Six ways you can start to be healthier right now

Woman with clockWhen we think about trying to be healthier it sometimes seems like it will be a hard job.

You may think of a detox or other strict diet, cutting out alcohol, running for miles, or whatever. It can seem like there’s a lot to do, so you do nothing.

But does it have to be like that?

I don’t know if you follow cycling (I don’t really), but when I was watching the cycle races at the London Olympics a couple of years ago I kept hearing the phrase “marginal gains”.

The British cycling team seemed to win more medals than anyone else and these marginal gains were said to be the key.

The idea behind this marginal gains approach is that rather than producing a big improvement in one aspect of a process, very small improvements in several areas add up to a massive overall improvement.

I’ve been thinking about this as an approach to improving health. Rather than focusing on one thing, why not just do a little better in lots of areas and let all the small health improvements add up?

So what should you be doing to produce these marginal gains in health? How can you start to be healthier today? [Read more…]

Nine popular weight-loss diets and how they work

weight-loss diets doctor with appleI’m always intrigued by the names of the various weight-loss diets that come along from time to time.

You usually hear about them at the beginning of January when everyone is trying to lose a few pounds as one of their new year resolutions, or in late spring/early summer when everyone is trying to squeeze into their swimsuits.

I suppose the intriguing names are designed to draw us in, and make us think that maybe this time it will be different. Maybe this time you will lose weight, and keep the weight off.

Making weight-loss diets less boring

I’m a firm believer that if you want to lose weight you just need to eat less and exercise more, but that’s a bit boring isn’t it? Following a diet with a catchy name and a clear philosophy behind it must help to motivate us. [Read more…]

Walking for exercise

Woman walking for exerciseSomething that always amazes me is the number of people who drive everywhere, park as close as possible to where they are going, and seem to avoid walking at all costs.

A lot of the people I know who do this also have gym memberships and go there to exercise fairly regularly. They probably drive right up to the gym door too.

So what’s my problem? I’m wondering why these people don’t take the opportunity to exercise by walking, that’s what. Walking is great exercise and it would supplement what they do at the gym.

There are also people who don’t go to the gym, but drive everywhere. Why don’t they walk? Most people without a serious disability can walk, but many of them don’t.

Here we look at some of the potential benefits of walking for exercise. [Read more…]