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About five years ago, I came to a major crossroads in my life. While work was going OK - I'd left a lucrative but unenjoyable job because I was so desperately unhappy and decided to freelance - my physical, mental and spiritual health were smashed. And, after messing around with my teenage son during basketball training, I spent the next two weeks walking like I'd been shot in the butt, having given my hamstring a decent twang.

Something had to change. On 6 January 2013 I decided to do something about it. Here's how I became a runner.


The experience of having periods varies between women. They can be light and completely painless for some, but completely debilitating for others. Is it normal to have painful periods on a regularly? Let's find out.


If your pet gets injured, your normal first-aid kit could suffice for most things. But it's a good idea to prepare a specific kit for your dog or cat so that you can be sure you will have everything you need in an emergency.


I woke up one morning about four weeks ago and realised in a flash that I'd hit a wall. Most days I can't wait to get to work. On this day, I struggled to get myself out of the house.


Everybody has an opinion when it comes to the choicest cuts of steak. But what about the ways in which cattle are farmed and fed? There's a veritable barnyard of different beef labels out there which can lead to serious shopper confusion. Is it better to buy grass-fed or grain-fed? What's the difference between organic and hormone-free? And what exactly does 'biodynamic' mean?


July 16 marks the start of the three-month period in which Australians can opt-out of the government's My Health Record. Planned as an "online summary of your health information" that "can be accessed at any time by you and your healthcare providers", there are no guarantees about how your data will be used by said providers. Here's what you need to know about MHR and how to opt-out if privacy is your main concern.


I've struggled with my weight for nearly my entire life. I went from being chubby in primary school to overweight in high school to obese in university. At my biggest, I weighed almost 127kg (I'm 168cm tall). Finally, around five years ago, I got a spark of inspiration that ultimately led to me dropping a total of 50kg and counting. Here's how I did it.


Most smartwatches generally do two main things: they work as a watch, and they work as a fitness tracker. At Computex 2018, ASUS announced they were tackling a different market: a smartwatch that doubles as a blood pressure monitor.


A recent study produced by independent researchers has found employees engaged in wellness programs are healthier and the cost of running those programs is paid back in spades. Funded by the Victorian WorkCover Authority, the study found medical costs and absenteeism pay back at a rate of three to one for each dollar spent on a workplace health program. So, what else can we learn and what does it to take to create a successful workplace wellness program?


When it comes to healthy snacking, most people concentrate on foods that are low in fat and sugar. However, effective satiation is also important - otherwise you'll end up snacking way more than you should.

Researchers from the University of Sydney set out to determine which foods are best at filling you up and keeping you full. The result is the Satiety Index Of Common Foods. It's essential reading for anyone on a diet.


The Therapeutic Goods Administration have come down hard on the sale of 'Gold Viagra' capsules, after finding undeclared amounts of sildenafil - commonly known as Viagra - within. Sildenafil is a regulated substance and cannot be sold without TGA approval.


Two cases of a multi-resistant strain of gonorrhea have recently been detected in Australia - one in Queensland and one in Western Australia. This 'super gonorrhea' is incredibly resilient to the standard first-line drug treatment to the disease. It's not quite a public health emergency yet, though the emergence of a highly resistant strain should

Here's what you need to know.


Ever wanted to hang off a big hog with your 24-inch pythons like our mate Hulk Hogan, brother? Of course you have, brother. If you've ever wondered about which exercises you need to do to grow those biceps, triceps and forearms - look no further, brother. Here are the best exercises to master those arm muscles.


It seems like common sense that if you want to lose weight and be healthy, running is a quicker way to get there than walking. However, as the New York Times points out, in some cases, walking provides a lot of the same benefits without the difficulty.


If you're new to exercising, the thought of sitting underneath a 50kg barbell is probably pretty terrifying. However, if you can't lift heavy weights, or they just scare you a little bit, research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology suggests that lighter weights can have the same muscle-building effect, provided you do more reps.