From feeling intimidated by the influx of people taking mirror selfies to having anxieties about pulling a muscle or dropping a weight on your face… going to the gym can be daunting if you don’t really know what you’re doing. For example, while swimming might be particularly good for octogenarians with low mobility, women in their 20s should make the most of their strong and capable muscles by lifting weights. Read on to find out what personal trainers think women in their 20s really need to do in the gym.
A male contraceptive pill is closer to reality, with scientists revealing the capsule has passed initial stages of testing. A month-long study of 40 male participants was conducted by the University of Washington, where users took a once-daily capsule to try and suppress the levels of hormones that contribute to the production of sperm. The researchers found that hormone levels in the men taking the pill fell, with sperm counts notably reduced.
Endometriosis, a condition that’s had a spotlight shone on it in recent years thanks to Girl’s creator Lena Dunham’s very public battle with it, affects one in ten women in the UK and can cause 30 to 50 per cent of sufferers to be infertile. In light of endometriosis awareness week, we spoke to Dr Haider Jan, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at The Lister Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK. Dr Jan told the Standard: “Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to those that line the womb - grow and embed outside of the womb causing pain, inflammation and also in some cases a difficulty in falling pregnant.
If you've ever attempted to lose weight, you've probably at least tried to use a calorie counting app at some point. After all, creating a caloric deficit is often considered the key to shedding the pounds. Researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina conducted a six-month study in which 142 participants recorded their daily consumption of food and drink online, including calorie and fat intake.
Exercise at night could reduce your hunger. Many of us skip exercise later in the evening – claiming we are too busy with dinner preparations, parenting or catching up with our latest Netflix binge. Or else we might avoid the late evening workout on purpose, because we are worried think it will interfere with our sleep.
“There’s a huge link between sleep and mental health,” says sleep scientist Dr Sophie Bostock, who is currently working with the app Sleepio, which uses cognitive behavioural therapy to treat insomnia. According to Christopher Barnes, an associate professor at the University of Washington who focuses on tiredness in the workplace, lack of sleep affects the part of the brain used for managing emotions.
Australian personal trainer David Higgins knows how to sculpt an A-list physique. Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Samuel L. Jackson, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell are just some of his famous clients.
London is suffering from a collective post-holiday comedown, and we’re all snotty, skint and sun-deprived, and spring is months away. “Doing cardio in the morning improves your energy, appetite and mood for the whole day,” says Rhian Stephenson, former Canadian national athlete and CEO of Psycle London. It’s all about endorphins, says Stephenson.
If you didn't fancy doing Veganuary or Dry January, running a half marathon may have been on your New Year's resolution list for 2019. Don't be fooled by those smiley, oil-slicked gym bunnies - running a half marathon is no small feat, and if you've never taken on the challenge before, not knowing what to expect can be daunting. Here Cory Wharton-Malcom co-founder of Track Mafia and ultra-runner Matt Willcocks offer advice for the first-time half marathon runner.
Gynecologist Leah Millheiser explained the importance of looking after your vagina's microbiome to avoid infections, such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis, many of which she says are preventable, in a new Goop blog post. For those unfamiliar with the term, vaginal microbiome are the different bacteria and fungi that live in your vagina. Millheiser, who is the director of Stanford's female sexual medicine programme, explained that vaginal infections occur when the balance of your microbiome is upset.