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When my treadmill broke down a few weeks ago, I wondered how I was going to get in some regular exercise at home during the winter. I texted a friend asking for advice and she sent me a slew of (old) Pilates workouts on YouTube with this note: “Sorry for the lack of modern suggestions. Apparently when I find something I like, I stick to the VHS tape.”

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All of the cardio machines are lying to you. There’s probably some workout on the elliptical that promises to keep you in the “fat burning zone,” and a chart on the treadmill informing you that the zone exists when your heart is beating at a certain rate. Forget it. The fat burning zone is a myth.

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Summer is a great time to get in shape — you can enjoy the non-freezing weather, the longer days and, depending on your line of work, you might have more free time. But then a holiday happens, and your fitness goals take a back seat for a little while. Here’s how to minimise the damage.

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Non-smokers can no longer smugly lord their decreased mortality over smokers, unless they also have a high level of cardiovascular fitness. A new study has revealed that a sedentary lifestyle could be the most deadly way you could possibly live, even more so than smokers or those with diabetes.

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You can get fit by running outdoors, or by exercising at a fancy gym, but in the end all your muscles care about is that they got to contract a bunch of times. Need a workout you can do when you’re stuck in one place with no gear? Ask a former prisoner.

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Killer workouts come with bragging rights: can you believe you survived that? But you can get a perfectly good sweat on without doing anything labelled "high intensity" or headed by a sadistic coach. It's okay for a workout not to feel like torture, but only like work.

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Crossfit's intense workouts are a polarising subject of discussion. It seems the first rule of Crossfit club is that you must never shut up about Crossfit club, and on the flip side, the sport (routine? Discipline? Hobby?) has its share of haters. So let's take a minute to cut through that for anyone who's intrigued but isn't sure what they would be getting into and whether it's worthwhile.

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If you can only work out a couple days per week, you probably do both your lifting and cardio exercises on the same days. While that's not ideal, you can maximise the benefits if you lift before you run. Here's why.