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 […]