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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:36 am 
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Doctor: Exercising while sick may do more harm than good

As the weather gets cold, it's not uncommon for people to occasionally get sick.

Common illnesses in the wintertime range from a simple cold to upper respiratory infections such as bronchitis.

However, doctors don't see as many physically fit patients who are sick. If done on a daily basis, exercise can split the number of days someone spends with cold symptoms, but that isn't always the case.

"I can't say that exercise technically reduces the likelihood of getting sick, but someone who is more in shape doesn't get sick as much," said Dr. Paul Schultz, St. Joseph Mercy Brighton family and medicine doctor.

"Germs continue to win," Schultz said.

"Germs are germs, no matter how much someone works out, they get around to everyone," he said, advising those who may be sick or feeling under the weather this time of year, to listen to the signs your body gives you.

"I always tell people that Americans don't always pay attention to what our body tell us half the time," Schultz said. "Listening to those body signals is important."

Sometimes lying down, drinking fluids and resting are the best cure to get back to a person's daily routine the quickest.

"Sometimes going by what your mother told you while growing up is the best medicine to a fast recovery," he said.

Schultz described his typical patient as someone who maintains a habit and doesn't want to get out of the routine.

He said they don't want to stop because they've "worked hard to get in a healthy habit and must keep going."

For those patients, Schultz said he suggests reducing the intensity of the workout or swapping out exercises.

"If they have a high fever or bronchitis, I try to tell them to cut it down or reduce the intensity of their work out by switching running with walking, that way they can still keep up their habit but also avoid getting more sick," Schultz said. "Little things like that can go a long way."

If people don't take care of their body and ignore their body's signs, the sickness can become worse.

"Taking care of your body is important so making adjustments and changes in a daily routine may be what needs to happen sometimes," Schultz said.

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Couples who get fit together more likely to succeed

Couples who try to get healthy together are three times as likely to be successful as those who try solo, a new study shows.

Research on more than 3,000 couples found individuals who tried to give up smoking, do more exercise, or shed the pounds, were far more likely to succeed if their partner made similar efforts.

Researchers from University College London said that even partners of those who underwent weight loss surgery appeared to enjoy a “halo effect” – and were likely to lose weight alongside their spouse.

Scientists looked at 3,722 couples, either married or living together, who were enrolled into the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

They found those who tried to give up smoking, start taking more exercise or lose weight were far more successful if their partner was making similar efforts.

The correlation was strongest among those giving up smoking.

Among women who smoked, half managed to quit if their partner gave up at the same time, the study, published in the journal Jama Internal Medicine, found.

Trying to quit on their own proved much more difficult – just 17 per cent of those whose partners were already non-smokers succeeded, while just eight per cent of those married to smokers succeeded.

Those whose partners were regularly active were almost three times as likely to succeed in efforts to take more exercise.

And having an overweight partner who lose weight was associated with three times higher odds of weight loss.

The study cites separate research which suggests that partners of those who undergo weight loss surgery are more likely to shape up.

The study by Standford University in California found the spouses of those who had bariatric surgery lost an average of eight pounds, as they changed their lifestyles in line with their partner’s.

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Fish oil capsules: false omega-3 claims in Australia New Zealand

Most fish oil capsules sold in Australia and New Zealand have less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, a new study shows, promoting calls for consumer watchdogs to investigate.

Only three of the 32 fish oil capsules tested by researchers from Newcastle University and Auckland University contained the same or higher amount of the polyunsaturated fats declared on their labels.

The active ingredients of fish oil are fragile, and if they're exposed to oxygen, to light, to increasing temperature above freezing, they will degrade.

The rest contained less than 67 per cent of what was claimed on the labels, the study published in Scientific Reports shows. Two products failed to hit even a third of what was claimed.

One of the researchers, Professor Wayne Cutfield from Auckland University, said the best-before date, price, country of origin and exclusivity had little bearing on the quality of the fish oil.

"We only tested capsules that were at least nine months away from their best-before date. So they were as fresh as they could possibly be," he said.

They also discovered worryingly high levels of oxidisation, which can reduce the efficacy of the fats, long praised for lowering the risk of heart disease.

"The active ingredients of fish oil are fragile, and if they're exposed to oxygen, to light, to increasing temperature above freezing, they will degrade," he said.

Professor Peter Clifton from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute said it was possible oxidised fish oil could promote the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries, reversing any cardiovascular benefits.

"The high oxidation products may be interfering with how well the pills work but we really don't know the long-term implications of high oxidation products."

He said the research showed fish oil manufacturers were "deceiving the public" and should be investigated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The TGA said it was reviewing the research to see whether it should take any action. It is also consulting with Food Standards.

