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It may be too late to get that Giselle/Tom Daley tummy but you can still be fit and healthy by trying one of our top 5 summer activities to burn calories (Olympic style).
1 – Stand up paddle boarding. Known by those in the know as SUP, stand up paddle boarding is actually much easier than it looks. The boards are very wide and stable, so it’s (fairly) easy to stay on. It’s a great way to get out on the … More
Ready to download to your smartphone, today we look at the best calorie counting apps.
A new report points to massive under-reporting of calorie intake by Britons, explaining why obesity levels are rising despite surveys showing that we are eating less. The study by the Behavioural Insights Team calculated that although official data suggests most people eat around 2,000 calories per day, the actual number was closer to 3,000. National spending figures also show that how much we spend on … More
Research shows that fad diets have only short term results (at best) and can in fact be counter productive in the longer term; they cause adverse effects on human systems, from hormones to lean muscle mass to metabolism. This means that after the diet you are likely to get fatter than when you started. These fad diets are also mentally tough, frustrating and non-sustainable. If you can’t keep it going, then it’s unlikely that you’ll keep the weight loss/health benefits … More
As they become more and more popular, fitness trackers are also coming down in price. A great way to record what you are doing, and an even better way to get moving in the first place, fitness trackers can record how fast you are going, how high your heart rate is, how you are sleeping, how many steps you’ve taken and many other parameters. They adhere to the DDW 10 commandments of fitness and weight loss, where commandment 5 says … More
Research released last week shows that thousands of knee operations may be no more effective than prescriptive knee exercises. Knee surgery (arthroscopy) is currently the most common operation used to try to fix knee problems for British people in middle age. This keyhole surgery is most commonly used to repair a torn meniscus – the cartilage between the knee joint – and it is used in 150,000 operations on middle aged knees each year.
In the operation, surgeons use an arthroscope, … More
Cycling in middle age can reduce diabetes chances by 20%, shows a new study. Those who started cycling regularly in their 50s and 60s had a lower risk than non cyclists and this risk decreased even further the more they cycled each week.
Reduce diabetes – University of Denmark study
Martin Rasmussun from The University of Southern Denmark, who published the study, said that
“even when entering elderly age, it is not too late to take up cycling to lower one’s risk of … More
You may have heard people talk about a rotator cuff injury and rehabilitation; it’s one of the most common injuries to the shoulder for in both sport and everyday life. Here’s a look at what the rotator cuff actually is, how it works, how it gets injured and how to do a successful rehabilitation.
What is the rotator cuff?
The definition of the rotator cuff is “A tough sheath of tendons and ligaments that supports the arm at the shoulder joint”. The shoulder … More
A new review of studies shows that being skinny fat (thin in appearance, but fat on the in side) is more damaging for heath than being overweight. Exercising alone may not help you to lose weight – a combination of healthy eating, correct exercise and creation of an energy deficit is needed for that – but exercise will not only make you fitter but also your insides too.
Exercise removes internal skinny fat
Structured exercise for just two months cuts visceral fat … More
Many studies have shown that listening to music improves performance and enjoyment levels. Using music in a workout is not only a chance for “you” time but also a chance to listen to music that you might not have time for in a hectic day. It can also help you to get through more and push harder, as well as preventing standing and gossiping! So here are our best bluetooth earphones for sport 2016.
Wires work well, but can tug … More
Patients who have been diagnosed with cancer should be advised to lose weight and begin an exercise regime immediately to double their chances of survival, world experts have said.
Dozens of studies presented to the American Society of Clinical Oncology at their conference in Chicago over the weekend showed that patients who were a healthy weight were 50% more likely to survive as those who were obese. Weight loss and exercise were not just shown to be key in cancer prevention, but … More