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The human heart: An introduction

The average human heart beats 100,000 times a day

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What’s really going on inside the brain of a baby

Think there’s a lot happening in your head? Try being a baby. Dr Frans Plooij discusses 10 major leaps.

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The human heart

In the big band that is the human body, the heart is obviously the drummer.

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Healthy hearts

When it comes to breaking hearts, love ain’t got nothing on the Western lifestyle.

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How to be mindful at work

Soothe those office stresses and connect with coworkers to create a fulfilling work environment.

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Up-facing dog

A stretch for your abs and back.

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How much of each nutrient do you need?

Create a healthy diet by working out your daily requirements of each essential vitamin and nutrient

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How many kilojoules should you eat each day?

Confused by kilojoules? Use our calculator to work out your daily budget and manage your weight.

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What is your maximum heart rate?

Your max heart rate helps you determine your target zones during exercise. Here’s how to find it.

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How many kilojoules does your workout burn?

Find out how many kilojoules you can expect to burn through different physical activities.

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How much water do you need each day?

We all know hydration is important - but how much should you drink for a fully functioning body?

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What is Waist Hip Ratio?

How comparing two measurements can help you assess the related health risks of where you store fat.

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What is Body Mass Index?

Use our BMI calculator to get a snapshot of how healthy your weight is in relation to your height.

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Am I gluten intolerant?

Think you might have a problem with gluten? Take these steps for a diagnosis of your symptoms.

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Gluten – the good and the bad

What actually is gluten and coeliac disease? Professor David Cameron-Smith dishes up the facts

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Gluten: facts and figures

10 things you might not know about gluten

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Gluten free school lunch ideas

Think outside the box for gluten free lunches that are colourful, fun and delicious.

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5 myths about gluten free eating

A dietitian busts some popular food myths around gluten free diets, weight loss and coeliac disease.

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10 hidden sources of gluten

It's not just breads, pastas and pastries. Gluten can lurk in some surprising places.

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The best gluten free eateries

A state-by-state guide to the most delicious gluten-free goodies.

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6 tips for a gluten free pantry

From a separate chopping board to being a label sleuth, here's how to keep your kitchen gluten free.

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Easy gluten swaps

A gluten-free diet doesn't have to be dull. Here are some easy swaps for your favourite foods.

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Rewarding Your Loyalty at Medibank

Loyal to us? To reciprocate we’ve complied a list of FAQ’s to help you understand your benefits.

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How to meditate

Mindfulness expert Dr Elise Bialylew guides us gently through a simple meditation exercise.

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4 calming mindfulness apps

Meditation can be intimidating – but these apps make developing a daily practice a breeze.

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Mindful in May

The true definition of a win/win: your daily meditation providing clean water for those in need.

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How to cut back on sugar

Replace those sweet treats with more energy, better sleep and a slimmer waistline

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How to take a break from alcohol

Staying away from alcohol for FebFast? Here’s how to make it a whole lot easier for yourself

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The "Early Bird Catches The Worm" workout

A workout designed for those who love to exercise before work in the morning.

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Top tips for setting and reaching goals

“Lose 5 kilos by birthday on Friday to fit into new dress” is not exactly a realistic goal. We look at some of the best ways to create smart, achievable health goals for 2015.

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4 things that make GymBetter the gym revolution

If our new GymBetter program is all sounding a little too good to be true, read this. Spoiler alert: it’s all good news.

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5 new ways to go to the gym

Does the sight of the gym make you shudder? Well, cast it in a new light every week with our tips of five new ways to look at the gym.

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The "It’s Better Late Than Never!" workout

A workout for those who are turning their new year’s resolution to get fit (again) into a reality.

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Top 5 cheesy fitness quotes

Thanks to Instagram, cheesy fitness quotes overlaid on a sunset background is the new status quo of workout motivation. But which one is the cheesiest of all?

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Gym selfies 101

I do it. Madonna does it. Even Barack Obama does it. Yep – the gym selfie is the new bed selfie for 2015 and you better get practicing. Let us help.

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The "So, You’re The New Guy" workout

A workout for those trying out the gym for the first time (and wanting to survive!).

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The "Have You Been Served, Sir?" workout

A workout for waiters, waitresses, and other hospitality folk.

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Swimmers vs. runners vs. cyclists

Like the Blues vs The Maroons, or the age old battle of the sexes; another war rages on through history - Swimmers vs. Runners vs. Cyclists. Whose side are you on?

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So, what actually is GymBetter?

We have a new scheme, and it’s pretty swish: we call it GymBetter, and it’s about to change your life. Read on for the full story.

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5 health spps to keep your fitness in your pocket

Yoga at the tap of a screen? A whole community of cheerleaders hiding in your phone? To get your fitness on, all you need to do is look at your phone.

