What is it? A bursa is a fluid filled sac which usually serves to cushion the joint and assists in shock absorption. Typically people experience “bursitis” when the bursa becomes swollen. The regions most commonly affected are the shoulder, the elbow, the knee, the hip and the heel. Pain can occur in the shoulder when …..
We’ve all noticed the evenings drawing in and given into the urge to turn on the central heating. While exercising outdoors may now be limited to walking to the train station or the gym, we thought we would take the opportunity to outline the benefits of continuing to exercise outdoors! Burn more calories When you’re …..
This week sees the launch of a new air quality campaign, supported by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, to inform Londoners of the current pollution problem facing the city. The campaign includes a series of hard hitting posters on the London Underground with pictures of everyday things and the likely air pollution contaminating them, …..
Obesity is a growing epidemic and in a newspaper report published last week to mark World Obesity Day, it was suggested that the burden of obesity will likely cost trillions worldwide. Smoking and obesity are believed to be two of the main contributors to increased numbers of cancers, heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. Grouped together, these …..
It’s flip flop season and with a change of footwear perhaps you have noticed your calves feeling a bit tighter in the morning. So why is this? When we wear flip flops and less supportive shoes such as ‘pumps’ (staple summer footwear for many), these shoes have flimsy and practically non-existent soles with minimal shock …..
Last week included the longest day of the year and the hottest summer solstice for decades, with Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park packed with sun bathers (including us). But is all this sun good for us? Well in moderation, yes. Here’s why. Vitamin D is manufactured in the body when our skin is exposed to sunlight, particularly …..
Putting together a training plan can feel like a daunting task, trying to work out the best balance while keeping yourself motivated. In this blog we look at strength training plans – though you could apply the principals to endurance sports as well. Strength and conditioning training is more straightforward than many people think …..
Last week was mental health awareness week and, with a survey from the Mental Health Foundation showing that almost two thirds of people reported experiencing a mental health issue, it’s something that can affect us all. Fortunately, more people are discussing mental health now than ever, in the hope that the stigma attached to suffering with mental …..
May is national walking month and regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. It’s an easy activity to start doing and, besides the benefits above, it also can improve mental health, help with weight loss and muscle tone, boost …..
We spend up to a third of our lives asleep and we all know what happens when we don’t get enough. But it’s not just a lack of focus and a short temper – prolonged sleep deprivation can have a worrying effect on your health. Lack of sleep can; disrupt your immune system, cause weight …..