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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
Cycling is a great way not just to get fit but also is one of the greenest modes of transport. Although you may not be able to cycle all the way to work you may be able to do part of the journey on bicycle if you get a folding bike. These can fit easily into the boot of your car and can be assembled in seconds. Folding bikes also have the huge advantage of being allowed on most More
Protein is one of the major, or macro nutrients that we must have in order to stay alive, healthy and functioning properly. If we do not get enough protein then our muscles will begin to atrophy or waste (keep in mind that the heart is a muscle) and general functioning of the human body will be impaired.
In terms of weight loss, protein is essential in maintaining lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass is one of our key metabolic drivers, using … More
If you look the part you will feel the part. If, in your head, having the latest kit makes you faster, then it may well make you faster. Check out the best running accessories.
1 – Silva Trail Speed Head Torch. It’s really light (only 222g) and has not one but two high powered LEDs that can be seen from up to 85m away. The “intelligent light technology” produces a bright but wide beam, so you will be able to see … More
It’s all good and well having your PT help you to eat healthily, sort out your kitchen and weekly shop so that you are all prepared to eat well, but when you go out it can be easy to undo a weeks’ good work in just one meal.
However you can make healthy choices when eating out; it will still be tasty and you will still have fun, but with less calories.
Here are five points with some concrete examples of how to make … More