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Author: Lisa King

Yo-yo dieting tied to heart problems

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Consistently high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels have long been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, but when these biomarkers fluctuate over time, as can happen with yoyo dieting, the negatives escalate. A huge study of 6.7 million people in the US, as reported in the journal Circulation, discovered that subjects with the most fluctuations in bodyweight, blood pr...
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Quick Suspension Trainer workout

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Click the link below to see a 3 minute film which is a condensed version of a workout for home use with a suspension device. Exercises included, in this order, are 2 arm row, narrow grip press, 'open the curtains', arm extension, 1 arm row with rotation, sprint starts, biceps curls and hip drops. I suggest 10-15 reps of each then repeat if time. Minimal rest between exercises. https:...
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Core stability to get you out of trouble

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My Dad told me a funny story, which could have ended quite badly, where decent core stability would have saved a lot of angst. He told me he fell in a ditch on the common and couldn't get out, while cows snorted above his head and dribbled over him. He was aged 80 at the time, and was retrieving his model airplane which had flown into a field, when he fell into a roughly one metre high, na...
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Relieve tight hips to reduce back pain

Most of us sit for too long, leading to tight hip flexors (muscles that attach from the front of the thigh to the anterior side of the lower vertebrae), as well as tight chest muscles and front of shoulders. Relieving tightness in hip flexors will help improve mobility and stability of the pelvis, reducing strain on the lower back. In order to promote stability and mobility in the various...
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The Menopause: it’s rife!

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Recently I've noticed that, quite abruptly, I can no longer run very fast, I've put on a few kilos which I can't shift, and walking up hill gets me puffing all too soon. Some of my friends and clients are experiencing similar symptoms of the menopause, many much worse than mine. Although it's obvious we women will go through this, expect it and accept it, it can be hard to take, especially wh...
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Bank holiday cycle ride reveals my lack of fitness

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To enjoy the day off school and work yesterday we headed to the Malvern Hills with mountain bikes. I have not ridden my bike since August of last year, and I know my legs will be cursing me tomorrow. I didn't feel like going, as it was a bit cold and cloudy, but Mr. K overruled and off we set. We were on the Malvern Hills Trust mountain biking trail, medium route, starting at the North Qu...
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Getting a shift on

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I played in my son's rugby club parents v kids touch rugby session on Sunday and today I'm stiff in the legs, much more so than from my usual running. It's quite surprising as I only played for about ten minutes in total and I warmed up, (the only parent who did, and I'm sure I looked a fool running around, dynamically stretching, throwing a rugby ball up in the air and going through the motio...
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No more slouching!

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This week I want to show you three simple exercises to help achieve instant postural adjustment, that practised regularly can strengthen the muscles required to hold optimum posture, and loosen the tight ones that inhibit good posture. The first is pectoral self massage. Tight chest muscles can make it difficult to bring your shoulders back and down. Seated or standing, begin by rolling you...
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Cheap way to get fit – housework!

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If you want a cheap way to get fit then my suggestion is get your vacuum cleaner, cloths and mops out and have a thorough clean of your house. It's exhausting!   I did it in stages, getting distracted by old photo albums I pulled out from under the bed, and needing to take rests, but I tell you it's hard physical labour. We usually have a cleaner, but he's away this week, so, having...
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Why Kenyans are so dominant in long distance running

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I've just finished a book about a runner's investigation into how Kenyan runners are so fast. Adharanand Finn (Runner's World magazine contributor) travelled with his family to Iten in Kenya, the 'running capital of the world' and immersed himself in their culture for six months, trained with Kenya's top athletes in the Rift Valley and ran his first ever marathon in blazing heat in a time he n...
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