Lateral raises

Lateral raises work to isolate the smaller muscles in the shoulders for great shape and tone. How to 1. Stand up with your torso upright and a weight plate in each hand being held at arms length. The elbows should be close to the torso. 2. The palms of the hands should be facing your torso. Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart. This will be your starting position. 3….

October 7, 2015

Side-to-side box squats

Looking for a total leg workout? This move will work your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves How to 1. Stand to one side of a bench or box and place the inside foot up onto your bench. 2. Get in a squat position and then push through both feet to propel yourself into the air and over the step, landing in a squat position. 3. Immediately upon landing, jump up…

October 1, 2015

How to stay slim in your 30s, 40s and 50s

Can you beat age-related weight gain? We asked the experts for their diet and exercise tips for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s.  What is the ‘middle age spread’? The term ‘middle-age spread’ has been etched into ageing lore, yet unflattering connotations ignore the naturalness of physiological change. Expecting to weigh the same at 30 as 18 is folly according to clinical psychologist Louise Adams from Treat Yourself Well….

October 1, 2015

Slam ball twists

A fun exercise that targets your abdominal muscles and lats! How to 1. Sit on a bench with your legs stretched out in front of you, ankles crossed, slightly below parallel and your arms holding your medicine ball. Your torso should be leaning backwards around a 45-degree angle from the bench. This will be your starting position. 2. Keeping your core engaged, take the medicine ball and slam it down…

September 28, 2015

How to trick yourself into training

Struggling to stay motivated? Use the ‘nudge theory’ to tweak your environment and smash your gym and diet goals. Also called ‘automaticity’ or goal priming, the nudge theory is about little changes that essentially trick you into achieving your goals. “Rather than trying to overtly change people’s behaviour, the idea is to subtly direct people down a particular path by tweaking their environment,” says health psychology researcher Dr Nicola Davies….

September 6, 2015

5 yoga poses to help you wind down

August 14, 2015

Long week at work? Now it’s time to wind down with this yoga sequence. Listen to your heartbeat, take time coming in and out of poses and feel each breath as it moves through the body. Supported bridge Start by lying on your back. Pull the knees up into the chest and slowly rock side-to-side, massaging out through the lower back. Release the knees, placing the feet on the floor…


The Pill: a word of warning about overseas travel

  Travel can seriously mess with key mechanisms of oral contraceptives such as The Pill, rendering travellers susceptible to unplanned pregnancy. The most direct way they fail is through malabsorption due to travel maladies that induce diarrhoea or vomiting. Antimalarial doxycycline and high doses of vitamin C found in some jet lag pills can also inhibit the pill’s efficacy. Less directly, the time zone changes in long-haul travel can throw…

August 12, 2015

10 mood-boosting foods

July 20, 2015

 Want to boost your mood and energy? The nutrients in these foods will make you feel a million bucks.     Tomatoes: High in lycopene, an antioxidant necessary for optimum mental functioning and resilience.   Oats: Traditionally used to soothe nervous exhaustion and fatigue and jam-packed full of nutrients, oats also help reduce cholesterol, improving blood circulation to the brain. Spinach: Containing folic acid, it helps to protect the brain….


Should you exfoliate dry skin?

July 17, 2015

Should you scrub your skin even when it’s dry? We ask the beauty experts. Heck, yes. The drying effects of winter weather can also cause a build-up of dead skin, resulting in flaking or roughly textured skin. Gross. According to skin expert James Vivian. “After a single exfoliation, your skin will not only feel smoother, brighter and healthier, but you will also create the optimum surface for absorbing all your…


Best beauty products for dehydrated eyes

July 7, 2015

Are you eyes dry, puffy or wrinkled? Here’s our pick of the top beauty products to help keep your eyes fresh and pretty all year round. Dry eyes Even eyes aren’t immune to winter’s drying effects. The outer layer of the eye produces oils to curb moisture evaporation from the middle layer. Strong winds and low humidity levels brought on by artificial heating hinder the production of these oils. To…