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FITT: Four key factors to improving your fitness

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Cardiorespiratory fitness is the ability of the body’s circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel and oxygen during sustained fitness activity. Recent studies have shown that a good level of cardiorespiratory fitness is more important for overall health risk than high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, elevated blood fats and type 2 diabetes. Cardiorespiratory fitness has… Read More

Protein: When to have it?

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Most of us know that protein is an essential nutrient and it plays an important role in our diet. What many people don’t know is that it’s not just the amount of protein that is important but also when you have it that can make a huge difference. Protein is needed for muscle repair and… Read More

Sex and Exercise

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Looking for another reason to exercise? Want to get your mojo back? The research is clear, regular exercise can improve your libido and sex life. Regular exercise improves the circulation of blood around all parts of the body including the two most important sex organs, the genitals and the brain. Improved blood flow to these… Read More

Mobilizing Motivation

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Motivation… some days you have it, other days it’s nowhere to be seen. Scientists have identified the area of the brain (the dorsal medial habenula) that could be responsible for generating and maintaining the motivation to exercise. In mouse studies – • Mice without a functioning dorsal medial habenula became couch potatoes (imagine that!) and… Read More

Antioxidants

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What’s all the fuss about antioxidants? All the superfoods seem to have them in spades, so they must be good for us, right? Well, antioxidants play a vital role in the way our body functions. Their job is to mop up ‘rogue’ chemicals that could potentially cause damage to our tissue and cells; damaged cells… Read More

Spot reduction – can I believe the hype?

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Scientists have found that your genetic makeup has a strong influence on where your body deposits fat. The ‘body fat compartments’ you use to store that excess energy are profoundly influenced by genetic determinants. Furthermore, the compartment types gifted to you by your parents can predict your risk for various chronic health conditions including type… Read More

Milk – The Unappreciated Food.

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Milk has to be one of the most unappreciated foods, particularly for men. Milk provides plenty of protein and calcium and is a host of other nutrients that are important for men’s health. Men require more protein than women because of their larger bodies and higher lean body mass. The two main types of protein… Read More

Exercise – The Feel Good Drug

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We’ve all heard about it, and hopefully you’ve experienced it. That ‘high’ you get when you exercise. But what is it and how can you get more?! The body releases many different types of hormones in response to a workout: glucagon, insulin, cortisol, thyroxine, growth hormone, testosterone, just to name a few. One of the… Read More

More Protein, More Muscle…

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We can spend a lot of effort working out how to build muscle. Muscles adapt and respond to exercise by switching on genes that signal for more protein to be laid down almost immediately after exercise is finished. Protein in the muscle is made up of bonds of amino acids, which come from protein in… Read More

Boob Watch

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Most blokes are signed up, life members of the breast appreciation society. It is therefore important that we encourage the women in our lives in the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer…. Read More