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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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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‘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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GAME ON MOLES! THE REAL FACTS ABOUT SKIN CANCER

A good chunk of Aussie sports occur in the great outdoors. So are you protecting your skin? And do you really know if you are at risk of skin cancer and what it can look like? Melanoma is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in people aged 15–29, and athletes aren’t excluded, so here are the Read more…

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IS KELP THE NEW KALE? MEET THE NEW LEAN GREEN VITA-PACKED MACHINE

Recently, if you weren’t tipping back a kale smoothie, slipping kale into a salad or steaming it for a side, you weren’t ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’. But now there’s a new kid on the block: kelp. And it’s kicking all the right nutrient goals. We take a deeper look. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Read more…

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COULD YOUR CHILD STOP THEMSELVES FROM DROWNING?

Whenever we hear of a drowning tragedy, it immediately brings to mind any young people we know and their swimming ability. Many of us have pools, or friends or neighbours with one, and then there are the countless beaches and other waterways where we like to cool off and have fun. Of course, we try to watch Read more…

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RECIPE: NIN’S ZESTY ZOODLES

Meet Sophie Manolas, a straight-talking, down-to-earth clinical nutritionist who is passionate about showing people how they can eat their way to being the greatest, healthiest version of themselves. Here she shows us her (or her older brother Nin’s, to be precise) tasty zucchini noodle recipe, as seen in The Essential Edible Pharmacy cookbook. Nin’s Zesty Zoodles Read more…

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SHOULD I LET MY CHILD PLAY HIGH-CONTACT RUGBY UNION OR LEAGUE?

Rugby union and rugby league are typically both high-contact, high-collision sports, and it can invoke dread in many parents when their son (or daughter) decides they want to play one of these codes. So do you wrap up your child in cotton wool and say ‘no!’ straight out to them playing? Here’s a little more info to help with your decision-making. 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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27 ACTIVITIES TO GET YOUR KIDS MOVING MORE

If you’re like most parents, tearing your children away from screen time to spend a few hours playing or getting involved in physical activities and team sports can feel like an ongoing battle. And never more so than when it’s wet or cold outside. But persist we must, so here are some great ideas to help 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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HARD KNOCKS: CONCUSSION IN SPORT

Contact sports are just that – full of contact – but sometimes the head cops the brunt following a collision. And while our noggins are pretty tough, if we’re hit the wrong way or a little too hard, we could end up with a concussion. But what does that mean for players? The football codes have the Read more…

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HOW CAN BEING ‘TOO FIT’ CAUSE A HEART ATTACK?

In 2016, we saw four footballers around the world in just one week collapse suddenly of a heart attack on the pitch … and die. And then Sydney FC’s youth hopeful Chris Naumoff was forced to retire early. All footballers were outwardly incredibly fit and healthy. And young – only in their twenties. So why has this happened to these fit athletes .. and Read more…

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WHY A POST-GAME BEER COULD BE GOOD FOR YOU

So, you’ve just fought hard and won (or lost) your weekend match. It doesn’t matter if it’s sweltering outside or bordering on freezing, slurping a coldie while you reminisce your tactics with your teammates is a great way to finish off the day. And, what’s more, it could be doing you good! We’re not talking about chugging back 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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4 FRUITY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIES WITH A LITTLE SECRET…

Off to an early training session and don’t want to work-out on an empty stomach? A breakfast smoothie is the ideal choice. It’s not too heavy, but jam-packed full of nutrients and energy. These fruity four are special because they all contain a base of Weet-Bix – a wholegrain cereal that will give you that extra nudge at your Read more…

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CPR: WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?

Just because you play sport once or twice a week, it doesn’t mean you’re automatically heart fit. The number of people who suffer heart issues while enjoying a weekend game of football, or running around a court, is alarming, especially in those over the age of 40. And not all of them live to tell their tale. Read more…

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RIPS – HOW TO RECOGNISE THESE OCEAN CURRENTS … AND GET OUT!

As a former surf lifesaver, when I’m at a beach I constantly find myself automatically in patrol mode, and I’m always troubled seeing the amount of swimmers that enter the surf straight into a rip zone, reveals musician Kenny Jewel. This includes, and most worryingly of all, children. I hope the below tips will help. I know Read more…

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HAYFEVER CAN REALLY BLOW YOUR PERFORMANCE!

It’s springtime. The flowers are out and it’s getting warmer – the perfect setting for a run, game or training, right? Unfortunately, not for some! Springtime can mean a runny nose, blocked sinuses and itchy eyes for many, which can truly put a dampener on training and performance. At this time of year, anyone who suffers Read more…

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THE GOAL TO SAVE NETBALLERS’ KNEES

If you’re a netballer, you would know that knee and ankle injuries are a common side effect of this action-packed game. But a new program developed by Netball Australia with support from the Australian Institute of Sport is set to change all that. It’s called the KNEE Program – Knee injury prevention for Netballers to Enhance Read more…

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