BRAIN BENEFITS Learn it: Tune in to zone out – zone out from the pain of exercise, that is. That’s the message from a January 2015 study by researchers at the Netherlands’ Utrecht University, who suggest that exercise is more enjoyable when it’s done mindfully (focusing your awareness on the present moment). To determine how mindfulness affects the pleasure of exercise, the scientists recruited 400 fit volunteers and got them to answer a questionnaire about their exercise habits, personalities and feelings during workouts, as well as mindfulness during exercise.

Turns out, the exercisers who reported being mindful and present’ during activity were generally more satisfied when exercising. Live it: Put it into practise with This Book Will Make You Mindful by Dr Jessamy Hibberd &Jo Usmar (Quercus, £7.99). THE MUSCLE FOOD Learn it: Sugar got a bad rep in 2015, so we welcomed the research that shows eating fruit could increase muscle strength. While muscle mass declines at a rate of three to five per cent a decade after the age of 30, researchers from the University of Iowa discovered that a compound in apples and tomatoes could prevent this happening.

According to the scientists, ursolic acid found in apple peel and the skin of green tomatoes could combat muscle atrophy by switching off the protein responsible for the ageing process – activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4). An apple a day and all that Live it: Find lots of apple recipes at pinkladyapples.co.uk. Yum, yum! GIRLS RULE! LEARN IT: Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox’ – by now, we’re all familiar with the taglines for Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, which launched in January 2015.

But behind the campaign is the groundbreaking research which revealed 75 per cent of British women want to be more active, yet millions fear being judged for doing so. We JS4port England] looked very carefully at what women were saying about why they felt sport and exercise was not for them. Some of the s, such as time and cost, were familiar, but one of the strongest themes was a fear of judgement. Worries about being judged for being the wrong size, not fit enough and not skilled enough came up time and again,’ says Sport England CEO Jennie Price. The campaign struck a chord, and has inspired women worldwide to get active. Who runs the world? Girls. LIVE IT: Visit thisgirlcan.co.uk to find out how you can get inspired to move more.


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