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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
It’s a long running debate (excuse the pun), and one which can often come down to personal preference, but who’s the winner in the running outside vs treadmill running contest?
The first thing to consider is energy; or rather, which one requires more and so will get you fitter more quickly? In the running outside vs treadmill running debate the outdoors running camp claim that running outside burns more energy. One of the main factors here is wind resistance – which you don’t … More
More people than ever (and their children) seem to have allergies or intolerances, from hay fever to gluten to lactose intolerance. But what is lactose intolerance and how many people actually have it?
Lactose is a natural sugar that occurs in milk. Along with fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, it makes up everything that a baby needs to thrive in the early stages of life. However, in recent times dairy has been the victim of some bad press, from making us … More
How to avoid blisters? It’s easy and cheap. Blisters can be very frustrating. Your body is ready to train hard, you’re all set mentally, but your heel blisters mean that its just to painful to do anything. There are lots of different blister remedies in the market, quite often these are costly too, certainly in the long term.
Back by popular demand it’s our spring plank contest. It’s the great levelling exercise, where someone young can be out done by someone much older, where traditional fitness is less of an advantage.
The plank is a static, holding or isometric exercise where you hold yourself in a straight line propped only by your elbows and toes. It works not just the traditional muscles of the abdominal wall that you would exercise in crunches, but the whole of your core, from … More
Is butter healthy, asked a new study released in the US this week? Butter and other saturated fats may not be as bad for us as previously thought; in fact, swapping them for unsaturated fats like olive oil and other plant oils may actually lead to an increase in life expectancy.
These are the surprising findings of a new study in the US that has re-analysed the data from a trial that was conducted 50 years ago, the results of which … More
You may have seen some funny looking tubes lying around in the gym. Some may have grooves and lumps on, some may be smooth, but they are all foam rollers. A foam roller is basically a type of massage tool that you use with your own force and/or bodyweight to massage and “roll” tight parts of your body. A bit like a rolling pin and some stale dough (for stale dough, read tight bands and lumps of muscle), a foam … More
The recent sugar tax announced in the latest budget comes not a moment too soon for a nation addicted to sugar; we eat an average of 238 teaspoons per person every week. We are on the verge of a type 2 diabetes epidemic, an obesity crisis and an explosion of other sugar related health problems. Despite knowing that sugar is bad and causes health problems, most of us still haven’t been given any advice on practical ways to reduce sugar … More
We are constantly subjected to often contradictory health, exercise and nutritional advice. One week the media and science are trekking us that a particular food or exercise is for us, the next week another study is released that says these exact same foods and exercises are actually harmful. Interesting examples are…
“Egg yolks are as bad as smoking” screamed the headlines in 2012, reporting that egg yolks clog up the arteries as much as smoking, contributing to a high risk of heart disease … More