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Wanting to ‘move on’ is natural – but women’s pandemic experiences can’t be lost to ‘lockdown amnesia’

COVID was a ‘gendered pandemic’, with women carrying very different burdens to men. A three-year New Zealand research project aimed to overcome the urge to forget, and provide lessons for the future.
Checking the weather frequently can serve to preemptively avoid injury pitfalls from extreme cold or slippery surfaces. (Pexels)

How to jump-start your New Year with cold weather running

Winter running has all the health benefits of aerobic exercise, as well as fresh air. However, be aware of the specific safety and injury-prevention concerns that come with cold weather.
Lifestyle changes may be our best hope of delaying dementia or not developing dementia at all. (Shutterstock)

Lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk by maintaining brain plasticity — but the time to act is now

Lifestyle-related dementia risks are complex, with factors like sleep, exercise, diet and social contact interacting with things like cognitive reserve, neuroplasticity and inflammation in the body.
There are several ways to help prevent a perilous rise in core temperature while being physically active in the heat. (Shutterstock)

How to train your body for hot weather if you are active or work outdoors

Heat exposure is inevitable for those who work or are active outdoors. A heat acclimation protocol, combined with heat-mitigating strategies, is the best defence against heat-related injuries.
There isn’t a debate, however, on the health benefits of regular exercise. Maryna Terletska/Moment via Getty Images

Exercise may or may not help you lose weight and keep it off – here’s the evidence for both sides of the debate

Some researchers assert that the body responds to exercise by burning fewer calories when you’re not working out. Regardless of its effects on weight loss, exercise provides many health benefits.
Research shows that sleep deprivation impairs communication between brain regions and brain blood flow, damages brain wiring and makes a young brain look like an aged brain. (Shutterstock)

Sleep deprivation benefited our ancestors, yet harms us now — but staying fit may help us cope

Ancient humans chose to sleep less, which had evolutionary benefits. For modern humans, sleeping less is futile and detrimental, but fitness may be a powerful ally in today’s epidemic of sleep loss.

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