Fitness

Carter racing to be fit for French semis

Carter missed Racing's 15-12 defeat to Leinster in Bilbao due to a hamstring injury but could be fit to face either Toulouse or Castres in Lyon on May 26 in the Top 14 semi-final, according to backs coach Laurent Labit.

If not available in two weeks' time, Carter, who will leave the French side for Kobelco Steelers in Japan at the season's end, is "sure" to be fit for the June 3 final in Paris, Labit said.

Women on the Move

Women on the Move is one of such group, started by Lady Nii Cragnolini four years ago to provide an avenue for women to feel comfortable and safe about health and fitness.

The initiative initially began as a walking group.

For the last two years now, the group has expanded in all areas.

Xenia Peni is a volunteer and committee in this group.

She says WOTM now provides health and fitness advice and other sessions such as step aerobics and strength and conditioning workouts. It is also open to men and has received children who come in with family.

How long does it take to lose your fitness

It may well be something you've heard a million times before. But when it comes to your fitness, it's well worth remembering.

If instant gratification is your thing, exercise can be a drag. It's not something you do once, then sit back and reap a lifetime of rewards.

Those rewards only come with hard work, consistency and self-discipline.

"You're only as good as your last training session," said sports scientist Tony Boutagy.

"In other words, you only get health benefits from a session for up to about 48 hours afterwards."

'Healthiest hearts in the world' found

They also smoke a lot less, but they do get more infections which could potentially increase the risk of heart problems by causing inflammation in the body.

Get toned the PNG way

You don’t have to be tall, or of a certain age, a specific sex and have access to the gym to be able to.

Tru Warrior PNG is a two-brother team that aims to instil this idea in the minds of Papua New Guineans.

Founded in 2013, brothers Tala and Tomasi Kami have been providing personalised programs targeted for local population to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.

The brothers are professional trainers and have brought a different idea to how personal fitness and training works.

Westpac staff keeping fit by walking

These walks started in March and are slowly gaining popularity within the group.  If you are lucky, you might see a group of people in red walking the downtown surrounds every Wednesday afternoon. 

Head of Retail Banking Cameron Penfold said: "As part of our commitment to health, safety, wellbeing and employee care, we promote a healthy living lifestyle for our employees and we encourage staff members to do regular exercises so that they are healthy.  Being healthy contributes to them being productive at work and in every other aspect of their lives.”

Smartphone Can Be Your Fitness Tracker

A new system called BioPhone, developed by researchers at MIT, can take your heart rate, breathing and other physiological measurements while it sits in your bag or pocket - without even touching your body, MIT Technology Review reported.