Health

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...

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...

As well as exercise, I am often asked about diet and eating, and how nutrition and exercise interact to improve both health and performance.  One question I have had recently is about fasting, so I thought I would discuss fasting and some of its benefits. Fasting...

There has been increasing interest in the risk and dangers of sitting for long hours at work.  Individuals are concerned about their own health and companies are probably thinking about potential liability. While there is little doubt that extended periods of minimal activity, whether at home or work,...

Much has been written lately about the negative effect of too much sitting for nearly every aspect of your health.  It weakens your muscles, impairs blood circulation, and increases your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and obesity. But it seems that sitting...

Two common questions I get is "how hard do I need to exercise?" and "how much exercise do I need to do?" to live longer and healthier. They are hard questions to answer as it depends on a person's goals, motivation, time availability and other lifestyle...

One of the questions I get asked a lot is "will running cause arthritis in my knees?" I've usually answered by saying "as long as you don't do too much, wear the right shoes, have a good running style and don't carry too much weight, your...

Would you want to know if you were at increased risk of certain health issues? If you knew your risk of heart disease or cancer was high, would you make changes in your life to reduce your risk? I've just read an article about genomic testing on...

There is no doubt that mental health is becoming a major concern for individuals, families, health professionals and the community at large. Researchers and the medical profession are working hard to better understand these conditions in the hope of finding ways to prevent and treat...

Every Saturday I do a long ride into the hills east of Perth with a group of friends. It's become a tradition and if I don't do it it just doesn't feel like Saturday. We stop at a great little patisserie to enjoy a coffee...