When it comes to exercise, I’m definitely with the tortoise

When it comes to exercise, I’m definitely with the tortoise

I was just asked by a journalist writing for a health magazine whether I had any tips on starting and maintaining an exercise program. She wanted something different from the usual ‘ get a personal trainer’, ‘set goals’ and ‘start by walking’ advice that we’ve all heard a million times. My talk on Wednesday was on exactly that, so I was ready with my...

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Exercise: good for the hips, bad for the ears

Exercise: good for the hips, bad for the ears

A new study has shown that an exercise program can help people with hip osteoarthritis to delay or even avoid total hip replacement surgery. But other studies suggest it might not be a good idea to do the exercise at a gym. With noise levels commonly reaching well over 90 dB (decibels) or more, it’s the equivalent of doing your workout next to someone using a jackhammer. So you could find it...

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Neuroscience catches up with yoga

Neuroscience catches up with yoga

When I discovered Kundalini yoga a couple of years ago I found a lot to love. It immediately felt like the right practice for me – the perfect combination of physical activity and meditation. There were also aspects that made me glad I was doing it in the privacy of my own home. I’m not naturally a chanting kind of person, for example, and some of the hand and arm movements that accompany the...

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Being active is like a medication. Who says? 102-year-old Fauja Singh

Being active is like a medication. Who says? 102-year-old Fauja Singh

Fauja Singh didn’t start running till he was 89 and, since then, he has run nine full marathons. Recently retired from competitive running, he still jogs every day. Obviously, few people of any age could, or would want to, run a full marathon. I can’t think of anything worse. But I do like his message about taking responsibility for your own health and well-being. In this Guardian article...

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Standing On One Leg

Standing On One Leg

In America it’s National Falls Prevention Day so I thought I’d launch my new blog with an update of  something I wrote about falls on my old, steam-powered blog last year. A couple of years ago I read a study claiming that one of the most accurate indicators of a person’s age was how long he or she could stand on one leg. It sounds like a joke but, in fact, this diminishing...

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