Weak muscles an indicator of heart risk

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A weak grip has been shown to indicate an increased risk of death, stroke and heart attack. Researchers from 23 different universities and hospitals, coordinated by McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, tested 142,861 people in high-, middle- and low-income situations across 17 countries using a grip-strength measure and tracked them over four years. The study aimed
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Hip Health

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Simon Vincett has exercises to help find healthy hip alignment and a happy lower back. Photography by Thomas Joynt.  Our hips are the foundation of our upright torso and we don’t do them any favours by sitting down a lot. For many of us the result of long sessions parked in chairs is weak glutes
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My foam friend

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For fast recovery for stiff, sore muscles and a quick return to top riding condition, you need to get on a roll. Simon Vincett takes you through a full foam roller routine. Photography by Thomas Joynt.  Without the benefit of a masseur like the ones pro riders enjoy, the next best thing for bike riders
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Profile: Steve van Ruyven

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An MS diagnosis hasn’t stopped Steve van Ruyven from reaching some lofty heights on a bike. He tells Melissa Heagney how getting back on two wheels has given him a new life. Name Steve van Ruyven Age 50 Lives Mount Eliza Job Managing himself WHEN he was in Grade 6 at St Joseph’s Primary School
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Back with a vengeance

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Don’t let a stiff back stop you from getting out for a ride. Simon Vincett has exercises backed up with on-the-road technique. Finding good posture in a stretching session is one thing, but for lasting comfort on the bike, you need to achieve poise under pressure. Use your training rides to build your foundation of
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Cycle of health

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Our adolescents need help to get active, for the sake of a healthy future. Simon Vincett and Phoebe Rountree investigate how adults and active transport can deliver. Adelaide teen Matthew Pomery was, until recently, like many others his age. The 16-year-old caught the train to his school in the northern suburbs, Elizabeth–Fremont High, and to
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Beat the heat

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Margot McGovern has tips for your summer cycling. The winter doldrums are a fading memory, as are apprehensions about freezing on frosty morning rides and navigating wet roads through frigid gusting winds. But the sultry days of summer bring a unique set of riding conditions for bike commuters that also require consideration. Here’s a few
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Out-riding bad habits

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A passion for cycling can lead to big changes both on and off the track. Richard England tells Melissa Heagney how riding a bike has changed his (and others) lives for the better. Name: Richard England Age: 33 Occupation: Day Program Team Leader with YSAS Bikes: Scott mountain bike, Bianchi FG Lite road bike There are many life-changing moments
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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday. Local news Triple threat Tasmania’s Macey Stewart has won her third world championship title for 2014 after taking the win at the UCI World Road Championships U19 time trial in Spain on Monday. Congratulations Macey! Get the full scoop >> Bicycle Network and
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Untangle muscle tension

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Got knots and strains stretching can’t fix? Myotherapist Andrew Pell has self-massage techniques to target the common ones. Muscle tightness and discomfort is a regular problem for many people. This can result from long training rides, previous injuries, general fatigue, poor posture and, most commonly, being desk-bound during the week. Muscles often develop hypersensitive ‘knots’ called trigger points. Identifying
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