Prehabilitation will lessen the impact of cancer treatment

Prehabilitation joins the cancer care pathway


MacMillan Cancer Support’s new prehabilitation guidelines marks a shift change in the management and support of people with cancer. I met a new client recently. She was six months on after treatment for leukaemia and keen to improve her fitness and energy levels. During our preliminary chat about her health status and previous activity levels she told me a tale…

Physical activity targets can now include taking the stairs instead of the lift

Explore the new US guidelines on physical activity


With fewer than 1 in 4 adult Americans currently meeting national exercise guidelines, the 2nd edition of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has a new message: every little bit of physical activity you do contributes to your long-term health. This is a departure from the 1st edition in 2008, which set the activity bar a…

Working from home can affect your health if you don't pay attention to your physical activity levels

Physical activity is key when you work from home


  NEW: Follow this link to find your top tips on keeping fit at home during the coronavirus crisis   Are you one of the growing band of people working from home, content in the knowledge that you don’t have to face that soul-destroying commute to and from your workplace? Congratulations if you are, but is working from your kitchen…

Man with dog walking to get his regular physical exercise

5 ways physical exercise can help you combat the ageing process


Too many people seem to think that as they approach their 50s and 60s it’s too late to think about their physical fitness. They associate ageing with irresistible decline and accept the fact that they will inevitably pile on weight, lose muscle size and strength, suffer with stiff joints, and succumb to the chronic health problems they have stacked up…

Summer exercise research studies to make you think

2 summer studies to make you think about your exercise


Summer’s here and it looks like the exercise research community has hung up its statistical analysis tools in favour of beach towels and suncream bottles. Before the universities packed up for the holidays I noticed two intriguing articles that at first glance look a little unusual, but which nevertheless provide food for thought for anyone thinking about their own health…

Wearing ‘superhero’ compression tights won’t help you run faster or reduce your muscle fatigue

3 surprising exercise studies that made the headlines in June


Health and fitness research articles feature prominently in print and online media these days, usually accompanied by the obligatory selfie of a bright young thing with impeccably chiselled abs. You name a fitness topic and someone out there is researching it. Here are three absorbing pieces of exercise research that caught my eye in June. Do diet and exercise affect…

Just one hour of resistance exercise a week can have health benefits

Resistance exercise: just how much do you need to do?


Here’s some encouraging research news for busy people who want improve their health through exercise but don’t think they have the time. Undertaking less than 1 hour of resistance exercise training per week lowers the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MetS). This is the finding of international research involving 7,418 middle-aged healthy adults from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study in America.…

Research says 14 days of inactivity increases risk of diabetes and heart disease

3 thought-provoking research articles you might have missed in May


I really enjoy reading research articles about exercise, nutrition, health and fitness. Although some studies sometimes contradict the findings of others, the general message from the boffins is definitely that moving more and eating sensibly is the key to a healthier life. Here are 3 thought-provoking research studies that ended up in my inbox in May.   Lazy holidays raise diabetes and heart disease…