Author: David Beard

Have you ever wondered how your health might affect that of your children?  What about your grand-children? If you’re a female you probably have, as it has been accepted for some time that the health of the mother at conception and while carrying their baby influences...

With overweight and obesity skyrocketing around the world, researchers are working hard to identify the causes so we can help those people whose weight is increasing and those whose attempts to lose weight fail. The standard answer— calories in exceed calories out—sounds reasonable, but in practice...

Exercise is a highly metabolic process in which the muscle tissues increase their demand for oxygen and the secretion of waste products such as carbon dioxide. In response to these demands, the amount of blood pumped by the heart increases. Increased blood flow This increase in blood flow...

I have always recommended that people aim to do their exercise first thing in the morning.   Perhaps its because that’s the time I tend to do mine or that anecdotally it is better for fat burning.  Or that I think everyone should enjoy the peace...

Researchers have long known that regular exercise increases the number of organelles called mitochondria in muscle cells. Since mitochondria are responsible for generating energy, this numerical boost is thought to underlie many of the positive physical effects of exercise, such as increased strength and endurance. Exercise...

If you have been getting this newsletter for a while you will know that I recommend everyone does at least two sessions a week of strength training to maintain their muscle mass.  Although it doesn’t have to involve actual weights, in gym language this is...

I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping I can maintain my mental capacity (stay sharp) for my whole life.  No-one wants to think that they might suffer cognitive decline or get Alzheimer's disease.  And, while there is no guarantee, I'm sure, given the choice, you would make lifestyle...

Are you getting enough quality sleep? Are you sleeping longer than you should? Poor sleep habits may put you at higher risk for early signs of heart disease when compared to those who get adequate, good quality sleep, according to a study published in the...

Although a recent study involved children, I think the message is important for all of us. The study of 28 healthy, normal-weight children found that doing three minutes of moderate-intensity walking every half hour over three hours of sitting led to lower levels of blood sugar and...

Have you ever wondered what your brain will be like when you got old and whether it will survive the test of time and let you stay sharp until you die? Or whether any of the recommended ways to maintain your brain structure and function actually...