10 things exercise is good for (in addition to your health)

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As little as 30 mins cardio three to five days a week can add years to your life, says Cameron Diaz in The Body Book

#1 Getting over a break up. There’s something about getting yourself physically stronger that helps you feel emotionally and mentally stronger too. Empowered, even. The fact it leaves you looking that little bit trimmer doesn’t hurt either.  Continue reading

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10 myths about autism – busted

World Autism Awareness Day, 2nd April 2013

World Autism Awareness Day, 2nd April 2013

Myth #1: Autism is rare.
Reality: According to NHS Choices, there are now some 550,000 people in the UK with autism. That equates to one in every 100 people. Add to the picture the family members and loved ones who care for them, and it’s estimated that autism touches the lives of over two million people in the UK every day. Continue reading

10 good reasons to join John Hartson for the BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge, 12-14 July 2013

John Hartson with his wife and fellow BraveHart, Sarah Hartson

John Hartson with wife and fellow BraveHart, Sarah

#1 If John can climb Ben Nevis, so can you. Sure, he may be an ex-professional footballer turned Assistant Manager for the Welsh FA with fitness levels most of us can only aspire to. But when John first scaled Ben Nevis back in 2010 he had only recently completed treatment for testicular cancer; treatment so gruelling that on one occasion his heart stopped beating. Resuscitated by medical staff, John made a promise to himself that if he won his battle against the disease he would one day go on to climb Ben Nevis – a promise he made good exactly one year to the day that he had stopped breathing. Continue reading

10 common ailments of the 21st Century

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#1 iPhone arm. (Also referred to as smartphone strain.) That awkward ache you experience in your lower arm and wrist after lying propped up in bed holding your iPhone aloft for too long reading your emails, Twitter feed and favourite websites first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Continue reading

10 ways the humble nut could improve your health

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#1 Reduce your risk of a heart attack with a handful of nuts every day. In their New York Times bestseller, SuperFoods, authors Steven Pratt MD and Kathy Matthews say that a handful of nuts eaten five or more times a week can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by at least 15 per cent and possibly as much as 51 per cent. They go on to say that a similar nut intake can also significantly reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and many cancers. Continue reading

10 things about cutting down on sugar (month one)

#1 It’s harder than you think because it’s in more things than you think. Not just the obvious things like biscuits, cakes, chocolate and wine. Not just the-less-obvious-but-becoming-increasingly-well-known things like yoghurt, tomato ketchup, beans and bread. Not just the things with naturally occurring sugars such as fruit, vegetables, fresh juices and nuts. But things you would never in a million years think of as containing sugar… things like semi-skimmed milk. Yes, milkContinue reading

10 sure-fire signs of PMT

#1 You hear yourself saying aloud things you would normally only think to yourself. Things like, “You / he / she / they / this / that / it… is DOING MY HEAD IN!!!” Continue reading