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Out this week is the news that yet another study has shown that waist measurement, as opposed to weight, is the most important guide to health and longevity.
Researchers have come up with a simple formula to deduce how long a person will live for, and how many years you will lose if you are overweight. Measure your waist (without breathing in). If this measurement is half your height or less than you should live to the average life expectancy of … More
The thousands of UK patients that go through painful knee surgery may only be getting negligible benefits, a new study has discovered. As people get older the meniscus – the cartilage in the knee that acts as a shock absorber – thins out, making it more likely to tear. Researchers in Canada studies 811 procedures and the results were published in the Canadian medical Association Journal; they found that there was little evidence to show that … More
Want to run faster? Many of us are have-a-go runners; some of us run competitively, or have at least done the odd 10k or half marathon for charity. But if we really wanted to step up and become great, what running tips could we get from double Olympic and European champion Mo Farah? How can we run faster?
Research published this week shows that British dogs are now among the fattest in the world, mirroring a trend among their “coach potato” owners. Four years ago 35% of dogs were overweight now the figure is 50%. Labradors are the most frequent patients at a specialist clinic, some of them are twice the weight they should be. Vets say being overweight can shorten the life of a dog by around 2 years or 20%.
Alex German from Liverpool University who runs … More
White meat is healthiest concludes new Harvard study. In a new BBC Horizon program to air this evening, DR Micheal Mosley investigates the health effects of eating meats, from white meats, to processed ones to red meat.
In the UK we eat an average of 70g of red meat per person, while 25% of men eat almost twice as much. Despite the bad press, red meat dies contain good things. It is a great source of iron, protein … More
Last September Diets Don’t Work creator Adam Atkinson took part in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada – an attempt to set a world record for the largest armada of kite surfers on the water at the same time. The parade was led out by keen kitesurfer Richard Branson, and succeeded in setting a record with 318 kite surfers passing through the one mile course at Hayling Island. The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada was featured in all the … More
Forget a marathon or even a 10k. Just 10-15 minutes of running done on a regular basis can add years to your life, even if it is done at a comfortable pace, says a new study. And the benefits are huge – the study has found that runners were 30% less likely to die from age related diseased over a 15 year period in later life. This moderate exercise was found to be as beneficial to health as stopping smoking. … More
Several studies have reported that going organic has no discernible benefits for the health conscious. But a new report says that the benefits are actually huge, and organic food is better for you.
The report, by the British Journal of Nutrition reviewed 343 studies on the difference between organic foods versus normal mass produced foods, and concluded that organic foods and organic-based crop foods contained much higher levels of antioxidants than conventionally grown foods.
The researchers also found that the conventionally … More
As I recently celebrated my first decade at the coal face of fitness and nutrition, I have been reflecting on all those whose lives I/we have changed, mainly for the better!
But, as you would expect, it is not always smooth sailing. To work, personal training, and exercise in general, needs to by physically hard and challenging. Sometimes people just can’t face it. Sometimes they have done the exercise but perhaps have not been totally honest about calories. Or cakes. Or … More
Summer fast approaches, many of us are starting to enter running events, from 5k charity runs, 10k races to one of the many half or full marathons on offer. The best training for running is of course running, but complimenting this with a strength training for running program will help you run faster, run longer, feel fitter and be more stable on your feet. It will also ensure that you stay injury free through your training.
Strength … More