How many of us went on holiday and saw all the European skinnies in their bikinis and said to ourselves -‘Next year, that will be me!”

Losing weight is so hard when you’re a mum who is constantly juggling work and kids, and trying to ignore all the treats in the cupboard.

But don’t give up – have a look at what Dr Norton reckons will help all of us.

 

Dr Sally Norton, Leading NHS Weight Loss & Health Expert and founder of www.vavista.com

Response to today’s news: Standing or sitting? Hard and fast or slow and steady exercise? – Which approach is better for health and fitness?

Standing or sitting.  Fast or slow.   What can you trust when it comes to advice about staying fit and healthy?

We all know runners, swimmers and cyclists who cite the benefits of the many hours they invest into their exercise each week (and have the bodies to prove it!). The problem is, that’s unrealistic for most of us, which may make us feel that it isn’t worth bothering with at all.

So, which is better for health and fitness – slow, steady exercise, OR harder, more intense activity?

Well, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Applied Physiology, the answer is, unsurprisingly, both.

The human body is a complex machine, and we are designed to work intensely for short periods of time, as well as at a less tiring rate for much longer – and anywhere in between those ends of the work-out spectrum!

Many people think that cardiovascular training (getting your heart rate up) is the be-all and end-all; but risk ignoring the positive benefits associated with resistance training and stretching.

Three groups of participants were studied – one group was sedentary, another performed intense resistance training four times per week, and the third followed a mixed regime that included resistance exercises, interval sprint exercises, stretching led by a yoga instructor and endurance exercises. All groups had a high protein diet, too.

At the end of the study, those who had followed the mixed regime showed the greatest health improvements, including the greatest reductions in body weight, total and abdominal fat mass, waist circumference and blood glucose. In addition, this group experienced the greatest increase in percentage of lean body mass or muscle.

So ….. it’s not about simply doing more exercise, it’s about how you incorporate an appropriate mix of activities into everyday life which will offer the biggest, and longest term, health and fitness benefits.