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Like most guys of a certain vintage, I have mixed feelings about my body. Staying lean and not surrendering to the siren’s call of the dreaded 'Dadbod' is a key concern. But then so is building and maintaining enough muscle so that I can keep up with the young bucks on the soccer field or in the gym.

One of the main keys to success is your diet. You need a meal plan that's high in healthy carbs, fats and proteins. More importantly, it needs to be easy to prepare and affordable - so you'll actually stick to it.


If you're a self-described "skinny" person trying to put on weight, you probably feel like a second-class citizen when you're researching on the internet. Most fitness information is geared towards fat loss. Let's talk about the basics of healthy weight gain.


The key to maxing out the return on investment (ROI) from your gym session lies in stripping out anything superfluous. You should focus on five exercises, sometimes known as the 'Big 5'. Nothing else.


Ah, the "dadbod". A recently-coined term, it describes the body of a man whose belly suggests that he's had a few thousand beers during grand final season. Now, he's not "fat" by any means. In fact, his broad shoulders suggests that he balances his pizza intake with bench presses and curls. So how does this body occur and how do you undo a "dadbod?"


When you suffer from social anxiety or just generally dislike being around people sometimes, going to the gym can feel pretty uncomfortable. You might make accidental eye contact with strangers in mirrors or exchange head nods of mutual acknowledgment with that one person who spotted you on the bench press several months ago. It’s all kind of weird and awkward.


Video: Ever wish you had better balance? Today's workout gives you a chance to work on that skill. It won't leave you sore or sweaty, though! These exercises are all about neuromuscular training: Getting your nerves and muscles to work together so you can control your body precisely.


Being healthy is simple, right? "Eat less, move more." That's easy to say, but practicality is one of the most important things when it comes to health and fitness. Recommendations like this are blanket statements that don't address practicality -- so when it comes down to it, which is more important? Diet, or exercise?


If you've ever read a fitness blog, forum, or even Instagram, you've probably heard the term macros thrown around. Short for "macronutrients", it refers to carbs, fats and proteins - the three basic components of every diet. If you get their proportions right, it makes dieting a lot more effective when simple calorie restriction fails.


It might seem like there are perks to exercising on an empty stomach, like burning more fat per workout, but the downsides greatly outweigh the benefits. Here's why you're probably better off fuelling up before you go for a run or crank out some super sets at the gym.


Mary Cain is not the first or the last person to be told she has to be thinner to be a better athlete, but her powerful story about quitting Nike’s running team shows just how harmful this idea can be. She says she was the “fastest girl in America” before she switched coaches and found herself told over and over to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.” Her performance deteriorated, as did her mental health under the pressure.


We’ve done running and swimming, so let’s turn September’s fitness challenge focus on cycling. If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry — indoor cycling is very much allowed. Today, we have a few tips for beginners.


The first step in lifting a barbell is loading weight plates onto the bar. At some gyms, there’s only one type of bar, and it weighs 20 kilos, and that’s all you need to know. But that’s not the only type out there, and if your gym has different bars of different shapes and weights, it’s possible to get confused.


Sometimes, less is more. If you're trying to get into shape, punishing your body to its limits at the gym is unlikely to produce the results you crave; especially in the long term. Instead, try starting off with a daily, low-intensity workout that you will actually stick to. Here's a routine that takes less than eight minute to complete.


Learning a lift takes time. Whether you’re perfecting your deadlift or trying to learn how to snatch, videos can help you understand where you are on that journey. Weeks or months from now, you’ll wish you had a better record of how you learned, so get out that tripod.