Fish oil was the most popular vitamin/dietary supplement in Australia in 2014, according to Euromonitor International. It experienced 548 per cent growth in the past five years.

The researchers purchased the 32 fish oil capsules in New Zealand, worth between 5¢ to 77¢ a gram. They have refused to identify the falsely labelled products.

Professor Murray Skeaff from the University of Otago urged the team to release the brand names.

"The researchers should publish the brand names of the fish oils supplements that were analysed so that consumers may be able to identify the supplements of highest quality," he said.

Professor Wayne Cutfield said the research was relevant to Australian consumers because it matched the findings of similar studies from around the world. Also, nearly half the brands tested were Australian.

"Also much of the omega-3 fish oil comes from the coast of South America, then is transported for processing and ultimately encapsulation and end out in New Zealand or Australia. The source for the two markets are similar," he said.

But Steve Scarff from the Australian Self Medication Industry disputed the reasons for relevance, saying the TGA enforces "some of the toughest" regulatory standards.

"Companies that market fish oils in Australia are legally required to comply with the TGA requirements," he said. "Australian consumers can be confident that fish oil products contain the ingredients listed on the label."

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How to stop your weekends making you fat

A week of relatively well-controlled eating quickly replaced with overeating, over drinking and basically overindulging until Monday morning. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the weekend with plenty of good food, wine and company, a weekly ritual of consuming many, many more calories than anyone needs (simply because it is the weekend) is a habit that has to be broken.

Weekends can present a whole new range of challenges when it comes to our diet, exercise and weight control; many social occasions are food focused, we are more likely to drink alcohol and eat out and psychologically the weekend tends to be time to relax and let things go a little, eating things we usually would not and skipping exercise altogether. Unfortunately modern life tends to be so indulgent that few of us are able to do this and still achieve good weight loss results. For this reason we need to consider the key aspects of the weekend that tend to affect our food and exercise behaviours and brainstorm ways we can make sure these situations do not end up working against our weight-loss goals.

Whether it is programming imprinted in our brain when we are small, or that we are overly restrictive with our diets in the week and feel we need to reward ourselves on weekends, straying too far from our calorie-controlled meal plans simply because it is the weekend is a recipe for disaster and research has proven this. The US Weight Control Registry, a research group that tracks the progress of those who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for longer than five years, has shown that people who control their weight keep their food intake stable most of the time. What this means in relation to the weekend is that while they may enjoy a meal with more calories than they usually would for special weekend occasions, this does not equate to an additional two coffees a day, a bottle of wine on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoon, and some extra cake with coffee and dessert simply because it is the weekend.

An observation is that clients get things wrong on the weekend due to three main factors; too much alcohol, cafe style eating and high-calorie restaurant or takeaway meals. These extra calories, combined with reduced physical activity, mean you can easily gain a kilogram or two, just over the weekend and find yourself starting each week behind the eight ball when it comes to controlling your weight long term.

The good news is that just a few simple tricks will help you to balance your caloric intake to ensure you can still enjoy your weekend minus the extra few kilograms.

Cafe breakfasts

Enjoying brunch at your favourite cafe or restaurant is a lovely way to enjoy the weekend with friends and family, but heavy banana breads, turkish toasts, large juices, pancakes and jumbo coffees are far too many calories for the average person. Focus on protein-rich options of eggs, ricotta, smoked salmon or even lean bacon and aim for just one slice of grain or sourdough toast to balance the calories. Remember your mantra of 'no one needs a large coffee' and keep the freshly baked goods to special occasions only. Order extra vegetables such as mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes to give your cafe breakie plenty of bulk and remember that you are unlikely to need to snack if your breakfast is larger than it usually would be.

Alcohol

Self-control is the key. A highly controlled intake of wine and beer during the week is pointless if you then down two to three bottles of wine or 10-15 beers in a sitting over the weekend. Try and shift this binge drinking mentality to a more moderate approach in which you can enjoy a few alcoholic drinks without feeling the need to drink for the sake of it. Be mindful of spending time socially with people who encourage binge drinking and if you can, limit heavier drinking occasions to just once or twice each week. Alcohol tends to be a habit rather than an enjoyable addition to life and for this reason can be managed.

Restaurant meals

The average fast food or restaurant meal will have at least 200 calories more than a meal you prepare for yourself at home simply because of the extra sauces, breads, oil and dressings and larger serving sizes. Have a substantial protein or vegetable based snack an hour or two before you venture out so you do not put a food order in while you are starving. Share meals where possible, especially dessert as portion sizes tend to be large. Training ourselves to not eat extra simply because we are 'going out for dinner' is a key way that you are able to enjoy eating out regularly without associated weight gain.

