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How meditation got me a promotion

In many ways, meditation is a lot like physical exercise. It can be uncomfortable at first, but once you break through the initial ‘barrier’, the benefits on offer speak for themselves. Just look at Melbourne writer, JAMIE WILLIAMS. After a year of regular mindfulness practice, he not only started to experience a greater feeling of calm and serenity, his career took an upward turn in an unexpected direction.

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The ways fatherhood changed my approach to fitness

It’s no secret that having a baby requires a total shift in lifestyle, from the food you eat to how much exercise you can feasibly squeeze into your day. But does that mean you have to give up on self-care altogether? According to father-of-two, MATT WILLCOX, the answer is an emphatic no. You just need to get creative and seize the right opportunities.

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How I stay healthy while travelling

We think of travel as a break from our actual lives, where we can do, eat, and drink what we want. But for people whose jobs or lifestyles mean they’re on the road a lot, ignoring their health quickly becomes unsustainable. Just ask touring musician MIKE THOMPSON, who knows better than most the importance of looking after yourself when you’re away from home.

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What regular physio visits have done for my health

One of the biggest misconceptions in our society is that you have to wait until something is wrong before going to see a health specialist. For Melbourne writer, TARYN STENVEI, this belief was knocked on its head after an issue with her knee forced her to question everything she thought she knew about staying well.

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How I prepared for my first marathon

The early morning alarms. The aching legs. The incessant hunger. Adding ‘marathon runner’ to your identity comes with a whole host of consequences that seem less than ideal on paper. But, as 35-year-old RYAN CZWARNO discovered while preparing to run precisely 42.195 km, the sacrifices are worth it.

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The steps I took to improve my sleep

Only a quarter of Australians are getting a full eight hours of sleep every night, with about a third of us suffering from poor rest. Spooning with technology isn’t helping, but it’s not the only culprit keeping us up at night. Melbourne writer ED PITTS discovered a few decent formulas to master the science of sleep.

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The injury that changed my life

“I went from climbing a mountain to unable to make a cup of tea in a moment.” A bucket list trip to Japan ended in buckets of tears for 24-year old ELLA MUMBY, when she broke her collarbone while riding a bike. Here’s how it affected her health – both mental and physical – and how she’s tried to turn the experience into a positive.

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What I learnt at a fitness test with a personal trainer

How healthy do you think you are? And how heathy are you, actually? The divide between these two things can be bigger than you think, as 30-year-old writer JENNY ATKINS discovered when she went for a health and fitness audit at Anytime Fitness.

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What is a Deep Recovery Massage? I had one to find out

Even if you get regular massages, a ‘Deep Recovery Massage’ can sound a little daunting – so imagine how it feels for a first-timer. We sent 28-year-old writer MIKE DOMAN to endota spa for his first ever massage to see if it could start to undo the effects of years of office work and a few weekends at the snow.

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What having an injury taught me about vulnerability

Reliance on others is often associated with getting older. For most fortunate people, dependency is only an issue to be considered sometime in the future. For an otherwise healthy 28-year-old writer living in Melbourne, it came as a potent side-effect of an unexpected accident. BETSAN JONES shares her story.

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Why I love cycling

From the outside looking in, cycling can almost seem like a faith. But it’s not all lycra and wrap-around sunglasses. Whether it’s longer weekend rides or just making better use of your commute to work, cycling can help to solve common problems, like cutting down on petrol costs, being able to find a park, and improving your health without even really trying. 37-year-old PAUL O’BRIEN from Melbourne explains why he and cycling just click.

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How my health changed after 30

Hey, remember cassettes? What about the first-ever Gameboy? Did you see the original Jurassic Park at the cinema when you were a kid? If you answered yes to one or more of the above, you’re probably in your thirties. And like 32-year-old writer and editor, JAMIE WILLIAMS, you might be noticing a few important changes to your overall health and fitness. Here, he shares his experience of getting older and what he’s come to realise since hitting the big 3-0.

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What a month off drinking did for my health

Many Australians enjoy a social drink or two, but taking a break from the booze can help refresh your body. And as inner-city resident OLLE WATSON explains, the mental benefits of a month away from alcohol can be just as significant.

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I had skin cancer at 25

An estimated two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. After New Zealand, Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma – the most dangerous type of skin cancer – in the world. Writer TARYN STENVEI shares her experience of finding out she had a melanoma at the age of 25, and what it taught her about caring for her health.

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How team sports improved my mental health

There are plenty of health benefits to playing team sports. Chasing a ball around a court or field for over half an hour adds a respectable amount of physical activity to your day, but research suggests that the benefits of sports extend to mental health as well.

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Why I love boxing

Over the years, boxing has earned itself a pretty damning reputation as one of the world’s most brutal and dangerous sports. But according to MIKE BATTAGLIA, Personal Training Manager at Dee Why Fitness First, boxing has helped him live a life that’s healthier, happier and more community-minded than he could ever have imagined.

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I went from couch potato to triathlete, and you can too

The couch potato is not the healthiest of vegetables, but even they have the capacity to turn into a triathlete. It’s no easy feat, but as ex-couch potato STEVE BAXTER explains, with some commitment and hard work, it’s entirely possible.

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What I learnt from wearing a Fitbit for a week

Fitness trackers have become a part of the modern health landscape. These wearable pieces of technology can improve our overall health, help us move more, and keep track of our sleeping patterns to ensure we’re better rested. But for someone who hasn’t ever used a fitness tracker, what can they learn from strapping one on for a week? Melbourne writer TOM BRIGHT wore a Fitbit for a week to find out.

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What happened when I quit sugar

Do you have a sweet tooth? You’re not alone. A study released last year by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that a significant 52% of Australians exceed the World Health Organisation’s recommended intake of free sugars – the added sugars from processed food and drinks – per day. On the other end of the scale, there has been a trend for health-conscious people to remove added sugars from their diet entirely. While many people claim they could never do it, is quitting sugar really so extreme? Melburnian PETER STEWART quit sugar, and shares his story below.

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How I make the most of my health insurance

When you have private health insurance, there are some obvious benefits – like protection from big ambulance bills to accessing private hospitals so you can skip public hospital waiting lists – but there are some other perks that come along with the territory, depending on your level of cover. From physio visits to teeth-cleaning, 30-year-old TARYN STENVEI shares the unexpected ways that her health insurance has come in handy.

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