New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

Now is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving the road to hell with them as usual.   Mark Twain New Year Resolutions All NY resolutions seem to demand self-denial. Not many people resolve to smoke more cigarettes or to...
Exercise and mental health

Exercise and mental health

Guest Blog You may get bored with me banging on about all the benefits of exercise – so to relieve the boredom I will be publishing occasional Blogs from other sources. Here is one from the US – supporting my message about the psychological benefits of...
Achieving weight loss

Achieving weight loss

Really, really difficult! As I have said in the previous two blogs, change in our weight is decided by the balance between what we consume in calories of food and what we expend in calories of muscular effort – calories-in vs calories-out. Changing our habitual...
OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY

OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY

‘A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.’ A. A. Milne  How is weight assessed? The standard way of measuring weight compared with height is body mass index (BMI), which is weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared. So a 70kg (about...
EXERCISE, FITNESS AND DISEASE

EXERCISE, FITNESS AND DISEASE

Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought, Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught, The wise, for cure, on exercise depend; God never made his work for man to mend. ~John Dryden 1700 The whys and wherefores of exercise For the past few months I have written...
AND HOW FIT ARE YOU?

AND HOW FIT ARE YOU?

The Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey The first attempt to assess the nation’s physical fitness was published 1990 – The Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey (ADNFS). The ADNFS was conducted in a representative sample of English adults aged 16 to 96 years,...