Are DNA fitness assessments good value for money?

Fitness tracking devices have helped many people to improve their exercising, but they are standardised tools.   The problem with them that they are neither accurate nor sophisticated enough yet. So personalised DNA testing sytems are growing. “As well as providing data for us, companies need to provide coaching with …

Are fitness trackers good value for money?

Fitness tracking devices have helped many people to improve their exercising.   Wearable and portable fitness trackers are certainly helping serious elite athletes to push themselves to the limit. But what about the rest of us? Does knowing how many calories we’re burning, how fast our hearts are beating, and …

From couch to 5K: tips for new runners.

With the start of the New Year we thought that we would give you some advice if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get moving a bit more.   Here’s some expert advice to get you started on the Couch to 5K running plan, including what to wear, …

Regular exercise is associated with a reduced occurrence of Colds

New research has found that elevated levels of exercise reduced the incidence of colds   Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI) can be caused by more than 200 different viruses, and it is estimated that the U.S. population suffers more than one billion colds a year (2-4 per average adult, 6-10 …

Weekend Warriors’ reap significant health benefits with fitness blitz

Weekend Warriors who shun exercise during the working week then embark on a fitness blitz on their days off, gain almost the same benefits as those following daily guidelines, a new study has shown.   Previously experts believed that intensive activity at the weekend was not enough to stave off …

Children need three hours exercise a day – Finland

The recommended amount of exercise for young children in Finland has increased from two to three hours a day. Children should spend at least three hours a day performing physical activities, according to the Finnish government. Parents have been advised to actively encourage their children to pursue hobbies and interests …

Watching TV for more than three hours was associated with an increased risk of premature death for all but the most active.

Researchers suggest this is likely to be because people might snack while they watch, or because they are more likely to watch TV after eating their evening meal which might affect their metabolism. It could, they say, also be a sign of a more unhealthy lifestyle in general. Dr Pedro …

Hour’s activity offsets sedentary day

Office workers are advised to take regular breaks from their desks. An hour’s “brisk exercise” each day offsets the risks of early death linked to a desk-bound working life, scientists suggest. The analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published …

How was your weekend running?

With the summer in full swing now is the time to take advantage of the weather. After a few weeks of last-minute-marathoning, recovering, and holidaying in Japan, it’s time to restart. I’ve been doing little but easy running – and not all that much of that. So on Saturday it …

Is a stand up desk really healthier?

Standing up at your desk reduces sitting, but not by the amount experts recommend. Our sedentary lifestyles are increasingly being blamed for a range of problems. Stand-up and treadmill desks might seem to be the answer, but is it worth shelling out for one? Sitting is the new smoking – …