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Becoming ‘unfit’ happens a lot faster than it takes us to get ‘fit’. New Africa/ Shutterstock

How quickly do we become unfit?

We lose some fitness 'gains' in as little as four weeks.
World Day for Physical Activity is April 6. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many peoples’ physical exercise routines have been disrupted. (Shutterstock)

A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 exercise slump has hit women harder

Research shows that the gaps in physical exercise have widened substantially between men and women, whites and non-whites, rich and poor and educated and less educated: especially during the pandemic.
The beauty of exercise snacks is that they don’t require any equipment, or even a change of clothes. (Shutterstock)

Snack your way to better health with bite-sized exercise breaks

Short, 20-second bursts of activity — known as exercise 'snacks' — throughout the day have many benefits, from boosting energy and productivity to improving cardiorespiratory fitness.
The benefits of static stretching as part of a full warm-up before exercise seem to outweigh the disadvantages. (Shutterstock)

To stretch or not to stretch before exercise: What you need to know about warm-ups

Static stretching — stretching and holding muscles — was once an essential part of sports warm-ups, until studies suggested it reduced performance. New research shows it should be making a comeback.
If you’re getting bored of your usual fitness routine, there are many online options to try. (Julia Daun)

5 ways to get the most out of online fitness classes during COVID-19

The restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a boom in online fitness opportunities. Here's what to look for in online classes.

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