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How was your weekend running?

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Cross country, puddle-dodging or wading through snow – what did the weekend hold for you? As always come and share your weekend woes and triumphant PBs below the line

Another weekend, another outing to Croydon. This time the Surrey League XC for me – and another two laps of the muddy, err, delight that is Lloyd Park. Having been dreading it all week, and mentally making molehills into mountains, I was actually pleasantly surprised. The hills weren’t nearly as hilly as last week, the mud wasn’t really any muddier despite a week of rain and snow. Amazing how the mind can trick you – or perhaps, rather, I really must have been feeling under the weather last week. Saturday’s finish even bought a bit of a snow flurry, which perversely seems entirely right for a cross country race.

My new year’s resolution to do more strength and conditioning is also going well, thanks mostly to the TRX device in our attic. Many gyms now have them and I highly recommend if you have the opportunity to give it a go. For something that looks pretty innocuous, they really do give a full body workout, as my rather feeble shoulders and arms often tell me the next day. I need, though, to fetch the kettlebells in from the soggy garden to do some more weight-based work. So lets give the resolution a B-plus for now.

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Running on snow: the gear, the technique, the slipping over

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Going off-piste in a ski resort ends in a stern lesson not to underestimate the environment – and that’s after seeking expert advice

If you live in a snowy part of the world, you probably already have a solution for running in the stuff. But for those of us who live in regions such as the south of England, where snow flurries are rare, it can be a little intimidating when we do find ourselves faced with a trundle across the lovely white blanket. Will I slip and fall? Will it be too hard, like running on sand? Should I just take the day off? Or the week off (depending on where you live)? Or stick to the gritted roads?

Some of you may be already filing this under #firstworldproblems, especially if I admit that I personally encountered this dilemma while on a skiing holiday in Katschberg, Austria. The lovely Falkensteiner resort where I stayed had a running machine in the gym, sure, but wouldn’t it be more fun and exciting to get out into the mountains. Did the snow really need to stop me?

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Study dispels myth of links between poverty and weight

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Unemployed more likely than those in work to be very thin, says report

Call it the “Benefits Street effect” – the popularity of widely held preconceptions about unemployed people. And one of the most prevalent is that jobless people are more likely to be overweight than those in work.

While television documentaries and newspapers can help perpetuate this belief, academic studies also reinforce it. A series of studies have suggested that employers are biased against larger candidates when hiring staff. As a result, slimmer people tend to be employed first, leaving the overweight in the pool of the unemployed for longer.

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London FGM clinic to close after funding cut

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Since opening in 2007, Acton clinic has seen more than 1,000 women and houses experts in the field of female genital mutilation

A London clinic for women who have undergone female genital mutilation is being forced to close after the local council withdrew funding from March 2017.

The Acton African Well Woman Centre was awarded the Guardian sponsored Diversity and equality award in 2011 and houses experts in the field of FGM who are able to help women who have been through the trauma of the procedure.

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Weekend workouts can benefit health as much as regular exercise, say researchers

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Risk of early death is as low for those who meet recommended activity targets in one or two sessions a week as it is for daily exercisers, study shows

People who cram all their exercise into one or two sessions at the weekend benefit nearly as much as those who work out more frequently, researchers say.

A study of more than 60,000 adults in England and Scotland found that “weekend warriors” lowered their risk of death by a similar margin to those who spread the same amount of exercise over the whole week.

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Pope Francis encourages mothers to breastfeed in Sistine Chapel

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Pontiff tells women to ‘breastfeed without fear’ at annual ceremony where 28 children were baptised

Pope Francis has encouraged women attending a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel to feel free to breastfeed their children in the church.

“The ceremony is a little long, someone’s crying because he’s hungry. That’s the way it is,” the pontiff said.

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Half a million older people spend every day alone, poll shows

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Scale of loneliness among over-60s revealed as Age UK develops scheme to provide support and companionship

Half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend each day alone, with no interaction with others, and nearly half a million more commonly do not see or speak to anyone for five or six days a week, a poll suggests.

Age UK, which commissioned the research, said the results highlighted a growing number of chronically lonely older people, which was placing increasing demand on health services.

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Don’t lose your snooze: the technology that’s promising a better night’s sleep

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Sleep technology is one of the biggest trends at CES, the world’s top electronics show, from beds that stop snoring to a pillow that monitors sleep cycles

A bed that adjusts itself in the night to stop people from snoring. A princess and the pea-style gadget that fits under a mattress and monitors sleep. A “water-based, app-controlled mattress topper”, which will encourage deep slumber.

Related: LG unveils Hub Robot to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home

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IVF pregnancy less successful with two embryos, study finds

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Research shows if a healthy embryo is transferred alongside one of poorer quality then chance of pregnancy is reduced by 27%

Implanting two embryos during IVF can cut the chance of becoming pregnant by more than a quarter if one of the embryos is in a poorer state of health, new research suggests.

A study of almost 1,500 embryos that were implanted in women of all ages found that putting back a healthier embryo with one of poorer quality dramatically cut the chance of a successful pregnancy compared to just transferring one embryo.

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No evidence sugar-free soft drinks aid weight loss – study

Feb 2nd, 2017 by

Academics say no evidence to support perception that ‘diet’ drinks are healthier than full-sugar versions

Soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, such as diet colas, do not help people lose weight and may be as big a part of the obesity problem as the full-sugar versions, academics have said.

A paper by researchers at Imperial College London and two universities in Brazil contends that artificially sweetened beverages, often called diet drinks, are just as big a problem as those containing sugar. There is no evidence they help people lose weight, they say, possibly because people assume they can eat more because their drinks are low in sugar.

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