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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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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HOW TO MAKE 2017 YOUR ‘PERSONAL BEST’

Athletes and those focused on their health want to better their personal best, win events and overcome any injuries over their sporting season. It can be tough to get motivated and know what to do to make positive changes, so hopefully these 10 tips will help you reach your goals this year. 1. Address your attitude Read more…

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20 NEW-RELEASE SPORT, FOOD AND HEALTH BOOKS!

Laze away summer arvos with a book – and we’re not talking a Mills & Boon romance here. Make it something inspirational, healthy or … delicious! Be it a bio or a novel, there are loads of new titles out now to entertain the whole family… CRICKET The Big Bash Book 2016-17 by Daniel Lane Get Read more…

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UNIQUE XMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR SPORTY PEEPS

Deck the halls with all things delightfully sporty this festive season. Where to start? How about with this list of goodies?! Buy them for loved ones or pop them on your own Chrissie wish list. We’ve arranged our Xmas gift ideas into three price ranges for ease of browsing… ♥ Under $50         ♥ $50 Read more…

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JOG TO IT: FIND A PARKRUN TO DO ON SATURDAYS IN SYDNEY!

Parkruns are a fantastic way to get fit, make friends and challenge yourself. The 5km timed runs take place every week on Saturdays in beautiful parklands. What’s more, they’re FREE! Find a Parkrun, then find your pace! Recently, even journalist and author Peter Fitzsimons got in on the Parkrun action in beautiful Mosman. ‘I googled it, joined, Read more…

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CYCLIST-FRIENDLY COFFEE STOPS ACROSS SYDNEY

Devotees of the bean and bike certainly love their cafes. Members of cycling clubs, MAMILs (middle-aged men in Lycra) and social riders can be seen gracing coffee stops, refuelling after a lengthy or leisurely cycle. So, where do they go? This list may offer a few clues… Cycling in the city, north, east south or west, we have you covered Read more…

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SPINNERS ARE GRINNERS! TRY IT DIY

There are loads of spin classes on offer at gyms around the city, but if you can’t make one at a time that suits, then spin class DIY. Just jump on a bike at the gym or at home and give this 45-minute class a spin… Before you start… Make sure you have a doctor’s ok to Read more…

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30 WAYS TO FIT 30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE INTO A DAY

You really can find time to exercise. Sure, it’s very easy to come up with a string of excuses as to why you can’t, but when it comes down to it, most of us can honestly find at least 30 minutes a few times a week to get our moves on. And the benefits to our Read more…

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A LEG UP ON SHIN SPLINTS…

Any social or professional athlete who has experienced shin splints will tell you … it can really hurt! It can also reduce training and game time. As one of the most common sports injuries, affecting everyone from runners to netballers, footballers and tennis players, here are some tips on preventing and treating this painful injury. What are shin splints? Read more…

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8 CARDIO EXERCISES THAT ARE EASY ON THE KNEES

If you have a sports injury or suffer knee pain, you can’t realistically pound the pavement, join your mates on the footy field or play a round of tennis – therefore running and jogging are out for a while. And even though a run or a jog may be terrific for cardiovascular fitness, they aren’t the only exercises that can get the Read more…

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FITNESS FIRST PARRAMATTA: 5 REASONS BURPEES SHOULD BE YOUR FAVOURITE EXERCISE

What do extreme athletes, gym junkies and footy teams all have in common? They all embrace burpees and regularly include them in their work-out routines. Lots and lots of burpees. But burpees aren’t just beneficial for hardcore athletes or certified badasses, say the fitness experts at Fitness First Parramatta. They’re for everyone! Not only will burpees turn you into an Read more…

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5 ADVENTURE TRIPS FOR STAY-FIT FANATICS

So, you’re not the lying-on-a-beach-or-by-the-pool-for-days type. That’s ok. There are plenty of places you can travel to that allow you to get your fit on while enjoying an escape from the daily grind. Here are just some you may like to book… 1. Cycle the Great Ocean Road Many of us have done the journey via Read more…

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YOU CAN HAVE BEAUT GLUTES, TOO!

Beaut glutes are a given for most elite athletes who get them as a bonus due to their tough training regimens. But the rest of us aren’t so fortunate – to achieve buns of steel we need to adopt a regular work-out that’s targeted to the muscles in that area. The good thing about these exercises is that, while they do target the butt, Read more…

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STRENGTH YOGA FOR ATHLETES

Male or female, young or old, practising yoga can benefit everyone. And when it comes to strengthening and toning, it can offer a full-body work-out for your muscles and diaphragm. Could it give you an edge in competitive sport? Quite possibly. Many professional athletes have added yoga to their training regimen. We say, don’t knock it till you Read more…

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10 FOODS AND DRINKS TO HELP YOUR BODY RECOVER AFTER SPORT AND EXERCISE

You’ve just run a zillion miles in your Saturday morning football or netball game and don’t think you’ll ever be able to move another muscle again, or you’ve cycled till your legs ache, or pounded the pavement till your feet are numb… Whether you are a social or competitive athlete, all this exercise has a profound impact on your body, Read more…

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CAN BEETROOT TURN YOU INTO A SUPER HERO?

The latest studies by our top sports institutes confirm that beetroot is a little ball of goodness and may enhance the performance of top athletes. Given that every millisecond counts in most competition sports, could this be the right ‘root’ for you to take? Let’s have a look at the facts… It’s long been known that ruby-red Read more…

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50 SONGS TO GET SWEATY TO – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE!

There is just something about some songs that resonates with a great work-out. A tempo that drives you to go faster, push harder, strive to be a winner! Here are 50 songs that have made lists around globe as the best songs to work-out to. So, which ones are your favourites? Vote now so we can see! In 2006, Read more…

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THE BACHELOR’S NEW APP WILL MAKE YOU SWEAT…

Some athletes are following strict training regimens, where there is no room for procrastination. But many others just want to maintain their health and fitness to play their chosen sport on a weekend. Working out for an hour a day can be tricky to factor into a hectic lifestyle, but could you do 28 minutes? I chatted with recent Aussie Bachelor and personal trainer Read more…

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17 GOLF DRIVING RANGES AROUND SYDNEY

If you want to practise your killer swing, or the weather is too woeful for a round, a golf driving range is ideal. Take your own clubs to hone your skills (or you can often hire an iron or driver there) then choose how big a bucket of balls you wish to attack. Golf driving ranges are Read more…

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