Lower your risk of major illness by walking regularly

I’ve been pacing and reading this morning in the Woodland. Taking the opportunity to walk whenever I can. We all know that exercise is good for us but often relate that to going to the gym or joining an aerobics class. Well, recent research has shown that something as simple as a regular walking routine [read the full story…]

More links between sitting time and chronic disease: new research from Australia

We’re hearing more and more about the negative impact on our health of sitting down too much of the time and here comes another bit of evidence which suggests that, though it’s not the type of study that can tell us about causes, only associations. It’s part of a big cross-sectional study in New South Wales, [read the full story…]

A home-based program improves physical activity and nutritional behaviour in older people

What a busy morning I’ve had spending quality time with the Elders in the Woodland. We started off with a spot of tai chi in amongst the snowdrops, followed by a pot of Rosy Lee reclining on the toadstools. I’ve been nagging them all to get up and be more active since reading more about [read the full story…]

Can the London 2012 Olympics really ‘inspire a generation’?

‘Legacy’ was the buzzword of summer 2012. Here in the Woodland, even with all this snow on the ground, I’m still able to bask in the warm glow that comes from knowing that our London Olympics and Paralympics were such a huge success. It was common knowledge that hosting the Games was going to cost [read the full story…]

Health benefits of Nordic walking

So it’s day 11 of the New Year and you’re half way through the second week of sticking to your lose weight, get fit resolutions (or so I hope!). Fed up of running round the block yet or swimming up and down, up and endlessly down the local pool?  Well, I might just have an [read the full story…]

Measures to encourage people to walk or cycle more: new NICE guidance

walking and cycling

Help, we’re only in the second week of December and I have already eaten 24 mince pies and 12 sausage rolls! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and to lose all self control, or so it seems. Finding ways to burn off those extra calories is the answer if you want to avoid total body [read the full story…]

Can friends influence your body weight?

OK people, hands up if you think there’s nothing better than a good friend turning up on your toadstool, unless it’s a good friend with chocolate! I’m thinking that there will be quite a lot of hands in the air right now. Oh yes, if your best friend is about to eat half a chocolate [read the full story…]

Exercise can help people with cancer find their get-up-and-go

We know that exercise is good for us all and it seems that aerobic exercise, including walking and cycling, may help people having treatment for cancer to beat fatigue. A Cochrane review on this topic has been updated this week and now brings together evidence from 56 randomised controlled trials involving over 4000 people. The trials explored [read the full story…]

What kind of interventions can help to encourage socioeconomically disadvantaged women to exercise?

This week in the Woodland we’ve been focusing on ways to ramp up the old physical activity in our lives and today is no different. It seemed important to focus a little more on the fairer sex when I read that women are less active than men across the lifespan. We definitely spend a lot [read the full story…]

Encouraging adults to be more active – evidence briefing on the role of the workplace

This week I’m thinking about how to get healthy adults doing more exercise and I found myself pondering if it was all so much easier back in the 1970s. Not only did we lack all sorts of technology which allows us to move less and burn fewer calories, but it was the age of disco, and I look back and [read the full story…]