Coffee

Coffee catch-up dates are another common weekend commitment and while a coffee is fine, the toast, cakes, slices and banana bread treats are not as great. Particularly if you are also having meals out over the weekend, limit the number of coffees that you enjoy over catch ups and eat before you go so that you are not tempted with the high carb treats generally found at coffee shops.

At restaurants

It may surprise you to hear that eating out does not have to mean overeating – you simply need to be mindful of your choices. The first rule when it comes to restaurant meals is to never go out to dinner starving otherwise you will be sure to overeat. Next look for light entree options of salad, seafood or share an entree with your partner. When you are choosing main meals, think protein and vegetables such as steak, fish or chicken and order extra sides of vegetables. Finally, if you really do feel like dessert, always share as the most pleasure from dessert is experienced in the first couple of mouthfuls.

At family functions

Family events are notorious for seeing us regress into the early eating habits of our youth. We will search for snacks we enjoyed as children even though we never eat them now, binge-eat foods with parents and siblings and forget the food rules we have worked so hard to commit to in adulthood. For unique, special occasions this poses no major issue but if you find yourself at family functions weekly, you may need to work towards not regressing into the eating patterns of your youth. Remember your food rules and seek out plenty of vegetables and salad and enjoy a single dessert, not multiple serves simply because grandma made them.

At the movies

What you choose to eat at the movies tends to also be a programmed response – if you always grab a choc-top or large popcorn, chances are that you will do it whether you are hungry or not. Work towards never going to the movies hungry and indulging in one small treat that you share rather than pretending that the calories do not count simply because you are eating them in the dark.

Aside from these tricks and tips for specific weekend eating occasions, another simple way of keeping your weekend under control when it comes to your food intake is to follow as normal a food routine as possible and if you do have breakfast or lunch out, compensate with a light soup or salad the following meal. If you find that you have a number of heavier meals over the weekend, then have a lighter day or two of eating earlier in the week. We live in a world of constant calorie overloading and minimal activity and for this reason we cannot wipe out two entire days of the week if we want to maintain, let alone lose weight, so identify your food rules and stick to them, even on the weekends.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:23 pm 
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You're thinking about fitness all wrong

It's the end of January, and you may feel like a fitness failure.

Join the gym, find a yoga class or lose five kilograms?

Not a chance.

Go from couch to 5K?

Still on the couch.

Achieve that feeling of euphoria your friends say they get after a solid workout?

It's still Greek to you.

Instead of calling it quits for the year, what if you resolved to change your mindset about fitness?

In his book How to Think About Exercise, Australian philosopher Damon Young offers a foundation to fulfill that resolution. As part of the School of Life book series, Young uses philosophical inquiries to explain how we in the West came to think about exercise and fitness and how that way of thinking is a major barrier to being fit.

"This is one of my motives: How can exercise become a normal part of everyday life?" Young said to me via email. "Exercise is often a fad for buffed twentysomethings or a spectator sport. How can ordinary people reclaim the pleasures and rewards of exercise, over a lifetime?"

Young argues that much of our thinking comes from the philosophical separation of mind and body, a dualism that permeates Western thought. We as a society put more value on intelligence and mental ability than on the body and its improvement, he says. When the body is worked out, it's to fix a deficiency. Combined with the stereotypes of dumb jocks, it creates "an outlook that sees physical and mental exertion as somehow in conflict," he writes in his book.

"People are living sedentary lives and trying to overcome this by treating their bodies as machines needing a tuneup," Young told me.

So what should be the purpose of exercise? According to Young, exercise is striving toward wholeness and a fuller life. Fitness is a quest for character, virtue, beauty and pleasure. The point of intelligent exercise is full embodiment of that, a commitment to working out the body and the mind together.

Young looks to the ancient Greeks, who saw fitness as the way to push themselves physically and mentally and to reap the rewards of that effort. "This is the Greek lesson," Young writes in his book. "What we get out of the gym is more than a buffed body - it is a more defined version of ourselves."

That's great for the philosophy majors on the elliptical machines, but how about the rest of us?

To see how Young's arguments can have a practical application, I contacted my college friend Jennifer Gleeson Blue, who works as a restorative exercise specialist and personal trainer in America's West Philadelphia. Her focus is on movement, teaching clients to be fully aware of how their body is positioned. Her goal is mindful alignment at all times.

She described alignment and form as the right relationship of parts.

"At the most basic, mechanical level, it's the intersection, the sweet spot of joint stability and range of motion," Blue said. "So, in that regard, the right relation of my femur to my pelvis would mean I would have a certain amount of hip flexion and hip extension available to me as allowed by all the muscles, fascia and connective tissue that exists at that joint."

