Diet & Fitness

Why should Public Health England be allowed to stop us choosing between taste and fewer calories?

You would think that people who support sugar taxes would be pleased to find that high-sugar ice cream is more…

26 Oct 2016

Could mice teach us about the best time of day to exercise?

Scientists have discovered that muscles can be more or less amenable to exercise depending on the time of day, according…

The urge to purge

‘Ooh, don’t you feel better after a good clear-out?’ my mother Zelma would ask, rhetorically, after leaning on me heavily…

20 Oct 2016

A massage to India

Our Spa Inspector feels like royalty out the Ananda Spa near Rishikesh

20 Oct 2016

The dark side of squash: why you need to watch yourself while playing this addictive game

There’s one sport that turns even mild-mannered men into wildly competitive beasts, willing to play psychological tricks on their opponents…

17 Oct 2016

Don’t shrink our desserts, Jeremy Hunt, just tell us what’s in them

Is nothing sacred in the world of food? First we hear that farmed salmon has half the amount of omega-3…

14 Oct 2016

Could exercising while under stress be a danger to your health?

Exercising under stress could double your risk of a heart attack, according to new research published in the journal Circulation. The…

Relax, don’t scrub: why we should all bathe like Victoria

In most households in Britain, Sunday nights have recently been dominated by the ITV series Victoria. As it nears its…

12 Oct 2016

No, obesity isn’t ‘set to soar’ — I’d bet money on it

Today is World Obesity Day and so the usual warnings of the coming Armageddon have been sent out to the…

11 Oct 2016

Omega-3 levels in farmed salmon have halved in a decade

The amount of omega-3 in farmed salmon has halved in the past decade, according to a study carried out at…

The health case for golf: the sport ‘adds years to your life’

Playing golf can increase life expectancy, prevent diseases and improve mental health, according to an article published in the British…

Bradley Wiggins: his drug use for hay fever is no doping scandal

Sir Bradley Wiggins must have been shocked at the turnaround in his fortunes last week. Not long after becoming Britain’s…

3 Oct 2016

How to do the perfect push up (now it’s become a craze)

First we had the ice bucket challenge. This time round social media has revived the ancient bodyweight exercise of the…

27 Sep 2016

No proof yet that full-fat cheese is good for your heart

Eating high-fat cheese on a daily basis increases levels of a ‘good cholesterol’, according to research funded by the dairy…

Fitness trackers are no magic answer for weight loss

Wearable pedometers do not appear to help with weight loss, according to research published in JAMA. The two-year study, at…

I’ve long tried to quit smoking. Now, thanks to Allen Carr, I actually have

I have dedicated a lot of time to giving up smoking. I have attempted pretty much everything: cold turkey, nicotine…

20 Sep 2016

A few stretches won’t do it. Here’s how to really protect yourself from injury

Flexibility training, which for most people means stretching, is very important but also widely misunderstood. Because of this, it is…

15 Sep 2016

Stop making health and well-being a moral issue

Applying a human moral construct to nature by dividing foods and lifestyles into good and bad is misleading. In reality,…

14 Sep 2016

Fighting fit: Paralympian Stephanie Millward

It’s been 18 years in the making, but swimmer Stephanie Millward has finally bagged her gold medal at the Rio Paralympics. Here she shares her fitness tips with Benenden.

11 Sep 2016

Two hours of exercise a week ‘counters harmful effects of booze’

Getting enough exercise can offset the harmful effects of drinking too much alcohol, according to a study published in the…

Pregnant? Don’t give up the gym. Exercise helps mother, baby and birth

Most health advice for pregnant women is uncontroversial: to stop smoking, eat a healthy diet and take folic acid. However,…

1 Sep 2016

The evidence keeps on growing: alcohol’s health benefits are no old wives’ tale

You may recall the Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, telling us in January that there is ‘no safe level of…

25 Aug 2016

The undertaker who gave us all a morbid fear of eating fat

Fleshy hips and heaving bosoms used to be revered. So where did it all go wrong?

24 Aug 2016

For gym buffs: here’s how much protein is best after exercise

Whether you are a gym novice or a bulked-up weightlifter, the ideal amount of protein to consume after exercise remains…

The sugar levy is economic lunacy. A rethink is urgently needed

When George Osborne found himself having to present a list of missed economic targets in the last budget, he pulled…

22 Aug 2016

Calcium supplements and dementia: we need to wait for better evidence

Calcium supplements may raise the risk of dementia among women who have had a stroke, a new study has suggested.…