Fitness

New research has reported that it takes just two weeks of physical inactivity for those who are physically fit to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength. In that short period of time, young people lose about 30 percent of their muscle strength, leaving them as...

There has been increasing interest in the risk and dangers of sitting for long hours at work.  Individuals are concerned about their own health and companies are probably thinking about potential liability. While there is little doubt that extended periods of minimal activity, whether at home or work,...

Two common questions I get is "how hard do I need to exercise?" and "how much exercise do I need to do?" to live longer and healthier. They are hard questions to answer as it depends on a person's goals, motivation, time availability and other lifestyle...

One of the questions I get asked a lot is "will running cause arthritis in my knees?" I've usually answered by saying "as long as you don't do too much, wear the right shoes, have a good running style and don't carry too much weight, your...

Every Saturday I do a long ride into the hills east of Perth with a group of friends. It's become a tradition and if I don't do it it just doesn't feel like Saturday. We stop at a great little patisserie to enjoy a coffee...

If I was to ask you how hard you exercise, what would your answer be? Do you exercise at a moderate to vigorous intensity? Self-reporting bias is well-known among scientists when they ask people about their eating and exercise habits. In fact some reports suggest that half...

One of the questions I get asked often is "what is the least amount of exercise I need to do to get any benefit?" The reality is that most people want the maximum return for the least amount of time and effort. And so they should;...

Have you made a new year resolution to lose weight? Boosting your metabolism is the key to life-time weight management, but how fast your body burns calories depends on several factors. Some people inherit a fast metabolism. Men tend to burn more calories than women, even...

I have a confession. I'm lazy. You are possibly wondering how someone who advocates exercising every day can be lazy. But the truth is, I try to look for the easiest way to achieve the outcome I want. I don't like to work any harder than I...

Have you ever got frustrated because your exercise hasn't seemed to have made any difference to your weight? You're not alone. A lot of people who start an exercise program to lose weight give up because they don't see any changes on the scales. However, their exercise efforts...