The right relationship also is the mind and body interacting.

"It takes an unbelievable amount of mindfulness to maintain [alignment]. Even as I am talking, I noticed that my ribs were a little lifted, so I dropped them down. I do that all day. The change requires an incredible amount of consistent mindfulness.

"I don't like it, and I'm sure nobody likes that. We're a quick-fix culture, and we don't want to think too hard about it."

It takes effort, but thinking about how you sit, stand, walk, do squats or ride a bike can help you gain a better sense of how your body works while maximising exercise. Ask yourself: What exactly are you working out? Why are you working out? What are your muscles for?

Young points out that fitness implies that you're fit for something. For some people, that means fit to compete and, most important, fit to win.

While winning is worthwhile, it can create frustration. A common misconception is that if you didn't win, then there was no point in trying? Young argues there's a different impetus at work - an inner challenge. As he writes, "the goal is not simply to win but to impress upon the world the stamp of our own existence; to walk away with a heightened feeling of our own enterprise."

Striving involves pride in our abilities, humility in our limitations, pain and sacrifice in embracing the costs and pleasure in the journey.

Nelle Pierson, a 26-year-old outreach coordinator, spoke to me about using her bike commute as an opportunity to compete in what she calls her micro-challenges.

"For a lot of people, when they start biking, it can be really hard to get to the top of the hill of their neighbourhood," Pierson said. "Turn that into a micro-challenge. Today, I'm going to get three-quarters up that hill. You can find these little segments of your ride to really push yourself."

And when you complete the challenge, Pierson said, make sure to celebrate. "Once I get to the top of the hill, I pump up my arms in the air and say, 'Yes!' I turn it into my finish line."

Will Handsfield, a transportation manager, leads an active lifestyle, having run and swum competitively. Now that he has children, he's using his bike commute to keep fit. "I'm not trying to make my legs bigger or more shapely," Handsfield said. "I'm trying to make them function."

Bike commuting may not be seen as a high level of competition, but Handsfield points out there's virtue to be found.

"I find nobility in the idea that most of the places I'm going, I'm self-propelled. I'm moving myself with my own energy. I think that's something we've lost a little... because it's so easy to hop in a car. When you do carry your own stuff, it's a real sense of satisfaction."

And for a real fitness challenge, Handsfield recounted picking up his Christmas tree on his bike. No joke.

"It wasn't that hard or that far. There is the idea that you have to get a Christmas tree with a car, and it was fun to counter that. It became my mental opponent, the transportation challenge. I won that one, I guess."

The satisfaction in physical striving isn't exclusive to biking, and there's nothing wrong with gyms or fitness competitions. What is important is your motivation. Young quotes writer and lawyer David Lebedoff: "The fact that it takes character to get out of your chair is perhaps the greatest benefit to be derived from exercise."

The year is still new and there's time to lose five kilograms and join the gym. Instead of making those goals ends in themselves, resolve to have a different mindset. Create a mental and physical foundation to have a healthy year and a healthy life.

All it takes is a desire to be whole.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:09 pm 
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This fitness campaign is as important as it is stunning

Recently, the British This Girl Can fitness initiative served as a reminder that women of all shapes and sizes can be fit, active and healthy – a message that sadly doesn't get much traction in the fashion and health industries, where thin, lean female bodies take precedence.

So, we were pretty pleased to see Bust magazine was reinforcing the point by giving their activewear shoot a refreshing twist. Their latest issue features a 10-page editorial entitled 'Let's Get Physical' starring five 'plus size' models.

With the aim of promoting fitness at any size, the magazine enlisted members of ALDA, a body-positive coalition of models, including ALDA creator Ashley Graham, Danielle Redman, Julie Henderson, Enga Eiriksdottir and Marquita Pring, who banded together after the closure of Ford's plus-size division (you may remember them from that much-talked about Vogue lingerie shoot?).

As Graham has said, "What ALDA wants to do is change the perception of what beauty is, whether that's a different age, a different race, or a different size. Changing what's going on in fashion is going to end up changing the world."

By highlighting that activewear can be supportive and fashionable in any size, Bust's fashion shoot aims to be inclusive and inspiring.

"There's no such thing as the perfect body," says Marquita Pring in the behind-the-scenes video below. "A thin woman is beautiful, a curvy woman is beautiful, and everything in-between is beautiful."

Sure, 'plus size' is a regressive label and, admittedly, these beautiful women all have hour-glass figures, but the editorial, and the models' message on body love and acceptance, are still well worth a fist pump.

"Every body is beautiful and every body is different," Danielle Redman shares.

