Walking for well-being

A recent post by a colleague, Scott Wood, highlighted that if you want to lose weight you need to do more than just walk. Walking uses four times as much energy as sitting on a couch, however, when we factor a 30 minute walk into our whole day the increase in energy expenditure is no […]

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Running the Cares Away

Tis the season to be jolly…jolly busy! Deadlines, shopping, crowds, family, finances, holidays…for many, the list goes on. So don’t worry – I don’t intend on making you feel guilty for not prioritising exercise during the silly season. I was feeling particularly flat recently, thinking through the above scenarios to instigate a survival plan. A […]

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Exercise is inflammatory

This statement quite often leaves people somewhat confused especially after they’ve been told the impact chronic low-grade inflammation has on insulin resistance, which is a precursor to developing diabetes. However, while an exercise bout does increase levels of pro- inflammatory messengers called cytokines it only tells part of the story. The above statement also challenges […]

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Barefoot running and shoes

A friend asked me for my opinion on barefoot running, technique and specific shoes. I think that barefoot running is a big and controversial topic (!) so I thought I would post my response on line and get other’s perspective on it! Here are some of my thoughts: Yes I agree that modern shoe wear is […]

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Drugs in the Tour de France (TDF)? EPO undetectable!

Interesting study recently published in the Journal Of Applied Physiology (Lundby C, et al) shows that one of two labs accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) could not detect significant levels of injected EPO in a group of volunteer (positive) samples. 8 volunteers were injected every second day for 14 days (a common ‘boosting […]

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