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18 Quick hits The latest health news
22 February fit diary Add these fun
fitness events to your calendar
24 First-class habits The lifestyle
mantras healthy people swear by
26 1 0 ways to dodge a hangover
Beat that post-party comedown
28 Ask our experts... They’ve got
tips to keep you feeling tops
30 Say goodbye to #firstworld
problems Your daily dilemmas, solved
32 One perfect day You’re 24 hours
away from a healthier, happier you
34 What’s your financial faux pas?
Makeover your bank balance
36 Fitscopes What the stars have in store
for you this month and the year ahead
40 What a marathon taught
me about life The lasting lessons
one runner gained over 42km
42 Month of mantras Daily inspiration
for February in bite-sized form
44 Mind games Howto train your brain
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\ 58 Advantage, you Want a full body
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.1 60 Smash it! Moves to up your game
62 All about the weights Load up the
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66 Game plan Hot new fit buys
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A LAZY SUNDAY...
Lying on the beach with a good
book and a giant watermelon.
FOOD YOU CANT
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Almond milk! I love the chocolate-
flavoured version as a treat.
HOW YOU KEEP FIT...
^4^ I train in the gym with
a focus on cardio, body weight
and interval training. I also love
group sessions with friends.
CONFESSION:! was disgracefully
bad at sport growing up. Getting up on
stage in front of the whole school in a
Sandy get-up and miming to ‘You’re the
One That I Want’? Easy. But anything
involving hand-eye coordination, a ball
and movement of my legs? Epic. Fail. So
I avoided sport at all costs. I was the girl
who conveniently suffered from debilitating
stomach cramps at the very same time PE
class was on... every week. (Well, that’s what
my note from home said. Thanks, Mum!)
I’d considered my serious lack of
sporting skills a hopeless case, until a work
friend and I signed up for tennis lessons
together about six years ago. Sure, a super
intimidating scene when the courts beside
us were occupied by pint-sized grand slam
champs in the making - and here we were,
two grown women trying to learn how to
volley - but it was fun. So much fun. And
it made me realise that’s what sport should
have been like for me at school - a fun
experience with my friends, not an anxiety
attack en route to the sports carnival.
While tennis wasn’t totally foreign to
me (I do book myself a seat courtside at
Rod Laver Arena every January, after all),
going for lessons was still a big ol’ step out
of my sport-free comfort zone. As it turns
out, I wasn’t too old to learn new skills.
My coordination, unfortunately, has
not grown with me, but that hasn’t stopped
me from forcing several deep breaths and
unleashing my go-getter (like that time I’d
only been working at WF for a week before
I was sent on a rollerskating assignment...).
In fact. I’m an advocate of abandoning the
stock standard new year’s resolutions in
favour of another kind of list - one with
fun, first-time fitness stuff to fill weekends
with. The new year is the perfect time to
try something you think you won’t like, or
that you’re positive you’re not good at, no?
For me, that’s netball. At the start
of every season my sister and her team
kindly ask if I want in. And every season
my response is this: “Have you seen my
hand-eye coordination skills? ” But who
knows, maybe this is the year I give in and
join the team? Whaddya say, sis, get the
wing defence bib ready for me?
Whatever newbies you add to your
checklist of fun for 2015 (here’s to there
being many), I hope this issue helps deliver
a little inspo. My fave story this month?
The four-page tennis feature on page 58
(need I explain?). Enjoy the issue!
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Raise the Pace
Instagram, emojis, front-facing cameras...
our phones give us a lot to be grateful for,
but good posture isn’t one of them. In fact;
researchers from New York Spine Surgery
and Rehabilitation Medicine found that
tilting your head to scroll through your
daily newsfeeds can put up to 27kg of
pressure on your spine. Ouch! We re not
going to tell you to quit your phone (as if!)
so instead, use these clever - and free -
apps to streamline your screentime (and
hold it at eyelevel while you’re at it).
_ POCKET Keep track of all the
cool stuff you find online and want
to check out at a more leisurely time.
^ EVERNOTE A digital notebook,
this app allows you to store
photos, files, receipts, to-do lists and
more - and search them later.
^ YSCO CAM This beautiful
photo-editing tool takes the
hassle out of choosing an Insta filter. ED
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Enjoy a healthy body and nnind
with the latest in good living
Always wanted to learn a second language?
Give it a go and not only will you feel extra
smug dropping some casual French in
dinner party conversation, you could also
improve the efficiency of your brain. A new
study from Pennsylvania State University
revealed that people who successfully
learned another language strengthened
their mind and improved their brain
network. According to researchers, this
insight into the brain’s ability to change
both physically and functionally may
lead to more graceful ageing.
Don’t have time to attend classes?
Download the Duolingo app
(free, duolingo.com) and
learn a language on the go.
