Eat, Fast, Live Longer

I’m always interested in not only performance and injury management, but also ideas and strategies developed with the goal of promoting health. Therefore it should come as no surprise that my interest has been piqued by Dr Michael Mosley and his desire to understand if fasting helps humans live longer, stay younger and lose weight.
Watch and listen to Dr Mosley’s documentary and make up your own mind.

How fast does the Grim Reaper walk?

I would urge readers to read this rather brilliant analysis from the latest British Medical Journal (BMJ 2011;343:d7679) regarding the relationship between walking speed and mortality.

This article has implications for exercise prescription for preventative health in the older population; and as far as I am aware represents one of the first studies on it’s kind.
The study concludes that “the Grim Reaper’s preferred walking speed is 0.82 m/s (2 miles (about 3 km) per hour) under working conditions. As none of the men in the study with walking speeds of 1.36 m/s (3 miles (about 5 km) per hour) or greater had contact with Death, this seems to be the Grim Reaper’s most likely maximum speed; for those wishing to avoid their allotted fate, this would be the advised walking speed”.

Passing Healthy Habits to the Next Generation

Okay, I’ll admit it. I love exercise, sport and anything to do with the water. I don’t own golf clubs, but I have enough surfboards, stand-up paddle boards, racing skis and various sporting equipment to sink a small ship. In many ways my love of the water, the surf and anything to do with the ocean helps to keep me fit now that I am in my 40s. It’s just not possible to enjoy these activities unless I maintain some basic fitness and conversely continuing to participate in these activities keeps me active. By extension staying active helps me to reduce the risks of type II diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression and colon and prostate cancer to name a few of the “ lifestyle diseases”. However today I also realised that my love of these activities is a gift and a habit that I can pass on to my children.

How did this happen? Well today I had a visitor who is originally from Fiji. I took great delight in introducing my friend to the sport of stand-up paddling which he took to like a natural. however it wasn’t long before my three-year-old son demanded that he become the chief paddler and teacher. The videos below show his delight to be participating in this activity amongst his father’s friends, something which is certainly not new to me. Countless hours are demanded of me to “take me paddling daddy” or “watch me paddle dad”, hours I do not begrudge given my friends comment today that his neighbours children have no interest in physical activity and were currently hidden away inside playing online computer games. How sad, and perhaps the most accurate reflection that children’s attitudes and behaviours towards exercise and activity is truly formed in the initial years and so heavily influenced by parents behaviours, attitudes and beliefs.

So perhaps rather than saying that we must reintroduce physical activity in preschool, a more appropriate plan to combat rising levels of inactivity and obesity is to make parents come along and undertake physical activity with their children so that these children and parents learn the value of fun and physical activity.

Click on links below to view videos

He aint heavy, he\'s my mate!
3 year old boy and stand up paddling