DID YOU KNOW? SUNSCREENS ARE NOT CREATED EQUALLY

We all know we should slather on sunscreen before heading out into our country’s harsh rays. None of us likes to be sunburnt, plus UV rays can promote skin damage leading to premature ageing and skin cancers. But are you using the right type? Should you head straight for a high SPF or choose something Read more…

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12 AWESOME MTB AND BMX TRACKS IN SYDNEY

So, the road or sealed meandering safe bike tracks don’t cut it for you? No worries. Ditch the tar for any of these cool mountain bike and BMX tracks for an adrenaline rush and a bit of air time. A few things to remember before you head out, especially if you’re going bush. Protect yourself Read more…

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TERRIFIC TRAMPOLINING VENUES AROUND SYDNEY

Let’s face it, kids love to bounce. And it’s a great way for them to keep active – even in cold or rainy weather. So here are the best spots to do just that all around Sydney.   1. Flip Out, 7 Sydney locations  At Flip Out, the aim is to give you healthy and awesome fun Read more…

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SYDNEY SPORT: SPRING SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE

Spring is in the air! And that means longer and warmer days … and plenty of opportunity to have loads of fun outdoors, making new friends and learning new skills. Sydney Sport’s Spring School Holiday Guide features exciting sports activities, clinics and camps around Sydney for kids of all school ages. So what sporty fun Read more…

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WHAT I LEARNT IN MY FIRST YEAR AS A FOOTBALL TEAM MANAGER

At the end of my son’s first season of soccer, writes Natasha Shaw, I’ve had time to reflect on what I learnt as team manager over those months. It’s been quite a journey, and mostly good I’m pleased to say. But there is definitely a smooth way to go about managing a team when you’re Read more…

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TENNIS ANYONE? HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR TENNIS RACQUET

Getting the right racquet for your grip size, age, gender and game level can mean the difference between an ace or disgrace on the court. Follow these tips so you can smash it! Try to find a racquet that feels comfortable, because if you feel comfortable holding it, you will be more confident in your Read more…

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TRY BOX BREATHING … AND RELAX!

Focus is especially important during competitive sports, and the box breathing technique can help to heighten your performance and concentration while being a powerful stress reliever. So why not give it a go to see if it gives you an edge?   Box breathing involves a simple four-second rotation of breathing in, holding your breath, Read more…

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TIPS FOR TRAINING ON COLD DAYS

Chilly days, particularly icy-cold and rainy mornings, can be a big deterrent when it comes to training and exercise. After all, hibernating under the covers or staying warm over a coffee is much more enticing. However, with the right gear, and good old-fashioned grit and knowhow, you can brave the cold and benefit from cold-weather Read more…

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5 TOALLY YUM PASTA SAUCES

Pasta is still the carb of choice for many athletes who want to load up with energy before a big day of competing. So, here are some fit-for-champions pasta sauce recipes that will make your pasta a whole lot more appetising than just the standard bolognese. Don’t forget to let us know your favourite pasta Read more…

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HOW TO RIDE THE 35KM OF CYCLING PATHS AT SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Sydney Olympic Park is a seriously great place to ride your bike. The 35km of cycling pathways (perfect for the whole family, BMXers, and racing and training cyclists) take you through spectacular parklands. You can also pass Olympic icons, shipwrecks, wildlife, art and more along the way. And if you don’t own a bike, simply Read more…

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HAVE YOU PLAYED DISC GOLF YET?

Disc golf is the newest sporting craze sweeping the nation! It’s fun, competitive, inexpensive to play and you can do it alone or in a team, no matter the age of the players. So let’s find out a little more about it…   Created in the ’60s, this game is bit like golf. You follow Read more…

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SYDNEY SPORT: WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY SPORTS CAMPS

Sydney Sport’s Winter School Holiday Sport Camps features exciting sports activities, clinics and camps around Sydney for kids of all school ages. School holidays can be a bit of a bore for our young ones and teens, so the following options are a fantastic way to keep them occupied and help them burn energy. They will also refine their motor skills, learn Read more…

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TRY THESE 18 PROTEIN-PACKED VEGIES!

