Vegan diet can boost gut microbes and lead to improved body weight and blood sugar control

Vegan diet can boost gut microbes and lead to improved body weight and blood sugar control New research suggests that a 16-week vegan diet can boost the gut microbes that are related to improvements in body weight, body composition and blood sugar control. Changes to the gut microbes were associated with a reduction of bodyContinue reading “Vegan diet can boost gut microbes and lead to improved body weight and blood sugar control”

It’s never too late to start exercising

It’s never too late to start exercising Older people who have never taken part in sustained exercise programmes have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained master athletes of a similar age, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. The research shows that even those who are entirely unaccustomed toContinue reading “It’s never too late to start exercising”

Why am I so hard on myself?

It’s Saturday morning, the 28th of December. I’m in bed reading a book and enjoying my second cup of coffee. I’m planning on doing a workout this morning before my husband and I go out to lunch. I didn’t do a Sworkit yesterday, in stead we went to the local mall and walked 2.46 km,Continue reading “Why am I so hard on myself?”

Yoga for skiers at Savage Schloss

When I came across a yoga class for skiers and snowboarders held in an ski chalet themed rooftop, there wasn’t a snowballs’ chance in hell that I was going to miss out. I don’t having the inclination, ability or intention to ski or snowboard, but if this doesn’t count as an event worthy of myContinue reading “Yoga for skiers at Savage Schloss”

Limiting mealtimes may increase your motivation for exercise

Limiting mealtimes may increase your motivation for exercise A study published in the Journal of Endocrinology suggests that a surge in levels of appetite-promoting hormone, ghrelin, after a period of fasting prompted mice to initiate voluntary exercise. Dr Tajiri comments, “Our findings suggest that hunger, which promotes ghrelin production, may also be involved in increasingContinue reading “Limiting mealtimes may increase your motivation for exercise”

Yoga at Sweaty Betty Chiswick

In September I shared with you my review of a free yoga class at Sweaty Betty, Richmond branch.  (You can read about it here.) I  enjoyed the class and wanted to see how a class at a different branch would compare. For my second free class at a Sweaty Betty branch, I chose to attendContinue reading “Yoga at Sweaty Betty Chiswick”

Bitter sweet facts about sugar

I really don’t eat much sugar. I don’t have breakfast at all (I do 16:8 intermittent fasting), I drink coffee and tea with unsweetened soy milk and no sugar, lunch is a tortilla wrap with lettuce, carrot, cucumber and cheese / roasted sweet potato & feta / tuna / boiled egg and in the eveningsContinue reading “Bitter sweet facts about sugar”

Exercising before eating breakfast burns more fat

Exercising before eating breakfast burns more fat According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, health scientists found that by changing the timing of when you eat and exercise, people can better control their blood sugar levels. The six-week study found that people who performed exercise before having breakfast burnedContinue reading “Exercising before eating breakfast burns more fat”

Physical activity may protect against new episodes of depression

Physical activity may protect against new episodes of depression Increased levels of physical activity can significantly reduce the odds of depression, even among people who are genetically predisposed to the condition, according to a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  The team reported that individuals who engaged in at least several hoursContinue reading “Physical activity may protect against new episodes of depression”

Yoga in the walkways of Tower Bridge

Isn’t this sunrise over Tower Bridge just beautiful?! I was greeted by this pink, purple and orange sight yesterday morning. My usual morning walk to work is along the South Bank so why did I find myself in front of the Tower of London looking towards Tower Bridge at 7 am? Because dear reader, I wasContinue reading “Yoga in the walkways of Tower Bridge”