MiNDFOOD fitness writer Anne-Marie Cook explains why putting your body through a challenge ultimately yields up mental benefits.

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Equip yourself for adventure

Going on a hike? Here are seven products you need for your adventure.

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The world’s craziest workouts

Immerse yourself in another culture’s weird and wild exercise practices.

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The biggest diet derailers

Scientists from CSIRO have found the biggest diet derailers.

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Stepping up for Steptember

Support Australians living with celebral palsy by taking the Steptember challenge.

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Run Free

Cables getting snagged when you’re out and about? Solved!

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Put a spring in your Steptember

Take 10,000 steps a day for Australians living with cerebral palsy this September

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Relaxing Moves

Yoga can be a highly effective tool for calming your nervous system. Restorative poses help relieve the symptoms of day-to-day stress and promote better sleep and relaxation. Here, Fitness First yoga instructor Gabi Bruce takes you through the asanas that can help soothe your mind and make you feel calm.

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Our Inactivity Epidemic

Almost 60 per cent of Australian adults are not doing enough physical activity

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Yoga for Weight Loss

Known for it’s ability to increase strength and flexibility, yoga can also aid weight loss. Here are 5 simple poses to get you started.

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New guidelines: Don’t reach for pills for most chronic low back pain

New guidelines urge patients to consider alternative therapies before reaching for pills to treat lower back pain.

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Summer Running

Clear the mind and get back your stride to feel fit and ready for summer.

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Good news for those who can’t exercise every day: weekly blitz works out fine

Weekend Warriors take heart: you don’t need to work out every day to stay fit

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4 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer

Staying hydrated is so important through the warmer months, here’s how you can do it with ease.

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Cultivate a Quiet Mind

All it takes is a little bit of time each day 
and some basic yoga moves to help relieve the stresses of your busy life. By stretching your body, your mind will follow, gaining balance and focus to help keep you calm.

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Top six training tips for summer

These six training tips will help you get the most out of your summer workout.

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This is how your body reacts after just two weeks without exercise

Regular exercise is encouraged for everyone but not everyone can stick to a routine that includes a regimented fitness regime. […]

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Studies show that fitness or exercise can curb anxiety in patients dealing with a chronic illness such as heart and circulatory problems, fibromyalgia, arthritis, mental health problems, cancer, and breathing disorders.

The study demonstrates that aerobic exercise has profound effects on brain chemistry and physiology. The behavioural effects of a single exercise “intervention” include improved executive function, enhanced mood and decreased stress levels. The results are a big step toward understanding how the positive impact of exercise may accrue over time to cause long-lasting changes in the brain.

“Exercise interventions are currently being used to help address everything from cognitive impairments in normal ageing, minimal cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease to motor deficits in Parkinson’s disease and mood states in depression,” Suzuki says.

So if you’re serious about keeping your mind healthy and active, it’s worth moving your body too.

Research conducted by Roy Morgan showed that almost three in four New Zealanders doesn’t eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. Only around one in three Kiwi women and one in five men eat three or more serves of vegetables and two or more serves of fruit each day, the amount recommended by the New Zealand Ministry of Health.