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Health Check: do cold showers cool you down?

cool down

  It’s normal to feel hot, sweaty and uncomfortable in warm weather, but what’s the best way to cool down? To answer this question, Yossi Rathner, Joshua Luke Ameliorate and Mark Schier from Swinburne University of Technology took a look at how the body maintains stable internal (core) temperature.


Whole grains help weight loss reveals study

whole grains

A US study has shown eating whole grains can help people lose weight.


A Q&A on cholesterol and heart health with Dr Ross Walker

Cholesterol and heart health

What is cholesterol? First thing’s first, cholesterol is a modified steroid, fatty molecule that is predominantly produced in the liver. There are two main types of cholesterol carrying proteins; high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Why do we need it? Cholesterol is an essential for your body, and is vital for the production of


How to love your heart in 2017


Australian cardiologist Dr Ross Walker shares his tips on how to give your heart the love it deserves in 2017. Tip #1: Eat Oily Fish A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, and additionally, reduce inflammation in the body, particularly around the joints. Tip #2:


Combat fatigue with these 5 tips from cardiologist, Dr Ross Walker


In theory a good night’s sleep – consisting of 7-8 hours’ sleep per night – should prepare us for the day ahead but, as we know, this isn’t always the case! One of the most common causes of fatigue and waking unrefreshed is sleep apnoea. If your fatigue is really affecting the quality of your


Health Check: what causes bloating?


“Bloating”, the feeling of a full and swollen belly, is one of the most common complaints we hear about in medical practice from patients, with 10 to 30% of people experiencing it. Sergio Diez Alvarez, University of Newcastle explores exactly what causes the uncomfortable symptom of bloating. The term is used by patients to describe a wide


Study warns ageing cyclists to ditch tight Lycra to avoid overheating

Ageing Cyclist

A new study is warning older cyclists against wearing tight compression sports clothing because it can cause them to overheat and increase stress on the heart, the Telegraph is reporting. Many athletes choose Lycra-style clothing to exercise to aid temperature regulation, keep muscles warm, reduce risk of strains and increase recovery time. However, research by the


Measuring up: this year, aim for fitness over fat loss for long-term success


Getting fit and losing weight are consistently among the top New Year’s resolutions, and January is the boom period for the billion-dollar gym industry. While any attempt to incorporate more exercise into our lives should be welcomed, it’s time to rethink the reasons for joining the gym. And, in particular, the way we measure success


The lure of cycling: tips from a (senior) middle-aged man in Lycra

middle-aged man

Tim Olds, University of South Australia I confess, I’m a MAMIL (Middle-Aged Male in Lycra). In fact, at my stage of life, I’m a SMILEY (Senior Male in Lycra/Elastane, Yo). Like most forms of physical activity, cycling is good for you. Just two hours of easy cycling each week – or one hour flat out


Wales Male Voice Choir’s Christmas Video

Wales Male Voice Choir

The Welsh Male Choirs are known worldwide for their wonderful tones and uplifting Christmas tunes…mostly. This is an exception. The Wales Male Voice Choir’s Christmas Video has shocked thousands around the world. Needless to say we don’t want to ruin the surprise for you. The footage shows a talented singer cooing a song about a