The Origin of 10,000 Steps

The 10,000 steps per day challenge – championed by the NHS, 10,000 Steps Australia, and Steptember – has its origins in a 1960’s marketing campaign in Japan. In the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a company came up with a device which they started marketing to the health-conscious. It was called a Manpo-Kei, which… Read More

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Encouraging Physical Activity: 10,000 Steps & Smartphones

Despite the overwhelmingly positive relationship between physical activity and health outcomes, research from the British Heart Foundation (BHF, 2017) shows that around 39% of UK adults are failing to meet Government recommendations for physical activity. This means that a staggering 20 million Britons do not make exercise an important part of their lifestyles. According to… Read More

What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy is the name given to a wide range of treatment programmes which aim to improve your mental and physical well-being through doing outdoor activities in nature. Connecting with nature in this way can have lots of positive health benefits. Ecotherapy, also known as nature therapy or green therapy, is the applied practice of the… Read More

Does Resilience-based Training have any specific benefit to the Health & Well-being of UK Military Recruits?

Research Paper Title Resilience-based intervention for UK military recruits: a randomised controlled trial. Background The researchers evaluated a military resilience intervention which aimed to help UK military recruits to manage their personal health and well-being more effectively. Methods Trainers within six pre-existing training teams were randomly allocated by team to deliver a resilience-based intervention (SPEAR)… Read More

Great Ways of Keeping Your Employees Healthy

According to a study involving American businesses, unhealthy workers cause a US$ 153-billion loss for employers every year. Your employees’ health affects the efficiency and output of your business. Their health should not be exclusively regarded as a personal matter, but also as an organisational concern. Read More

Your Weight Doesn’t Determine Good Health

You cannot predict someone’s health just by looking at them. Many thin people are not as healthy or as strong as someone heavier. As measured by body mass index (BMI), some people are overweight, despite being extremely active and otherwise healthy. For example, I am 5′ 7”, just under 13 stone, and have a BMI… Read More

Boot Camps are for Seniors, Too!

If you are in your 60’s and you are getting less exercise than your doctor recommends, you certainly aren’t alone. According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 31 million adults aged 50 or older are inactive, which increases their risk for everything from heart disease to osteoporosis. Seniors who do… Read More