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Want to eat healthier? Spend
more time preparing your meals, advises a
study in the American Journal of Preventive
Medicine. According to the research, people
who pre-plan their meals eat more fruit and
veg than those who spend less time in the
kitchen (and more time eating out). If you
don’t have a spare 30 minutes to make your
lunch daily, try a weekend cook-up and store
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t’s a ^ Wretch!
Hands up if you’ve been practising your forward bends
and crescent lunges in the hopes of long, lithe limbs?
While you might have noticed it’s a lot easier to touch
your toes now, according to a study in the Clinical
Biomechanics \ourna\, stretches don’t actually lengthen
your muscles at all. During the six-week study, researchers
found no change in muscle or tendon measurements in
the volunteers, but did note a hefty increase in their range
of motion. The reason? Scientists reckon our nociceptive
nerve endings (pain receptors) simply get used to the
movement and stop freaking out about it.
#5 Happy tears
Do you get a little emotional when someone
surprises you with a box of cronuts? Sob at the
sight of adorable puppies in a Kleenex ad?
According to psychologists from
Yale University, these ‘happy
tears’ are actually a way of
restoring your equilibrium
after experiencing intense
positive emotions. Now
you have a scientific
explanation for that time
you welled up after
Tatum sans shirt
in Magic Mike.
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Like sunburn, wet socks and sold out’ signs, migraines are universally
hated. If you’re one of the 2 million Aussies who battle through
these severe headaches, meditation could be your new best friend,
according to the University of Massachusetts Medical
School. After taking 27 migraine sufferers through a
20-minute Zen session, researchers concluded that
even briefly practising Buddhist “loving kindness ”
meditative techniques decreased pain by
33 per cent and reduced emotional tension
by 43 per cent. That’s promising news for
Some experiences in life are better shared
with a buddy (watching a Paranormal Activity
flick, for one...) - but science shows it’s not
who you’re with but whether you’re in it
together that matters. A study by Yale
University has found that sharing moments
with others makes you more attuned to what
you’re doing. Researchers paired people up
and asked them to eat two bits of chocolate
- one at the same time as each other, and
another when their mate wasn’t paying
attention. Despite coming from the same
block, the first piece was rated better than
the one that was eaten alone. So if you’re
hanging with a friend, give them your full
attention for a better experience all round. >
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Sick of sugar-filled frozen
treats? Whip up these
banana, strawberry and
avocado popsicles instead.
1 cup strawberries
7 cup almond milk
Blitz the ingredients in a blender,
pour the mixture into ice-block
moulds, pop them in the freezer
overnight and voila!
It’s not always easy to avoid tense situations
(because, well, life), but a study by the American
Academy of Neurology has another reason to try,
after finding that stress can increase your odds
of getting Alzheimer’s. Assessing feedback from
800 women over 40 years, scientists noted that
participants who were distressed were at almost
double the risk of developing the degenerative
brain disease. Time to book in for a little R&R.
Still think soft drinks aren’t so bad?
A study from the American Journal of
Public Health could change your mind.
Scientists have found that the fizzy
stuff isn’t just bad for your waistline, it
can speed up cell ageing too. Research
showed that soda drinkers had shorter
telomeres - the protective DNA units
that guard your chromosomes. While
the shortening of telomeres is part of
ageing, drinking more than 500ml
of soft drink a day can accelerate their
destruction, resulting in premature
ageing and the
heart disease and
your soda fix for a
sweet tea instead.
Pukka Love Tea,
Picture your dream job. Now
imagine it with a sleeping pod.
What do you have now? The
best job ever, that’s what. For
workers in Japan, power napping
on the clock is considered to
be a sign of dedication, with
some employers even kitting
out their offices with sleep pods.
Jealous? UK-based company
Podstyle is now shipping its rest
stations Down Under, so start
buttering up your boss...
#12 Dairy queen
In the world of truly important things
(ahem, cheese), new findings on dairy are
about to rock the boat. Milk and friends
have copped a bad rap in the past, but
a study in the Journal of the American
College of Nutrition reveals that a moderate
intake of dairy decreases the risk of heart
disease. Before you descend into a brie-
induced coma, keep in mind that just one
cup of milk, or 45g of cheese, five times a
week is enough to keep the doctor away.
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up the jam
Proving what weVe long
suspected, recent research
has found that people who
listen to killer tunes while they
do sprint intervals enjoy their
workout a whole lot more. The
music also powers them up to
hit their peaks harder. Better
update that gym playlist!
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Frame it to jazz up ^
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made of twine? Craft addicts, meet
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Get a daily dose of fitspiration, learn
how to whip up zucchini chips and
read the musings of health experts
in this sleek wellness hub.
Prescription for Stress
This cute vid will plant
a cheek-splitting grin
on your face thanks to
some adorable fur balls.
