Fitness

Exercise as medicine

Did you know muscles are key to good health?

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Paula Goodyer If you still see exercise as an optional extra, science is finding more reasons to change your mind.

Core strength

Why it's all about the core

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Gabriella Boston And crunches aren't the answer, despite popular opinion.

Diet costs

Why counting kilojoules doesn't add up

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SARAH BERRY Getting caught up in a numbers game extracts any joy from eating and can be detrimental to our health.

Nutritional value

How much meat should you really be eating?

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Paula Goodyer The Meat Free Week campaign starts Monday to raise awareness of the impact of our high meat consumption on animal welfare, as well as on human health and the environment.

Target exercises

Five exercises to target common problem areas

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Alexa Towersey We all have our own trouble spots, but personal trainer Alexa Towersey has some tricks to help us fix them.

Yoga myth

The myth of 'yoga as medicine'

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Brian Palmer The evidence is shaky, and the methodology questionable, but we just can’t get enough.

Training failing?

Five reasons your training may be failing

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Susie Burrell Here are some of the most common exercise mistakes women make, and the easy ways to fix them.

Emotional resilience

The armour you need for modern life

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Sarah Rainey Emotional resilience is finding favour with everyone from anxious adolescent to stressed executive.

Metabolism boost

How to reset your metabolism

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Susie Burrell Steps you can take to give your metabolic rate a serious boost.

1200 calorie myth

The 1200 calorie myth

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Sophia Herbst Who decided on this magic number?

Body beautiful

You'll love yourself more as you grow older

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Belinda Wallis An Australian study has found that women start to think more kindly about their appearance as they age.

Fitness tracker

Which fitness tracker should you buy?

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Seth Stevenson What are these fancy devices, and why would you want one?

Exercise tips

5 common exercise mistakes

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Alexa Towersey Personal trainer Alexa Towersey helps pinpoint where you could be going wrong.

Surviving cancer

The one thing that helps fight ovarian cancer

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Margaret Rose AM Survivor Margaret Rose reflects on the key to fighting the 'silent killer'.

Healthy takeaway

The best (least bad) takeaway options

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Susie Burrell At times we all need to do it, pick up something for dinner on the way home after a long day. So, what are best options when you are tired, hungry but still wanting to try and eat as healthily as you can?

Healthy choices

You need to know how to snack smarter

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Susie Burrell Ravenous between meals? This is what you should be snacking on.

Lunchtime workout

Try this super quick workout on your break

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Alexa Towersey Personal trainer Alexa Towersey shares her tips for the perfect full-body workout when you're strapped for time.

Paleo recipes

Need some Paleo inspiration?

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Leah McLennan Join the growing - yet thinning - number of cavemen and women among us.

Body image

Ode to the Medium-Sized Woman

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Isabel Foxen Duke For the medium-sized woman, for whom the words "Big Beautiful Woman" just don't feel right, but who also feel the repercussions of not being a size 2, 4 or 0.

Health study

Why nutrition is so confusing

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Gary Taubes Before I make another dietary resolution, I’d like to know that what I believe I know about a healthy diet is really so. Is that too much to ask?

Exercise rules

How much exercise do you really need?

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Linda McSweeny You only need minutes, not hours, of exercise to burn fat, claims new research. But is it too good to be true?

Dream catching

Do women dream differently than men?

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Katy Waldman A new study has uncovered a trove of captivating facts about nightmares.

Workout tutorials

The best fitness workouts on YouTube

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Emily Marquart Fitness gurus are taking to YouTube and posting their workouts, which means it's easier than ever to squeeze in exercise when you're crunched for time.

Body image

Why thin women should care about fat activism

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Isabel Foxen Duke "We as human citizens are all responsible for protecting the rights of our fellow people."

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Health myths

No one actually needs a 'detox'

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Dr Max Pemberton Why we tend to forget everything we know about biology, physiology and nutrition at the start of the year.

How I stopped hating my body

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Taryn Brumfitt One woman's journey from body hatred to body-image activist.

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Michelle Bridges is on a mission to make people healthier

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STEVE DOW She talks to Steve Dow on the eve of her push into the US.