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The "Bye Bye Baby, Hello Hello Gym!" workout

A workout for new mothers ready to focus on themselves again. Finally.

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The dos and don’ts of treadmill racing a stranger

It’s virtually impossible to avoid racing against the stranger next to you on the treadmill, but what are the rules around the race? We explore the etiquette of treadmill racing.

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The "Short And Sweet" workout

A workout for those who think “I don’t have time” is a poor excuse.

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How to casually mention your gym visit online

All we’re sayin’ is, if you haven’t posted about going to the gym on your Facebook, then what’s the point of even going? Here are our tips on workout humble bragging.

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The "Suit By Day, Sport By Night" workout

A workout for those who balance their work life with an active after-hours sport.

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The "Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’" workout

A workout designed especially for bike riders.

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The "Night Owls Exercise, Too!" workout

A workout for those who love to end the day with their blood pumping.

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5 tips for sweat patch-free gym clothes

There’s no doubt you’re going to be sweating at the gym. But how to keeping looking cool when you’re anything but? Read on.

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Fitball leg curls

Lying on the ground, the fitball is drawn towards the body by curling the legs inwards, and activates the core. It's also a great way to work on your balance - the ball is much wobblier than you expect!

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The "There’s No ‘I’ In Team" workout

A workout for those who love their team sports.

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Top 5 movie soundtracks to work out to

How often in a sentence do you insert the Jaws theme song? Or maybe the Star Wars chorus? Hollywood soundtracks are unforgettable – so use them to get jiggy in your workout.

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The "Do The Running Man" workout

A specially created workout for the pavement pounders who love – and live – to run.

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5 motivational thoughts to get you to the gym tonight

Print this out, highlight it, and sticky-tape it above your desk: we’re giving you our top five reasons to get to the gym tonight.

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The "We Didn’t Have Gyms In My Day" workout

A workout to suit the grey haired folks who are ready to rock it regardless of age.

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The "Workin’ Nine To Five" workout

A fitness regime for the office worker who needs to stand up and stretch out.

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Deadlifts

Lifting from the hips, a deadlift simply raises the bar in the air from the ground to standing level, and back down again. Tip: pull your shoulder blades back to the center of your upper back to retain strength and protect your spine from injury.

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Bar squats

Propping the bar onto the meaty part of your back in between your shoulder blades, find your balance and squat down into a seating position, then rise slowly.

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What your gym outfit says about you

Are you in head-to-toe Lorna Jane? Or maybe prefer old gardening shorts? Whatever your choice, we tell you what your gym style says about you.

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Walking lunges

A great way to isolate and engage your glutes and lower abdominal muscles is the traditional lunge. This will stretch out your legs, strengthen your quad muscles, and improve your balance. If you want to step up the intensity, hold a dumbbell in each hand.

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The "Summer Lovin’" workout

A workout to make the most of your summer pre-season.

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How to choose a gym buddy

It’s the role some people were born to play –and the role others should avoid. How do you cast the important position in your life of Gym Partner?

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Planks

The traditional plank is an intense strengthening exercise for your arms, core, and upper leg muscles. The key to a strong plank is making sure your body follows a strong, straight line: don't let your back arch or collapse!

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Music vs. no music – what’s better at the gym?

Does music take you into the zone, or out? Could you survive a workout without your headphones? Read on as we ask – music or no music, which one are you?

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The "Making A (Lunch) Break For It" workout

A quick and simple workout for those who like to exercise on their lunch break.

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What gym class are you?

Are you a hardcore Pump class fanatic? Do you burn up the kilometres in Spin? Or maybe find your inner peace in Yoga? Read on and discover, what gym class are you?

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Inside vs. outside: where should you train?

Do you look at a sunny day outside and think: I can’t wait to get out there? Or is evil, hayfever-prone pollen floating around all you can see? Read on to decide if you’re an Innie or an Outie trainer.

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5 of the weirdest pieces of workout equipment

If you have ever stared at a piece of gym equipment and felt more than a little perplexed, this one’s for you: we count down the 5 weirdest pieces of workout equipment.

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‘The dog ate my homework’ and other lame excuses for skipping the gym

It’s Monday, it’s raining, you have a lovely bottle of Pinot Noir begging to be opened – what’s your excuse to skip the gym? We look at the top 5 most used reasons you avoid a workout.

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Gym gadgets: we pick the best

This one goes out for anyone who has had a headphone/treadmill tripping accident before: read on for our top pick of workout technology for 2015.

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5 weird things trainers make you do

“Dear diary, today I ate one slice of vegemite toast, half an apple, two glasses of orange juice…” OK, who else has lied in the trainer’s food diary before? We look at this and other weird things your PT makes you do.

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5 ways to avoid being choked by your headphones

A quickly moving treadmill, your attempts to stay on the treadmill, and a variety of cords dangling precariously around your neck. If you’re starting to see the danger, read on.

