Author: Martha Lourey-Bird

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...

As many as one in three women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS). If you’re one of them, you’ll know the drill – in the days leading up to your period, emotional symptoms like irritability combine with physical symptoms, like bloating and headaches. The good news is...

It’s school holidays in a few different parts of the country, including right here in my hometown in NSW. And that got me thinking… what do you usually plan or organise for your family during the break? School holidays are a great chance for our kids...

So your kids LOVE their sport and play at a highly competitive or representative level? That’s great! You’re raising your very own young athletes. For children, the benefits of playing organised and competitive sport go beyond the obvious, things like developing better coordination, balance, motor skills,...

Women typically reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age for Australian women being around 51. About 80 per cent of women experience menopausal symptoms, like hot flushes and mood swings. Plus, the changes to body fat distribution and hormone...

There’s a bit of confusion and some myths doing the rounds about muscle – both what it is, and isn’t, and the role it plays in your health and wellbeing. Time to sort some facts from fiction. Muscle can’t turn into fat – and vice versa....

Walking 10,000 steps a day is what’s recommended as the minimum daily activity goal for a healthy adult. Over the course of a day, that equates to walking about 8km or for an hour and 40 minutes in total, although that can vary depending on...