Diet & Fitness
- Thursday, 12 December 2013
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) welcomes today’s government announcement of the doubling of funding research into dementia.
The government committed to spend £52 million in 2012 to 2013, and up to £66 million by 2015; the ambition is now to double public, commercial and charitable R&D in dementia in the UK by 2025, supporting leading scientists, universities and other institutions in seeking the next breakthrough.
- Monday, 09 December 2013
In an open letter to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, experts said persuading people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil was a strong strategy for preventing Alzheimer’s.
They argued that the tactic for fighting memory-robbing diseases was "possibly the best strategy currently available", ahead of drugs.
The medics insisted that numerous high-quality studies back their call, but claimed that "compelling" evidence has largely been ignored.
- Friday, 15 November 2013
Study suggests walking time had bigger impact on stroke risk than walking speed
Walking at least one to two hours per day is associated with reduced stroke risk in older men according to a large population-based study published in the journal Stroke. The research suggests that length of time spent walking had a bigger impact on stroke risk than the speed of walking.
There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK each year. The study, part-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), followed 3,435 healthy men aged 60 to 80 over 10 years recording incidence of stroke.
- Thursday, 17 October 2013
During the colder months coming up joints are more prone to stiffen up and become increasingly painful.
Fitness guru, Kristoph Thompson, gives his top tips on helping to prevent this from happening to arthritis or general joint pain sufferers and assist them in easing any pain.
Tip 1. Maintain a healthy weight
Maintaining a healthy weight can be beneficial on joints. One study claimed that losing about a pound of weight delivers almost a four pound reduction in knee joint load for each step.
- Tuesday, 06 August 2013
A high-calorie breakfast could help people lose weight and protect against diabetes and high blood pressure, researchers have claimed.
Researchers split 93 obese women into two groups. Each group ate 1,400 calories daily for 12 weeks. The first group consumed 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch, and 200 at dinner.
The second group ate 200 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch, and 700 at dinner.
- Monday, 01 July 2013
Grandparents who babysit their grandkids could be making them fat, according to new research.
Toddlers who are frequently looked after by their grandparents are a fifth more likely to be overweight or obese than kids looked after by parents or neighbours.
Experts say grandparents tend to be less energetic and more likely to give the little ones treats and cakes.
- Friday, 26 April 2013
Researchers have suggested that intermittent fasting could aid weight loss and enhance the cardiovascular health of overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes.
In an evaluation of research on fasting as dietary treatment for obesity and type 2 diabetes, intermittent fasting, where people fast on consecutive or alternate days, was shown to have positive results.
Fasting has most recently been discussed in terms of a 5:2 diet, where two days each week are classed as ‘fasting days’. On these days, women aim to consume less than 500 calories and men stick to less than 600.
- Monday, 22 April 2013
Turning fifty is the age of ‘experience’ a new Fifty Years Young Survey reveals.
Fifty is a time when British women celebrate their ‘experience and confidence in life’ with over half (57%) declaring it’s a time of contentment when you know ‘what you’re doing’.
Coupled with the fact that over a quarter of those interviewed said they still feel young and that turning fifty has just fuelled their appetite for life, with 40% exclaiming that there is still so much to do.
- Monday, 22 April 2013
How can we keep active as we get older? We all know that by doing some exercise we will feel better – not only physically but also mentally. There’s nothing like a good brisk walk to feel energised and alive. However, arthritis and other common health problems, as well as just feeling more tired sometimes stop us opening the door and venturing outside.
How can we make it easier and also ensure it’s so enjoyable we want to do it again and again? Well we have discovered that Nordic Walking is the ideal activity for mature individuals.
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