Monthly Archives: January 2012

Health & fitness in the news – 31/01/2012

1.  Apps to help you drink less, exercise more and stop smoking
The Guardian

January is almost over – which means you’ve probably abandoned your new year’s resolutions already. Get back on track with these great apps, as tested by Ruth Jamieson.

The Guardian

2. Eat your way to a better workout
Daily Express

It doesn’t  matter if you are a dedicated gym bunny, pound the pavement a few times a week or have just discovered the joys of Zumba, your exercise regime will pay better dividends if you eat a healthy diet.

Daily Express

3. Over half of men quit the gym by end of January
Fitpro News

Research has shown that over a third of people will have cancelled their new gym membership by the end of January, with 59% of men quitting compared to 15% of women.

Fitpro News

4. Doctor who ran from John O’Groats to the Sahara becomes Scotland’s fitness czar
Daily Record

Dr Andrew Murray begins a six-month role as the Scottish Government’s physical activity champion next week.

Daily Record

Health & fitness in the news – 27/01/2012

1. Olympic campaign helps nurses promote lifestyle changes for over 50s
Nursing Times

A new campaign has been launched to help nurses encourage patients over the age of 55 to be more active. Your  Personal Best aims to promote lifestyle changes among the 7.8 million Britons in this age group who have long-term health problems.

Nursing Times

2. Beware of cowboy personal trainers
People.co.uk

REPs recognises and regulates exercise professionals who meet the UK’s national standards. These standards are created by SkillsActive, the Government licensed sector skills council for the active leisure and learning industry, which states exercise professionals must hold recognised qualifications specifically relating to the field in which they are instructing.

People.co.uk

3. Medication helps some with mild depression
Reuters

People with “transient depression” that will improve with diet or exercise or after a few weeks of therapy “shouldn’t be taking the risk of being on meds,” he told Reuters Health.

Reuters

4. Be Body Confident – Beauty Comes in all Shapes and Sizes
The Huffington Post – Lynne Featherstone’s blog

Since we launched in November 2010 the campaign has been steadily gathering momentum. I’ve convened a group of experts to identify non-legislative solutions to tackle the causes of low levels of body confidence. We’re trying to influence industries with the power to affect young people – including sport and fitness, fashion and retail, youth and education, media and advertising, and the beauty sectors.

The Huffington Post

5. Fitness: Classes
The Wharf

Virgin Active’s group exercise manager Gillian Reeve’s said the popularity of Zumba has led the way for new trends in 2012.

The Wharf

Health & fitness in the news – 20/01/2012

1. Closing day for entries to the FIA & Matrix Flame Awards 2012
FIA

Today is the last day to enter your club or leisure centre for the Flame Awards 2012 (Facility Management categories).
Commenting on the awards David Stalker, CEO, FIA said “Established in the 90’s and receiving more and more entries year on year, the longevity and desire to win a Flame award is plain to see. Any club or facility who succeeds in getting a Flame award knows that they are delivering the best quality service in their category.”

FIA

2. Worth all the sweat
The Economist

Just why exercise is so good for people is, at last, being understood.

The Economist

3. UK community sports clubs survey shows worrying fall in finances, membership levels and facility access
Insidethegames

Results from the biggest survey of community sports clubs ever undertaken in the UK shows a worrying outlook in terms financial health, membership levels and facility access for the nation’s 150,000 clubs.

Insidethegames

4. Smart Ways To Fit Exercise Into Your Hectic Life
Huffington Post

If you’re sitting at your desk reading this right now, seize the moment with these easy exercises you can do at your desk.

Huffington Post

5. Lose weight before surgery patients told
The Telegraph

Patients cannot have routine surgery until they lose weight under new rules brought in by GPs, it has emerged.

The Telegraph

6. Families urged to sign up for healthy living course
Wales Online

The Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it! (MEND) programme is now recruiting children and families for its latest healthy lifestyle course.

Wales Online

7. Fitness experts helping cancer patients
Northants Evening Telegraph

Fitness experts have undergone special training so they can help cancer patients.

