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Sleep Your Way To A Healthier Brain

Lack of sleep – the amount and the quality of it – has been linked to a variety of serious health problems. But there are steps you can take to maximize those ZZZs. I feel a little hypocritical writing this article, because I only got six hours sleep last night. I know this puts me well short of the...


Ability Beyond Disability

Too often people who have a disability are looked at and judged on the tasks they CAN’T do; rather than what they CAN do. Exercise and physical activity is for EVERY body, and is the key factor in improving and maintaining overall health. The benefits of exercise are particularly important for peopl...


Safe fitness for new mums

One January morning, while attempting my first jog since the birth of my 6-week-old baby, I was taken aback by my low endurance as I plodded along, hyperventilating and draped over the stroller’s handle. I soon discovered endurance was only the beginning of the physical challenges I’d ex...


Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Planet Fitness Newcastle member, Margaret, has courageously offered to write about her late husband’s battle with lung cancer to help raise awareness of the disease. My husband, Trevor, died of lung cancer 13/11/06, he was a heavy smoker. He was a plasterer and ran his own business. Trevor worked up...


The salty truth

Salt is not a modern commodity and can be traced back to many ancient civilisations. In Roman times workers were often paid in salt and the root of the word ‘salary’ comes from the Latin word ‘salarium’ meaning ‘payment in salt’. Salt is an excellent preservative and hence smoked fish, salted and cu...