Ask Our Health Experts – May
What is high intensity interval training and what are the benefits?
with Tracey Curran
HIIT (high intensity interval training) is a style of workout that takes your body into overdrive to go hard, push harder and essentially get you super fit – super fast. HIIT involves short sharp demanding exercises that combine weightlifting, cardio and plyometrics to give a full body workout that increases aerobic capacity, strength, muscular endurance, metabolism and power, while burning body fat and calories.
Along with the physical benefits, it also has the perk of being a 30-minute workout – which is ideal when we seem to be so time-poor these days, and because this style of workout puts your body into overdrive, you get fitter faster and it spikes your heart rate, so you can burn more for longer.
For people who like intense workouts, this is where athletic fitness happens, and for those of you who prefer to exercise at a less-intense pace, you can make your workout as easy or as hard as you like, while still increasing your fitness.Fernwood Noosa
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Do I really need five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit per day?
Facts about fruit and veggies
with Chris McMillan
Did you know, only seven per cent of adults eat the recommended five serves of vegetables per day, while 57 per cent are eating the recommended two serves of fruit a day? How do servings work?
A serve of vegetables is about 75g or half a cup of cooked green or orange vegetables; or one cup of leafy greens or raw vegetables. For fruit, the standard serve is about 150g or one medium size piece of fruit, such as an apple or orange; or two small apricots or plums.
How healthy are frozen vegetables?
Frozen veggies are usually picked in their prime and snap-frozen very soon after harvesting, so as well as being convenient, they are full of the same nutrients as fresh vegetables.
Should you give up fruit to lose weight?
Fruit is abundant in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, with evidence increasing that whole foods are more effective in reducing the risk of cancer than specific vitamin and mineral supplements. Most fruits are low in kilojoules and high in fibre and water, making you feel fuller and reducing the risk of overeating, which can actually cause weight gain.
What about dried fruit or juices?
Whole fruit contains a lot of fluid and helps fill us up, whereas dried fruit has had the water removed, concentrating the sugars. Also, while we will feel full after eating one or two apricots, it’s not going to be the same after one or two dried ones. Fruit juice is often perceived as healthy, but has no fibre and is high in sugar. Store-bought fruit juices can contain just as much sugar as a soft drink. If you love your juices, blend at home instead; just stick to a small handful of fruit and include vegetables.
More than 27,000 Queenslanders are diagnosed with cancer each year – up to one third of those cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes, including maintaining a healthy diet. Healthy eating can also help boost your immune system, improve your concentration levels and mental health, provide more energy and help reduce your risk of other diseases.