Northants Evening Telegraph

8. New sessions for disabled people at leisure centre
Sevenoaks Chronicle

Disabled people in Sevenoaks have access to a new sports service.

Sevenoaks Chronicle

Health & fitness in the news – 19/01/2012

1. Colin Jackson urges Olympic team to trigger love of sport in children
The Guardian

• Former Olympic hurdler says athletes can stir a generation
• ‘We need them to do well to inspire our young people’

The Guardian

2. Exercise cuts cancer death risk by 30%
The Herald

Dr Anna Campbell, lecturer in clinical exercise science at Dundee University, has studied the benefits of exercise on cancer patients since 2000, when she discovered there had been very little research on the area.

The Herald

3. Zumba Fitness sells 6 million copies
Metro
 
Keep fit franchise Zumba Fitness has now sold a staggering 6 million copies worldwide, as new title Zumba Fitness: Rush is readied for Kinect.

Metro

4. Fitness operators score poorly in phone survey
Fitpro News

Fitness operators’ performance in answering their phones was rated as the worst in five years, according to a survey by Leisure-net Solutions.

Fitpro News

5. SkillsActive to unveil Change Gear scheme
Health Club Management

SkillsActive, the sector skills council for active learning and leisure, has announced that it is to launch a new scheme to help Armed Forces personnel pursue a career within the sector.

Health Club Management

6. Cell recycling makes exercise good for you
New Scientist

Beth Levine at the University of Texas in Dallas discovered that, in mice, autophagy – the process by which a cell recycles dispensable components for extra energy – increases 30 minutes into exercise.

New Scientist

7. The rubber bands that could give you the butt of a supermodel (and you can do the exercises at your desk)
Daily Mail

Experts say the bands allow the user to isolate very specific muscles in the legs and buttocks, and to work them accordingly.

Daily Mail

8.How diets are destroyed by home cooking: Large portions and clearing a plate blamed
Daily Mail

Dieters relying on healthy home-cooked meals wreck their efforts to slim by dishing up large portions and feeling obliged to finish everything on their plate, a survey has found.

Daily Mail

Health & fitness in the news – 18/01/2012

1. My bid to get a body like Sienna Miller
The Guardian

Kelly Bowerbank is asthmatic and hasn’t worked out in a gym for 12 years. Here she begins a three-month fitness course with personal trainer Efua Baker, body sculptor to Hollywood stars including Sienna Miller and Christian Bale. Kelly’s aim: to turn up to her friend’s office in a bikini in three months’ time.

The Guardian

2. Fitness Marketing Tips: How To Over-Deliver To New Personal Training Clients This January
PR Web

January brings a ton of new business for personal trainers; yet many will drop off like flies come spring. The secret to retaining these new prospects is to under-promise and over-deliver.

PR Web

3. In with Zumba, out with Pilates – Fitness trends for 2012
The Spec

The Spectator created a Top 10 list of hot fitness trends predicted for 2012, according to more than 5,000 fitness experts surveyed in three separate releases by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise and GoodLife Fitness.

The Spec

4. Fish oil plus exercise may do older muscles good
GMA News

Older women may be able to boost their muscle strength by adding fish oil supplements to their exercise routine, a small clinical trial suggests.

GMA News

5. How Exercise May Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay
New York Times

A new study from The Archives of Neurology suggests that for some people, a daily walk or jog could alter the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or change the course of the disease if it begins.

New York Times

6. The brain of Stephen Fry and the body of Pippa Middleton? No thanks
The Telegraph

Nobody who wants a good quality of life in old age can neglect either their physical or mental wellbeing. But the real challenge is balancing the two. There are no short cuts.

The Telegraph

Health & fitness in the news – 16/01/2012

1. Health club trends for 2012 revealed
Fitpro News

The top 10 health club trends for this year have been revealed by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

Fitpro News

2. Fitness experts predict 2012 trends
Health Club Management

Health Club Management magazine interviewed four industry leaders for their views on 2012. Most agreed that while economic pressures will continue, the increasing public awareness of health and fitness will act as a compensatory factor for the industry going forward.

Health Club Management

3. IOC boss backs British bid for Youth Olympics in 2018
Evening Standard

The youth Olympics could be staged in the UK as a legacy of hosting the London 2012 Games.

Evening Standard

4. The ultimate motivation: Exercise not only trims the waistline… it’s also good for your salary
Daily Mail 

Going for a jog, swimming or lifting weights in the gym three times a week could boost your income by up to nine per cent.

Daily Mail

5. How yoga can help fight ageing aches
The Telegraph

Yoga classes are proving hugely popular with the elderly, improving both their physical and mental wellbeing.

The Telegraph

6. Two minutes on.. getting strong bones
Daily Mirror

Finnish researchers working with women in their 70s have stumbled across some startling discoveries about exercise. After six months of exercise the women were not only stronger and less likely to get bone fractures, but they were also less likely to die.

Daily Mirror

7. Wii can make your brain healthier! Computer exercise games give the over 50s a mental workout that could keep them young
Daily Mail

Computer exercise games could help the over 50s delay the onset of dementia as they have greater mental health benefits than exercise alone, a new study has found.

Daily Mail

8. How to make yourself train harder
The Guardian

World record-breaking triathlete and Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington has a punishing training regime. How does she stay motivated?

The Guardian

9. Women plan protest against diet industry outside parliament
The Guardian

Protesters say weightloss companies wreak havoc with appetites and rely on dieters’ repeated failures to make money.

The Guardian

10. Gyms often alienate the obese
Chicago Tribune

Though Americans are joining gyms in record numbers — 42.8 million people had health club memberships last year, according to a report by the market research firm IBISWorld — fitness centers frequently alienate the very people they could help most: the obese.

Chicago Tribune

Health & fitness in the news – 13/01/2012

1. Top leisure industry awards head to Sheffield
Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings

The Fitness Industry Association has announced it will hold the FIA & Matrix Flame 2012 Conference and Ball at Sheffield International Venues’ Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and the Magna Science Adventure Centre Sheffield on June 27.

Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings

2. “Resilient” sports industry will keep outperforming UK economy thanks to London 2012, says new report
Inside the Games

The London Olympics will help the UK sports market to grow by nearly two per cent in 2012, in spite of fears that the wider economy could be pushed closer to recession, according to a new report.

Inside the Games

3. The exercise scientist with a moving argument
The Montreal Gazette

Diet is less important than being active, leading researcher Steven Blair says.

The Montreal Gazette

4. Scientists crack the code for the DNA diet
The Mirror

British scientists have cracked the code of the DNA diet and say a simple swab of saliva can determine the type of diet and exercise needed for successful weight loss.

The Mirror

5. Do men really care about their weight?
The Scotsman

A major national study has revealed that over 80 per cent of men don’t feel good about their appearance with four out of five men confessing to being unhappy about their body shape.

The Scotsman

6. Midlands scientists to play key role in keeping us fit and well as we age
Health Canal

Scientists in the Midlands are to share in a £5m research grant to reduce the pain and disability caused by ageing. They aim to establish what goes wrong with our bones, joints, ligaments and muscles as we age and how diet and exercise interventions could help prevent this age related decline.

Health Canal

7. Car and TV ‘increase heart risk’
Press Association

Owning a car and TV increases the risk of having a heart attack by more than a quarter, a study has found. But the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle can easily be cancelled out by exercise, say researchers.

Press Association

8. The 10 Best Fitness Gadgets
The Independent

The Independent looks at the top 10 fitness gadgets available.

The Independent

Crown Spa Hotel refused planning permission for wind turbines

Today (12th January 2012) the Crown Spa Hotel’s dream of installing 16 wind turbines on the roof of a Grade II listed building, was refused at a Planning and Development Committee Meeting held at Westborough Methodist Church, Westborough, Scarborough, even though 24 individuals publically supported the application, while only 10 individuals were against it.

David Frank Director said “Though we disagree with the judgement, we will accept and respect the planning officers’ and the democratically elected Councillors’ independent opinion. This is merely a setback in our quest to have greater energy efficiency, thereby reducing energy costs and our impact on the environment. Overall we have learnt a lot from this particular planning application process. The contemporary and elegant blade design of these Pramac wind turbines will add to the building in fusing the past with the future, whilst helping to bring awareness to some of the energy supply issues our children will have to deal with.”

Mr Frank added “We are simply back to the drawing board for a solution, which is more acceptable to the Scarborough Civic Society, English Heritage and the planning and Development Committee”

Modern sub 10KW Wind Turbines are different to the large turbines

One issue the Crown Spa management team felt they came up against was a lack of awareness of existing wind turbine technology, particularly turbines below 10KW.

During the planning process a number of issues were raised from individuals and English Heritage, which has made a number of assertions as to vibration, weight and noise without undertaking any research of modern gearless turbines.

  • Vibration in a wind turbine can damage the wine turbine itself; modern turbines have vibration sensors with safety cut outs if vibration levels exceed a very small threshold i.e. they turn themselves off if they get wobbly. Modern gearless turbines have virtually no vibration as there is virtually no contact between the moving parts.
  • Weight the hotel recently built 24 rooms on the roof of the building using a steal structure. The weight of these turbines are 65kg for the turbine and 35kg for all fittings each, total extra weight is around 1600kg, equivalent to a Ford Focus with 3 passengers, the hotels advisors have informed them that this is well within the design parameters of the construction allowing for the additional wind pressure.
  • Noise for the Pramac Turbines that were going to be used is 52dB at 4 metres; 52dB is equivalent to a Quiet suburb or a conversation at home add to this on surrounding noise levels (wind, cars waves etc..) these units will be hardly noticeable for neighbours or from the ground. Sound intensity follows the inverse-square law, for example in the 50dB is 1/4 as loud as 70db (an Office environment) at 4 metres and for each doubling of distance from a sound source dB is reduced by roughly 6db. In fact the latest model of wind turbine the management team have seen has a sound rating of 38db at 4metres (equivalent to a quiet library).
  • English heritage said that the Crown Spa have already met the EU target requirements; in response David Frank Responded “the problem is most scientists and economists in the field think the targets are far too low, and greater measures need to be taken. what we need to appreciate is that these European rules predominantly pushed through by Germany and France are nations which were already better prepared when the targets were set. Germany with 40% renewable energy production and France (where you are no further than 55 miles from a Nuclear power station), will be sitting pretty when oil prices rise. Unfortunately, we as a nation are not as prepared as we should be, for a developed nation.
  • English Heritage in their objection mentioned lack of public benefit to which the Crown Spa team strongly feel that apart from bring greater public awareness of the benefits of wind energy; they felt the need to point out that the earth is a finite size with finite resources, oil will not be plentiful or cheap in the next 10 years, and therefore businesses must plan now, while energy costs are relatively cheap. – If this is not in the public interest what is?

Mr Frank added “Basically, I strongly feel that if we as a nation can reduce our reliance on oil, then that will mean less chance of your daughter; your son, being sent off to a distance country to die, or be maimed and mentally scarred, just so our nation can have a stable oil supply. We as a nation were in Iraq for oil! Not principles. We are in Afghanistan in order to stabilise the countries surrounding it, in order to stabilise oil flow – History has generally shown that nations go to war for resources, not principles.”

“Further, overall renewables and nuclear (thorium, and slow burn) though expensive in the short term will be far cheaper in the long run, by reducing our reliance on oil now, then when oil does become more expensive , we will be far more competitive than other nations who have not prepared properly.”

Is the future in the wind?

You tube vidoe here

 

Health & fitness in the news – 11/01/2012

1. FIA responds to new £1 billion sports strategy
FIA

Commenting on the new strategy, David Stalker, CEO, FIA said “We fully support the strategy’s objective to engage people in sport and make activity a lifelong habit for more people. Our recent legacy ready summit reverberated the need for partnerships across all sectors to capitalise on a nation united by the 2012 Games to grow levels of participation.”

FIA

2. Newsweek Scotland
BBC

FIA CEO David Stalker appeared on Newsweek Scotland this week, discussing the fitness industry and how gym membership has moved away from being a luxury to a necessity for many people.

BBC Scotland

3. Breath screening tool for employers launched to save £6.4 billion annual cost of workplace hangovers
HR Magazine

The FIA (Fitness Industry Association) has welcomed the UK launch of the BreathScan programme as an important new way to trigger changes to healthier lifestyles. The FIA has joined up with fitness equipment manufacturer Johnson Health Tech UK Ltd to help pilot the scheme.

HR Magazine

4. Mother who shed six stone after gastric band surgery stunned to discover it had broken… and weight loss was through EXERCISE
Daily Mail

A mother-of-two, who thought it was ‘impossible’ to lose weight on her own, has told how she lost six stone purely through exercise after, unbeknown to her, her gastric band snapped.

Daily Mail

5. Team Stylist catch Olympic fever
Stylist

Eight Stylist team members of varying fitness levels are taking on physical challenges which they must achieve in time for the Olympics, to try and inspire an Olympic sporting revolution.

Stylist

6. London 2012 chiefs decide future of three Olympic venues
The Guardian

The handball arena – which will become a multi-use arena that can host community sport, concerts, exhibitions and other events after the Games – and the aquatics centre, will both be run by a company called Greenwich Leisure.

The Guardian

7. Extreme gym team
Evening Standard

For a new fat-fighting series, Channel 4 has recruited four of London’s oddest personal trainers. Jasmine Gardner steeled herself for a weird workout.

Evening Standard

8.’Olympic challenge!’
The Voice

It’s the year of the London Olympics, and fitness instructor Bella-Marie says it’s time to focus on health.

The Voice

Health & fitness in the news – 06/01/2011

1. FIA’s Shift into Sports Reaches for the Sky
Fitpro

Shift into Sports, a health and fitness initiative that gives shift workers access to sports, fitness and pay-as-you-play opportunities at low cost and without long-term contracts, has now launched nationwide.

Fitpro

2. Third of men would sacrifice year of life for toned bodies
The Telegraph

Researchers found that more than 95 per cent of men see or hear conversations which reinforce the ideal of leanness and muscularity in the media, and four in five gym members said they took part in this type of “body talk” while exercising.

The Telegraph

3. This weekend, look out for gym rage
The Telegraph

Just joined a gym? Here are a few lessons on how to deal with exercise club bores.

The Telegraph

Read FIA’s CEO, David Stalker’s letter to the editor in response to the article here

4. Memory loss can begin from age 45, scientists say
The Guardian

“There is enough evidence to show the importance of healthy lifestyles and cardiovascular risk factors in adulthood for dementia,” they write in the BMJ.

The Guardian

5. Jogging cuts chance of flu – but marathons make viruses more likely
Daily Mirror

Research shows that those undertaking regular moderate exercise such as a daily brisk walk, can reduce their chance of catching a respiratory infection, such as a cold, by up to almost a third.

Daily Mirror

6. Extra help for that New Year’s keep-fit resolution: An app that pays you to work out at the gym
Daily Mail

If you think you’ll struggle with that New Year’s resolution to go to the gym more often you might like to try the app that actually pays you to work out.

Daily Mail

7. Fitness queen Davina brushes off the competition to top DVD charts again
Daily Mail

The star has topped the New Year fitness charts with her latest fitness DVD – the eighth in her collection.

Daily Mail

8. 5 more reasons to lose weight
Men’s Health

Looking lean might be motivation enough, but here’s what else you stand to gain from every pound of excess fat you burn.

Men’s Health

9. London 2012: Lowestoft gym hosts Australian and Canadian hopefuls
BBC

Gymnasts from Australia and Canada are in Lowestoft and are using the town as a base as they try to qualify for London 2012.

BBC

10. Fitness: MovNat – or moving naturally – the new way to get in shape
The Guardian

The latest fitness craze about to hit the UK is all about using our bodies intuitively – like our monkey ancestors – not slavishly working out for a rippling six pack. Paul Torpey tries a class.

The Guardian