Professor Greg Whyte OBE, world-renowned sports scientist on why exercise can help you lower your blood pressure. As we age, controlling blood pressure is vital. The risk of cardiovascular disease doubles for each 20mmHg increase in your systolic reading. (Blood pressure numbers include systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure when the…

Suffer from floaters, blurring or twitching? Discover the underlying conditions that could be causing your eye problem – and what you can do to address them. What causes floaters? Floaters are those tiny spots or ‘cobwebs’ that drift around in your field of vision. They occur behind the lens and in front of the retina,…

Do your eyes feel dry, gritty or irritated? “As we get older, the constitution of tears is just not quite as strong so the eyes become dry,” says leading optometrist Rosie Gavzey (Director Eyecare Trust in the UK.) The eyes simply don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly to moisten the cornea.…

WEIGHT LOSS While it’s true that you’ll burn more calories by doing more vigorous exercise, walking is something you can do at any time of day, anywhere, on your own, with or without a gym membership and without any special clothing or equipment. Losing excess fat isn’t as simple as eating less or exercising more,…

According to the experts a few hours hard gardening can work wonders for your health and wellbeing – as well as burn calories fast. When it comes to burning calories digging and shovelling come top of the list with mowing and weeding not far behind. Gardening burns calories After half an hour doing any of…

Sunstroke and Heatstroke are potentially life-threatening conditions if you get too hot. Heat stroke generally occurs when an individual has been too hot for too long, whether working, exercising or simply sitting in a hot environment. If the body’s internal temperature reaches 40 °C or higher, it is a potentially life-threatening condition. Also known as…

Just 45 minutes of exercise a week boosts the brain power of people in their fifties and over, major new research has revealed. According to new Australian research, published in the The British Journal of Sports Medicine regular exercise improves brain function in the over-50s, regardless of whether someone is already showing signs of cognitive…

Booking your holiday on the internet is often seen as the cheapest option but only if you are a diligent and regular researcher and are willing to take a certain amount of risk! A good travel agent will not only give recommendations according to your tastes and wants but often have agreements with airlines and…

What do you know about over-the-counter pain relief medicines? A UK survey says a third of adults don’t know the difference between aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol. They are all readily available over-the-counter. You may think they all do very similar things, but not so. Well known brands: Nurofen, Panadol, Anadin Painkiller differences: Aspirin: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory…

Thinking of spending the day in Leinster? Here are some places worth visiting • Abbey Theatre • Aras an Uachtarain • Arboretum • Aviva Stadium • Bewleys Lunchtime Theatre • Birr Castle Demense • Blessington Lakes • Bord Gais Theatre • Botanic Gardens • Castlecomer Discovery Park • Castletown House • Chester Beatty Library •…