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Cycling is a great form of exercise, but how much should you spend on equipment and active wear? bramptoncyclist//flickr

The lure of cycling: tips from a middle-aged man in Lycra

Cycling is a great form of exercise, and what better time to get started than the new year. But before you launch yourself up a mountain, review these tips from an experienced MAMIL.
Most ill health can be avoided on family holidays through research and planning in advance, plus smart packing. from www.shutterstock.com

Prepare for a healthy holiday with this A-to-E guide

Simple steps can lower your risk of bringing home traveller's diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mosquito-borne diseases from your holiday.
Little does this woman know what happens to her brain when she licks the ice cream. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: does my brain really freeze when I eat ice cream?

It's a long, hot summer's day and you're looking forward to an ice cream. But within seconds of your first bite, you feel a headache coming on: a brain freeze. What's going on?
If you want your New Year’s resolutions to last longer than the party, you need to create new habits. But how? from www.shutterstock.com

A behaviourist’s guide to New Year’s resolutions

If you want to stick to your New Year's resolutions, a behaviourist's approach might help you create and keep new, healthy habits.
Heart attack and stroke deaths are more likely to occur over the Christmas break. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Heart attack deaths more likely at Christmas

Christmas holidays can be a risky time for both your bank balance and your state of mind, but there is also some evidence indicating you are at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke.
It’s OK to put your head under but try not to drink the water. GetHiroshima.com/Flickr

What lies beneath: the bugs lurking in your swimming pool

Summer holidays are upon as, and many of us finally get to spend some lazy days by the pool. But how can you ensure this pleasant experience doesn't leave you with any nasty surprises?
The UV Index was created last century largely for North American and European conditions, which rarely reach the ‘extreme’ range. Andy Cross/Flickr

Health Check: what does the UV Index mean?

Alongside the day's high and low, weather reports generally contain a UV alert for a particular time. But what does it actually mean – and what should you do about it?
If you’re not regularly active, extreme exercise and exercise in extreme heat is unwise. lzf/Shutterstock

Health Check: how to exercise safely in the heat

Exercise alone can be hard, but exercising in the heat is a whole lot harder. Put simply, this is due to the balance between how much heat the body generates and how much it is capable of losing.

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