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Can the Sit-to-Rise Test predict how long you'll live?

If you saw the recent two-part BBC TV series How to Stay Young, you might be wondering whether what they said about the sit-to-rise test is true.  Read this post

Saturday, July 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

The healthy way to carry your handbag

We carry so much in our handbags that we can give ourselves neck, back and shoulder pain. But carrying your bag well is actually good exercise.   Read this post

Sunday, June 26, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Managing a broken hip

While I was away, I stayed with a friend in Canada who’d broken her hip a fortnight before. She’s 73, and she’d tripped over her new puppy and fallen on the concrete. (That’s the cute culprit above.) It’s easy enough to do. But her approach is exactly the one you want to adopt if it happens to you.   Read this post

Monday, May 30, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

How much weight do we have to lift to build bone?

When we see images of women using weights, they mostly look something like this one. So you could be forgiven for thinking that this kind of exercise will build bone. Unfortunately, it won’t.  Read this post

Sunday, May 01, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

7 Tips for a healthy gardening body

Gardening brings fresh food to our back door or front balcony, connects us with nature, lifts our mood, and is a great way to stay fit. But there’s a downside.  Read this post

Monday, April 25, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Walking: mix it up

With the weather cooling down ever so slightly in south-east Queensland, it’s getting more pleasant to walk.   Read this post

Monday, April 25, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Challenging our assumptions about bone density and fractures

A research paper published in the prestigious British Medical Journal last year made a point that few of us appreciate about bone health.  Read this post

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Does Fit still trump Fat?

For many years studies have shown that people who are overweight or obese but fit have less chance of dying than people of normal weight who are unfit. Most of these have been done on men, but a few include women as well.   Read this post

Saturday, March 12, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

The best exercise to lower blood pressure?

As we get older we’re more susceptible to high blood pressure or ‘hypertension’. Two important lifestyle changes that reduce it are cutting out processed food and exercising. But what’s the best exercise?  Read this post

Monday, January 25, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Is sitting really the new smoking?

This comparison between sitting and smoking gets bandied about a lot at the moment. Is it fair?  Read this post

Sunday, January 24, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson