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”.

Sugar and Spice….. Not Very Nice!

The link between sugar and diabetes, sugar and heart disease, sugar and prostate cancer…. Fact or Fiction?
I would urge readers to at least read the blog of a very passionate and informed gentleman, David Gillespie, who has critically reviewed the literature on the links between health and sugar consumption. Some effort considering David had to educate himself on the science involved!
It’s not often that I throw my support behind a cause- but David’s writings- and make no mistake, it is “his cause”, make valuable reading and really encourage one to question the reliability, validity and relevance of the Australian Heart Foundation’s Tick of approval. Do your health a favor and check David’s blog regularly.

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

4 Hour Body

I’ve been reading with some interest the new release by the author of the best selling book “The 4 Hour Work Week”, Tim Ferriss. This book, appropriately titled “The 4 Hour Body” details Tim’s passion to achieve the best results with the “minimum effective dose” in regards to diet and exercise amongst other things (including the 15 minute orgasm!). Although by no means a “traditional” how to book (The “4 Hour Body” is not designed to be read from start to finish, but rather digested piece by piece according to whatever topic takes your fancy). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading Tim’s “Hacks” for improved fitness, body composition and the like, and am happy to say am currently enjoying good results losing the body fat I accumulated after my shoulder operation.

For those whose interest I’ve piqued, check out Tim’s Blog (thoroughly recommended)
The 4 Hour Body


Support Men’s Health

Support a great cause Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer- help every Father, brother, son…..

This cause is very close to my heart, in November 2000 I lost my best friend, my father, Robert Graham Rawson to prostate cancer at the age of 64. Dad , who supported, nurtured and raised me to be the man I now am unfortunately is no longer with me to share my life, to know that I did get to achieve my dream of attending the 2004 Olympic Games as an Australian Team Physiotherapist, or more importantly to know and meet my wonderful children. I miss my Dad everyday, and it’s my wish for him that we find a cure for prostate cancer. Please support Craig and myself, along with every male in your life in raising funds for prostate research