Amen to that.

http://www.dailylife.com.au/health-and- ... 30snt.html


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Sports body reports rise in number of women exercising

There has been a steady increase in the number of women exercising regularly, with the growth in some of the indicators surpassing those for men, statistics from the Sports Administration showed

The administration said it defines regular exercise as working out at least three times per week with each session lasting at least 30 minutes and being intense enough to cause the person to puff and sweat.

Chang Wen-zong, a specialist with the administration’s Sports for All division, said that a survey last year showed that about 28 percent of the women said they exercise regularly, marking a 1.2 percent increase from 2013; while 37.7 percent of men exercise regularly, compared with 35.6 percent in 2013.

However, 80.6 percent of the female respondents said they had worked out within a month before the survey, an increase of 1.1 percent compared with 2012, but when the same question was posed to men, 84.2 percent of them responded positively, compared with 84.7 percent in 2012.

The survey also showed that women on average work out 3.86 times per week, up 0.49 percent from 2012. Men worked out 3.76 times per week, a 0.38 percent rise.

In addition, the survey showed that women spent an average of 59.64 minutes exercising, up from 56.7 minutes in 2012.

Men, on the other hand, spent an average of 78.04 minutes working out, as opposed to 75.7 minutes in 2012.

Meanwhile, 59 percent of female respondents said they had heard about the government’s plans to increase the number of people who exercise regularly, a 20.9 percent growth compared with 2012. Only 54.7 percent of men said they knew about the plans, up from 36.3 percent in 2012.

Chang attributed the boost in the number of women exercising regularly to an increase in women only sports events.

“Events like the Nike Women’s Race and the Bikini Run in Taitung have promoted running as healthy and fun,” Chang said. “Many women used to be averse to exercising because it causes their bodies to sweat and smell, and it makes them feel tired. However, working out is now a fashionable thing to do with your friends.”

Meanwhile, the administration earlier this week unveiled its “Run for Fun” plan for students across the nation, with different goals set for different age groups.

Elementary-school pupils are encouraged to log 1,000km of running in total before they graduate, according to the plan, while junior-high school students are encouraged to run a total of 2,424km before they graduate. The goals set for senior-high school and university students are 3,864km and 5,784km respectively before they graduate.

The administration said it plans to start a trial operation of the project in several schools next semester, allowing students to track the distances they run on an online platform.

The administration said it has set recommended daily running distances for students of different levels to encourage participation.

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Light jogging is best for a long life

Vigorous exercise such as fast running might be harmful to your health over time, according to a Danish study that found light jogging is best for longevity.

People who did not jog at all were just as likely to die as people who jogged strenuously and often, according to the 12-year study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

But those who jogged lightly, between one and 2.4 hours per week, were the least likely to die suddenly, said the findings based on 1098 healthy joggers and 413 healthy but sedentary non-joggers in the Copenhagen City Heart Study.

Researchers had access to records that tracked hours of jogging, frequency and the individual's perception of pace.

The optimal frequency of jogging was no more than three times a week, and slow to moderate joggers experienced significantly lower mortality rates than fast-paced runners.

"It is important to emphasise that the pace of the slow joggers corresponds to vigorous exercise and strenuous jogging corresponds to very vigorous exercise," said Peter Schnohr, a researcher from the Copenhagen City Heart Study, Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"When performed for decades, this activity level could pose health risks, especially to the cardiovascular system."

Past research has found similar correlations between light to moderate exercise and long life, as well as the higher death risk associated with vigorous exercise.

"If your goal is to decrease risk of death and improve life expectancy, jogging a few times a week at a moderate pace is a good strategy," Schnohr said.

"Anything more is not just unnecessary, it may be harmful."

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Couch potatoes who do no exercise 'as healthy as marathon runners'

Couch potatoes who do no exercise are as healthy as marathon runners, according to a new scientific report.

Researchers say taking regular running sessions is as bad for you as not put on your running shoes at all.

Over 1,000 people - joggers and non-joggers - were studied over a 12-year period for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology report.

Those who ran for more than four hours a week or did nothing had the highest death rates, while those who jogged for under two and a half hours were least likely to die.

Researcher Jacob Louis Marott, from the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, said: "You don't actually have to do that much to have a good impact on your health.

"And perhaps you shouldn't actually do too much.

"No exercise recommendations across the globe mention an upper limit for safe exercise, but perhaps there is one."

Scientists were unable to explain the results but they said changes to the heart during rigorous exercise may be a factor.

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Jolly's Surgery Scare

Two-time premiership ruckman Darren Jolly is waiting to hear if a lesion on his brain is cancerous.

Jolly, who currently appears on the Nine Network's reality series The Block Triple Threat, has had surgery to remove the lesion from his brain.