Why it's OK to be selfish, sometimes

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TRACEY SPICER Tracey Spicer on why 'me time' is important.

Are we over kale?

Should we be eating so much kale?

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Leah McLennan Since the major supermarkets started to stock kale its popularity has boomed.

Hip-hop yoga

Have you tried doing the downward dog to Jay-Z?

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GEORGINA SAFE We road-test the somewhat contradictory new exercise trend.

Workout tunes

The best music to exercise to

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Rachel Clun Want to maximise your workout potential? According to a recent study, you should listen to the right music.

Health cheats

Why can't a pill just replace exercise?

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Emily Oster Exercise is a costly game. Plus, some people really hate doing it.

Gym fears

Women are more 'gymtimidated' than men

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ANNIE STEVENS A surprise to nobody, a new study finds that women are more intimidated in the gym than men.

Bittersweet

The truth about chocolate

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Linda McSweeny Chocolate can have good and bad effects on your health.

Get physical

Exercise is the best preventive drug available

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Nanci Hellmich Here's the motivation you've been waiting for.

Forget junk

Junk food could damage your memory

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LUCY CARROLL Forget your waistline - over-indulging at Christmas could take its toll on your brain cells, too.

How old are you really?

How old are you really?

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Kate Marie and Professor Merlin Christopher Thomas Assessing your biological age.

Boost brainpower

How exercise can improve your brainpower

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Christie Aschwanden Yet another reason to haul yourself off the couch.

Health trends

The health stories we read this year

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Clifford Fram From Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy to world-leading research, we reflect on the year that was.

Fun fitness

Is having fun the key to getting fit?

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CATHERINE RODIE How the 'fun-factor' is motivating the exercise-challenged among us.

How do you stay motivated?

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MICHELLE BRIDGES You can't always rely on feeling motivated when it comes to working out and eating well, but setting goals will help.

Tummy time

Your stomach can keep track of the time

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Lydia Hales Research suggests stomachs do more than merely digest food.

Baby making

Women aren't the only ones responsible for making healthy babies

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Jessica Grose We barely ever mention how male behavior can affect sperm quality.

Real life

What it's like to suffer from body dysmorphic disorder

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Melissa Davey "I don’t go outside, I’m an ugly duckling. What’s the point of living?"

Weighing in

Should you be using light or heavy weights?

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Maybe Tracy Anderson doesn't have all the answers.

Positive periods

9 things every woman should know about her period

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Anea Bogue Breaking the long-standing and deeply-rooted taboo around the subject of menstruation.

Weight loss fakers

How to fake a weight loss 'transformation'

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KASEY EDWARDS The truth behind those weight loss 'transformations' is simpler than you might think.

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Fitness Gift guide

Health and fitness Christmas gift guide

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Our favourite gift ideas for healthy, active women.

You need to know how to jog

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MICHELLE BRIDGES Jogging is about exercise for health and relaxation, and doesn't have to be an injury-inducing spew fest.

Taming nausea

Have you experienced nausea?

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Kendall Powell New research focuses on finding ways to tame nausea.

Get active

You really need to get moving

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Linda McSweeny The evidence keeps mounting - even if you jog, swim or go to the gym, sitting for long periods can kill you, writes Linda McSweeny.

Gender study

Do women worry more than men?

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MEX COOPER Gender does not influence what people worry about as much as other characteristics, a new survey has found.

Orgasm flash mob turns it on in NYC

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EFFIE MANN The iconic scene from When Harry Met Sally - times twenty.

Alternative remedies

Do alternative medicines really work?

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Paul Offit Alternative remedies have been part of scientific medicine for centuries, but which ones should we be taking?

Foot freedom

Are your shoes bad for you?

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Jill U. Adams Just because a shoe is called comfortable doesn't mean it’s good for your foot.

The best places to run in Melbourne

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Looking for a new running route? Here are our favourites.

Going bare

Have you tried bare foot running yet?

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NICOLE ELPHICK Here are the pros and cons.

Must watch

Brave. Harrowing. Hilarious.

EFFIE MANN Woman prepares for a double mastectomy with a Beyonce flash mob

Yoga research

Is women's flexibility a liability in yoga?

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William J. Broad Yoga teachers too often encourage students to “push through the pain.”