Fitmodo: Five Steps To Get Fit For Tough Mudder

Welcome to Fitmodo, your regular weekly round up of the news you need to know to keep your earthly form in top shape — from fitness advice to breakthroughs in medical research.

This week:

Science Confirms The Australian Diet Is A Disaster

Despite a seemingly increased awareness about healthy eating, Australia’s largest ever diet survey has confirmed that the vast majority of our eating habits are getting worse.

The 2016 CSIRO Healthy Diet Score report, released today, canvassed the dietary habits of more than 86,500 adults across the country over a 12 month period. An early snapshot of the survey results released in August 2015 awarded the nation’s diet a score of 61 on a 100-point scale.

Android Wear Smartwatches Are Getting Serious

Just after Apple got serious about fitness with the Apple Watch Series 2 and Samsung went rugged with the Gear S3, the Android equivalent is getting some much-needed love in the form of two new smartwatches — the Polar M600 for fitness junkies, and Nixon’s fashionable but supremely functional Mission will handle a 100-metre dive underwater.

Australian Scientists Just Made A Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough

Australian researchers have discovered the secret behind stopping malaria parasites in the liver, uncovering a new vaccine strategy.

Scientists from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity — a joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital — the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University, and the Centenary Institute developed a unique “prime and trap” vaccine method, which when tested in mice, gave complete protection against malaria.

Five Steps To Get Fit For Tough Mudder

n just under a month, I’ll be stumbling through the 2016 Tough Mudder mud run. Last year, I managed to get through the course with no training, smartwatch and all. This year, I want to do a bit better. But that means actually doing some exercise and (hopefully) getting fit.

To get ready for Tough Mudder, I’d like to lose a few kilos of fat and build a little bit of muscle over the next month. Nothing serious, but every little bit helps, right? If you’re doing the same, here are five things you can do, and how you can do them.

Australia’s Severe Obesity Problem Is Getting Worse

It’s very easy to become overweight or obese in Australia. Current figures show more of us are than not, with around two thirds of adults having a body mass index greater than 25.

And the situation is set to become significantly worse.

Also catching our eye:

  • To paraphrase award-winning author Garth Marenghi, there are only three heterosexual sex positions worth a damn: doggie, woman on top and “normal”. But which one is best? Lifehacker Australia has the answer.
  • If you’re looking to transform your body in time for Summer, mastering your squat technique is important for getting the tush you want (and preventing injury). Popsugar Australia show us how — in GIFs, of course!

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