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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Getting fit with sexy workouts

Vaudeville may be dead, but burlesque is alive and well at the gym, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Physically fit students top of the class

Getting students to exercise more might not just address obesity issues but also improve their test scores, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Trickle-down Olympic fitness for the rest of us

Industry experts say the Olympic example can be a tool to uproot couch potatoes and fire the workouts of everyday athletes. MiNDFOOD reports.

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Fitness without frills

As young athletes converge on Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill is sharing her secrets for staying fit when there’s no rink in sight.

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Short workouts target fitness flirts

Long work hours and short attention spans are driving more people to take exercise in smaller, intense doses, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Surf Day Tour

If your resolution to get fit this year is already waning, perhaps you need to shake things up and try surfing, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Sneaky strategies to get kids moving

To get that texting, tweeting, gaming child up and exercising, a new book suggests parents try sneaking fitness into the day-to-day routine, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Healthy diet may benefit women’s mental health

Women who suffer from depression and anxiety may want to take a look at their diet as possible contributors to these conditions, study findings hint, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Arms race

Tone, sculpt and strengthen your arms with these simple exercises – all you need are light hand weights and a good posture for optimum results, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Find the right gym for you

One person’s dream workout venue can be another’s waste of money. Here are a few tips on how to find just the right facility to add inspiration to your perspiration.

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2010 workout trends

Money, or the lack of it, changes everything, and that includes how people will be working out in 2010.

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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.