31st January 2019
social media

Pretty Ugly. The Dark Side of Social Media.

You wake up and the first thing you do is reach for your phone and have a quick scroll through your Instagram feed. You look in the mirror and maybe what you see doesn’t reflect what you’d just seen in the 50 photos you’ve just browsed. Maybe your house isn’t as tidy and picture perfect. Maybe your wardrobe isn’t as curated and on trend. It’s 7.30am and you already feel inadequate. Sound familiar? Is social media actually damaging our mental health or is it just a bit of fun that we take with a pinch of salt? Does social media distort body image? Believe it or not, there are several studies that show that the more time you spend on […]
23rd January 2019
high protein foods

The truth about protein and who really needs it most

If you thought protein was just for body builders then think again! The real benefits of a higher protein diet have nothing to do with sculpting the perfect physique and focus on long term health and not superficial aesthetics. Think of a high protein diet and the mind tends to jump to muscle-bound, bicep-kissing young men, flexing their physiques on Venice Beach. The explosion of ‘fitspiration’ images on social media where girls try to maximise the booty to waist ratio and guys aspire to develop a defined 8 pack, potentially at great cost to physical and mental health, has positioned protein as the nutrient of the body beautiful. Moreover, the recent explosion of protein products on the market, from Protein […]
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 […]