Stuck on what to get your other half
this Valentine’s Day? Give them a little
10-second pash and you’ll be gifting
around 80 million bacteria. As well as
keeping the romance alive with that
little stat, Dutch researchers found
that if you and your partner lock lips
nine times a day, you’re likely to share
similar bacteria. How, er. sweet...
#16 Pass on
A glass of red with the girls after a tough
week is to be expected (heck, even
demanded), but if you’re downing more
than four bevvies over two hours, a new
study says you could be altering your genes.
According to researchers from the University
of Missouri, excessive drinking can change the
genetic coding in your liver by modifying histones
(proteins that protect DMA). Next time you hit the
bar, squeeze in a few glasses of water, too - you won’t
just minimise your chances of a horrible hangover but
also cell damage that can lead to chronic disease. SI
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Colour Run, ACT
You don’t have to be a
sprint queen to ace this
colourful Skm fun run -
it’s all about the journey
as you make your way
through the rainbow
flour bombs. Leave youi
favourite kicks at home,
bring your besties and
walk, skip or dance your
way to the afterparty.
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If you like your races with a side
of stunning scenery, sign up for
this two-day outdoor adventure
Run alpine trails, kayak across
the Rocky Valley Lake and push
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Cheer on Aussie champs (go, Sally Fitzgibbons!) and
your international faves at Manly Beach for this nine-day
festival of surfing, australianopenofsurfing.com
Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a cardio slayer,
climbing 77 floors of the Gold Coast’s Ql skyscraper is
bound to get your heart racing. Tackle each step to the
SkyPoint observation level and raise funds for homeless
people while you’re at it. active8change.com.au
1’* Brighton Jetty
Spend your Sunday
perfecting your stroke in
South Australia’s largest
open water swim. Get
down to Brighton Beach
for the 10-year anniversary
of this iconic event and
push yourself in the 1500m
challenge or test the waters
with a more modest 400m
lap around the jetty.
8**' Ironman 70.3
Think you’ve got enough
grit to take out the 2015
Ironman 70.3 World
Championships? Blitz the
swim, bike and run in the
Geelong qualifier and you
just might earn yourself
a spot in the finals. Racing
along the scenic waterfront
might be enough to distract
from the pain... maybe.
Give your strength and
agility a run for their money
in this 8km obstacle track.
Scramble under fisherman’s
nets, take on the half pipe,
traverse the tyre pit and
then sit back and appreciate
the live entertainment.
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Get ready to throw out the rulebook and revamp
your routine... These wellness champs share
precious nuggets of healthy living gold
OKAY, WE GET IT. Kale is
amazing, green juice is the Holy Grail
of the health world and skipping a
workout is bad juju for your fitness.
Heard it all before? Thought so,
which is why we tracked down our
faves in the wellness biz and asked
them for their not-so-typical fitness
mantras. Because there’s got to be
more behind those bangin’ bods than
an endless supply of coconut water...
Test the waters
model and author
^ of Model Chocolate
“Need some motivation?
Check out old photos of
yourself when you were looking your
best, instead of other super-fit people.
If you’re having a day where you can’t
fit in as much exercise as you’d like,
boost your circulation by taking a hot
and cold shower or bath. Stand under
a high-pressure shower or immerse
yourself in a steaming bath, then
complete three reps of 30 seconds
cold and three minutes hot. It’s a clever
trick for toning and detoxing, too. ”
^ Charlotte Dodson,
y WF yoga instructor
“Try to avoid being
your exercise routine. Don’t stick
to one belief about how hard or
how often you should train. Why
not climb a tree? Seriously, climb
a tree, hike a trail or swim in the
ocean. Get out of the studio or
gym and see how much being in
nature can improve the quality
of your exercise experience.”
^ ’ 80 s-inspired
“As the great Jane Fonda once said. An
exercise outfit helps because it sets this
time apart from the rest of your day and
makes it matter more.’ Just because
you’re getting sweaty doesn’t mean you
have to dress down. There’s colourful
Lycra everywhere now, so invest in pieces
that make you feel a bit fabulous. Put
in a scrunchie and your workout will
be a lot more fun - promise! ”
BE YOUR OWN
and owner of One
“Don’t believe everything you
think. Your mind tries to play
tricks on you when things get
tough, but remember to always
back yourself. Even if you think
you can’t do something, just get
in there and do it the best you
can anyway. If it doesn’t go well,
question why and learn from it.”
" chef and author of
» ^ The Healthy Cook
“Schedule workouts at the
start of every week. Lock in the days and
types of sessions you want to do, and
commit to it like you would your job.
This way, your active lifestyle becomes
a priority and you can go to CrossFit,
have a paddle or head to a resistance
training sesh without being able to say
J have no time’. Maximise your exercise
by turning static activities into active
ones. Try reading while standing up
and avoiding lifts and escalators.”
pro boxer, tweet
“Try writing a word
on your arm before
your workout so you can refer to
it if you feel like giving up. When
you think you can’t possibly keep
running for another minute or
throw any more punches, use
this word as your strength and
a reminder to keep trying. If you
can control your mind, you can
do almost anything.”
