Play like a pro: a more stable golf swing

Using the cable machine, start pulling from a low angle.

Many golfers dream of having a "perfect" swing. Constant practice at the driving range helps - but in this new era of golf, many top players are now concentrating on their fitness to gain that extra edge.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 10:19am

Personal best: Make your workouts fun

Tennis gives you a great workout and it's a lot of fun to play.

Hands up if you've ever had to drag yourself to a workout session. We all know the importance of regular exercise, but sticking to a routine isn't always easy, especially if the activity in question starts to feel like a chore.

21 May 2013 - 10:03am

Learning to run - at age 40-plus

Illustration: Sarene Chan

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am 1 comment

Fitness: Torq, the inside track

Ben Sin is put through his paces. Photo: Jonathan Wong

In January, Lance Armstrong, after years of denial, finally admitted to cheating. The superstar cyclist, who won a record seven straight Tours de France, did so with the help of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:09am

Muddled thinking is fuelling obesity epidemic

Cutting down on what you eat is a far more effective way to lose weight than burning calories with exercise

People's beliefs about the causes of obesity can affect their own weight, my research has shown. If you think lack of exercise is the primary cause of obesity, you are more likely to be overweight than someone who implicates poor diet.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

Hot pursuits: Hong Kong's country parks are the place to be

Ultra-runners Claire Price (red shirt) and Kami Semick pound the Wilson Trail in Tai Tam. Photo: May Tse

A foodies haven, a finance hub, a party town - Hong Kong is all of these things. And the time is ripe to add "a hiker's heaven" to the list, with record numbers of runners and hikers flocking to the city's extensive network of nature trails.

15 May 2013 - 10:14am

Fitness entrepreneur spreads the message on the mainland

Linus Holmsater (in blue T-shirt and pink shorts) leads his followers in Heyrobics in the Olympic Forest Park in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Wherever he is - warming up a crowd of marathon runners in Tiananmen Square, or leading a pack of joggers in a Beijing park - Linus Holmsater is easy to spot.

26 Feb 2013 - 9:38am

Children in Fukushima fatter as they cut exercise due to radiation fears

Protesters hold up anti-nuclear signs during a rally under the slogan 'Nuclear Free Now'. Photo: EPA

Children in Fukushima are getting fatter as outdoor activities have been cut in the area due to radiation fears after last year's nuclear disaster, a Japanese government report said.

The education ministry said it had surveyed the heights and weights of about 700,000 children, aged between five and 17, at schools and kindergartens across the country this year.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

Regime turned upside down

Personal trainer Alan Pak puts health editor Jeanette Wang through her paces with the PurMotion functional training equipment. The system uses ropes to train the body through a series of movements. Photos: May Tse

It's ironic that despite all the hi-tech equipment at Pure Fitness' latest gym in Causeway Bay, I'm trying to haul myself up a rope like a monkey, while a guy's hand is on my butt. "Leg straight, lean back slightly, arm over arm ... pull!" instructs Alan Pak Ka-lun, a personal trainer who is mine for the next hour.

13 Nov 2012 - 11:40am

‘Weekend athletes’ face greater arthritis risk, says orthopedic surgeon

Orthopaedics Surgeon, Dr. Chow Kai-pun. Photo: SCMP Picture

“Weekend athletes” were at greater risk of suffering degenerative arthritis than those exercising regularly during the week, a leading Hong Kong orthopedic surgeon warned on Tuesday.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:12pm

App of the Week: Push-ups

App of the Week: Push-ups

In a recent newsletter from Harvard Medical School I read that for a strong core we should forget sit-ups and try "planks" instead. Sit-ups are hard on your back, it says, and all that work on your hip flexors can cause them to become over tight and lead to back pain.

16 Oct 2012 - 9:51am 1 comment

Campaigners plan sit-in over national education curriculum in Hong Kong

At the government headquarters yesterday, pupils erect a banner with signatures of people opposed to national education. Photo: Dickson Lee

Anti-national education campaigners plan to stage a sit-in at government headquarters in response to a refusal by officials to even consider scrapping the controversial curriculum.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm

Fitness: The Peak Condition Project

Patrick Reynolds, founder of the project, was inspired by Bruce Lee.Photos: Patrick Reynolds

The website of the Peak Condition Project (PCP), a 90-day online health and fitness programme, stands out from the swarm of others of its type. There are no white smiles flaunting sculpted abs, money back guarantees or flashing buttons urging you to "sign up here".

21 Aug 2012 - 10:36am

Thoughtful tuition puts yoga skills in your pocket

Pocket Yoga 99 US cents Rating 8/10

Most yoga students do their downward dog in a plush studio surrounded by other acolytes. But when time is short, a podcast can do the trick. Finding the right one can be a chore because there are literally hundreds of them. One of the best is the no-nonsense Pocket Yoga.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm

Big fight for school with no bullies

One of the few mainstream primary schools that still welcomes children with special education needs is struggling to keep its doors open due to insufficient government cash.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am