Fitness

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.

Work it

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

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

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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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Test of strength

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

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

Fit Not Healthy

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

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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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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.

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.

Self-improvement

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

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

This Girl Can

Awesome #ThisGirlCan campaign encourages women to get fit

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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

Health nut: Gwyneth Paltrow famously favours organic food.

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

Michelle Bridges - Festive season guilt

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

Minute workout

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

A new study has found just one minute of

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

Michelle Bridges:

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

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.

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.

Gym tricks + treats

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

Workout

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.

Misty Copeland

Ballerina Misty Copeland's powerful new ad goes viral

MItsy Copeland

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

Runner resting on staircase

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

Woman working with trainer in gym

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.

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