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The Power of Big Talk • Sitting next to that friend-of-a-friend’s partner at dinner? Resist the urge to stick solely to small talk. Deep conversations are more connecting and enjoyable – plus, less awkward – than we often expect them to be, according to new US research. See ya, weather chat.
A Toast to Avos • Yet another reason to love avocados: women who consumed a green guy daily for 12 weeks experienced a reduction in visceral abdominal fat and a redistribution of fat away from their organs. (Visceral is the deeper kind associated with a risk for conditions like heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes.) To reap the benefits, dietitian Leslie Bonci recommends having half to one small avo daily in place of other fats like oil, butter, peanut butter and mayonnaise. Guac on.
Muscle Maker • The muscle-building sweet spot for strength training: 70 per cent of your “maximum load”, per a new study*. How to hit that? Your 1-rep max is the amount of weight you can lift once with a 10/10 intensity so, when aiming for that 70 per cent zone, you want to nail a 7/10 intensity per rep. Good news: your 10-rep max for most exercises can get you to the 70 per cent zone, says trainer Dan Daly. Try this, via the American College of Sports Medicine...
Dial Up Your Tech Hygiene • You wash your hands for 20 secs, keep sanitiser in your bag, and clean your laptop… never? Germs can stay active on hard surfaces for a few days, turning your mosthandled tech into a not-so-fun party – one study found 20,598 times more bacteria on the average computer keyboard than on a toilet seat. Whoa. Beat bacteria at its own game and clean your comp with tips from Joe Silverman, founder of New York Computer Help.
Eye Spy • Your peepers are one of the first areas on your face to show signs of ageing due to how thin the skin is in this area. To target crows feet and dull skin, a hard-working eye cream loaded with peptides and hyaluronic acid is key.
Smashing the Double Standard • Australia’s racing GOAT Madison de Rozario takes a sledgehammer to sexism in sport
Your Immunity Repair Guide • Is your immune system not working as well as it could be? Consider this your science-backed guide to getting your cells, organs and organ systems back to their virus-kicking best
ILL BEHAVIOUR • The internal sickness showdown goes a little something like this
Plant Based Pastas: The Healthier Choice? • Tubes, spirals and strands made from plants are a hybrid food trend going nowhere but should you ditch your fusilli for them?
How to Fall in Love WITH EXERCISE • You’ve flirted with a Fitbit, booked in the odd date with dumbbells and declared to your followers that you’re going steady via a sweaty selfie. But your relationship with fitness, like your other relationships, takes work. Consider this your guide to turning fitness from casual fling into long-term love
Gua Sha • The ancient healing tradition stands the test of time – for a whole host of reasons
Kim’s quickie guide to GUA SHA
Gua sha helped ease my morning sickness • When Mahalia May found herself struggling due to pregnancy nausea, gua sha massage was the one thing that actually helped.
Short & Snappy • In the market for a short yet effective exercise session? Oyindamola Okunowo’s got you covered
Alone Time • Whether you’re a seasoned outdoors type or a total newb,...