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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
The benefits of squats – some might promote the benefits of swimming; others might be big running fans. Then there are those that do lots of sit-ups every day. All of these activities are good for us, but there’s one exercise that’s better than them all – squats. Here are some of the benefits of squats.
You can do them anywhere. You don’t need a gym, or expensive equipment. You don’t even need shoes. You can do squats anywhere.
There are lots of … More
One of the biggest myths in fitness is that you can spot tone. This means that you can exercise a particular muscle or area and then lose fat and tone up in that one specific place. Thus, if you adhere to this “spot tone” theory, lots of sit ups or crunches will give you a flat tummy. It is, however, a myth. It can’t be done. Sorry. Sit ups will NOT give you a flat tummy
1 – The body works … More
Those of us over 40 know that staying fit and trim seems to require a lot more effort than it did when we were in our 20s. It becomes especially hard to maintain any semblance of a flat tummy. For those athletes among us, training hard for long sessions over most days of the week seems to bring only limited gains; it can actually make us feel lethargic and tired. But read on and learn how to stay fit over … More
Today is known as “fail Friday”. It’s the day that most of us will finally fall off the wagon and give up on our new year’s resolutions. Apart from getting a personal trainer, there are of course other ways to get fit. A great way is by using a fitness tracker. These little gadgets are usually in the form of a wrist watch, and can monitor how many steps you are doing, what your heart rate is, how many calories you’ve … More
Research shows that for the vast majority of us, making a New Year’s resolution is in vain. Polls show that by “fail Friday” – the 3rd Friday in January, most of us will have given up, with a little as 3% keeping a resolution up all year long. In this DDW special, we look at why they fail, and how to keep your new year’s resolution.
1 – Pick a better time of year. Although the calendar says it’s a new year, … More