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Yesterday

Sailing the high seas has helped this CEO ‘enshrine family time’

Straker Translations boss Grant Straker loves sailing with his wife and sons, who crewed for him on a recent voyage from Auckland to Fiji. He answers our Time Out Q&A.

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This Month

Nothing lifts the spirits like a singalong, says this executive

Inge Cootjans, chief experience officer at aged care company Mable, says singing boosted her confidence and reckons it’s a great way to bring people together.

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The ‘vaccine-like effect’ of exercising

For the average exerciser, early evidence suggests there may be a protective effect against getting severely ill.

  • Knvul Sheikh

When you can’t stand the sound of chewing (or crunching, or sniffling)

Otherwise normal people can be sent into a blind fury by the sound of their loved ones enjoying a meal. Scientists say it is not as weird as it might appear.

  • Melinda Wenner Moyer

This CEO gets the weight off his mind by doing some heavy lifting

My Muscle Chef co-founder Tushar Menon says training is great for both his physical health and his mental wellbeing.

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Italy’s ‘Blue Zone’ villages reveal the secrets to a long life

The centenarians of Sardinia put their longevity down to active lives, kindly neighbours, a diet rich in pork, and afternoon naps.

  • Marianna Hunt

Any way the wind blows, this CEO will be happy

For keen kitesurfer Peter Warner, chief executive of Harmony Early Learning, getting out in the wind and water is all about finding inner harmony, and leaving day-to-day stress back on the shoreline.

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August

Here’s how this CEO does his creative thinking and keeps fit

Omniscient Neurotechnology boss Stephen Scheeler hits his stride on the run, for 30 to 40 minutes every day.

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The perfect time for a meaningful talk? On a bike, says this exec

“I love the opportunity to have a conversation shoulder to shoulder,” says Twilio regional vice-president Kristen Pimpini of his cycling habit.

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10 long reads for the weekend

Forget diet and exercise. What you really need is more sleep; Nigella’s 13 favourite eateries and top menu picks in Australia; and how to find out whether you had COVID.

Forget fake glamour, embrace mediocrity and melancholy instead

Nigel Marsh, the author of Smart, Stupid & Sixty, reflects on the need to manage our own expectations.

  • Nigel Marsh

‘We’re over 50 and having the best sex of our lives’

Despite the taboo, older people should be encouraged to explore sexuality well into later life. Baby Boomers grew up in an era of sexual liberation, after all.

  • Linda Kelsey

How this exec overcame the stresses of the past few years

“All my worries disappear after I get a crazy barrel or pull an epic turn,” says Hard Fizz head of marketing Joel Scott of his passion for surfing.

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Thinking too hard really can make you tired, scientists say

Researchers have found that high-demand cognitive work can lead to mental fatigue, making it harder to make decisions.

  • Alex Millson

This CEO gets a kick out of making his blood run cold

At least once a week, Arq Group boss Tristan Sternson steps into a chamber at minus 150 degrees in just his underwear, socks and slippers.

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Surfing the biggest growth sport among women in Australia

Surfing, followed by skating, was the most popular new sport for women during the pandemic, according to the latest data from the Australian Sports Commission.

  • Gus McCubbing

Kickboxing is more than just a fitness regime for this exec

“I have learnt so much about martial arts, spirituality and myself,” says Koinly communications head Scott Bidmead of his favourite pastime.

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July

Finally, a weight-loss drug that really works – but there’s a catch

Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy uses a hormone to regulate hunger. It’s wildly effective, but is it the right solution to the obesity crisis?

  • Hannah Kuchler