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Improving your fitness with Apple’s new healthy apps. Improving your fitness with Apple’s new healthy apps. Dirima

Will Apple’s HealthKit and Health app empower or frustrate?

If you thought that self-tracking and the collection of personal health and fitness metrics was just a fad then an announcement last week by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers…
High-intensity interval training it can be done on a bike, treadmill, or however you can achieve the desired intensity. High-intensity interval training it can be done on a bike, treadmill, or however you can achieve the desired intensity. Image from shutterstock.com

Health Check: high-intensity micro workouts vs traditional regimes

When it comes to health and fitness, there are rarely any quick fixes. But if you’re struggling to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, micro workouts might be just the thing you need to start…
You don’t have to be Superman to help save lives – just upload your fitness data. You don’t have to be Superman to help save lives – just upload your fitness data. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

How can big data go the distance for runners (and the rest of us)?

The number of Australians running or jogging has almost doubled since 2005-06 and - with the rise of smartphones - running and fitness app development has also exploded. So how many of these runners have…
Should boot camps be banned? Should boot camps be banned? Boot camp image via www.shutterstock.com

Public park or private gym: boot camps or bloody nuisance?

Fitness “boot camps” are becoming an increasingly common feature within Australian parks. Typically, a personal trainer will charge a modest fee to instruct a small group that gathers in a public park…
If you don’t have time for hours of exercise every week, short, intense efforts might work instead. If you don’t have time for hours of exercise every week, short, intense efforts might work instead. Michael Lokner

Fast and furious: intensity is the key to health and fitness

Less than 40% of Australians achieve the minimum amount of physical activity recommended by government and professional organisations. This contributes to the fact 60% of Australians are overweight or…
Could the answer to obesity be sitting right in front of us? Could the answer to obesity be sitting right in front of us? pizzasso

A big kid did it and faded away: videogames vs childhood obesity

Here’s an idea for improving the health of our children: let them play more videogames. Obesity has numerous health risks and it is most frightening in children as early learned behaviours will last throughout…
Exercising at a moderate intensity is enough to reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol. Exercising at a moderate intensity is enough to reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol. Flickr/dangerouslyfit

Forget boot camp, exercise doesn’t have to be painful

You don’t need to follow the “no pain, no gain” mantra to reap the health benefits of exercise, a new study shows. Military-style boot camps that deliver fast-paced, high-intensity training (and chastise…
Sedentary lifestyles are a bigger threat than you might realise. Sedentary lifestyles are a bigger threat than you might realise. Bob Elderberry

Get up, stand up – if not you’ll be a sitting duck

Most of us know that overweight and obesity have reached crisis proportions in Australia but fewer people realise the death toll attributable to inactivity (13,491 a year) is even greater than the deaths…