Sceptically Fit

25/07/2012

Lots of Links

Filed under: Exercise, Health and Nutrition — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Sceptically Me @ 22:32

Can running help with skin conditions? And more evidence of the less is more approach to running.

The mainstream media is picking up on the increasing evidence that its the increase of sugar in our diet that has caused the obesity crisis. Its been posted everywhere, so I won’t comment much – low-carb diet came out best for longterm weight loss. But before you get too concerned, being skinny is more of a health risk than being moderately overweight.

Keep exercising! The evidence is mounting up that regular intensive exercise can keep your body performing like a much younger person (maybe not the fittest younger person, but still!). And if you’re afraid of the chronic cardio argument (or using it as an excuse) Jason Fitzgerald takes on the arguments against running. If you can – run outside. Running outside offers mental health benefits that running in a gym doesn’t. Don’t forget to strengthen as well as stretch to prevent ITB.

A comprehensive look at the dangers of phytoestrogens and why you should limit your soy intake.

Eating lowfat salad dressing decreases your ability to absorb nutrients from your salad.

It seems getting people to reduce their meat consumptions isn’t the ecological saviour to the planet that some people have (ardently) proposed. On the subject of unverified claims – it seems the danger of drinking while pregnant has been overstated. Fetal alcohol syndrome is real, but there’s no evidence that light or moderate drinking is implicated.

And the biggest news for all those interested in scientifically verified health news – British scientific research is to be made publically available within five years!

03/03/2012

Hips, Glutes and Ankles – working my way to a better squat

Filed under: Exercise — Tags: , , , , , , — Sceptically Me @ 19:25

Mark lists several exercises, stretches and massage techniques to improve hip mobility.

Chris has a series of posts looking at squat issues: how sitting ruins your hip action; incorporating the kneeling hip thrust to help with glute activation; and the effects of tight ankles on squats – which is looking like a likely avenue for investigation for me.

Which is the best glute exercise – plus how to do the barbell hip thrust  my personal favourite exercise for glutes.

More on mobility – exercises to release the ITB

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