Fitness

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

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

Workout advice

Is steady state cardio over?

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Raewyn Ng Everything you need to know about cardio workouts.

New research

How exercise can help depression

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

Tailored fitness

Six signs your workout isn't right for you

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Stephanie Ayre We're accustomed to think any exercise is good exercise, but what if we're working out all wrong?

Arms race

Five exercises for your arms that you could (or should) be doing but probably aren't

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Natalie Carter Sick of push ups? We have a few ideas.

Finding balance

The three key aspects of fitness

'Mental escapism may … leave you unprepared for the difficulties that crop up on the rocky road to success.'

Raewyn Ng Yes there are aesthetic reasons for getting in shape, but we need to look at the big picture to achieve wellness.

Workout shakeup

10 ways to change up your workout for fast results

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Natalie Carter These tips will have you perking up faster than you can say "Urgh! bikini season".

Rolling out

The cheapest massage you've ever had is waiting at the gym

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Mary Macvean Rollers stretch and massage, helping athletic performance, says trainer Ashley Borden.

Health hacks

Health hacks to embrace as the weather warms

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LIVIA GAMBLE We exercised less and stayed in bed more over winter and now we need some gentle encouragement.

Healthy babes

Everything you need to know about working out while pregnant

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Danielle Douglas There's no need for that pregnant pause - healthy pregnant women should stay active.

Try Tabata

Want to get out of the gym in record time?

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MICHELLE BRIDGES Well then, forget creeping around the gym doing some sort of half-hearted warm-up.

The 30-second gym routine everyone should follow

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Michelle Bridges Michelle Bridges on why you should try Tabata.

9-to-5 health

How to get fit at your desk

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Christine Long Check out these great apps to help you easily exercise - and get results - while at work.

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Ballerina Misty Copeland's powerful new ad goes viral

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Ballet badassery goes viral.

Pep talk

How to stop procrastinating when it comes to exercise

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MICHELLE BRIDGES The age of procrastination is over. It's time to exercise.

Hold that pose

Why have you still not given yoga a go?

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MICHELLE BRIDGES With its extraordinary health benefits, yoga is a must.

Surprising tips

10 things you should know about fats

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Tom Sanders Everything you need to know about fats. You might just be surprised.

Finding balance

How to have a healthier working day

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Paula Goodyer We have to get serious about breaking up the long bouts of uninterrupted sitting.

The J-Law workout

Try Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games exercise regime

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Effie Mann Tips from the trainer who got J-Law in peak form for her role as badass Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.

Nourish yourself

The best healthy breakfasts to eat post-workout

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Try these healthy and nutritious breakfast options from Lorna Jane Clarkson when recharging after your morning gym session.

Winter health

The upside to winter

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Linda Moon While cold weather can give you the blues, winter also brings plenty to be positive about, writes Linda Moon.

No Lights No Lycra

Dancing in the dark is a fun (and anonymous) way to get super fit

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MICHELLE BRIDGES The great thing about bustin' some moves is that you can do it in your lounge room if you like – it's still great exercise, and you can shamelessly channel your inner pop star.

How you age

Can your face reveal how long you'll live?

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New technology may provide the answer.

Straighten up

Is slouching making you sad?

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SARAH BERRY Poor posture isn't just bad for your back.

Spring ready

A winter workout will warm you up and get you ready for sunny spring

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MICHELLE BRIDGES Change your routine and commit to new goals and you'll be thanking yourself in eight weeks time.

Winter challenge

8 ways to physically challenge yourself

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Michael Jarosky Presenting physical challenges to combat winter blowouts and increase tone, health, and wellness.

Ballet barre

Could ballet barre be your perfect winter workout?

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MICHELLE BRIDGES You'll look fabulous knowing you are on trend with the likes of Natalie Portman, Kelly Ripa, Teresa Palmer and Madonna.

Gym reboot

Why you should give the gym a second chance

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Paula Goodyer Burnt by highly choreographed, static classes? Things have changed and lasting benefits can be found with simple and fun exercises.

Fighting fatigue

You need to take your brain for a walk

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Ben Opipari Don't reach for caffeine or energy drinks to combat your mental fatigue.

Time poor work out

Workout tips for busy people

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Lizzie Fuhr How to fit exercise into a busy schedule.

Snack right

How to control between-meals grazing

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Hope Warshaw Reaching for a sweet treat every afternoon? Read on to find out what you should eat earlier in the day to ward off those cravings.

Virtual exercise

Would you work out online?

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Nina Hendy A trend towards Australians watching online exercise classes has thrown fitness franchises a curve ball.

Weighing in

Calling people fat doesn't make them thin

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Paula Goodyer In fact, it may make weight problems worse.

Aerobic training

Slow, steady exercise wins fitness race

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Clifford Fram A new study has found that while high-intensity interval training improves fitness, it is not effective for weight loss.

No excuses

How to ditch exercise excuses for good

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Susie Burrell Excuses only hold you back from achieving the health and fitness goals you have set for yourself.

Pregnant yoga

It's official: yoga is 'good for mums-to-be'

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Tom Wilkinson Scientists have proved what Hollywood actresses and hippy mothers have long known.

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.