1. Half of all Brits are unhappy with work-life balance, ONS says
The ONS found that just over half of all adults – 54 per cent – participate in sport at least once a month, however the activities they do vary greatly. One in seven people visit the gym, while one in ten get their exercise from cycling.
Meanwhile, one in nine Britons admitted that the only type of exercise they take is on an interactive computer console, such as a Nintendo Wii console.
2. Feel the burn: Big earns spend more time at the gym
High earners are up to three times more likely to be found in the gym than those on low incomes, says a survey. It found top earners spent on average almost three hours a week at fitness centres. But people on less than £20,000 a year were in the gym for barely an hour a week, says the online survey of 1,600 people by healthcare charity Nuffield Health.
Chris Jones, head of physiology at Nuffield Health, said: ‘Evidence tells us that keeping fit and healthy can benefit your performance at work, which may in turn impress the boss and help secure that much-wanted promotion.’
3. The science of falling in love: Finding the perfect partner online
Researchers also discovered we are not attracted to people with the same sense of humour as our own, couch potatoes aren’t anyone’s ideal date and yoga is the most appealing form of exercise to potential partners. ‘What’s interesting is that we found any sporty activity, whether it’s marathon running or yoga, is appealing to men and women,’ adds Dr Gonzaga. ‘It’s a proxy for “taking care of myself” and suggests to a single, without them even having to see a photo, that person is healthy and in reasonable shape.’
4. Kidney cancers: Major rise ‘linked to obesity’
Obesity is fuelling a major increase in the number of cases of kidney cancers diagnosed in Britain, experts say.
5.Mid-life Britain opens doors for disease research
The world’s biggest and most detailed biomedical database opened its doors to researchers on Friday, offering scientists a unique glimpse into the health and lifestyles of 500,000 middle-aged Britons.
6. Kick butt with Cosmo’s Angry Workout!
Our resident personal trainer Niko Algieri knows exactly which exercises will diffuse your rage when you’re in danger of boiling over. Exercises that will calm us down and make our skinny jeans fit better? Here’s how….
7. Biggest Loser contestants to take on Michelle Obama in White House workout (no prizes for guessing who will do the most push-ups)
Following the discussion, the contestants, their families and the First Lady all work out together at the White House. The show will also see Mrs Obama challenge the contestants to see who can sign up the most participants for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. The six-week pledge-based programme is designed to get both adults and children more physically active and healthy.
8. Councils get £6m boost to help primary schools meet two-hours-per-week PE target for pupils
Councils are to get almost £6million to help meet a key target on physical education in schools. The Scottish Government said that by 2014 every primary school pupil should have at least two hours of PE a week and all students in the first four years of secondary school should have at least two periods of PE.