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Although exercise has been proven to increase the immune system’s ability to fight infection, sleep is a key factor too, a new report says. People who sleep for less than 6 hours a night are four times as likely to catch a cold than those who manage 7 hours a night. Sleep was found to be more important in fighting off cold and viruses than smoking, stress, education or income, which are all know to impact general health.
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We don’t all have an hour to get to the gym, exercise and get back, but there is so much that you can do at home. Even with no equipment there are plenty of exercise that will challenge and improve all aspects of your fitness, from strength, bone density, cardio-vascular fitness, balance and co-ordination. Modern studies also shoe that you can get just about all the fitness and health gains from exercise in just a few minutes provided you go … More
Although the thought of stepping out for a run might fill you with dread, even on a sunny summer’s day, if you really think about it running is better than sex for a variety of reasons. Here are the top 10!
1 – You can choose exactly when you want to do it. Accessibility is one of the huge plus points for running. You don’t need a gym to do it, or a bedroom for that matter. And unlike sex (the … More
Hectic lifestyles and a lack of sleep have been linked this week to increased eating, a range of diseases, DNA changes and heart disease. Those sleeping less than 6 hours a night have been found to be 12% more likely to die prematurely according to a combination of new studies.
How quickly will I lose fitness? Just two weeks is al it takes. If you are thinking of taking a week off all activity for the summer, think again. Even this short period of being a couch potato will have a disastrous effect on your muscle tone and fitness says a new study by the University of Copenhagen.
We’ve all heard about fasting diets or variations of them. Some advocate eating a healthy balanced diet all the time but cutting calories to about 25% of required maintenance energy for 2 days of the week. Others preach the benefits of fasting for 16 hours a day and eating for 8 hours only.
Some believe that these fasting diets replicate the way we evolved to live as cavemen, a point which we have not yet gone beyond; stone age man would have … More
If you would like your children to eat their greens you really need to start early, says a study released last week by University College London. It shows how to make babies like vegetables – if they are fed them in the first 15 days of weaning. For the study, researchers asked mums to introduce their babies to a variety of vegetables (five a day) over the course of 15 days during weaning. Then, after a two week Hiatus with … More
Good news chocolate lovers. A new study by scientists at the University of Aberdeen shows that eating up to two chocolate bars a day could lower the risk of both heart disease and strokes. Cardiovascular disease was found to be 11% lower in chocolate eaters and the risk of associated death was reduced by a whopping 25%.
The study, whose results have just been published in the medical journal Heart, followed 25,000 people in Norfolk over a period of 12 … More
In years past the sight of a man in the gym or running while wearing tights would have raised eyebrows. Yet today compression clothing is very popular, in all sports and across the sexes. These tight fitting tights, socks, shorts or shirts squeeze the muscles and claim to improve performance.The Skins website, for example, says of the tights pictured (£100):
“Dynamic gradient compression is scientifically proven to accelerate blood flow to deliver more oxygen to your active muscles and remove painful lactic … More
Another study released this month shows the powers of exercise for the elderly. Just 1/2 an hour of physical activity on six days a week is likely to add 5 years to the life of elderly men, according to a new study.
The research, published in the British Journal of Sports medicine, found that elderly men who did three hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity spread over the week have a 40% lower risk of fatality than those who did … More