Writers: Julz Darroch

Julz Darroch

Julz Darroch provides education and resources for those who want to get fit and introduce exercise into their lives but aren’t sure where to start- the exercise allergic are her speciality! Julz is also mum to two great kids who help keep her moving. You can find out more on her website.

The importance of good balance


Stability and balance training can often be forgotten amongst our workout schedule. After all, a gentle stability training session is not a big fat burner and it doesn’t give you sculpted muscles the same way lifting some grunty weights will.

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Getting great abs

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Are you doing endless crunches and core exercises, feeling a pain in your thighs and in the lower back and not a lot else? Are you starting to find yourself tempted by the infomercial promises of hot abs in just ten minutes a week? Or are you doing nothing, just thinking one day you should get those abs tamed?
Well stop right there! Abdominal training is something we all focus on but it’s very easy to go through the movements for months without actually targeting the right area, which makes for frustration and lack of results.

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Weighty exercise


Resistance training is basically any formatted exercise we do that overloads our muscles, so it’s not just going to the gym and using dumbells; exercises involving bodyweight and other forms of resistance (such as lifting babies) also count.

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All about cardio


Cardio exercise, when we get our heart rate up, tends to be where we spend the largest part of our exercise time, so let’s take a look at some of the simple things we can do to make our cardio workout more effective.

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Ready to get going!


Welcome to the KIWIFAMILIES November fitness challenge.

If you have been thinking about making some improvements to your health, improve your fitness or shedding a few winter kilos then Spring is the time to get into action; the weather is getting better and the days feel longer.

Over the next month I’ll be adding more info each week to get you on the way to a healthier and happier you. I’ll let you in on some realistic advice on making sustainable changes to your life, your fitness and waistline without joining a gym!

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Fitness that doesn’t blow the budget


So, if you are one of those people who have joined a gym and never visited or don’t have room in the budget for a Personal Trainer then you are going to have to think outside the square. The obvious option is the old running round the block trick but what happens if the idea of pounding the pavements makes you head for the couch?

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Fighting depression with exercise

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‘Living Green’ means looking after ourselves as well as our planet, and this means taking care of our bodies and our minds. Most of us experience being ‘down’ at some point in our lives; in fact one in 5 women experiences a diagnosed episode of depression in their lives (when it comes to the boys, the figures are one in 10).

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Keeping your waistline during birthday season


Kid’s birthdays are wonderful; endless parties, family events, over tired toddlers, a house that looks like a bomb’s hit it…

While we love celebrating our wee one’s milestones, birthdays, and more specifically birthday parties, can wreck havoc on our routines, our bank balance and our waistlines.

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