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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

1 Calm the mind.

Med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness is no longer some­thing that only hap­pens in the back of VW Kombi van parked near By­ron Bay. One of the eas­i­est ways to start is by us­ing a guided med­i­ta­tion app on your phone, and one of the most pop­u­lar is Calm. They’re sim­ple, 10-minute med­i­ta­tions that you can do in the com­fort and pri­vacy of your own home.

2 Step up.

Wear­able fit­ness track­ers have been around for some time but used cor­rectly, they can be like hav­ing a per­sonal trainer on your wrist. The Whoop Strap is a new­comer here and it’s way be­yond a sim­ple pe­dome­ter. It mea­sures your heart rate, how many calo­ries you’ve burned and even your readi­ness to train and your sleep qual­ity.

3 Weight it up.

The body mass in­dex (BMI) is one way of track­ing your weight-loss goals but can be in­ac­cu­rate. When I played footy, every­one on the team would’ve been “obese” on that scale. The rea­son is your weight is a broad fig­ure en­com­pass­ing fat, mus­cle and wa­ter — and only one of those is bad. So if you use scales, buy a hi-tech set that sep­a­rates those met­rics for you, so you re­ally know where you stand.

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