16th January 2019
Antelope couple

The unexpected secret of a long and healthy life

It’s kale isn’t it? I knew it. If I want to live to a ripe old age, hiking up mountains with all the gusto of a 30 year old, I have to eat kale *weeps*. And if you love kale, I salute you (and think you’re a bit weird). Actually, while what and how much we eat and drink as well as how much we move is very important to our long term health, there’s something else that may have a significant influence on our longevity: how happy we are. You may well be thinking, “Well duh, of course being happy is good for you!” Well, yes but, as a scientist, I need to be able to prove something you […]
9th January 2019
Resistance training

Pump it! Why over 40s should lift weights.

I’ve just read an article containing the quote: “aging is the progressive and inevitable process of bodily deterioration during adulthood”. Happy New Year one and all; here’s to continued bodily deterioration! It certainly isn’t the most uplifting term, even though it’s something we’ve all experienced after failing to bounce back following a night out. While it’s true that we slowly lose muscle and fitness as we age, the important thing is that we can all do something about it! What happens to our muscles as we age? From around our 40s we can lose up to a mind boggling 8% of our body’s muscle mass every decade. At the same time as losing muscle mass, our muscle quality and strength […]
2nd January 2019
juice cleanse

Why I’ll never do a detox

It’s January and as sure as night follows day or hangover follows NYE, everywhere you look there are detoxes. Detox diet plans, detox fasts, detox juices and detox supplements. What’s the juice on these plans and why would I never do one? Science or sales patter? The first thing about detox plans, whatever they are selling (and make no mistake, this is all about product sales and marketing with scant regard for any actual science), is that hardly any actually explain what a “toxin” is, let alone how their product will eliminate  or ‘flush’ it from your body. If they do offer a scientific (or more accurately pseudo-scientific) explanation, it often differs from one brand to the next and few […]
9th October 2017
Women's fitness

It’s (not) all about the bass

Anyone who knows or follows me on social media will know that I’m a strong proponent of resistance exercise for women (and men). The benefits are numerous, supporting the development of strength for specific sports or core muscles to help prevent injury, reducing age-related muscle loss, improving body and bone composition and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and later-life cognitive decline. For a fantastic and well referenced review of these benefits that is as relevant to the over 40s as it is for younger people, check out this blog (part 1 and part 2). Given the many and diverse benefits of resistance training, why are the few articles written in support of resistance exercise for women all about […]