Why fitness is medicine, and you should learn about Fasting Mimicking Exercise (FME)

Dr Richard Babor, a cancer surgeon, and his new TV show “How not to get cancer” attracted loads of attention. There was some negative reaction because people felt they were being unfairly blamed for getting cancer, because poor lifestyle was pinned as a major cause of cancer. I doubt that was the intention of the show. In fact, Dr Babor clearly started in the intro that “it’s no one’s fault personally” and this is an important point. But it is a big public health issue. No one wants cancer, and we want… Read More

Stand up at work

My research team has been using and doing research work with standing desks for some time now.  Great benefits for feeling good, more creative and energized through the day.  This is a great little piece from Mark’s Daily Apple

Why dogs are good for you

I’ve had three family dogs – all border collies. The one in the picture is Bluey, a 15 month old red/white border collie. He’s a friendly and active fellow, on a whole food meat and other stuff based diet. I wanted the smartest, most active dog because my view was that they would need exercise and that would force me and the family to do more exercise.  So is that likely to work, or is the dog more trouble than he’s worth and you just spend more money and can’t holiday when… Read More

Is exercise damaging my heart?

Recent high profile athlete cases of heart problems, especially arrhythmias, has had many of us asking several questions about the endurance exercise we do on a regular basis. These include: What’s the risk? Is it linked to the actual exercise or something else? What might you do to mitigate the risk, but still get the benefits of being fit? It really seems that the evidence is starting to stack up from case studies, to epidemiology, to mechanisms. Let’s explore the issues. 1. What’s the risk? A recent study published in the European… Read More

Be the best you can be

(pic: the entrance to AUT Millenium where I work) I’ve wanted to start a blog for quite some time now. The trick is to get the technical skills together well enough to actually know how to run one and do it regularly. Well, I’m just about there. What will I blog about? I am really interested in the science of how we can be the best we can be. This crosses disciplines such as biology, medicine, pubic health, and productivity management. The cornerstones are nutrition, exercise, sleep, neuroscience, psychology and well-being. I’ll… Read More