Monday, 6 December 2010

Researchers Use Patient's Own Blood to Treat Hamstring Injury

Researchers Use Patient's Own Blood to Treat Hamstring Injury


  • Researchers can treat small tears in the hamstring with a procedure involving injections of the patient’s own blood.
  • Hamstring tendinopathy is a common sports injury that can sideline athletes permanently.
  • Patients who received the treatment experienced significant and lasting pain reduction and functional improvement.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Physical activity 'helps fight depression'

New research has found that people who participate in regular physical activity outside work are not as likely to show signs of depression as those who don't.

In a new research study; a team from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London and academics from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the University of Bergen asked more than 40,000 Norwegian residents how often they took part in both light and intense physical activity.

The findings - published in November's issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry - showed that;
  • there was an "inverse relationship" between the amount of leisure time activity and symptoms of depression.
  • people who were not active outside work are twice as likely to display signs of depression. 
  • the intensity of physical activity appeared to make no difference. 
Lead researcher Dr Samuel Harvey of the IoP said: 
  • "Our study shows that people who engage in regular leisure-time activity of any intensity are less likely to have symptoms of depression."
  • "We also found that the context in which activity takes place is vital"

Thursday, 21 October 2010

How to lose belly fat & get that 6 pack!

No great secrets really;
In order to strip the fat you need to address both your diet and exercise regimens.
A diet low in fat and not overloaded with carbs will help.  
Then you need to work on your cardio to reduce your body fat percentage; you need to work at a moderate to high intensity to enable maximum calorie burn (puffed out but able to speak short sentences).
Combine this with targeted and whole body (functional) core/abs work to shape those muscles from the inside out; remembering to include lower back exercises in your program to balance your body.
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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Exercise reduces the risk of female cancers

Women who exercise and keep active are nearly 30 per cent less likely to develop womb cancer than couch potatoes - according to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer. 

A team from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda (NCI), Maryland, US found a strong link between the amount of exercise and physical activity women do and a lower risk of developing womb cancer; which is the fourth most common cancer in women with more than 7,500 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK.

Dr Steven Moore, lead author of the NCI study, said: "Physical activity is known to reduce risk for breast and colon cancer, and now our study has found that physical activity can reduce risk for womb cancer as well.We already knew that maintaining a healthy body weight is an important way to reduce the risk of womb cancer, but our study showed that physical activity has a protective effect of its own."

Commenting on the findings, John Searle, chief medical officer of the UK's Fitness Industry Association (FIA) said: "The findings provide yet another reason to engage ourselves in physical activity. Engaging women in physical activity and educating them around the health benefits of participation is essential for lowering the risk of diseases such as this and the other disease areas that physical activity can help protect against." 

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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Exercise good for fibromyalgia

A recent article published in The Journal of Pain and led by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, repots that adolescents with fibromyalgia and are physically active report lower levels of pain and disability.

(Fibromyalgia is a condition characterised by widespread pain and heightened response to pressure).

The research objectives were to measure physical activity levels in adolescents with JPFS, examine differences and characteristics of high and low activity subjects, and explore the impact of psychiatric disorders on physical activity.

Results showed that adolescents with JPFS did not engage in physical activities and aerobic exercise at levels recommended by their physicians. Low levels of exercise in these patients are troubling to clinicians who view exercise as a major component for improved pain management.

In the small number of patients who maintained very high levels of physical exercise, the reported pain levels were lower than the inactive group, perhaps due to exercising, and their parents reported they had lower depressive symptoms and disability than inactive subjects.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Active people eat more healthily...apparently

A study by the University of Leeds, and recently presented at the recent British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, showed that people who engage in regular exercise are more likely to regulate their fat intake and avoid high-risk diet. 

The findings show that obese people initially demonstrated a control of eating which was based on the weight of food eaten, not the amount of calories contained in that food. During a 12 week supervised exercise programme, however, the obese individuals demonstrated a progressive reduction in self-selected high fat food. 
Exercise therefore seems to have a beneficial effect on dietary behaviour by helping people reduce the intake of high risk, bodyweight-increasing foods.When people engage in regular exercise fat intake is better regulated and consequently these people move towards a healthier diet.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

What is a training plateau?

This occurs when your progress comes to a standstill, and can be described as not making any "gains" (such as improving your fitness level or losing weight), but not necessarily moving backwards (losing endurance or gaining weight). 
If you've been exercising and cutting calories for several weeks, and you're no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning, then you've probably hit a plateau.
Because every individual is unique, there's no way to actually predict when a plateau might happen. However, the principles of nutrition, rest, and variation will jump start your body, mind, and metabolism. 
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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

What is Lean Muscle Mass?

Lean Mass is everything else that makes up your weight (besides fat). It includes muscle, bones, organs, water, and all non-fatty tissues.
There is a gender difference in lean mass levels. Thanks to much higher levels of testosterone, men have a greater amount of muscle mass than women. 
Muscle also weighs more than fat, but it takes up much less space. For example, one pound of muscle is much smaller than one pound of fat. So, as you exercise consistently and build up strength, your total body weight may actually increase. This can be confusing (and sometimes scary), but you are gaining muscle, while maintaining or even losing fat.

Look for gains: Your lean mass can be calculated by subtracting your total fat (as a percentage or in actual pounds) from your total weight. This number will probably be relatively stable, or increase over time, as long as you are exercising. Gains in muscle mass will increase your metabolism, thus enabling you to burn more calories during every activity--even sitting! So, while you do want to lose fat, setting a goal of increasing your muscle mass will help you get there.

Body Benefit: Muscle increases boost your metabolism and fitness levels