Fitness

Brain training

How working out can affect how we think

Exercise your mind: Healthy brain, happy life?

Paula Goodyer   A reminder that regular exercise isn't just about healthier hearts.

Why we forget the pain of marathons and childbirths

"Despite these aches and indignities, many of us who have finished a marathon will eagerly sign up for another."

Gretchen Reynolds   Why do people run marathons again and again, despite the agonising pain?

Daily rhythms

How exercise can affect your body clock

Exercise seems to support an effective body clock, the study found.

Sarah Berry   It's not just our sleep and wake patterns that are governed by natural rhythms.

Bra fitting

Six questions you should ask at a bra fitting

Bra fitting

You may not have been fitted in many years or even ever, but an expert fitter can make all the difference.

Michelle Bridges

How to stay motivated with your morning workouts during these colder days

Jogging

Michelle Bridges   New goals, new exercises, and even a new outfit are pretty much essential, says Michelle Bridges.

Bra fitting

Six signs you are wearing the right bra

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A good bra is a lot like a good friend – both should be supportive and uplifting no matter what's going on in your life.

Ask Michelle

It's a bit of a jungle out there when it comes to protein powders, says Michelle Bridges.

Michelle Bridges   Vegetable-based protein powders are expensive but very much on trend.

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Warm roast pork with baby vegetables.

Our fitness expert helps to manage inflamed Achilles and helps a chef prepare for an open-ocean swim.

Workplace workouts

Are workplace workouts naively idealistic?

"Companies have slotted into the corporate routine an array of workplace workout initiatives, from in-house gyms to lunchtime yoga."

Dorene Internicola   "Even the best-intentioned get-fit efforts can founder before the demands of a corporate culture."

Michelle Bridges

Stir- fried beef with ginger.

Our expert offers nutrition advice, suggests a workout makeover and serves up a healthy stir-fry.

Michelle Bridges

Minted lamb with cauliflower mash.

Our fitness expert helps defeat negative self-talk and refreshes an active chef's workout routine.

Fitness self-talk

Michelle Bridges: The importance of self belief

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Michelle Bridges   Our fitness expert helps defeat negative self-talk and refreshes an active chef's workout routine.

Exercise hard

Vigorous exercise linked to longer life span

Vigorous exercise includes jogging, aerobics and competitive tennis.

Vigorous exercise, the kind that makes you red in the face, may be better than moderate exercise when it comes to living longer.

Time for some straight talk on diet fads

Grilled salmon and chickpea salad.

Michelle Bridges   How to cut through all the paleo, gluten-free, 5:2 dietary noise.

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Michelle Bridges: How to gain weight healthily

No equipment required: a body weight trend.

Michelle Bridges   Our fitness expert on how to gain weight and taking up exercise for the first time in your 40s.

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Penang chicken.

Michelle Bridges   Hi Michelle, my issue is the opposite of most people. I have been 56kg since I was 24, I'm now 44. I eat well and exercise, a lot, but want to gain 5kg and find this a challenge. Eating more high fat carb foods makes me feel bleh. Any tips for healthy calorie dense foods? Liz

Flexible fitness

Michelle Bridges: Is shift work bad for your health?

Sleeping beauty

It's hard to live a healthy lifestyle when you're packing in the big hours.

Michelle Bridges

Chicken tikka curry.

Our fitness expert on following your dreams and continuing good exercise habits into middle age.     

Work it

How to make the most out of your visit to the gym

"There will be some days when you can go hard and some days when you can't."

Paula Goodyer   Seven ways to get the best out of hitting the gym.

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Girl crunch: Michelle's impressed with Pettitfleur's aim of 500 non-stop sit-ups.

Michelle Bridges   Our fitness expert on beating humidity and how to work up to 500 non-stop sit-ups

Get excited

Exercises that will reduce your stress levels

I am excited: one way to relieve anxiety and stress.

Sarah Berry   When life becomes overwhelming and there's not enough time in the day, two exercises can transform the way you feel.

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Plyometric lunges will help Dave achieve the explosive power he needs to slam dunk a basketball.

Michelle Bridges   Our resident fitness expert dispenses sound advice and suggests a healthy dish.

Michelle Bridges: power play

On a mission: Michelle Bridges wants to help us all be healthier and happier.

Georgie Gordon    Michelle Bridges has a powerful message for women: take control of your own life and your own body.

Sports girls

On the up: Andrea Hah challenges preconceptions with her prodigious climbing abilities.

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Test of strength

Fitness apps or personal trainers: which gets the best results?

An Africa-American woman checks her phone while working out

Molly Wood   As technology starts pushing us to be healthier and fitter, could apps replace personal trainers or the gym entirely?

Lighten up

Jump for joy: finding an enjoyable way to exercise means you're much more likely to stick with it.

Collette Beck   The mere thought of exercise is boring for many people – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Michelle Bridges

Beef pad see ew.

Michelle Bridges   Consistency is the name of the game, now and always.

Fit Not Healthy

Why it's so dangerous to assume that 'fit' equals 'healthy'

Vanessa Alford.

Kasey Edwards   Kasey Edwards talks to former elite marathon runner Vanessa Alford about the dangers of exercise addiction.

Push yourself

How to get the most out of your HIIT workout

HIIT can blast calories, build muscle and boost endurance with impressive efficiency in just 20 minutes a day.

Dorene Internicola   HIIT can blast calories, build muscle and boost endurance with impressive efficiency in just 20 minutes a day, but the catch is finding the right level of intensity outside the comfort zone, fitness trainers say.

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Middle Eastern eggplant and zucchini pizza.

Pizzas are turning into a nightmare on junk street.