The 32-year-old former Collingwood player was suffering from persistent headaches when he decided it was time to seek medical treatment, according to a Nine Network statement issued to the media.

Jolly and his wife Deanne appeared on the previous season of The Block and also appear on the latest season which started filming at the end of last year.

The couple has two young daughters and are now waiting for the results of tests to determine whether the lump is cancerous.

"Doctors found a lesion and fluid in his brain, which was causing the headaches and he subsequently underwent a ventriculostomy in a Melbourne hospital," a Nine statement said.

"His surgery went well and two incision points were created to drain the fluid, which have eased the pressure and headaches.

"A biopsy has been taken to determine what the lump is, which at this stage is unknown.

"Darren will know more about his condition over the next week. Until then there will be no further comment and he and his family respectfully request privacy while they navigate their way through this serious and sensitive issue."

Jolly played more than 230 AFL games for three different clubs Collingwood, Melbourne and Sydney) and was a member of Sydney's 2055 premiership team and Collingwood's 2010 premiership side.

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No evidence wind farms directly impact health: NHMRC

There is no direct evidence that wind turbines affect physical or mental health, according to a review of the evidence by the National Health and Medicine Research Council.

The review found no direct link between health effects and wind turbines, including pathological anxiety, depression, changes in blood pressure, heart disease, and ringing in the ears.

However, due to the generally poor quality of the current evidence, the council recommended further high quality research, particularly within 1500m of wind turbines.

More than 4000 pieces of evidence were considered, but only 13 were deemed suitable for the review.

The review found evidence supporting a link between wind farm noise and indirect health effects such as annoyance, and sleep disturbance. However it found no evidence for a link between possible health effects and low-frequency noise or infrasound.

While the review said it was unlikely wind turbines would cause health impacts beyond 500m, noise from turbines could be considered “disturbing” at distances of up to 1500m.

Bruce Armstrong, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney and chair of the review’s expert committee, said none of the studies were of good quality, mostly because of poor participation rates, which could have biased the results.

Armstrong identified three areas for further research: improving measurement of wind turbine noise; well-constructed studies that do not rely solely on self-reported health effects; and consideration of social and environmental circumstances.

Will Grant, a researcher at the Australian National University, said there should be more research into wind turbine syndrome as a “communicated” disease.

“There’s a lot of suggestion from the academic community that it’s a psychological or psychogenic illness. The interesting thing is that there hasn’t been a full research study that has investigated if it’s a psychological cause, what are the things that cause that, what are the things that contribute to that, and could we actually mitigate that.”

Simon Chapman, professor of public health at the University of Sydney, said the review was the most comprehensive yet. However, he expressed concern that ongoing investigation could be a foundation for stopping wind farms.

“Wind farm opponents in the parliament will soon have a ready made excuse to argue for moratoriums on further wind farm development,” he said.

Grant said the review was important because it took claims of ill-health seriously. He highlighted a recent study commissioned by Pacific Hydro into the health effects of low-frequency wind turbine noise, which he criticised in an article on The Conversation.

“Where they were on the right track was in attempting to do research with those who have very different ideas. The only way to get to the bottom of this is to do research in which people on all sides of the debate have control over the methodology.”

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 6:07 am 
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Doctors Recommend Exercising Outdoor

Exercising outdoor is better than doing it indoor, says Dr Daphne Miller of San Francisco. It is easy to keep up the movement and exercise regimen outdoor, says Miller who is known for her prescription advising outdoor exercise for pills. No monthly dues for the fitness centres and expensive active wear are required when exercised outdoor, says the physician.

There is a drastic increase in obesity these days among adults and children, and most of the physicians, especially paediatricians advice regular workouts. Exercising outdoor is more than just keeping people physically active, says Zarnaaz Bashir, director of health initiatives for the National Recreation and Park Association.

Initially, when doctors came up with prescriptions advising working out in parks, it was not much validated, but the mindset is changing, said Kristin Wheeler, program director at the non-profit parks advocacy group, Institute at the Golden Gate, in San Francisco.

The trend of exercising outdoor is viral. For instance, a conference was held in Australia to discuss the benefits the parks can offer to people. Doctors prescribe green gyms and some outdoor sessions are also conducted by conservation groups in the UK. With respect to such proven health benefits, The Appalachian Mountain Group has offered to organise new outdoor activities for fun loving kids.

Robert Zarr, a physician with Unity Health Care in Washington DC, said in a conference held in 2013 that they are already practising outdoor exercising concept, and it is much similar to prescribing pills for asthma and ear infection.