Shake it out
Libby Babet, WF
“Set small, positive goals
that you’ll actually stick to. If you have a
few targets to hit, zone in on one each
week. You might decide to focus on
making sure every meal contains 75 per
cent colourful foods, or if you have a trip
coming up, you could commit to two or
three gym sessions a week so that you’re
fit for your vacay. Small goals that are
simple and positive aren’t only easier to
stick to, they help put you in the frame
of mind to bring about bigger changes.”
“Don’t count kilojoules, either
the ones you eat or the ones you
burn during training. Too many
people are fixated on numbers,
which don’t represent the whole
picture. Instead, focus on eating
whole, unprocessed food and
push yourself when you train.”
pro surfer, tweet
“Put on headphones
and let the music take
you away. Dancing doesn’t
have to be visually pleasing to
everyone else - it just has to feel good.
Whether it’s slow or fast, let the beat
stop your thoughts and just feel. It’s
so beneficial for your coordination,
rhythm, body movement, heart and
blood flow, but the best part is that
sense and feeling of freedom. If dancing
isn’t your thing, try something else that
loosens you up. What’s important is
finding the right balance for you.” Ei
a womensfitnessaustralia ^ @womensfiti
WORDS ELLIE MOSS PHOTOGRAPHY GETTY IMAGES
Thanks to alcohol’s diuretic properties, a big night out can leave you lacking a
few essential vitamins and minerals. Taking a pre-party vitamin B supplement
and a morning-after booster could help you get back on track by replenishing
your stores of this key nutrient - particularly vitamin Bl2, which plays a role in
brain and nervous system function. Or, simply treat yourself to a schmear of
good ol’ Vegemite: the dark stuff is packed with these important nutrients.
2 Fizzy good
The main cause of that throbbing
headache that feels like a small army of
jackhammers has moved into your skull?
Dehydration. To outsmart it before it hits,
try downing an effervescent electrolyte
tablet or powder before you hit the pillow
(if you remember!) and another when you
wake up. The water-soluble remedy will
help replace lost fluids and minerals fast.
We like Hydralyte Electrolyte Tablets,
$14.99 (for 20 tablets), priceline.com.au.
3 Eat up
It’s the first law of drinking: never sip on
an empty stomach! If you want to avoid a
messy night, make the time to eat a meal
high in carbohydrates or healthy fats before
you hit the bar for a few margaritas to help
slow your body’s absorption of alcohol. If
you know time will be tight in the evening
(that work-to-dancefloor turnaround can
be a killer) eat a substantial lunch and
organise a quick on-the-go dinner.
4 Stay in the clear
Skipping dark spirits in favour of their
clearer cousins, such as vodka and gin, is
another simple way to ward off that fragile
next-day feeling. Dark spirits contain
natural chemicals called congeners, which
can irritate blood vessels and tissue in the
brain, contributing to that heavy headed
feeling come morning. The smart tactic?
Order a gin and tonic or vodka and soda
to skip the kJs and the nasty hangover!
5 Splash out
Okay, so it’s indulgent, but paying slightly
more for your vino could take the edge off
tomorrow’s pain. The more expensive the
plonk, the better quality it is - and the less
likely it is to leave you with a dodgy turn
and a splitting headache the next day.
6 Plain and simple
If you can resist the call of a greasy
breakfast the morning after a big night.
Hair of the dog? No, thanks!
Team WF shares their
failsafe hangover busters
you’ll be doing your body a favour. It’s
less enticing, but sticking to plain foods
is a better recovery plan - according to
the Mayo Clinic, a simple brekkie may
help to elevate your blood sugar and settle
your stomach. Skip the pancakes with
bacon and syrup and whip up a stack of
buttered toast to see you through safely.
7 Green machine
Bring on the green smoothies! Your
friends kale, spinach and parsley will give
your liver the TLC it needs. Another green
hero, the freshwater plant chlorella, can
help speed up the detox process - in fact,
studies have shown that it could prevent
up to 96 per cent of hangover symptoms.
It’s packed with antioxidants, minerals,
proteins and more. Try Synergy Natural
Premium Chlorella, $20.94 (for 200
8 Be a good egg
Easily digested and gentle on the turn,
eggs are a tasty way to see off your
morning misery. Egg yolks contain the
amino acid cysteine, which breaks down
acetaldehyde - one of the main instigators
of your hangover. Scrambled eggs? Done.
9 Take a walk
Getting some fresh air can help clear
your head and boost energy. You don’t
have to plan any epic hikes, just head
out somewhere peaceful for a 15-minute
stroll. The couch will still be there for
you when you get back, promise.
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