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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
Over Christmas the average UK adult will put on 5lbs of weight. On Christmas day itself we consume an average of 7,000 calories. This is roughly the equivalent to 6 days’ worth of calories all in one go. Not only will the weight gain take effort to shift but it will also expand your stomach and cause large swings in blood sugar levels. This in turn can also lead to you feeling hungry and getting into a vicious cycle of … More
From supermarket chains to celebrity chefs the gluten free diet is becoming more and more popular. Gluten-free cafes are sprouting up all over the country; at least 4 gluten-free cookbooks are due out in January and even brewers are getting in on the act by producing gluten free ales.
This gluten-free diet boom is not, however, being driven by the tiny minority of people who actually have coeliac diseased cannot digest gluten (1% of the population), but by healthy people who … More
Bitwalking Dollars – get paid for walking!
In japan a digital currency ( like bitcoin) has been launched that pays you to walk. Literally. A phone app counts and checks users’ steps and then rewards them with around 1BW$ (Bitwalking dollar) for each 10,000 steps – this is the recommended daily average to maintain basic health and fitness levels. Users of the app can then spend or trade what they earn, or even redeem their bit walking dollars for cash.
“Sort your surroundings” is a great mantra that weight watchers use. If you prepare well and fill the cupboards and fridge with healthy foods and snacks then it’s much easier to eat well and lose weight. Exercise is also easier. You can plan ahead and make time for it. At home you know where the local gym is, or the park and you can keep class appointments or sessions with your personal trainer.
When that routine is broken, however, both eating … More
Women who are older but have strong legs will do better when it comes to ageing of the brain, shows a study of more than 300 twins.
Researchers at King’s College in London showed that leg strength is a good marker of whether a person is getting enough exercise. In turn these levels of exercise have a strong link to brain health.
The study, published in the journal Gerontology, suggests that exercise releases chemicals into the brain that help to boost … More
All exercise is good for you, just about. Unless you plan to do 10 marathons back to back (this will make your knees hurt) any activity you do that elevates your heart rate and is more than sitting will bring lots of health benefits. Walking, for example has been shown to be hugely beneficial for health (physical and mental) and disease prevention.
But not all exercise is useful if you are trying to lose weight. Some exercise can actually make you … More
Not only was the 80s the best decade for music, white jackets with the sleeves rolled up and large, very stiff hair dos, but it was even harder to be overweight back then.
For reasons that remain unclear, it has become more difficult to stay slim. A study by the York University in Toronto has found that people today can eat and exercise the same as their 80s counterparts, but still be significantly fatter.
The study, led by Jennifer Kuk, shows … More