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Top Netflix docs to watch this weekend to make you fitter and healthier

Those of us of a certain age have a nostalgic love for Bring It On, a Kirsten Dunst movie that came out in 2000.

It was a fictionalised look at the world of competitive cheerleading, complete with cute costumes, catchy tunes and awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics.

So there was a collective squeal and spirit fingers aplenty – You Tube it to get the reference – when Netflix debuted the six-part docu-series Cheer, based on the real-life cheerleaders of Navarro College in Texas.

The show has got it all: drama, adrenaline, athletic prowess and beautiful, flawed people who you’re rooting for despite all the obstacles in their way.

These guys and gals aren’t just shaking their pom-poms, they’re putting their muscular, athletic and limber bodies through their paces.

It’s almost enough to make you want to get off the couch and attempt the splits.

Almost.

Just after the next episode.

So in the spirit of Jerry, Morgan, Gabi, Lexi and the rest of the Cheer crew, these are the other Netflix docs that will make you want to be healthier, fitter and an all-round better person in 2020.

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The Gamechangers

There’s a lot to be said for a vegan diet and this documentary debunks the theory that elite athletes need to eat copious amount of meat to thrive. Produced by big-name sportspeople including Novak Djokovic and Lewis Hamilton, it looks at how a plant-based diet can increase professional performance.

Cowspiracy

This environmental documentary says animal agriculture is “the most destructive industry facing the planet today.” Rather than looking at the health reasons to ditch meat, it looks at the environmental ones, everything from deforestation to greenhouse gases and habitat loss to topsoil erosion.

Fed Up

You’re going to want to rethink your 3pm sweet-fix after watching this. The no-sugar movement has been around for awhile, but learning about the addictive nature of sugar is enough to press pause on your Tim Tam habit. The statistic that 95% of Americans will be overweight or obese in two decades because of their reliance on junk and processed foods will make you reach for a banana instead.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Aussie bloke Joe Cross changes his life, and that of a few others along the way, by rethinking his diet and lifestyle choices. If you prefer your viewing to be inspirational rather than didactic, then this is for you. Instead of being lectured to by experts, you’ll see firsthand how real people made positive changes to their lives.