Osteoarthritis in the knee and exercise.
Exercise can play a vital role in managing osteoarthritis. People are often fearful of exercising the affected joint in case it causes further pain and damage yet this review of studies done on exercise programmes states "People with OA should be reassured that it is unlikely to exacerbate their pain if performed using the appropriate methods and at the appropriate dose."
In a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center researchers found that yoga classes specifically designed for chronic lower back pain (my italics!) helped patients feel better.
Don't use the sun as an excuse not to exercise but use these handy tips to ensure you stay healthy.
New research has shown that just an hour a week of resistance exercise can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar).
According to the findings of a study from the University of Dundee, published in the journal Age and Ageing, the most powerful 'deterrent' among the over-65s is a lack of interest, and disbelief that exercise can enhance and/or lengthen life. Yet one study on 90-year-old women in a nursing home found that 12 weeks of strength training took the equivalent of 20 years off their thigh muscle age, resulting in improved walking and mobility.
The message about physical activity isn’t working.
Firstly a mild correction, I was slightly misleading on Friday apparently it wasn't a Fitness Pilates class it was Core Pilates. It was stated as Core Pilates on the timetable but there was no accompanying link to the class definition (which there usually is). When I rang up to book the lady said oh you mean Fitness Pilates so I presumed the timetable had an error in it.
Trying new things: Out of my comfort zone
I am an advocate of finding the exercise that works for you, it may be running, lifting, swimming, cycling, circuits, chair based. Whatever gets you moving is what works. If possible throw in some mobility and stretching but if you are moving it's all good.
However sometimes I think it's beneficial to bust out of your comfort zone, to try new things just once. This morning I am going to the following class. ...continue reading
Nutrition is a hot topic and people can, and do, spend hours arguing about the best way, the correct way, the healthiest way to eat and about how certain foods are evil and we should tax them (yes I’m looking at you millionaire Jamie Oliver). ...continue reading
Last year when I wrote about New Year Resolutions it was about choosing a change that you wanted to make and not what you thought you should be doing What do you Want to Change?
This year I am going to urge you to make a change that isn’t fitness, nutrition or weight motivated, ...continue reading
The news today is full of the study that showed that the current government recommendation of 5 portions a day of fruit and vegetables may not be sufficient and that we should be aiming for 7+ (preferably made up of 5 vegetable portions and 2 fruit portions). The conclusion the report drew was the following ...continue reading