Training with Madonna's fitness coach

By Simon Round, June 3, 2010

Imagine what it must be like to be Madonna's fitness trainer. The 51-year-old star is famously demanding and is obsessed with keeping her body in shape - so much so that her workouts have become legendary for their length and their intensity.


Jewish old-age: It's in the genes

By Leon Symons, May 13, 2010

They smoke, drink, and are overweight. They are nearly 100 years old - and Jewish.

This week an Israeli-born academic revealed the secret: it's in their genes.

In London this week to speak to the Royal Academy, Professor Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute of Ageing in New York, discussed his pioneering 12-year study of 500 Ashkenazi Jews aged between 95 and an astonishing 112 years old.


To kill cholesterol, go pre-industrial

By Ruth Joseph, May 13, 2010

According to Bupa figures, two out of three people in the UK have a cholesterol level higher than the recommended figure. Having high cholesterol affects your heart and blood vessels and increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease as it causes fatty deposits (known as plaques) to build up inside your blood vessels.


Heart-to-heart coronary care

By Ruth Joseph, May 6, 2010

According to the Department of Health, coronary heart disease is preventable. Yet it kills more than 70,000 people and 110,000 have a heart-attack every year. Around 2 million people suffer from angina. So is it possible that we can rethink our lifestyles, making the necessary modifications in order to prevent ourselves from becoming another statistic?


Living with cancer is all in the mind

April 15, 2010

Apart from the horrors of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and the myriad of drugs which sufferers are forced to endure, there is another hardship of cancer which is not as well documented.

The emotional trauma caused by the disease is less highlighted but is a significant side-effect. Issues like confronting death or the breakdown of a relationship, the humiliation of hair loss or the demise of a career may need to be addressed.


How to lose your middle age spread

By Simon Round, March 25, 2010

You eat the same foods in the same quantities as you did 15 years ago, your daily routine has not changed and you do exactly the same amount of exercise. So how come you weigh a stone more now than you did then? And why is it that all that fat seems to have settled on your belly?

It is a sad fact of life that you do not have to let yourself go to acquire that middle age spread – just keep doing the things you always did and it will magically appear.


Doing yoga in 40C? It got me fired up

By Lianne Kolirin, March 18, 2010

Heat is not really my thing. Despite the freezing temperatures of this long, hard winter, my gas bill is still looking rather healthy. I hate the stifling effect generated by blasting radiators and would rather wrap up warm than bump the thermostat up to max.

So what on earth led me to try out Bikram yoga, a form of exercise carried out in a specially-designed studio heated to 40 degrees celsius?


How to fight diabetes with diet

By Ruth Joseph, March 11, 2010

The NHS has revealed that there are 2.3 million people suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in this country, and these figures are spiralling - by 2025, they are expected to double. However, two thirds of those suffering from Type 2 diabetes could, with diet and a healthier lifestyle, radically diminish the effects of the disease. And according to the Prescription Pricing Authority, treating diabetes costs the taxpayer £10 million per week.


Should we swallow probiotic culture?

By Ruth Joseph, March 4, 2010

The subject of probiotics is huge and controversial. You may not even know what constitutes a probiotic but you will have certainly seen the adverts for those little pots of yoghurt drinks extolling the virtues of "friendly bacteria".

So what is a probiotic? According to Biocare - a reputable supplement company - "probiotics are bacteria that are natural residents in the human digestive system and are beneficial to health". For within the human gut resides a complex ecosystem of micro-organisms essential for human functioning.


The rabbi’s medieval recipe to beat stress

By Anthea Gerrie, February 18, 2010

As a professional stressbuster, Rabbi Marcia Plumb is used to being greeted with the heartfelt cry: “Houston, we have a problem.” After all, the Texas-born guru has made Jewish angst the focus of her life’s work since leaving the USA, being ordained and setting up in London as a spiritual coach.