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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
June 17, 2019

Running for beginners

Running can take a toll on your body, especially when you’re just getting started. Here are a few ways to help you manage the demands of running, while minimising the chances of getting injured.
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Parenting
September 27, 2017

10 Easy ways to stay fit as a family

Between the demands of school, work, and extramural activities, who has the time to exercise as a family? But an active lifestyle is necessary for you and your kids. We’ve found a few ways you can incorporate fitness into your family’s routine. Make weekends active Find a physical activity that the whole family enjoys, even if it’s just a relaxing stroll on the beach. Make an effort to set aside at least an hour over the weekends to get active. Sign up for a Park Run in your area, or go for walks or hikes on your local routes. You can…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 25, 2017

How temperature affects your running performance

'It’s too cold.' 'It’s too windy.' 'It’s too wet outside.' If you’ve used one of these excuses to skip your daily run, you may be missing out on your best body yet. Research shows that running in cool weather is good for your heart and waistline, and can improve your athletic performance. Cool Runnings When you run, your body produces heat. For your body to maintain a constant temperature, it must get rid of this excess heat. It does this by increasing the amount of blood transported to the surface of your skin (that’s what gives you those rosy cheeks)…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 23, 2017

Fitness fads that don’t work

It promised to blast away the fat, tone your arms, and give you a six pack overnight. All you’re left with is a receipt for the machine… Exercise fads are big business, and probably more popular than ever as we live in the age of social media where looks are all-important. Everyone’s striving for the perfect body, in the fastest time possible. The bottom line though, say experts, is that the fads don’t work. Diet and fitness trends are transient and seldom give long-lasting results. Cape Town coach, Roland Jungwirth points out that exercise “programming” is more than just exercise…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 17, 2017

Battle of the sexes in the gym

The book title goes, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and it may be true at the gym too. When it comes to working out, gender plays a distinctive role in how we work out. Research by Weight Watchers and published in Weight Watchers She Loses, He Loses: The Truth about Men, Women, and Weight Loss, found that men and women have different attitudes to weight loss and fitness. More men believe that exercise is enough to slim down, while women take more practical approaches by combining diet with fitness. One of the key areas of differentiation was…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 16, 2017

How to train like an astronaut

If you think astronauts have a cushy job, just floating around aimlessly in space… think again! These men and women are some the strongest people in the world. They spend a lot of time in micro-gravity (weightlessness), which can be hard on the human body. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), micro-gravity can cause your muscles and bones to deteriorate. So, to protect against the damaging effects of space travel, astronauts need to stay fit and healthy. Wondering how they do it? Try these NASA-approved exercises for stellar fitness. For an astronaut core In space, muscles get…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
June 29, 2017

Cut 9 years from your age

Regular exercise boasts an impressive list of benefits. It keeps your heart and brain healthy, boosts your mood and strengthens your muscles and bones. But new evidence suggests that certain types of exercise can also help keep you younger. The impact of ageing on the body Besides a bit of grey hair and the odd wrinkle, there are several changes that happen inside the body as you get older. Two of these changes are: Telomeres get shorter Telo – whats? Telomeres are the protein endcaps of your chromosomes (DNA). They're like your biological clock and they're very closely correlated with…
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Healthy Lifestyle
June 23, 2017

Do FitBits and Apple watches really work?

Wearable technology has taken the world by storm. Fitness trackers that monitor the state of your health, and promise to help you become healthier are especially popular. Even former USA President Barack Obama is a fan! With its appeal going far beyond hardcore health and fitness junkies, this begs the question: are wearables really making you fitter? The hype makes it attractive, but experts aren’t convinced – yet. Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that fitness trackers don’t really offer an advantage over usual weight loss practices. This particular weight loss clinical trial monitored over…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
May 20, 2017

Start your morning with a bang!

Kick off those blankets and don’t even think of hitting the snooze button! Get your day started on a high with a bout of exercise. Morning glory Doing any workout will jump-start your mornings. It’s also helpful to work out first thing and tick the task off your list, allowing you to coast through the rest of the day. Some studies point out that exercising in the morning allows for a clearer focus on the day ahead. Exercising boosts endorphins and other mood-elevating substances which help lift your spirits. Exercising early in the morning also regulates your appetite for the…
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