Health

You’re fit, but not invincible. Getting checked at 40

It’s not cancer awareness month, Movember, or anything special to bring men’s health to the forefront of thought at this time. And that’s precisely the point. Cancer doesn’t wait or discriminate so now is as good of a time as any to talk about ‘The Big C’ that we’d all rather avoid. Peter Bolton is …

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Hydration: the different needs of women

Do you have a strategic drinking plan for training and competing, or do you just drink to thirst? What do you drink and how does that impact your performance? Hydration is a complex topic, with even more complex physiology. Plus, women and men differ in their hydration needs during prolonged exercise. In fact, women are …

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Loren Rowney on depression: ‘Maybe if I talk about it, other people will too’

For once I am not going to be the procrastinator I always am. The person that is always thinking, saying, and swearing they will do things, and just never getting around to it. Either finding an excuse like I was too busy, or I couldn’t get in touch with the right people, or I’ll do …

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New year’s resolutions and how to stick to them

Some people believe in setting new year’s resolution, others think it isn’t a very good idea because after just a few weeks things often go back to the same old pattern. I believe that it’s never too late so set new goals and if done right, I do believe new year’s resolutions can work. The trick is …

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Winter season is flu season, and cyclists are not immune

Winter  season is also flu season, and getting sick is always a setback in training. It takes time and energy to recover from a cold or flu so the best thing we can do is to avoid the flu season or getting sick all together. However, we are not living in a bubble and this …

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Cycling and depression: can riding help beat the ‘black dog’?

For those who have never experienced depression, it is nearly impossible to understand. The mentally healthy among us try to help those with depression with well-meaning advice (or hurtful barbs) dispensed in a manly manner: “Harden up mate. Drink some concrete.” Or “he just needs to get over it.” For those with depression, it is best described …

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What to do if you come across an injured rider

As cyclists, we all accept that there is a risk of injury when we ride. Nobody wants to get injured, of course, and by the same token, no one wants to see a fellow cyclist get injured while out riding. But chances are you’ll be first on the scene during a cycling accident at some …

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Healthy hearts: why the UCI’s mandatory medical checks are important

In preparation for their 2015 season, Orica-GreenEdge last week held a training camp that saw much of the team ride from Central Victoria up to Canberra. As part of that training camp, the riders visited the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra to undertake the UCI’s mandatory annual health checks. Aaron S. Lee went …

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Cycling and Type 1 Diabetes: how the pros manage

Ride, eat, sleep, repeat. That’s how many of us would love to live. The freedom to ride (or race) our bike whenever we want, to eat what we want (within reason) and to get a good night’s sleep before doing it all again. Sure, there are family commitments, work and other demands on our time. …

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Cycling and concussion: is it time to stop ignoring the dangers?

In the early kilometres of Sunday’s crash-marred Tour of Flanders Orica-GreenEDGE’s Luke Durbridge got caught behind a pile-up and crashed himself, landing on his back and his head. He was taken to hospital with concussion. Just a couple weeks earlier, at E3 Harelbeke, Durbridge’s Canadian teammate Svein Tuft was involved in a pile-up that saw …

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