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Why We Need to Lift Weights

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Resistance training, also known as strength training or weight training, involves activities that use weights, resistance bands or even just your body weight to work your muscles by contracting them against an external resistance.  The goal is to build the size, strength and endurance of your muscles. Many people associate resistance training with athletes or

Building Strong Bones

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Keeping our bones healthy is something that many of us give little thought to, but poor bone health is becoming an increasing problem, particularly as we live longer.  According to Osteoporosis Australia, more than 1 million Australians have osteoporosis and many more have low bone density (also called osteopaenia). And while it’s more common in

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Reducing Blood Pressure Naturally

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In 2014–15, almost one-quarter (23%) of Australian adults over 18 years had high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.  It’s more common in men than women and increases with age.  Almost half of those over 75 years have high blood pressure. It usually has no symptoms, but high blood pressure can increase the risk of

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Could you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine (hormonal) disorder affecting women.  In fact 12–21% of women of child-bearing age have PCOS, yet many don’t know it.  PCOS can cause infertility and increase the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease — but the good news is that in many cases it can be

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Myths & Facts about your Fluid Intake

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Water is essential for life.  It makes up 50–80% of our body weight and dehydration as little as 2% loss of body weight can affect our health and performance.  But there are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to meeting our fluid needs. Everyone needs to drink 8 glasses of water each day. Australian

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What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men, with more than 19,000 men diagnosed each year. The risk increases with age and is higher in men with a first degree relative with prostate cancer, particularly if the relative was diagnosed before the age of 60 years. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells within

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A guide to improving your skin health during the winter months

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Cold weather, low humidity levels and wind make dry skin a common problem throughout the winter months.  To keep skin soft and smooth, keep these things in mind as the temperature drops: Keep showers and baths short and warm (not hot). While long hot showers and baths can feel good when it’s cold outside, they

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Type 2 Diabetes in Children

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Once referred to as maturity-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes is no longer seen only in older adults. Unfortunately, it is now being detected at younger ages, including in children.  According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), around 400 cases of type 2 diabetes are diagnosed each year in those aged 10 to

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7 Tips to Help Prevent Winter Colds and Flu

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Colds and flu are more common in the cooler months, partly due to the fact that we spend more time indoors in close contact with others. But getting sick isn’t inevitable, in fact by practising good hygiene and taking steps to boost your immune system, you can give yourself every possible chance of staying well

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Top Tips for Staying Motivated to Exercise over Winter

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As the cold weather approaches and the days get shorter, our motivation to get outside and active tends to wane.  But don’t let good habits slide over the winter months – there are plenty of options to keep you moving. If it’s too cold and dark to walk before or after work, head out for