Should we be consuming low-fat or high-fat foods? What are omegas, are they important and where do you get them? Ian Craig answers your questions. People form their opinions from what they read or what they are told. Indeed, we were told 20 years ago that food should always be low in fat. This theme […]

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Q.: As I approach the mid-50s, I realise more and more that ageing isn’t equal. Some people are really active in their 60s and 70s while others in the same age brackets really struggle with flexibility, low muscle mass and weight issues. I am a workaholic and I know I need to exercise. The thing […]

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If you ask any sports person what they are most worried about, they will generally respond with one of two possible answers: injury or illness. The consensus of most scientists is that exercise is good for you, but up to a point. Unfortunately, daily or twice daily heavy exercise training over months or years can […]

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There are so many different diets available, which can be very confusing when you are trying to decide what is best for you. Ultimately, however, you need to personalise and embrace your own diet. As a young exercise physiology student and middle distance runner at Glasgow University, I picked up my first copy of Lore […]

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We have an intricate network of connective tissue running throughout our body that serves a higher purpose than just holding us together. Ian Craig explains why. According to Thomas Myers, who wrote a lovely book called Myofascial Lines, there are three networks within the body which hold it together and allow it to function as […]

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Typical South African lifestyle patterns may impede our health and weight management, with stress as the central focus. Ian Craig discusses the benefits of exercise, the health ramifications of excessive exercise, and balancing fight-or-flight responses with relax and repair restoration. In the Palaeolithic times, we would walk large distances every day to collect edible plants […]

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– an investigation into the positive health benefits of regular exercise Exercise plays an important role in all the phases of life, not just until you pass your driving test! Ian Craig gives some good reasons to get moving, and suggests some exercise options. Not all that far back in the evolution of humankind, exercise […]

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What do we mean by functional and how does what we consume affect the body? Ian Craig discusses your functional health through the lens of sports drinks. What do I mean by functional? Functional has been a buzz word in exercise for many years, so we can use it as an example: Exercise needs to […]

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If you are drained, rather than energised, after your exercise routine, you may be doing too much too often. Ian Craig explains the problem of exercise addiction and how you can be healthier by focussing on quality and balance rather than quantity. The land of the Cape Epic, Two Oceans, Comrades, Ironman . . . […]

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Still stuck on the same old recovery drinks? Ian Craig suggests that you try adding some colour and vibrancy to these all-so-important shakes. Protein is synonymous with recovery and is the primary ingredient in every recovery formula on the market. It is important for the re-building of connective tissues and the muscular apparatus after hard […]

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