New study

So, now working out too much is as bad as no exercise at all, apparently

Exercise is good work for body, mind and health. But how much is too much?

Sarah Berry   Exercise is good work for body, mind and health. But how much is too much?

Workout tips

How to choose a workout that's right for you

Never fear: When it comes to exercise, there's something for everyone.

Livia Gamble   Your exercise program should be enjoyable but there are some rules that ought to be followed.

Health study

The benefits of pre-breakfast exercise

Research shows that we might just reap more rewards by exercising early.

Getting up and at ‘em may mean more than just extra hours in your day.

Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges: "Magazines and websites are bristling with with Fast Fitness Facts served up tapas-style for our momentary illumination."

Don't be seduced by data. It's no substitute for exercise!

Mind and body

Do you need to change the way you think about fitness?

The way we think about exercise and fitness may be a major barrier to being fit.

Mike Plunkett   The way we think about exercise and fitness may be a major barrier to being fit.

Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges: "Vegies are the unsung heroes of our gastrointestinal health."

Five serves of vegies a day will help keep the doctor away.

Self-improvement

I hate running... and running hates me right back

Running.

Dom Knight   Dom Knight on an admirable but incremental attempt at an athletic New Year's resolution.

Michelle Bridges

Fructose, even though it's found in many fruits and vegies, is a not-so-good simple carbohydrate as it behaves more like a fat in our bodies.

Michelle Bridges   Want a beer with your deep-fried chicken? Then be prepared to wear it, literally.

This Girl Can

Awesome #ThisGirlCan campaign encourages women to get fit

A still from the This Girl Can campaign video.

Effie Mann   Here's something that might stir you to get off the couch after a month of mince pies and rosé – well at least it feels more motivating than Spanx-like yoga pants and Fitbits, anyway.

Healthy pregnancy

Exercise in pregnancy: don't beat yourself up about it

A new study has shown the benefits for unborn babies of their mothers exercising during pregnancy, but women who do so are heavily scrutinised.

Rosa Silverman   A new study has shown the benefits for unborn babies of their mothers exercising during pregnancy, but women who do so are heavily scrutinised.

Fitness trends

The top fitness trends for 2015

No equipment required: a body weight trend.

Sarah Berry   And how ‘new’ are these fitness trends, really?

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Pureed weeds

Thanks Gwyneth Paltrow, but no one needs January detox

Cleansing cooking: hold the wine.

John Bingham   The Goop detox is great ... if you like being sleepless and starving.

Michelle Bridges - Festive season guilt

After an entire year devoted to restraint and self-control, you've got to relinquish the reins at least once during the year.

Michelle Bridges   So you want to let yourself go? Do it, but lose the guilt.

Yoga research

I'm allergic to yoga and all smug bores who practise it

New research suggests that yoga could help cut heart disease and is just as effective as cardio exercise.

Claire Cohen   New research suggests that yoga could help cut heart disease and is just as effective as cardio exercise. Yoga refusenik Claire Cohen explains why nothing could tempt her into a sun salutation.

Minute workout

Good news: you may only need to workout for 60 seconds

A new study has found just one minute of "all-out" exercise can improve your health.

Sarah Berry   A new study has found just one minute of "all-out" exercise can improve your health.

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How much to indulge?

Michelle Bridges: How to stay fit during party season

Woman standing in field after exercise

You can still party hard in the silly season if you do it right.

Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges: "The vast majority of fitness people are no strangers to getting out and having fun."

You can still party hard in the silly season if you do it right.

Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges: "It's an odd kind of camaraderie, the Christmas exercise crowd."

A Christmas Day workout is a present to yourself.

Future fertility

Women are embracing the egg freezing trend

More and more women are choosing to freeze their eggs even though they know the investment carries the possibility of delivering no return at all.

Lavanya Ramanathan   Egg freezing's popularity is booming, but it's a choice that offers no guarantees.

Michelle Bridges

Exercise is as good for your brain as it is your body

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Michelle Bridges   A workout will fire up your brain as well as your body.

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Michelle Bridges: "A group of 60-year-olds not only put the brake on their cognitive decline with exercise, they actually reversed it."

A workout will fire up your brain as well as your body.

Gym tricks + treats

The tricks (and treats) of working out at the gym

Woman after workout outdoor.

Evelyn Lewin   You're working up a sweat in the gym, so why are you still putting on weight?

Running fuel

What should runners eat?

Woman Running By Lake

Pip Coates   Runners are constantly trying to find the perfect fuel that doesn't cramp their performance.

Freaky fitness

The six weirdest fitness trends of recent times

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 07: People practise AntiGravity yoga or aerial yoga during the fitness classes on October 7, 2011, in Bratislava, Slovakia. AntiGravity Yoga combines traditional yoga principles with elements from aerial acrobatics, dance and pilates. (Photo by Tomas Benedikovic/isifa/Getty Images)

Michael Jarosky   Fancy a spot of prancercise? How about gojjing or oil pulling?

Fitness age

Do you know your fitness age?

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Gretchen Reynolds   The good news is that unlike your actual age, your fitness age can decrease.

Strong v skinny

Why this fitness motto is so dangerous

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Anna Medaris Miller   Research suggests that "strong is the new skinny" is only half the truth.

Good news

You don't need to exercise as much as you used to

Woman standing in field after exercise

Victoria Lambert   Victoria Lambert welcomes a trend that encourages us to exercise only in moderation.

Workout advice

Is steady state cardio over?

Woman after workout outdoor.

Raewyn Ng   Everything you need to know about cardio workouts.

New research

How exercise can help depression

Woman Running By Lake

Melissa Healy   Breaking a sweat can feel like a lifeline when stress threatens to engulf us - so how does it actually work?