Articles for the Month of April 2014

Too old to take up exercise? Try telling this 80 year-old!

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
Henry Ford

The Britain’s Got Talent show may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but every now and again there are lessons to be learned. If Susan Boyle taught us not to judge a book by its cover, then Paddy & Nico have shown us that age is no barrier to exercise. Watch this video if you’re one of the people who hasn’t yet seen it!

80 year-old Salsa queen

While salsa dancing may not be for you, finding a mode of exercise that you enjoy will benefit you in so many ways. Physically, you will be stronger, fitter and healthier, meaning that you will be able to enjoy independent living and everyday pleasures for so much longer.

Did you know that research has shown that the older we are, the more relative benefits we can get from regular exercise?  Muscle & bone loss, and increased cancer risk are all consequences of ageing that we can control and even reverse through exercise.

And the psychological benefits are just as great. Regular exercise makes us happier, and helps to defend against dementia. Plus there are huge social benefits to be gained from exercising with others.

Ladies Workout Express offers the ideal solution. The equipment is very safe to use and gentle on the joints (imagine swimming without the water!). You go at your own pace, and there is plenty of support from the instructors You’ll also meet other like-minded ladies so it’s a great social outlet.

If this has inspired you to take up exercise, after years of inactivity, then do be sure to start slowly and build up gradually. It’s also best to check with your GP before starting any new exercise programme.


Forget the 5:2 Diet – Try the 6:1!

There’s no doubt that the 5:2, or intermittent fasting, diet works for a lot of people, and it seems to have positive health benefits.

But if you’ve tried it and found you wanted to gnaw your arm off and just could’t operate on 500 calories (can’t concentrate, nausea, driven to distraction by hunger), then there is an alternative.

We’ve called it the 6:1 diet. This is where you stick to a healthy eating programme (we recommend the low GI approach) for 6 days a week, and then relax a bit on the seventh day. Apart from unintentional biblical references (but if the idea has been around for thousands of years there must be something in it!), there’s a mathematical reason why it works.

Let’s say for example that you follow a 1500 calorie a day diet for 6 days, and your daily calories expenditure is 2000. In 6 days you’ll create a deficit of 3000 calories (6 x 500 calories). So to undo all that on day 7 would mean consuming 5000 calories in one day, which actually takes some doing!

Now let’s look at what happens when you follow your diet for 5 out of 7 days. Using the same maths, you’ll create a 2500 calorie deficit. To undo that in 2 days is much easier – you’ll only need to consume 3250 calories a day, which isn’t difficult, especially when there’s alcohol involved.

As a general rule of thumb, if you stick to your diet 6 days a week, you’ll lose weight over time. 5 days a week, you’ll stay the same and 4 days or less a week, you’ll likely put weight on.

So let’s hear it for the 6:1 diet!