Fitness

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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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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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.