Sceptically Fit

17/12/2012

Lots of Links

Filed under: Exercise, Health and Nutrition — Tags: , , , , — Sceptically Me @ 19:36

The best piece of health-related news in the last month or so: The case for Drinking as much Coffee as you want.

“What I tell patients is, if you like coffee, go ahead and drink as much as you want and can,” says Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University. He’s even developed a metric for monitoring your dosage: If you are having trouble sleeping, cut back on your last cup of the day. From there, he says, “If you drink that much, it’s not going to do you any harm, and it might actually help you. A lot.”

Officially, the American Medical Association recommends conservatively that “moderate tea or coffee drinking likely has no negative effect on health, as long as you live an otherwise healthy lifestyle.” That is a lackluster endorsement in light of so much recent glowing research. Not only have most of coffee’s purported ill effects been disproven — the most recent review fails to link it the development of hypertension — but we have so, so much information about its benefits. We believe they extend from preventing Alzheimer’s disease to protecting the liver. What we know goes beyond small-scale studies or limited observations. The past couple of years have seen findings, that, taken together, suggest that we should embrace coffee for reasons beyond the benefits of caffeine, and that we might go so far as to consider it a nutrient.

A look at how naturopathy attempts to ‘treat’ prostate cancer – unsurprisingly the advice is at best effective, at worst actively harmful…

The benefits of meditating – five minutes is all it takes.

More evidence that exercise is essential for protecting the mind: exercise linked to lower brain shrinkage when ageing.

Women should lift weights – here’s why and how to do it. Weak fingers holding you back? How about some ‘round the worlds‘ to help with those lifts?

A good shoulder and hip mobility workout. And the importance of planks for hip mobility.

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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