Soups: The salads of winter

With all the hearty winter dishes we tend to consume, the less time spent outdoors and more time snuggled up on the couch, it’s easy to see where the risk of extra winter kilos comes from. But how can you avoid it? The answer, our dear readers, is in the soup!

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10 top excuses people use to avoid exercise—part 1

Being healthy for retirement means getting healthy before retirement. In this 7-part series, health researcher and exercise guru Darren Morton talks about the top 10 excuses people use to not exercise.

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Use it and lose it for brain health

Keeping your brain active and, if overweight, losing weight, will help your brain function better. In a report on various findings, Lindsay Cook shows what some of the research is saying.

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Six ways to help you delay ageing

One good question for those heading toward retirement is: Is it possible to delay ageing? Psychologist Julian Melgosa, in Enjoy Life, suggests there is and he lists six ways that he believes will help in this quest.

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Is organic food really better for you?

The message of ‘clean eating’ seems to be everywhere these days, with healthy eating defined as choosing ‘unprocessed’, ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’ foods. But will shopping the organic aisle of your supermarket or health food shop really make a difference to your health?

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It’s time to take our medicine—Part 4: Staying motivated

So, how do you stay motivated about your exercise program? ‘That,’ says Robin Daly, ‘is the million dollar question.’ ‘We’re not really sure what works best,’ he says, ‘but we do know that social interaction is one of the keys because it helps drive people to come together to work out.

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It’s time to take our medicine—Part 3: Walking plus

As we get older our bodies change. At around the age of 40 to 45 years, there’s the beginning of a decrease in muscle mass and strength. That’s when you should start ‘to think about strength or resistance training to combat this muscle loss,’ says Professor Robin Daly.

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It’s time to take our medicine—Part 2: Fitness benefits

When it comes to exercise, anything is better than nothing. The more you do, the greater the benefits—and the benefits build up over time. That’s the message from Professor Robin Daly, the Chair in Exercise and Ageing within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University, Melbourne.

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Why you should take your lunch to work

Lunch—it’s a meal we’re all familiar with yet many of us find it to be a struggle. Throw in a busy working week and lunch can be a pain to plan and prepare for. It’s so much easier to buy a bite to eat at the café or canteen, right? While the lure of a quick-serve salad or sandwich might be tempting, is it healthier than what you can pull together yourself?

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It’s time to take our medicine—Part 1: Exercise as medicine

Exercise as medicine? I’d asked Robin Daly about health and exercise, and several times he mentioned ‘prescribing’ exercise. He sees this as an important part of an overall health approach.

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