Diet & Fitness
- 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.
- Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Taking a regular stroll can significantly cut the risk of Metabolic Syndrome, a condition that can cause heart disease, strokes and cancer.
One in four people suffer with the condition, which is the medical term for a combination of risk factors including elevated blood pressure and blood sugar.
The syndrome puts people at a significant danger of developing a list of life-threatening and debilitating conditions and diseases.
Research carried out at the University of Bath has shown that a simple, regular walking routine is enough to reduce the risk of Metabolic Syndrome from moderate to low.
- Tuesday, 29 January 2013
A new survey released today by Arthritis Research UK and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has found that over a third of people (34%) in Great Britain who started a fitness drive in January last year, had stopped or reduced the amount of exercise they were doing by February, just one month into their new regime.
- Monday, 14 January 2013
Older peoples fitness expert, personal trainer and sports science lecturer at Middlesex University, Anne Elliott, is using the new year to remind older people that it’s never too late to take up exercise.
Anne said: “From my experience of working with older people, many tend to think they are too old to exercise or that a medical condition they have stops them. A common pitfall is they just stop moving and as a result their muscles and joints weaken meaning they are more prone to injury or further musculoskeletal problems.”
- Wednesday, 12 December 2012
In the winter months it’s easy to get into the habit of spending your spare time staying indoors and sitting down watching TV and generally being inactive. It might be getting dark earlier and the temperature is dropping outside, but there are still ways you can stay active and this will help lift your mood.
Don’t let bad weather put you off moving around as even light exercise can help to keep you warm and improve your spirits.
Increasing your activity
Making small changes to increase your activity can make a significant difference to your health and well-being. Experts recommend that adults should have at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days each week.
- Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Oxford House’s resident dance company, Green Candle Dance Company, has been awarded an Innovation Bursary by the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group to launch a new project aimed at Tower Hamlets’ older men.
‘Older Men Moving’ will, from January 2013, offer weekly dance and exercise sessions to three different men’s groups in the borough.
- Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Food is one of life's great pleasures, and it just so happens to be the key to good health and vitality throughout our lives.
As we age, we may need fewer calories for energy, but our bodies still require vitamins, minerals, and protein for optimal health. That means making smart choices about the foods we eat.
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