Spa retreats in Western Australia

  Holistic health and wellbeing experiences awaits at these top spa retreats in Western Australia. PURE LUXE Indijup Spa Retreat The place: A spa retreat surrounded by national parkland, sprawling vineyards and unspoiled beaches. There are 10 luxurious villas, each with a private plunge pool overlooking a secluded beach. As well as massages, they deal in invigorating sea salt scrubs, clay body masks and detoxing baths infused with Australian native ingredients such as juniper berry, cypress and lemon myrtle. The experience: Rather than choose a specific treatment, go in for a private consultation. The gently handed, highly skilled staff will
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11 Health Words You're Saying All Wrong

[brightcove:5592022488001 default] There are few things that cause more self-loathing than fumbling over the pronunciation of something you order everyday—or say when you’re trying to sound smart. Whether you get an açaí smoothie for breakfast, a quinoa bowl for lunch, or have an uncle who recently had angina, here’s how to say it all the right way (and feel a lot less awkward in the process). Açaí Say it right: ah-sigh-EE This antioxidant-packed Amazonian fruit tastes delicious in smoothies or breakfast bowls—and confounds most people trying to order it. RELATED: 23 Superfruits You Need Now! Angina Say it right: AN-juh-nuh Technically it’s
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10 ways to boost calorie burn at the gym

Trick up your workout with these simple techniques to burn more fat at the gym.      1. Aim for 3-7 repsTo boost metabolism, you want fewer reps with heavier weights according to the Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education. To maximise calorie burn after your workout (a.k.a. excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC), aim for three to seven reps.   2. Combine loadsWhile lifting heavy and slow optimises afterburn, there’s something to be said for lighter weights. While they won’t buy you free on-couch calorie burn, researchers at the College of New Jersey say lighter weights may burn
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Detoxing: the good, the bad and the informative

  Before you jump on the detox bandwagon, it’s important to look into the potential side affects to a full body cleanse. Here, the experts help us unpack the pros and cons to this weight loss phenomenon.   Starving yourself is not the way to go Most detoxes promote a reduced calorie intake, which can quickly turn into starvation mode. According to GP Dr Fran Bruce of Wesley LifeShape Clinic, most detoxes are “low in protein which can result in fatigue, dehydration, light headedness, headaches, mood swings and constipation. Our bodies are capable of detoxing on their own As our
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Which Is Healthier: Fried Shrimp or Fried Catfish?

[brightcove:5590681487001 default] "Fried" is considered the other F-word to anyone trying to eat healthy. But if you're hankering for some retro (read: breaded) summer seafood, you can pick catfish without much regret. "Despite its breading, fried catfish has a low calorie count," says Stephanie Middleberg, RD, founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City. "The po'boy, on the other hand, not only has the fried seafood but comes in a crusty baguette, which increases the calorie and carbohydrate totals without whole-grain perks." RELATED: 11 Healthy Fish Recipes Plus, a "dressed" po'boy is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles and slathered
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Finding the right meditation style for you

  The key to finding the right style of meditation that suits you, is defining the reason why you’re meditating in the first place and your purpose.   To do that, you need to find a style that suits your goal, whether it is to find calm or discover clear thinking to reducing pain or connecting with the world, says mediation teacher and counsellor Nadine Cameron. Here are a few meditation styles to kick-start your journey: Mindfulness Also known as vipassana, is the most popular form in the Western world. It’s about ‘being present’ and letting your mind run. It’s
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Do I need to be skinny to look toned?

Want to achieve that ‘shredded’ look? It usually requires an increase in muscle mass and a descrease in body fat. Increased muscle mass (i.e. size, width and volume of your muscle fibres) will help your muscles become more visible beneath body fat; however, significant mass is not always necessary for improved tone. According to exercise scientist Johann Ruys, “Muscle mass increase is generally associated with an increase in tone, but an increase in tone is not necessarily associated with a major increase in size.” How to achieve that ‘shredded’ look To achieve the ‘shredded’ look of a figure model, increased muscle
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These Are the Best Slow Cookers

[brightcove:5591984431001 default] This article originally appeared on Food & Wine. Slow cookers are certainly popular—over 80 percent of American households has one. In such a crowded field, it’s tricky to sort out which is the best one to buy, especially when they all seem pretty much identical. I’ve spent the last year doing almost nothing but slow cook, writing a book called Adventures in Slow Cooking, which will be published in October by William Morrow. My apartment looks like Hoarders: Slow Cooker Edition. I’ve learned that there are variables among slow cooker models that make a big difference in both
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Full body resistance band workout

Give your whole body a strength and cardio workout in one with Ashley Azevedo’s resistance band workout. The workout Circuit training simply means performing exercises back to back with little to no rest in between. Its elevator pitch is maximum perks in minimum time. Due to the fast-paced nature of circuit training, it elevates heart rate and couples cardio and strength training. Even if you’re solely a weights girl, resistance bands are a great way to keep your body guessing and prevent plateaus. The resistance, reps and number of circuits can all be varied to meet your goals and fitness
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The importance of sleep

  If you want to give yourself a better chance of avoiding the curveballs, prioritise sleep. Clocking less than six hours of sleep per night compromises the brain’s ability to regulate emotions, making it that much harder to deal. And it only takes one night of insufficient sleep to make you vulnerable to meltdowns according to a new Tel Aviv University study that identified the neurological mechanism responsible for disturbed emotion regulation and increased anxiety due to sleep debt. In effect, the brain loses its ability to discern between what is and isn’t important, reported The Journal of Neuroscience. Hannah
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