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Fitness Motivation – A Trainer’s Guide to Being Fit

Wouldn’t you want to have a personal trainer to guide you in your exercise activities? Wouldn’t it be totally cool if someone showed up at your doorsteps offering to train you to be healthy for free? Wouldn’t a life/health coach make your diet and weight loss efforts become a lot easier? The answer to all […]

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Bare your pangs

Keep hunger at bay with these healthy snacks Beat the pangs Eating healthily can sometimes still leave you hungry. Sack the snacks and flick the wolf at the door two fingers with these nutritious and tasty tide-me-over treats courtesy of registered nutritionist Kim Pearson (www.kim-pearson.com) Something fishy Smoked salmon and low fat cream cheese on […]

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A guide to hair loss

10 things you want to know but don’t want to ask How can I tell if I’m going to go bald? This isn’t as silly a question as it sounds. Losing your hair isn’t the same as going bald. Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition whereas hair loss per se can be caused by […]

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Mass desk-ruction

Here’s how to survive the perils of your workplace Driving a desk all day Occupational hazard: deep-vein thrombosis Sitting decreases blood flow to your legs, which can cause clotting. A Medical Research Institute of New Zealand study found 34% of clot sufferers spent their days seated. Fix it Take a lap around the office every […]

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Gym first aid

Under the weather? Forget your GP – get to the gym Colds and flu Prescription: T’ai chi It might not give you the physique of Bruce Lee, but it’ll keep you fighting fit when the summer bugs are circulating the office. Four months of t’ai chi three times a week was shown by University of […]

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Sweet dreams

Stop these night-time nuisances for a better nights sleep Nocturnal nasties That night-time snoring habit of yours might be more damaging to your health than you might think (and we’re not just referring to the sex ban likely to be imposed by your girlfriend). Today marks the start of Stop Snoring Week 2009, so what […]

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I seem to be piling on the pounds since my GP started me on antidepressants.

Is there anything I can do about it? Answered by GP Dr Keith Hopcroft Antidepressants do sometimes cause weight gain – either as a direct side effect or because when the treatment works, appetite improves in tandem with mood. If you’ve only recently started treatment, try to bear with it as things are likely to […]

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Stress signals

We explain the signs of stress Seeing the shrink You hit the bar-bells to workout your work issues, but if you’re stressed at the gym your body’s bulk-up process is stuck in reverse. Cortisol stimulates the release of somatostatin, which blocks your body’s growth hormone (GH). Studies in Endocrine Reviews confirm low GH levels lower […]

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Hitting the wall… and finishing

How to punch through that final barrier when the end is nigh Never surrender Marathon runners dread “the wall”, a point when glycogen stores are nearly drained and runners are overwhelmed by fatigue and the desire to slow down, walk, or quit. A new paper by the University of Florida has catalogued coping mechanisms, which […]

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PMS S.O.S

How to manage the downs of her menstrual cycle What is it? She’s hot one minute and cold the next, crying then laughing. You’ve learnt to expect the mixed emotions, but, let’s face it “that time of the month” is still more baffling than Jordan’s ever-changing boob size. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the physical […]

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