Author: Martha Lourey-Bird

I ask this because it’s something I’m incredibly passionate about encouraging, and for a very good reason: the benefits of playing sport for our girls are impressive – and plentiful! From developing communication skills and building an ‘extra’ social circle, to improved academic performance and increased self-esteem, research also proves...

Regardless of gender, it’s no secret that doing some regular exercise delivers a health kick for a (whole!) lot of reasons. But it’s also true that for us women, physical activity brings with it some specific health benefits – benefits that for me, make moving...

Well, hello spring! It’s one of my favourite seasons, thanks to the warmer weather it brings after winter, and the promise of the longer days that are just around the corner, if you’re living in a daylight savings zone. Both of those things can suddenly...

Hands up if you’re a mum who spends a decent chunk of time cheering your kids on from the sidelines as they play or train for their favourite sport, not to mention acting as ‘taxi mum’, ferrying them to and from? I can relate! My children...

And by ‘do’ I mean actually making the effort to take a break on workdays, to enjoy a healthy lunch. When was the last time you did that? While it might not sound like anything particularly special or out of the ordinary, statistics suggest the...

If whatever you’re using to motivate yourself to exercise is genuinely helping you to stay active, great! Keep at it. But the question of whether you’re exercising for your ‘vanity’ or your ‘sanity’ might be a valid one to ask yourself, after research revealed that...

I’m a big believer in the idea that the ‘best’ place to exercise is wherever you enjoy and which suits your lifestyle the most. So if that’s the gym, great! Likewise if it’s your local yoga, dance or pilates studio or even an indoor swimming...

You may have read that exercising at certain times of the day, and depending on whether you have or haven’t eaten first, will produce ‘better’ results. The fact is that while some research does support the idea that exercising before breakfast on an empty stomach may...

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you, but do you know exactly how good it is? The fact is, no matter what stage in life you’re at, regular exercise delivers both physical and mental health benefits. Specifically, it helps protect against heart disease...

If you’re anything like me, it’s not unusual to experience the odd joint or muscle pain every now and then, particularly where your back is concerned. In fact, back pain is very common in Australia, with National Health Survey statistics showing that while 16 per...