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What’s the best time of day to exercise?

Does the sight of sunrise give you the shudders? Or do collapse into bed as soon as the clock strikes 9pm? Morning person or night owl, find out what workout time suits you.

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How to hide your newbie pain at the gym

If that lunge stretched a little far, or you’re starting to lose consciousness at two minutes on the treadmill, you’re going to want some good newbie-pain hiding skills. Please, read on.

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The "Sufferers of Numb Bum Syndrome" workout

A workout for those who are seated, well, all the time.

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You only get better with time

What does wine, leather and Medibank’s Gym Better program have in common? They all get better with age!

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Recommended reading - Issue Fourteen Summer 2015/16

Community

Fishy business

How does your fish get from ocean to plate? Organic fish farmers This Fish share their philosophy

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6 ways to beat menstrual cravings

You’re too busy to deal with cramps and cravings once a month - here’s how to beat them off.

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A life of plenty

Passion, people and purpose are at the heart of health food company Table of Plenty.

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Kara Rosenlund: The call of home

Capturing inside stories through photographs of buildings across Australia.

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Why we should eat more mussels

Sustainable and nutrient-rich, these succulent shellfish gems are the perfect addition to our plates

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The power of beetroots

Can beetroots help you work out harder, faster, better? Professor Tim Crowe explains the benefits

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Myokines: The secret way exercise boosts your health

Professor Mark Febbraio explains how exercising helps you stay healthy in more ways than one.

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Is breakfast really the most important meal?

How much does breakfast really matter for health and weight loss? Dietitian Tim Cassettari explains

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Matt Preston: Secrets for better cooking

From summer spuds to juicy roast chooks, Matt Preston shares his tips for simple, delicious dishes.

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Travel

Eat and play in New Zealand

Take yourself on an invigorating New Zealand adventure with pristine water and organic cafes galore.

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6 creative developments in health tech

Sci-fi or reality? The latest innovations in the brave new world of health tech are unbelievable.

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Sun safety: How to protect your eyes

Your vision is unique - Opthamologist Gerard Sutton explains how and why you should protect it.

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The Huddle: Engaging youth through sport

The Huddle engages youth from migrant and refugee backgrounds using Medibank's Community Grant.

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5 tips for summer weddings

Be a cool, calm and collected bride with these tips from author Alex Miles.

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Why moderation is the key to wellbeing

Dietitian Daniel Thomson shares some advice for navigating your path to health.

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5 reasons not to cut grains from your diet

Fibre-rich whole grains are vital to a balanced diet. Accredited Dietitan Tim Cassettari explains

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The best of be. magazine 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we remember the best of this year at be. magazine.

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Recipes

Perfect meatloaf recipe

Matt Preston's succulent take on glazed meatloaf with a blend of tomato, paprika and Worcestershire

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The history of glasses

Where would we be without glasses? Nick Snelling takes a close look at the evolution of eyewear.

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This running technique improves your form (and your glutes)

How a simple tweak to your running form can lead to better results.

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Choosing aged care accommodation

The thought of aged care for your loved ones can be daunting - here’s some tips to ease the strain.

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How Men’s Shed improves men’s wellbeing

Men's Shed has a mission to reduce social isolation by providing camaraderie, skills and support.

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How prenatal pilates can benefit mums-to-be

Here's why prenatal pilates is about more than just exercising.

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Exploring New York City on foot

NYC is famous for a reason - Alexandra Carroll wants yu to take the time to wander and find out why

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Stand up paddle boarding: A sport with something for everyone

Discover the relaxing and exhilarating experience of stand-up paddleboarding.

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Recipes

Teriyaki salmon recipe

Sweet, sticky and slightly charred – this dish serves up a delicious blend of textures and aromas

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How to stay hydrated

Don’t wait for thirst to hit: keep fluids up throughout the day for optimal mind and body function.

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How trekking across New Zealand changed my life

A search for simplicity took travel writer Laura Waters on a 5 month journey to reset and reassess.

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Travel

The best things to do in Toronto

From iconic landmarks to indie haunts, local Karla Schaus takes us on a whirlwind tour of Toronto.

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5 ancient grains to add to your plate

Accredited Practising Dietitian Sanchia Parker reviews the best ancient grains to add to your diet.

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Advice

What to expect when you have a colonoscopy

An idea of colonoscopy is daunting, but as Medibank member Libby shares, the idea’s the worst part.

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Natural after-sun remedies

Soothe and protect your skin this summer with remedies from Chinese medicine.

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What Cadel Evans can teach us about riding better

Cadel Evans offers biking wisdom and the best spots to hop on two wheels around Australia.

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Travel

A wander through NoHo and NoLita

Meet Noho and Nolita - where high-end vintage clothing is curated and elevated to art.

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