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Weekend warriors who embark on an exercise blitz over the weekend – despite being office and couch potatoes during the week – enjoy almost the same health benefits as regular exercisers, a new study says. Up until now scientists believed that the damage done by 5 days of inactivity could not be overcome by weekend exercise. The new study however, shows that even the weekend warriors’ lifestyle of no exercise followed by intense weekend activity was enough to afford significant health … More
The media is full of articles on how to keep a New Year’s resolution at the moment. But here are some tips to finally make it happen from real experts in the field. For over 12 years we’ve been helping clients from all walks to lose weight, hit long forgotten targets, improve their lives and get fit. Here’s what we’ve learned.
1 – Keep it simple. Too many goals will leave you with too much on your plate making failure likely. Instead … More
Back in August the DDW team of Diana Tombs, Karma Fields and head trainer Adam Atkinson began training for the BIRC – the British Indoor Rowing Championships. Attended by over 1500 athletes from around the globe, including team GB rowers, national champions and world champions, the championship races take place on Concept 2 machines, the Olympic standard. Although the event is attended by elite athletes and Olympic medalists, it is hugely inclusive, with schools, teams and 80 year olds all … More
Does low fat milk make you fat? In fact, does fat make you fat? At Diets Don’t Work PT we preach the benefits of the whole food diet wherever possible, combined with structured exercise and occasional treats to keep you sane. Much of the initial education that we offer personal training clients looks at fat, protein and carbohydrate (in particular sugar) and the effect that the latter have on blood sugar levels, insulin and fat storage. Ie the consumption of … More
If you are feeling a little stuck as to what to get your loved one this Christmas, there’s always something sporty that they will like. All sport and exercise related gifts will be used throughout the year and beyond (hopefully), so they really are the gifts that keep giving. To that end, here is some of the best cycling equipment for Christmas.
1 – Laser Blade. A snug and comfortable helmet, this bit of kit is adjusted by a roller on … More
The link between sleep, cortisol, stress and weight gain is well known. But a re-analysis of previous research by King’s College University in London has pinpointed just how damaging lack of sleep can be. Can lack of sleep make you fat? Oh yes. In fact, having a poor night’s sleep leads people to consume, on average, 385 extra calories the following day. The study, led by Dr Girda Pot (actual name), defined bad sleep as a night with less … More
We are always told to warm up before exercise; but why, and what should the warm up be like? How much should I warm up?
Warm up has 3 main purposes
A warm up serves 3 primary purposes. To enhance performance and prevent injury during exercise. The warm up is not just physical either, there is a mental component to preparing for an event or workout.
The warm up gets you mentally ready . This mental warm-up prepares athletes for the discomfort of … More
The calf muscle, on the back of the lower leg, is actually made up of two muscles: the gastrocnemius is the larger muscle of the calf, forming the bulge visible beneath the skin. The soleus is a smaller, flat muscle that lies underneath the gastrocnemius muscle.
The gastrocnemius and soleus muscles taper and merge at the base of the calf muscle. Tough connective tissue at the bottom of the calf muscle merges with the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon then inserts into … More
A new study by the University of Cambridge has shown that some people are genetically wired to crave fatty foods over healthier options, putting them at more risk of obesity than others.
In the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers created dishes that varied solely in fat or sugar content. The main meal on offer, chicken korma, had three variations; high, low and medium fat. Apart from this they were made to be as identical as possible in both … More
Just walking for half an hour a day will halve heart disease chances. Further to the large body of evidence that walking is great for you, a new 6 year study has shown that even just half an hour’s walking every day can cut the risk of a fatal heart attack by half. The study also found that walking was just as effective as running in reducing high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and fighting heart disease. Previous research has also … More