Fitness

Children run slower today compared to 30 years ago

A global fitness study has found today’s children cannot run as fast as their parents did when they were young.

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Wild Women On Top Sydney Coastrek

Sydney’s Coastrek is a great way to increase your fitness, endurance and push your mind and body all in the name of a good cause.

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Listening to music adds 19 minutes to average workout

Turning on your favourite tune could add as much as 19 minutes to the average workout, a study has found.

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10 restorative yoga poses for relaxation and tranquility

Not all fitness regimes are gruelling and painful. Restorative yoga poses leave you feeling rested and support the idea of relaxation and calm surrender.

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Distance running slows down ageing process

Distance running can slow down the ageing process by as much as 16 years, according to new research.

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Cutting one hour workouts in half is better for weight loss

Shorter fitness workouts key to increased weight loss and maintaining energy and stamina, researchers say.

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The mind-blowing benefits of walking with women in nature

Walking with women among nature might hold the key to unlocking the cure for anxiety or mental illness.

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Walk fast to fitness

Get fit fast and have fun by walking with bursts of intensity and resistance just three times a week in the great outdoors with your friends.

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YOGA : Five Tibetan Rites – Warm-up

The Five Tibetan Rites is a yoga routine based on a ritual of exercises done by Tibetan Lamas, rumoured to help them live long and healthy lives. But first, it’s important to prepare the body.

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Resistance band fitness workout

Simple & inexpensive, resistance training is a great way to use small space for an entire body workout, anywhere, any time.

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Preparing for the Hollyford Track

While the Hollyford Track is not the most difficult of walks, it nonetheless requires some preparation. Here are our top tips to getting your body ready for the days of walking ahead.

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Mantra meditations

Kundalini yoga instructor Kathryn McCusker talks to su about the importance of mantra to meditation and yoga.

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Can’t lose weight? Ditch post-fitness food rewards

Fitness experts have warned against big rewards for too little exercise. We go in search of healthy post-fitness treats.

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Body weight workout

These seven simple do-at-home exercises will help you increase your strength and tone up.

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Sun Salutations

Whether you want to improve your digestion, gain flexibility or reduce stress, this basic five-step yoga sequence can help.

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Preparing for winter exercise

Cold weather exercise places greater demands on the body, but a little preparation will ensure you stay active all winter.

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Body of Work

These seven simple steps will help you to increase your strength and tone up. Ditch the weights and expensive equipment and get fit by using your own body weight.

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Interview: Lorna Jane

Donna Duggan interviews Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder of the iconic fitness label Lorna Jane.

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On the “Rite” Track

Unlock the fountain of youth with these powerful yoga poses, which are said to rejuvenate the whole body.

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Outdoor fitness, better for you

Exercise is good for you no matter where it takes place, but are there be additional benefits to taking your workout outdoors.

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Swing Into Action

Need to spice up your workout? Then grab a kettle bell and start swinging. It’s a great way to build strength and muscle definition in no time.

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The power of excercise

Personal Trainer David Welsh is back to talk to us about importance of nutrition and the power of exercise in maintaining a healthy body weight. He divulges his tried and tested tips and explains why carbohydrates are our friends.

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You Core and More

Exercising your core muscles is still a vital part of your health and wellness regimen. 
But this routine goes a step further to deliver a more well-rounded workout.

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Balancing Act

The following yoga poses (also known as asanas) are part of an eight-posture sequence that has been designed to balance the mind, body, and breath. This sequence is especially therapeutic for conditions that involve the nervous, digestive, and hormonal systems, including anxiety, stress, digestive upsets, endometriosis, and premenstrual syndrome. These moves can also help relieve lower-back pain.

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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.