Fitness

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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5 easy yoga poses for instant calm

5 easy yoga poses for instant calm, 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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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.