As well as all the risks we already know about – heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity – it seems a laid-back, lazy lifestyle could also damage your brain health.
A new study of middle aged men and women has found that their physical fitness levels at about age 40 can predict how mentally fit they will be at age 60+. That means the brain volume – or put another way, how much the brain has or hasn’t shrunk.
The study of over 1000 people, by doctors and researchers at Boston University School of Medicine, Mass., concluded that a high blood pressure in middle age is associated with lower brain volume in later life.
Doesn’t this give us yet another compelling reason to ‘Just Do It’? Continue reading
In the 1980s and 90s it was low fat. In the 2000s it was low carb. Today it’s sugar. All the recent brain research indicates that it’s addictive in the same way that nicotine and alcohol can be, that it can trigger diabetes, may aggravate inflammatory diseases, and (as we already know) leads to obesity.
Nothing to love about sugar – except that we all do. Well, at the risk of seeing a bandwagon to jump on, here’s what happened when I tried going sugar-free. It’s the story of a lifestyle change. Continue reading
There are a lot of health claims made for juicing, and a lot of hype. In this article we’re going to look at what The Mayo Clinic and MebMD have to say on the subject. Can you really believe the marketing hype about juicing for weight loss and health? Continue reading
Anxiety – that uncomfortable, nagging, nervous feeling that won’t let you settle or concentrate.
Being anxious can range from a little worry over an upcoming event or something that’s beyond your comfort zone, to a full-blown medical condition.
In this article we talk about how to overcome mild to moderate anxiety, so that you can feel more confident and comfortable in everyday situations. See the links at the end for help with more severe problems. Continue reading
You know how it is, when you’re running, that your mind slips out of gear and the answers to questions, problems, issues, challenges seem to form themselves out of fresh air. So it was with this list. Continue reading
There are 3 crucial considerations for safe exercising when it’s dark – see, be seen and have a buddy. We’ll explain more about each of these in this article. Continue reading
Wearing the right exercise apparel can make the difference between workout enjoyment and workout misery. Clothes that rub, chafe, make you feel too hot or too cold can put you off going to the gym or hitting the road.
Here’s our guide to getting it right. We’re going to look at the right fabric and its technology, how to wear them, comfort and fit. Continue reading
There has been a long debate about whether barefoot, or minimalist shoe running, is a good thing or harmful. Some experts say it’s what we should be doing because it’s the way our ancestors got about for 1000s of years, and others are more skeptical.
So what’s the answer? Interestingly, like so many things, the answer isn’t one OR the other. Here’s why. Continue reading
There are several causes of severe limb pain. We’re going to look mainly at Compartment Syndrome, but also Shin Splints and Blood Clots. There are links to more detail on these last 2 in the article. Continue reading