Miller said that her prescription was a success that about 80 percent of people tried outdoor exercising and many made it a routine. ‘Healthy park, healthy people’ initiative is merging medical schools and parks programs to encourage new field practices, said Diana Allen, chief of the US National Park Service.

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Back to basics: 10 health and fitness essentials

After Googling 'weight loss diet' (180 million results) and 'exercise plan' (500 million results), one thing is clear: there are too many options in making a healthy change. For the consumer, millions of options creates confusion, not health.

When things get complicated, it's always best to go back to the basics… the essentials. Whether your goal is a fun run, weight loss, or bulking up, you need to pay attention to the essentials of health and fitness.

Banish bad habits
If you're playing too many video games, drinking too much, or are generally unproductive, it's time to shift bad habits to good ones. Identify your bad habits and create a strategy to conquer them, or they will conquer your health and future.

Cleanse your kitchen
Get out the sauces, fizzy drinks and juices, processed boxed and canned goods, crisps, biscuits, and sugar cereals. Bring them all together like you're planning a party … then tip them into the bin. You can't be a junk food consumer in a junk-free kitchen. A healthy inventory of food ensures a healthy diet.

Perform simple bodyweight movements
From running to squats and push-ups, understand the essential bodyweight movements that still elicit results. Give me a jump-rope and show me a park with some stairs close by, and I can provide umpteen workouts that will test your body from head to toe. If you're keen to join a gym? Super. Do it, and recognise that amongst all those complicated machines and weights, simple bodyweight movements still work to lean up, increase fitness, and lose a few kilograms.

Commit to an eating plan
Find an eating strategy where food is considered healthy fuel, not the enemy. Diets that promise rapid weight loss with no exercise are … well, my editor won't let me use that word. We all know there are BS diets out there, so ignore them. From Paleo to Mediterranean to fasting, there are some pretty useful eating plans to get healthy that include consuming real foods. Choose what suits your lifestyle, not what has been sold to you.

Avoid scams
I was annoyed on Friday night after receiving an email from quite a high-profile and knowledgeable trainer. After some email ping-pong, he finally made his point – he wanted to debate an article he thought I had written on Isagenix. I don't sell pills and powders to my clients, friends, and family, no matter what some (usually sponsored) scientific study promotes. From Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) schemes to abdominal belts, health and fitness scams are plentiful. You'll weigh less for sure, but primarily in the hip pocket area. Powders and potions are not the key to a healthier Australia. And for what it's worth, I didn't write the article (consumer advocate Choice did), but I do agree 100 per cent with it.

Monitor your progress
I used to be quite chubby back in the days when I was a financial consultant. Now that I'm a personal trainer, I simply monitor my weight with my jeans. If you need a scale to drop kilos? Cool. Jump on it twice a month. Or maybe you fancy an old-school journal, or a higher tech FitBit-like gadget to monitor your movements? That's great, too. Choose a monitoring device that suits your budget to keep you moving towards your goal.

Be patient
I get that you want that body… now. You want to lose weight, now. We live in such a 'now' culture as we demand information, movies, pizza, music, porn, and TV shows – now. With health and fitness? Now is out the door, because patience is what works. If you are willing to commit to a healthier lifestyle for six months, your entire life will change.

Get mentally fit
If your weight or lack of fitness is causing a bit of depression, find ways to avoid the negative. The internet's cliché factory spits out many memes, but one that I found sums it up for me: Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles … it empties today of its strength. Be strong. Stay positive.

Buy new shoes
How good does that new shoes bounce feel? Your feet love it, and new runners deliver a mental spark. It's as if new shoes beg you to get moving. More importantly, quality shoes decrease injuries. The wrong pair leads to foot, Achilles, knee, and hip problems. Quality running stores have treadmills so a running professional or physiotherapist can test your foot shape and running style.

Get inspired
Australia and New Zealand are hosting the top cricket heroes in the world, yet the most inspirational athlete in the region is Sophie Delezio. Remember her? That gorgeous little girl was struck by a car in her day care centre in 2003 and suffered burns to 85 per cent of her body as well as losing both of her legs … then was again struck at a pedestrian crossing in 2006. She is now 13 years old and waking at 4.30am for Paralympian training. Sophie provides inspiration for us all to lace up our runners early in the morning, eat healthy, and move with just a little more passion.

Sophie shows us that there's nothing we can't do if we put our mind to it. Compared to what she does every day, following the guidelines above sounds pretty simple.

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Right moves prevent back pain

Australian scientists have found the risk of hurting your back is higher before lunchtime.

They also noted that becoming distracted when lifting or moving something increases the risk of putting your back out by 25 times.

And doing a menial task while you're tired increases your chance of having back pain by three times.