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to load up your plate with great vegie protein. Protein plays a very important part in the energy and muscle preservation needs of many athletes – it helps to repair, maintain and grow muscle tissue. So take your pick of the tasty varieties below… The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports Read more…

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ARE YOU NUTS ENOUGH TO ULTRA RUN? I AM!

If you’ve been to the Blue Mountains lately, whether to Katoomba Scenic World, Wentworth Falls, Mt Solitary or the Megalong Valley, you’ve likely seen an odd breed of human – not a hiker with poles and pack, and certainly not a family-snapping tourist, says trail runner Anne-Marie Cook. These people wear colourful socks, fancy vest-backpacks with tubes Read more…

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COULD YOU BE ADDICTED TO EXERCISE?

OK, so we keep getting told we must exercise regularly in order to stay fit and generally healthy … and possibly stave off a host of diseases. But when does exercise become too much of a good thing? When does it become a full-blown addiction? Let’s find out… On the surface, being addicted to exercise Read more…

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GOIN’ OFF-ROAD: HOW TO GET INTO TRAIL RUNNING

When I started running on surfaces that weren’t, y’know, concrete, I found out a few things, admits experienced trail runner Anne-Marie Cook. The first was that I wasn’t as skilled at ‘running’ as I thought I was. I figured that out pretty darn quickly, as I tripped and slipped my way through a 10-kay, and Read more…

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WHY IS MY KID’S SPORTSGROUND CLOSED AGAIN?!

So, your U9 is eager to get to their Saturday football game, but though it’s a sunny morning, it’s been raining cats and dogs for most of the week. Will the sportsground still be closed, you wonder?   Suddenly, you get that message which says the match has been cancelled by the Council as the ground is too wet to play Read more…

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HOW TO TACKLE BULLIES IN SPORT

A couple of years ago the NRL announced a Tackle Bullying Program, to help teammates, friends and classmates understand the impact of bullies in sport and other areas of life, and how to deal with them. Bullying is, sadly, still practised within our sporting communities. But we can ALL do something about it. Remember, bullies in sport are Read more…

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SYDNEY SPORT AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE

Sydney Sport’s Guide to Autumn School Holiday Sports features exciting sports activities, clinics and camps around Sydney for kids of all school ages. School holidays can be a bit on the boring side for our boys and girls, so these are a fantastic way to help them burn energy while staying off the electronics. They will also refine their motor skills, learn Read more…

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TENNIS: HOW TO SERVE LIKE THE AUSSIE OPEN PROS

There’s no doubt about it, how well you serve can mean the difference between winning and losing. And if you’re serving up balls at more than 200k’s an hour, like many gents were at this year’s Australian Open, or getting ahead with aces, well that helps, too. Here’s how to make the most out of your Read more…

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DR JOANNA MCMILLAN’S VIETNAMESE PORK SALAD

When the weather is warm, a salad is a welcome appearance on the menu. And while a basic green side salad does the job, a salad with added meat and flavours can be a meal in itself. ‘I love the fresh flavours of Vietnamese food,’ says Dr Joanna McMillan in her new book Get Lean, Stay Read more…

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‘SUPERVISED KIDS DON’T DROWN,’ SAYS A CONCERNED MUM

Since 19 December 2016, there have been more than 20 deaths due to drowning – and it’s only January! Most of these deaths were kids. One mother of young children was so disturbed by this statistic, she put fingers to keyboard to urge parents to take more care watching their kids around water. It’s such a tragedy we are losing so Read more…

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FYI, DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER IS DANGEROUS!

We’re all told to keep our fluids up, to keep our bodies hydrated during and after spending time in the sun or exercising. But how much of a good thing is too much? It’s true that drinking too much water (known as hyponatremia) can deplete your system of vital nutrients which, in extreme cases, can lead Read more…

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