Fitness

Speak active

Nanette Murtie is a psychologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES). She explains why walking may be the most convenient mode of activity that we ought to promote in the fight against obesity.

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FITNESS: Shape up

As the weather warms up, so, too, does our 
desire to tone our bodies and shed any unwanted winter weight gain. Weight training is a great way to do it, we show you how.

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Summer health tips

Shaun Cardillo, from NuYu Total Health, gives us his best tips for getting fit for summer, including incorporating more exercise into our daily routine.

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Fitness Revival

People who are consistent with their training are the ones who are the most successful. The key to weight training is doing it two to three days a week. Mix in 30 minutes of cardio a few times a week, and you’ll experience increased energy levels and wellbeing.

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Yoga for all seasons

These eight yoga poses will refresh both your body and your mind, whenever you do them.

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Strength to Strength fitness gallery

Resistance training doesn’t bulk you up, but it does give your muscles definition. Do these simple exercises indoors or out.

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Fun winter fitness ideas

From skipping rope to simple stretches to dance classes, personal trainer Jenny Wood shares fun winter fitness ideas with us.

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Winter Walks: home fitness

Our resident personal trainer David Welsh shows us how to combat the winter exercise blues, and how to make the most of the great indoors this chill season.

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Pole dancing, an elderly sport?

Sun Fengqin is a 60-year-old grandmother who has taken up the art of pole dancing in China. MiNDFOOD reports.

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FITNESS: Taut, toned and terrific

What’s your reason for not exercising today? No time to get the gym? Too wet outside to go for a run? No energy after a long day? Can’t afford that dance class? Well, it’s time to put all those excuses aside: Personal trainer Darren Hogan has devised an all-over toning workout that you can do anywhere, anytime, and it takes only 30 minutes 
(skip that TV show, wake up a bit earlier, 
or take a lunchbreak – yes, you can find 
the time somewhere).

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FITNESS: Bye, bye baby body

Fitness First personal trainer Evangelene Bird helps new mums keep up 
with bub by regaining their core strength and boosting energy levels. See how with our step-by-step fitness gallery.

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FITNESS: Energy boosters

It’s easy to feel bloated and lethargic at this time of year with all the overindulging in food and drink, not to mention the hot sticky days where you don’t feel like doing much more than lying somewhere cool. Personal trainer Nadia Norman says the best exercises for boosting your energy levels are ones that are restorative and also work to aid your digestion.

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FITNESS: Tummy Toners

Fitness First personal trainer Darren Hogan shares his top exercises to get your abdominals summer-ready.

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FITNESS: Rise & Shine

Wake up your mind, body and spirit with this time-honoured yoga sequence. Fitness First yoga instructor Gabi Bruce takes you through the asanas.

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Fighting Fit: Boxing workout

Want to build strength, get fit and tone your body fast? Then a regular session of boxing for fitness, also known as boxercise, could be the thing for you. Fitness First trainer Evangelene Bird shares her tips for getting the most out of your session.

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Chop and Change – Karate fitness

Karate student Briar Fleming will be competing in the Shoto World Cup in Bangkok in August. Here, she shares how the martial art has shaped her perspective and demonstrates some of the principal poses.

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Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

Singer and yoga teacher Kathryn McCusker reveals how practising kundalini; the yoga of awareness, can help us unlock our creative sides and create a sense of balance.

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6 stretches to warm up and cool down

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Six moves for outdoor fitness

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6 exercises to increase your strength

Got a stopwatch? It’s time to work out to the clock. Aim to repeat each exercise for the recommended time, adding another 30 seconds as you get stronger.

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Six ways to define your waist

Want a slimmer, trimmer waist? Follow these exercises to strengthen your core and obliques. MiNDFOOD reports.

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7 easy moves for strength

7 easy moves for strength, brought to you by MiNDFOOD.

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16 moves for stronger, sexier legs

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12 simple steps to a strong, toned core

Try these simple steps to greater strength with this at-home core workout.

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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.