The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - YOUR HEALTHY WEEK STARTS HERE - – ELIN

I have to ad­mit, I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to pain. I’m one of those peo­ple who’ll loudly ex­claim to any­one will­ing to lis­ten that I’ve got a pa­per cut and I’m never with­out a pack of parac­eta­mol in case a headache de­cides to strike.

Granted, I’m not a red­head – did you know they’re sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to have a higher pain thresh­old? – and nor am I an ex­pert at self-hyp­no­sis (which is proven to be one of the best ways to block out painful sen­sa­tions), so maybe I was just born with a low pain thresh­old. Our re­port on page 6 looks into the ge­netic and so­cial fac­tors that in­flu­ence our abil­ity to cope with pain and re­veals why some of us are more re­silient than oth­ers.

Else­where in this is­sue we cel­e­brate the best thing about win­ter – snow! Our round-up of the ul­ti­mate ac­tive snow breaks here and in NZ cov­ers ev­ery­thing from cross- coun­try ski­ing to snow­shoe­ing, tub­ing and more on page 14, plus we’ve got the per­fect work­out to help you lim­ber up and avoid in­jury be­fore you hit the slopes on page 12. Have a great week!

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