But many of us are at risk of developing back pain because we spend so many hours sitting at work. Research has shown that sitting for long hours raises the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and early death.

But there are ways to prevent that. Just walking away from the desk for a couple of minutes can help.

"My first tip [for easing back pain] is get up out of your chair every 30 minutes for a two-minute walk around the office. Use any excuse to get up - go grab a water, go and talk to a colleague rather than email them," says Tim Allardyce, physiotherapist and clinical director at Surrey Physio in the UK.

If you use a computer at work, "place the screen at the correct height - the upper third of the screen should be at eye level, make sure your hips and knees are at 90 degrees, and don't use a laptop at work," says Allardyce.

"If you do fall short in these areas, you will be over-flexing your spine, and susceptible to lower back disc problems.

And take the chance to move whenever you can.

"If you sit down all day, you probably then travel home sitting, and then sit down to eat your dinner before sitting on the sofa to watch TV," says Allardyce.

"Get out of that habit and do some exercise. Swim twice per week, walk regularly, and cycle once per week to get the spine more mobile and your core muscles stronger."

If you notice your back pain specifically in the morning, do some mobility exercises before you go to bed.

"Rotation exercises are excellent - lie flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the mattress. Drop your knees to each side, creating a gentle and safe rotation stretch to the spine. Perform 10 each side to keep your back mobile, and do this before going to sleep and when waking," says Allardyce.

A mattress that's supportive is also crucial, he says.

"Memory foam mattresses have gained popularity in recent years due to their ability to mould to the shape of your spine, hence providing support to your body, and memory foam toppers can be useful as well."

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How to make exercising fun

I've always hated running and I find the gym boring and soulless. But there's no getting away from the fact that I need to move my body more. Could exercise actually be pleasant? Something to look forward to rather than dread and avoid?

There are many advantages to choosing an activity for its fun factor rather than its kilojoule-burning capabilities. Apart from the obvious - I might enjoy it - I figured I'd be much more likely to stay motivated and keep it up. Here are a few suggestions for sweating it out with a smile.

DANCE QUEEN
No Lights No Lycra is a casual, free-form dance class, in a dimly lit room, "for the pure joy of dancing", says co-founder Alice Glenn. "You work within your own constraints, and each session lasts an hour," Glenn says. "There's no age limit, either, and the music is chosen across genres so it's fun for everyone."

Apart from the obvious cardio benefits, the dim lights mean everyone can unleash their inner Solid Gold Dancer without fear of being judged.

My eight-year-old daughter accompanied me for a session. Participants are encouraged to find a space of their own on the dance floor, and are advised that it is a phone-free, photo-free and talk-free zone.

It's true that the darkness allows for self-consciousness to fall away. The whole experience is more life-affirming than I would ever have expected - exhilarating, energising and meditative, all at the same time. I walked away physically buoyed by the endorphins from the music. And the best part? I've exercised, without it feeling like an exercise session.

Leg warmers optional.

HULA HOOP
There was a time in my childhood where my hoop was constantly around my waist. And once I got hold of an adult hoop, there was no stopping me. It was like being 13 again!

Deanne Love is the founder of Melbourne-based Hooplovers, and offers small group classes and online hooping tutorials. She says that hooping "completely restructured my posture and strengthened my upper body".

There are so many physical benefits to hooping, but it primarily works the core, so it will strengthen abdominal muscles. The fun, childlike dimension means that you can work out for much longer without feeling like it's hard work.

Love explains that an organised class combines music, movement and an element of playfulness, so it becomes a creative pursuit. This brings about a sense of achievement when a new sequence is mastered. She adds that, initially, "it was seen as a pleasure-driven activity because it was fun and cool; people didn't realise the physical benefits that come with hooping".

BOUNCE TIME
Trampolining is no longer an activity limited to children; in fact, the benefits for adults are tenfold. If you want to have real fun while getting fit, trampolining will deliver.

Being a regular bouncer on my kids' trampoline, I can vouch for the fun factor on this one. When I start my day with a jump on the trampoline, I feel genuinely energised and ready to take on the day, without feeling like I've exhausted myself pounding on the treadmill.

According to Gymnastics Australia, regular trampolining, or bouncing on a rebounder, promotes balance and improves fitness. It also takes stress off weight-bearing joints, according to the US National Osteoporosis Foundation. And research done by NASA has found that it is 68 per cent more efficient than jogging: a 10-minute rebounding session being the equivalent of a 30-minute run.

I find that when I bounce I get a double dose of endorphins. A simple rebounder (or outdoor trampoline) is all you'll need. Or you can pay for an indoor session at a trampolining venue for about $15 an hour.

http://www.dailylife.com.au/health-and- ... 3jxba.html


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