Back to work? Here’s the skinny on exercise & first impressions!

Do you exercise? If so, people see you as ''a harder worker, more confident, and [as having] more self-control'' than non-exercisers, according to a recent issue of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Dr. Kathleen A. Martin and colleagues at McMaster University in Ontario asked 627 Canadian men and women to rate the personality and physical attributes of individuals based on a brief description that included the person's gender and exercise habits. More

How to keep the extra kilos off this Christmas Holidays

The combination of endless family feasts and exercise going into holiday mode at Christmas time is a recipe for unwanted weight gain. We're not suggesting you don't have a piece of your Aunt Glenda's famous family recipe fruit cake on Christmas Day (and on Boxing Day, and the day after!), but if you want to make getting back into the exercise routine next year much less painful, try these easy tips. More

Chocolate cravings & your treadmill!

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that a walk of just fifteen minutes on your treadmill can reduce chocolate cravings. The benefits of exercise in helping people manage dependencies on nicotine and other drugs have previously been recognised. More

Keeping the balance in life!

One key aspect of exercise is balance. Why? Because like all other physical abilities, it diminishes with age unless we consciously exercise it. Is that a bad thing? Only if you fall down and break your hip or wrist. Here's a simple balance exercise you can do daily. It takes just a couple of minutes and will produce quick improvement. More

Your downtime is spent in front of the tv = sneaky weight gain

Why it causes weight gain: At the end of a long day sitting on the couch, remote in hand may be your idea of heaven. Unfortunately, it may also undo all the hard work you put in at the gym, reports a study cited in the International Journal of Obesity. More

You're a night owl = sneaky weight gain

Why it causes weight gain: Are you often surprised by how late it is when you finally hit the sack? More

Avoid impulse snacking

Carry cash and you’ll be less likely to splurge on unhealthy treats and junk food, claims a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Cash payments are psychologically more painful than card payments, and this pain of payment can curb impulsive responses to buy unhealthy food items, found the researchers. More

You worry about work, finances and relationships = sneaky weight gain

Why it causes weight gain: If feeling stressed has become the norm for you it may be playing havoc with your weight. Stress related to work, personal relationships and finances are associated with weight gain, found research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. More

Winning the war on sneaky weight gain

Carrying unhealthy extra weight can play a role in the development of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint problems and some cancers, reports the Department of Health and Ageing.  More