Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health. Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age of 40.They are urging those between the ages of 40 and 60 to start doing regular brisk walks.Just 10 minutes a day could have a major impact, reducing the risk of early death by 15%, they say.But PHE estimates four out of every 10 40- to 60-year-olds do not even manage a brisk 10-minute walk each month. Inactivity in middle age Adults in England 40-60 years old 41% Do not manage one brisk 10 min walk per month 1 in 6 Deaths linked to inactivity 15% Reduction in risk of early death from at least one brisk 10 min walk per day 20% Less active than we were in the 1960s 15 miles Less walked a year on average than two decades ago Public Health England BBC To help, the government agency is … [Read more...] about Middle-aged told to walk faster
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An Australian nutrition coach and wholefoods chef has revealed what her typical 'day on a plate' looks like and the pantry staples that she swears by for staying healthy. Lee Holmes, a Sydney-based cookbook author and founder of Supercharged Food, said her diet changes considerably each day and she refuses to follow any specific program or 'way of eating'. Instead, she prefers sticking to a few simple rules: mostly plant-based foods, minimal processed and inflammatory foods, gut-friendly meals, mindful eating and quality over quantity. She also follows the 80:20 method which involves eating clean 80 per cent of the time and enjoying indulgences 20 per cent of the time. Lee Holmes (pictured), the Sydney-based founder of Supercharged Food, said her diet changes considerably each day and she refuses to follow any specific program Inside Lee Holmes' pantry Spices and flavour'I make sure to always keep flavour providers on hand, including ginger, wheat-free tamari, … [Read more...] about How to eat like a nutritionist: Diet expert reveals her typical day on a plate – and why she swears by the 80:20 rule, gut powder and ‘antihistamine’ smoothies
Combining exercising with cutting calories is often the go-to for weight loss. But research suggests being active while restricting how much we eat may be bad for our bones. Scientists put mice on a restrictive diet and 'running routine' for six weeks. They lost weight, which the team thought would make their bones more robust. The researchers were therefore surprised to discover the rodents' bone volume had actually decreased by 20 per cent. From a 'human perspective', the researchers warn cutting calories while exercising could have a 'great impact on bones', particularly in women, whose bones naturally weaken with age. The University of North Carolina study comes amid a growing trend for calorie-restricting diets, such as the 5:2 or 16:8 eating patterns. Exercising while cutting calories may be bad for bone health, research suggests (stock) 'These findings were somewhat of a surprise for us,' lead author Dr Maya Styner said. 'Past studies in mice have shown us … [Read more...] about Exercising while cutting calories may be bad for your BONES: Putting active mice on a restricted diet reduced their bone volume by 20%
When a woman recently walked into Thorrun Govind’s high-street pharmacy in Bolton seeking help for a common infection, Govind quickly knew what to prescribe. But because the woman said she had not had the medication before, Govind had to check with her GP practice. They insisted the woman go in. “It’s crazy,” says Govind. “Here’s a busy practice telling a busy woman, who was at work, that she had to call them to see if they could fit her in. If she’d lied and said she had had the medication before, I could have given it to her and she could have started the treatment.” The anecdote sums up the frustration of many of the UK’s 14,000 community pharmacists that they are not being allowed to do more to ease the pressure on NHS services, despite repeated assurances by ministers and officials that they want them to do so. The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told the NHS Confederation conference in June: “I feel we haven’t … [Read more...] about What’s stopping pharmacies doing more to reduce pressure on GPs?
Tens of thousands of Ryanair passengers across Europe are suffering disruption as strikes cancel 250 flights.Unions claim this is the biggest day of action yet against a series of complaints about conditions by Ryanair workers in a raft of countries.Ryanair say 35,000 passengers have been affected.But it added 90% of flights would operate as normal. Some 20 flights to and from Ryanair's biggest European hub, Stansted, have been cancelled.The travel editor of the Independent, Simon Calder, said these were mostly to and from Germany.He also said eight Manchester services - to and from Barcelona, Berlin, Faro and Malaga - have been grounded, as well as flights from Birmingham to Lanzarote and East Midlands to Malaga.'Unjustified' action Ryanair said the action was taking place in six of its 37 markets and that most of its 400,000 passengers would not be affected.It called the action "regrettable and unjustified" and apologised to customers.Action had been planned across a range of … [Read more...] about Ryanair cancels 250 flights as strike action hits tens of thousands