Fitness

The Long Run

The sport that welcomes every body type

Pip Coates 12:11 AM   A bit overweight? Daggy dresser? Chronically unfit? Running welcomes anyone into its broad church.

On Your Bike

This is what cycling should look like

Rush hour: Copenhagen cyclists heading into the city centre.

Michael O'Reilly   Riding around Copenhagen is a stark reminder of how far behind is our bike culture.

On Your Bike

Australian cycling is 'the farthest behind'

Urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen.

Michael O'Reilly   Urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen talks about bike sharing, helmets, traffic and 'avid cyclists advocating avidly'.

Boot Camp

Become the boss of your body

You're the boss, so take control.

Michael Jarosky   You are the CEO of your body, so take charge and turn around your fortunes.

Fitness

Help, I'm obsessed with CrossFit

CrossFit's style is unashamedly in-your-face.

Gary Nunn   Controversial and in-your-face, it’s also hugely rewarding and highly addictive.

The Long Run

When can you resume training after illness?

Exhausted

Pip Coates   Too early and you risk a relapse, too late and you lose valuable conditioning.

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Cycle touring across Norway and Denmark

No one said anything about snow: a soggy surprise on the Rallarvegen.

Michael O'Reilly   With a bike, some camping gear and a set of middle-aged legs, Michael O'Reilly goes on a roll through Scandinavia.

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Boot Camp

Five habits of health and fitness weirdos

The health and fitness industry is chock full of weird ideas and fads that, at times, have little relationship to reality.

Michael Jarosky   Paleo, supplements, fad dieting, and repetition, plus one truly revolutionary option.

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The Long Run

How to train your way through niggles

Regular stretching helps offset age-related niggles.

Pip Coates   Do you know the difference between a niggle and a looming injury? Many runners don't.

Boot Camp

Why are more men fat than women?

Men were built for fitness, not fatness.

Michael Jarosky   Guys, you've dropped the ball on fitness. Here's why, and what to do about it.

The Long Run

Do you race, or just talk about it?

Unless you're toeing the start line, your opinion on where you 'woulda, coulda, shoulda' come isn't required.

Pip Coates   There are plenty of 'coodabeens' out there, but only those who compete win bragging rights.

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On Your Bike

What's the trick to flying with a bike?

Handle with care: it's difficult to keep the weight down while keeping your pride and joy safe.

Michael O'Reilly   Avoiding excess baggage charges and breakages can be a tricky skill to master.

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Boot Camp

Spot reduction? Pfft. Just work harder

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Michael Jarosky   It is possible to target problem areas, but only if you're willing to work hard all over.

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The Long Run

Help, my bum is disappearing

Poor running style or posture can cause your gluteals to get lazy.

Pip Coates   Have you noticed your butt is getting flatter, or disappearing altogether? And not in a good way, as in exercise-induced fat loss?

Boot Camp

How Tabata Training can warm you this winter

Get into shape this winter.

Michael Jarosky   Feeling winter's bite? You need to try this 20-day fitness challenge.

FITNESS

Rear-view mirrors for cyclists - a good idea?

Eye up: a helmet-mounted rear view mirror.

Michael O'Reilly   It was only after we’d done about 20 kilometres together that I noticed my new cycling partner had a rear-view mirror on his bicycle.

Fitness

Which fitness band actually works?

Fitness bands are more for motivation than for chronicling your every move.

John Davidson   The answer is ... none of them. But accuracy is only part of a bigger picture.

The Long Run

How runners can achieve a natural high

Runner's high

Pip Coates   It's called 'flow' and can induce a natural state of performance-enhancing bliss.

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Style

Cycling style you'd actually wear

Bernard

Luc Wiesman   You needn't look like a gaudy billboard to get the performance benefits of riding in Lycra.

On Your Bike

Cycling inspiration everywhere I look

An early start for cyclists as they make their way onto the Westgate Bridge fro the Around The Bay In A Day bike ride.
 Photograph Simon O'Dwyer
 The Age
 Sunday October 20th 2013

Michael O'Reilly   Cycling's quiet achievers: Never mind the Tour, these are the bike riders who inspire me.