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Don’t Blame It On The Boogie – Blame It On The Sunshine


Women’s health is a multi-faceted issue, and the department of ageing is one of the facets we deal with every day. In a country like Australia, the sun is responsible for the vast majority of visible ageing, so this is a major reason to re-think spending your next RDO on the beach or by the pool in your string bikini!

In research involving almost 300 women – 50 percent of whom were dedicated sun-worshippers, the other 50 percent who always avoided the sun, it was found that UV rays accounted for  80 percent per cent of skin ageing, including wrinkles and brown spots.

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Moving to The Beat of Your Own Feet


If there’s an eight-letter word that can send the average person fleeing to the safety of the couch, it would be the dreaded word “exercise”. To some people, the thought of pulling on the shorts, T shirt and joggers and sweating it out in the name of health is worse than whatever disease or disorder they may contract by not exercising. As a personal trainer and group fitness leader, I meet people on a daily basis who would rather hand-feed great white sharks than work out.

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Coming Face to Face with Your Face


Have you noticed that it takes longer to get your face ready to leave the house these days?

This is not something that happens overnight, but it does happen to all of us. I remember a time when I could shower, and be ready to go anywhere within half an hour. I could get by with a squirt of cream, a fluff of powder and a minimum of fuss. Those were the golden years.

From age thirteen and for two years thereafter, I suffered horrendously with acne. This unfortunate teenage follicular disorder caused my face to resemble a cheese grater. I wore my hair over my face in a Janis Joplin-esque curtain at all times.

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Fit & Fabulous When You’re Over The Hill


This week’s Women’s Health Talk post is from guest blogger and personal trainer, Tricia Duffield. 

When it comes to motivation and inspiration, this is someone with serious bucketfuls of both. There is very little she doesn’t know about how to get fit and stay that way, no matter  what age you are. She’s a qualified personal trainer and group exercise leader with a particular interest in the positive emotional benefits of movement, and as a super fit woman in her mid-fifties, she is extraordinary testament to her mantra.

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Live Longer, Be Healthier: Become an Occasional Vegetarian


There’s nothing wrong with loving your meat, fish and dairy products. They provide an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and important antioxidants. So if the idea of cutting these products out of your diet holds as much appeal as sitting through a politician’s speech on fiscal spending, then why not consider a compromise.

As with most things, moderation and balance is a key to enjoying life. It can be disconcerting and even alarming to read all the hype about what you should and shouldn’t be putting into your body, and you would be forgiven for being confused with what to believe.

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Top 5 Things You Should Be Doing In Your 50s


In a game of test cricket, when a batsman reaches his half-century, it’s lauded as a milestone. But for some women, the very thought of reaching their 50s is nothing to cheer about. As someone who has been through the troubling thirties and the fabulous 40s, I can say with unabashed self-righteousness that life just keeps getting better. Unlike my eyesight, hindsight is 20/20 and if I had even an inkling of how liberated and content I would feel at this age, I wouldn’t have worried so much.
Fortunately, times are a changing, and turning 50 these days is not the same for us in the 21st century as it was for women 50 years ago. Let’s take a look at how far we have come since the 1960s:


  • It was unheard of for women to earn the same money as men even when they did the same work (as well as running a household and raising a family)
  • Women were not encouraged or allowed to attend law school, medical school, be airline pilots, movie directors, TV presenters or any other career deemed a ‘male only’ domain.
  • The contraceptive pill became widely available, and along with the recognition of the right to abortion, they were not as tied to the home as they had been.
  • Child care became a big issue, and with new government funding and initiatives, this allowed women to enter the workforce without bearing the stigma and guilt of leaving their children
  • Women had very little available in the way of education about their bodies, and how to look after them

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Top 5 Things You Should Be Doing In Your 40s


This is Part 2 of a 3-part series which may be helpful for those women who have ‘crossed over’ from one decade into the next. For many women, their 30s are the years where their path in life becomes clear.

If you started a family, chances are that by now, your children are at school or beyond, and your life is more like a Category 1 hurricane than the major Cat. 4 typhoon it was a few short years ago. Sometimes the 40s are referred to as the ‘in between’ decade. It is, in effect a dress rehearsal of sorts for menopause, and for some women this is hard to accept because we were just buying our first training bra a minute ago…right?

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Top 5 Things you Should Be Doing In Your 30s


Nothing can throw a woman off kilter more quickly than a birthday signifying a new decade. In your teens and 20s, your life is a magnificent smorgasbord of tasting and testing, exploration and discovery, trial and error.

Then suddenly – the clock ticks over – you enter your 30s, and you’re forced to choose a direction instead of simply meandering. If you haven’t already, you begin to claim your own path, and start building your legacy in life.

Everyone is different of course, and many of these tips and observations may not apply, but for the purposes of this blog, I can interject personal experiences with general hypotheses, and hopefully help reveal some perspective.

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5 Ways To Avoid Weight Gain This Winter


Well ladies, it’s winter and there’s no easy way to say it, but for many of us that means an increase in layers – and I don’t just mean thermals under jumpers under coats. It can also mean another layer of fat.

There is no scientific evidence to prove a biological predisposition to weight gain during the cold, grey winter months – unless you’re a hibernating animal. But nevertheless, many of us see the number on the bathroom scales creep up as the season progresses.

If you’re struggling with what to blame it on, here are some of the possible reasons why it happens.

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Now You Can Have The Skin You Want To Be In!


With the harsh winter months on the way, your skin will change. It can become dry, flaky, and brittle – and when your skin dries out, the signs of ageing become much more noticeable. You need to give your skin some extra attention. Here are 5 HOT TIPS to protect and rejuvenate your skin from the inside AND the outside during the next few cold winter months.

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