Fitness

Stretch and Breathe

Whether you’re a sprinter or a jogger, like Kate Kendall, the focus you cultivate in these postures contributes to your focus as you exercise.

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A Strong and Stable Centre

We use them without thinking every day to lift, bend, twist and even stand, but weak core muscles can lead to back pain, aches and injuries. Stay stable and flexible with these five simple exercises.

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Top 5 tips for staying cool while working out in the warmer months

Avoid dehydration and other serious issues while working out in the warmer months with these simple tips.

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How excercise releases a fat-burning hormone

New study looks into what exercise really does to our fat cells.

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Five exercises for all-over tone

Simple to achieve, these gentle exercises will shape and tone your body in all the right places.

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Exercise can beat disease, but you do need a lot more of it

Five to seven times more activity needed than World Health Organisation recommends, Australian researchers say

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Smart Moves: Tone and Strengthen

Take a step towards a leaner and more toned body with these simple exercises. Perform each in turn and then repeat the circuit up to five times. You can increase your repetitions as your strength builds.

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Believe it or not: exercise does more good if you think it will

It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: people who believe working out is good for them experience more health benefits

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Olympic athletes go for cups to win medals

If this alternative therapy works for Michael Phelps and Sonny Bill Williams, there might be something in it.

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Best exercises for arm strength

Targeting the two major muscle groups of the upper arm, these exercises to flex the triceps and biceps will power your posture and provide the added strength to work your way through a busy day.

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Yoga poses for digestion

Yoga is known to help relaxation and improve flexibility, but did you know it can also support good digestion? Try these five poses to help bring inner peace to your body as well as your soul.

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Step By Step

They hear our heartbeats and sum up our strides – health tracking devices and apps are popular, but do they give us an accurate picture of how much exercise we’re doing?

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5 easy ways to exercise at work

Weave these simple fitness take-outs into into your workday and you could be getting fitter before you know it!

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Do Try This at Home

These five simple leg exercises can be performed around the home, or even in a hotel room when you’re travelling. Make them even more effective by using everyday objects to add weight and resistance to your workout.

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The low-down on high intensity training

Trainer and author Tiffiny Hall says that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the most effective ways to get fit fast.

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Time For Tabata

Fire up your metabolism with this super-short, high-intensity workout. Known as Tabata training, each exercise is performed for just 20 seconds with a 10-second rest in between. Four minutes of these moves is all you need.

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Walk The Talk

Cooler weather means it’s time to pick up the pace, and that also means ensuring your body is ready for all the pavement pounding you’re going to do. Taking the time to stretch will mean your brisk walk can become a healthy workout that leaves you feeling supple and fit.

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6 steps to a healthier heart rate & body

6 steps to a healthier heart rate & body, brought to you by MiNDFOOD.

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Long & Lean

This resistance band workout is a simple, yet effective, way to increase flexibility and core strength at your own pace.

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Stay Strong

Strengthen your core and stay injury-free with the flowing but dynamic movements of Pilates.

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Kundalini Karma

A type of yoga used to reach spiritual enlightenment, Kundalini is a deeply relaxing practice, great for meditation, awakening and bliss.

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Strong legs = a strong mind

With every lunge you not only improve your physical health but increase the strength of your mind.

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Try this 10-minute yoga flow for a good night’s sleep

The physiological symptoms of insomnia can be dealt with by doing these poses, helping to keep the mind quiet for a good night’s sleep.

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On your bike

Can these under-the-desk bike pedals solve work-related health problems?

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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.