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One of the most valuable exercises you can do

Regardless of our age there are basic movements that we all need to master to live. One of the most important is squatting. You need to be able to squat to sit down, garden, pick things up from the floor, get into a car, and yes, go to the toilet.  Read this post

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Is ageing like an arch or a staircase?

Jane Fonda, in her book Prime Time, argues that we need a new view of ageing. The old paradigm, she says, likened ageing to an arch. We’re born, we peak, then we decline into decrepitude. Instead she equates ageing with ascending a staircase.   Read this post

Monday, September 08, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Resilience: the art of bouncing back

Oil company Esso used to use the slogan ‘put a tiger in your tank’, and made plastic, child-sized, blow-up tigers with a weighted base. When you punched the tiger it went over and bounced back again. Anna Bligh thinks of resilience as being like that.   Read this post

Monday, September 08, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Exercise as medicine for women over 50

While the last post highlighted food as medicine, exercise can also be seen that way.  Read this post

Monday, August 25, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Gut reaction: how fibre protects against disease

If you caught the recent two-part series on ABC TV’s Catalyst program you’ll know about recent research on the importance of dietary fibre. The program showed that fibre contributes to far more than just keeping regular bowel habits.  Read this post

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Surprise stats on women drinkers

The group of women who most risk their health from drinking are young women who binge drink, right? Guess again.  Read this post

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Don't forget salads in winter

Most of us don’t think of salad as winter fare. But that’s a mistake.  Read this post

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Inspiring women: Dr Jane Goodall

Passionate English conservationist and animal welfare activist, Dr Jane Goodall, is best known for her study of chimpanzees. In April she turned 80, and still spends much of her life speaking, lecturing and travelling.  Read this post

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Staying in shape at 116

Her children are aged 94 and 92, her husband died 83 years ago, and her life has spanned three centuries. Her name is Misao Okawa and at 116 she’s believed to be the oldest person in the world.  Read this post

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

The most important thing you can do for a healthy heart

You might expect that I’m talking about losing weight, changing your diet, reducing your blood pressure, or quitting smoking. But you’d be wrong.   Read this post

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson