1. Why we need to convert sport to suit today’s lives
Maintaining and realising the sporting legacy of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games is a huge challenge. But it also presents the chance for those governing sport to do things differently, and find a new generation of participants as a result.
2. Get fit with a virtual trainer
It’s one thing taking up a new exercise regime, it’s quite another sticking to it. But help could be at hand: research from Michigan State University has revealed that having a virtual exercise partner can improve your motivation to get fit. A video game companion will last longer than you and will push you to work harder. On the same note, if you know you often stray off course, new apps can help you set up spoken comments which stream in from friends on sites like Facebook or Twitter and tell you to keep training.
3. London 2012 Olympics: all 900 British Olympians and Paralympians to be tested for drugs in Games run-up
All 900 British Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be drug-tested at least once in the build-up to the London 2012 Games, UK Anti-Doping has confirmed.
4. Fancy lunch on the run? How exercising in your lunch hour can make you happier
If you are too tired to go to the gym after work, there is an answer. More than two million of us now go for a run during our lunch hour – or a ‘runch’, as it has been dubbed – instead.
5. The Rising Tide of Men Suffering Body Image Anxiety
It appears that the contagion of body image insecurity that has historically afflicted women is beginning to infect men. Last year Central YMCA collaborated with the Centre for Appearance Research and the Succeed Foundation to undertake a major piece of research to better understand men’s attitudes to their appearance.
6. Does Wii work? Study shows virtual boxing, bowling and dancing do not help children with exercise requirements
They are billed as the perfect way to exercise and have fun, all without having to leave the comfort of your own living room. But playing active video games won’t help you stay fit, a study has found.
7. Gastric bands at age of 14 in obesity crisis
Dr David Ashton, medical director at Healthier Weight, said: “The UK does not want to be champions of obesity in this Olympic year.”
8. Yes, you CAN think yourself thinner: The mind exercises that can help you stay slim
‘There is a non-stop communication between your mind and body, but the mind is the most important because it drives your behaviour,’ says nutrition and exercise specialist Janet Thomson, author of Think More, Eat Less.