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Is the hare or the tortoise better at burning body fat?

The moral of the Aesop fable is that slow and steady wins the race. In recent years though it’s been high-intensity intervals that have won all the accolades. But are intervals more effective when it comes to fat loss?  Read this post

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | Rhonda Anderson

A cardiologist's formula for keeping a young heart

ABC radio’s Amanda Smith recently interviewed American cardiologist Ben Levine who outlined his method for keeping our heart and blood vessels ‘young’. A young heart is a supple heart.  Read this post

Monday, February 25, 2019 | Rhonda Anderson

10 commandments of keeping a healthy weight when we're older

Sydney-based fitness writer Michael Jarosky recently wrote an article for the boot camp set using the 10 commandments idea. I’ve stolen it and rejigged it for middle-aged and older women.  Read this post

Sunday, October 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Help stamp out pikelet bottom

Three years ago I wrote a post asking ‘Does your bottom look like a pikelet?’ The importance of keeping a strong bottom as we get older is one of those messages that can’t be reiterated too often.  Read this post

Monday, September 24, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

You can be 'fit' and still lose muscle

Jane Brody’s been a health writer for the New York Times since 1976. At age 77 she does two physical activities a day — alternating between walking, cycling and swimming — plus exercises for her back. But she was recently diagnosed with sarcopenia, i.e. the loss of muscle and strength.  Read this post

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Notes from a healthy lifestyle conference

I recently attended a ‘lifestyle medicine’ conference where presentations were based around three themes: health technology, gut health and brain health. Here are a few interesting snippets from it.  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Exercise and our immune system

We know it builds muscle and bone, and it’s good for our heart and brain, but exercise also seems to boost our immunity.  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

A new guide to walking pace

Walking is still our favourite exercise, and we’re told to walk briskly for our health. But what’s ‘brisk’? The usual advice is that it’s a pace where we can talk but not sing. Now though, there’s a practical guideline.  Read this post

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Body wisdom around the house

Last weekend I was up a ladder cleaning. It reminded me that these days especially, I need to be smarter about how I use my body.  Read this post

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

My cholesterol's high, what can I do? (without statins)

After menopause we’re more susceptible to high cholesterol. And while cholesterol may be more a symptom than the real problem, it’s wise to get your numbers in the healthy range. But how do you do that, especially if you don’t want to take medication?  Read this post

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson