Thursday, 23 April 2015

Being overweight doesn't matter? - part 3

Get an education when young
Why?  Because more educated people tend to have a healthier lifestyle and improved access to health care.  Also, it is reckoned that if you start off brighter then you have more to lose and will therefore stay cognitively functional for longer. 

Eat a healthy, balanced diet
‘It seems that a Mediterranean diet, high in cereals, fruit, fish and veg, may lower the risk of dementia’.  The Guardian suggests that ‘ A plate of fish, olives and tomatoes is probably better than a tub of vitamins’. 

Limit your alcohol intake
There is a broad consensus that too much alcohol is a bad thing.  Some studies suggest that being tee total might not be good, but that might be attributable to being less sociable, which is not good either.  Moderation is the key

 So, there you have it, there’s lots we can do to stave off the wretched condition – just think of that every time you come to the gym!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Being overweight doesn't matter ? - part 2

Continuing on from my previous post regarding a recent report that tells us that being overweight doesn't matter. Well I'm not convinced and believe its worth bothering to exercise and get healthy and there is evidence to support this.
Take regular exercise

The Director of Research and Development at the Alzheimer’s Society says that the 4 key evidence based strategies for preventing dementia are;

         Not smoking

         Healthy diet
         Looking after your heart
Of these, the most important is exercise (30 mins moderate exercise five times a week)

Look after your heart

Not smoking helps and managing your blood pressure, diabetes risk and cholesterol levels.  Some studies are suggesting that the sooner these measures are put in place the better the outcome, especially in higher risk groups.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Being overweight doesn't matter? - Part 1

I am going to post a series of logs for you in the next few days.  They are all taken from an article in today’s Guardian ‘Matter over mind’.  I am doing this because you might have heard about a report that tells us that being overweight doesn’t matter.  Well, that’s not quite the case, so I am going to give you the most up to date info on that and I also want to let you know why its worth bothering to exercise and to eat healthily. 

The longer we live, the more likely we are to develop dementia, there is no cure and it will usually manifest as impaired memory and possibly other symptoms such as reduced language, poor spatial awareness and loss of function.  The best course of action is prevention and we are going to have a look at what the most recent research shows us.

Watch your Body Mass Index (BMI)

You may have read of the report in the Lancet that said that being underweight in later life increases the risk of dementia.  However, the interpretation of this has been challenged and that some of this is dependent on when dementia is diagnosed (and how accurately) – the more balanced view from Gustafson from the State University of New York is that it is best not to be either under nor obese in middle age

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Ladies - Would you like to get a flatter tummy and strong abs?

Ladies – do you know where your core is and how to strengthen it? 
Would you like to get a flatter tummy and strong abs?

Come along to Sexycise – the all women class where we concentrate on those important areas.  Classes on Mondays and Thursdays at our Willingham Gym – just phone to book your place.  Take it at your own pace and level – its as easy or as hard as you want to make it – oh – and you get a free recipe for your folder every week!
(No class on 6th April as its Easter Monday)