Swimming

Swimming: take the plunge

Charmaine Yabsley Swimming is a great workout, whatever your age or fitness ability.

Big bodies can also bend it

Sarah Harry Curvy Yoga Teacher.

Thea O'Connor 'When I tell people I'm a yoga instructor, they usually look at me in a funny way, like I'm joking,'' says Sarah Harry, of Ashwood, Melbourne.

In the name of science

What’s the man behind the 5:2 diet going to eat next?

What's Your Body Hiding? pics, Michael Mosely

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Harry Wallop Having made a name experimenting on himself, TV presenter Michael Mosley is pushing himself to the limit for science – or, as far as his wife can stand.

The French convention

A boulangerie in Paris.

The Gallic appetite for good food and wine is no secret. But less is known about how this strong culture helps a nation stay slim.

Eating disorders

Better? Yes, but the pain remains

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Libby McShane There's more to recovering from anorexia than just putting on some weight, writes *Libby McShane.

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How exercise revs brain power

Christie Aschwanden Researchers are finding that fitness has a long-term influence on a wide range of cognitive abilities.

Make your body really, really work

Man doing pushups.

Converts to HIIT, the fitness craze for 2014, argue that just two 35-minute sessions a week bring extraordinary benefits. Jim White is put through his paces.

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Baby on board: exercise with caution, say experts

Lucy Carroll Three days before Noa Ries gave birth to her first child she snapped on a swimming cap and swam 2.5 kilometres.

Liberating buzz

Why I run

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Charmaine Yabsley For some people, feeling the buzz that comes with crossing the finish line is profoundly liberating.

Healthy bones

In pursuit of inner strength

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Jane Brody We need to consider our bone health from a young age to ensure a solid frame for life.

Tough Mudder

Electric fence obstacles from the past

Darren Fittler, centre, is training for Tough Mudder despite being blind, with the help of his team mates, Michael Meredith, left, and Dirk Venter, right, in Sydney.
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Damien Murphy Darren Fittler could never have realised the electric fences on his parents' farm north of Coffs Harbour were good training for a 21-kilometre army-style obstacle course that lay ahead in adulthood.

Ski fitness

The white stuff

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Charmaine Yabsley It pays to be prepared before you hit the slopes.

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Mud and guts

Tough Mudderettes: Four weeks to go

Tough Mudder Maxine Windram

Daisy Dumas It's not a music festival gone horribly wrong, nor is it a WWI re-enactment group. No. This is Tough Mudder and I am, frankly, appalled by what I am witnessing.

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From the couch to a coach

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In physics, they say a body at rest tends to stay at rest. I know this first-hand. When on the couch watching Glee, I am likely to remain on the couch watching Glee.

Life after London

Life after London: from green and gold to post-Olympic blues

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Sarah Berry Olympic athletes who put everything into competing can later crash into depression whether they win or lose.

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Sporty ideal

A picture of health?

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Sarah Berry Americans and Brits view Australians through rose-tinted glasses. But, the reality looks a lot less glossy.

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Iron (age) man

Caveman fitness for the 21st century

Tanya Carroll (right) of Livestrong Primal Fitness with her students showing MovNat. 25 October 2012.The Age SMH. Photo:EDDIE JIM.

Megan Johnston Hikers exploring the Canberra hills should not be alarmed if they come across a man wearing no shoes, scrambling through the scrub.

Healthy weight

Weighed down by excess worry

Thinking yourself fat.

Sarah Berry The battle to lose the kilos can be a tricky one fraught with undesirable effects, writes Sarah Berry.

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No time to weight

Jars of lollies and sweets and jelly beans licorice allsorts.

Peter Foster It was one of those strange but illuminating coincidences: at the exact same time my BlackBerry began to buzz with the news Britain was threatening to put legal curbs on the amount of salt, fat and...

Survival of the fittest

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

Rhiannon Sawyer Once the domain of elite athletes, extreme sports have gone mainstream.