Can Peloton’s new AI transform my midlife body?

As I finish, a human avatar appears on screen, with the muscle groups I have just worked shaded dark blue. The more strength workouts – which range from 10 to 45 minutes – you do, the more adept the device... Read more

Why high-intensity exercise can help ease midlife pain

At the age of 58, cycling convert Marco Baggioli is relishing the high-intensity thrills of time-trial racing – a challenging sport that sees him cycle at speeds of 40-50kph. His vigorous workouts certainly hurt during the sessions themselves, but they... Read more

‘I first took up running to escape from an awful boss, but it’s become a kind of therapy’

In time, brisk walking became slow jogging, and within months Angela, from Northampton – who previously “couldn’t even run if I was being chased” – was hooked on running.  By last September she was the second woman to cross the... Read more

11 lazy ways to lose weight for a heatwave

Over the next week the forecasters predict temperatures will climb to an unseasonal 28 degrees. News of a surprise spring heatwave might have reached you as you feel unready to let go of your winter coveralls. For many of us,... Read more

‘I had chronic fatigue for six years, then discovered bootcamp – now I feel like a different person’

Now that I’ve changed my diet and exercise I feel like a totally different person. I used to profoundly dislike my body for the way it looked; now, apart from a stomach that has carried three children, and which I... Read more

10,000 steps and 12 other health myths you should ignore

It’s not an exact science, clearly.  A 2017 study by McMaster University in Canada found that in terms of life expectancy, there is no extra benefit to be gained from increasing fruit and vegetable consumption from four to five a... Read more

The best exercises to do for a good night’s sleep

A new study presented at the American Heart Association’s health conference has revealed that not only is strength and resistance training more effective than cardio or aerobic exercise in promoting a better night’s sleep, but it can also get you... Read more

MoD corporals have nothing on my bootcamp in East Anglia

When I heard about a British soldier suing the Ministry of Defence for £1.5 million because he was told, among other unrepeatable things, to “man up” when he complained about being cold and wet, it took me right back to... Read more

Can a smart watch help you manage stress?

After two years of lockdowns, home-working, home-schooling, restrictions, and now a war in Ukraine, it’s no surprise we’re stressed about stress. According to data from Google Trends, searches for “stress trackers” have increased by 80 per cent since January 2020,... Read more

The simple way to keep your brain young

But why should there be a correlation? As Goodwin explains: “The drive for exercise is absolutely embedded in the brain over 1.5 million years of evolution from when we were hunter-gatherers.” Because our survival depended on our ability to track and... Read more

Six easy ways to stay sharp and young in midlife and beyond

From the keto diet to the Mediterranean diet, we are constantly being bombarded with new ways of eating which promise to make us fitter, healthier, smarter or skinnier. But now a new calculator, created by researchers from the University Of... Read more

How exercise transformed my experience of cancer

What’s more, the trials also found that exercise could reduce side effects from chemotherapy and even prevent cancer from spreading and returning, so boosting the chances of long-term survival.  Far from being an outlier, this trial adds to a wealth... Read more

How to exercise safely after you have had Covid

I spent the first two weeks of January 2022 in bed, self-isolating in my room because I had tested positive for Covid. On day 11, I pulled on my trainers and decided to celebrate my new-found freedom with a jog... Read more

Twenty minutes of daily exercise could cut heart disease risk in over-70s

Overall, physical activity was associated with lower rates of cardiovascular diseases. But after further analysis, the authors found that at least 20 minutes of exercise every day among people aged 70 to 75 seemed to provide the greatest benefits. The... Read more

How to exercise safely after you’ve had Covid

I spent the first two weeks of January in bed, self-isolating in my room because I had tested positive for Covid. On day 11, I pulled on my trainers and decided to celebrate my new-found freedom with a jog around... Read more

I lost 3.5 stone in seven months by changing one thing about my routine

Maria Fox, 51, is a police superintendent and lives in Staffordshire Last October I was crying down the phone to a friend and she said: “I don’t think you’re very well – you need some time out.” She was right:... Read more

Why getting fit could be the answer to beating cancer

“Prehab” schemes that prescribe exercise to cancer patients before they start chemotherapy could double the chance of tumours shrinking, new trials have suggested. In recent years, the NHS has been piloting initiatives that ask those newly diagnosed with cancer to... Read more

In pictures: the unlikely rise of wild synchronised swimming

Growing up on the Pembrokeshire coast, many of photographer Eva Watkins’ happiest moments were spent in the water – surfing and swimming. But for the final project of her BA in photography at the University of the West of England,... Read more

Peloton plans job cuts but denies pausing production

Peloton confirmed it was considering job cuts as its chief executive denied the company was halting production of its pricey bikes and treadmills. The former pandemic darling said it will review the structure and size of its workforce and “right-size”... Read more

What TV binges are doing to our bodies (by a TV critic)

According to the research published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, feeling spaced after Spacey was no fluke. The Bristol University team examined three studies with a total of 131,421 participants from the US and Japan aged 40 and... Read more

How gardening helps to burn calories in winter

This is a task for later in the season, when you can trap in the moisture that the wet months have provided. Branches cut from your Christmas trees are useful for this job, and have the advantage of being easy... Read more

The reality of going to the gym in midlife

It’s what inspired a mother-and-son duo from Leicester to set up the Wigston branch of Gymophobics, a non-intimidating (and mirror-free) fitness club for women of all ages. The idea came about when Neil Davies’s mother Sara, 59, mentioned that she... Read more

The rise of the grey gym-goers

It’s what inspired a mother-and-son duo from Leicester to set up the Wigston branch of Gymophobics, a non-intimidating (and mirror-free) fitness club for women of all ages. The idea came about when Neil Davies’s mother Sara, 59, mentioned that she... Read more

40 little ways to make your life a whole lot better

Get your kit out Research shows that morning is the best time to work out as it predisposes you to burn fat and helps kick-start your body clock. If you are planning to exercise first thing, fitness coach Liam Cavanagh... Read more

How after 40 years I’ve fallen in love with skateboarding again

Inspired, I decided to check up on the lives of my childhood, pool-riding heroes and see what they are up to, find out if they similarly contended. From my research I can tell you that, generally speaking, old skateboarders –... Read more