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How often to work out for health, strength, and weight loss

How often a person needs to work out to see results will depend on their fitness goals. Losing weight, building muscle, and increasing endurance and stamina each require a different approach to training. Exercise has a range of important benefits. It enhances overall health, helps a person maintain a moderate weight, relieves stress, and can …

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Everyone knows they ‘should’ warm-up before exercise or sport, but what makes a good warm-up?

We’ve all been guilty of shirking a warm-up – and have possibly paid the price – before exercise or a game of sport. So, how important actually is it? To debunk the myths around a good warm-up, we found out for our latest Optus Sport Fitness feature. Not only does a thorough warm up help …

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Feeling sore after exercise? Here’s what science suggests helps (and what doesn’t)

Have you been hitting the gym again with COVID restrictions easing? Or getting back into running, cycling, or playing team sports? As many of you might’ve experienced, the inevitable muscle soreness that comes after a break can be a tough barrier to overcome. Here’s what causes this muscle soreness, and how best to manage it. …

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The coronavirus ban on elective surgeries might show us many people can avoid going under the knife

As part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all elective surgeries across Australia have been temporarily cancelled. Elective surgery is non-urgent surgery people choose (elect) to have: things like cataract surgery, joint replacement, tonsillectomy, hernia repair and cosmetic surgery. There are more than two million hospital admissions involving elective surgery in Australia each …

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Regular exercise has long-term benefits for immunity – it’s important to stay active

People around the world are staying at home as part of social distancing measures to limit the transmission of the novel coronavirus. In some countries people are being encouraged to exercise once a day. However, there’s long been a public misconception that some forms of exercise can suppress the immune system, reducing the body’s ability to …

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Exercise and a healthy lifestyle shown to reduce the risk of dementia

Another reason to start exercising regularly this New Year! Research suggests that regular exercise not only improves heart health but can also slow down cognitive decline and potentially delay the onset of dementia. The new study, which was conducted by researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, was published in the latest issue of …

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Should you repair a torn ACL? That’s a surprisingly tricky question

Perth Glory’s Dino Djulbic tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 60th minute of his team’s grand final loss to Sydney FC in May 2019. For nearly all 36-year-old athletes, that would be the end of their career. But just under five months later – without surgery – Djulbic lined up …

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Avoid Being Bowled Over: Prevention Of Five Common Cricket Injuries

Cricket is one of Australia’s most popular summer sports. Although strictly a non-contact sport, injuries in cricket can result in a number of ways.   The best cricket injury research has come from Australia under the direction of Dr John Orchard. Cricket injuries at elite level In Australia have been demonstrated to occur at a …

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Back to basics: chocolate milk in recovery and performance

Background & Objective There is already laboratory-based evidence for the enhanced efficacy of carbohydrate and protein drinks for recovery compared to just carbohydrate or just protein drinks. However, few studies have investigated this in a real-world setting and with commercially available drinks. The researchers here sought to determine whether drinking a store-bought carbohydrate/protein drink – …

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