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A new start after 60: ‘I was sick, tired and had lost myself – until I took up bodybuilding at 71’

Joan Macdonald faced growing health problems when she began lifting weights, shattering preconceptions about what’s possible in your eighth decadeJoan Macdonald has not always looked like a bodybuilder. At 71, she weighed 90kg (14st 4lb), and had rising blood pressure and kidney troubles. She was also on medication for cholesterol and acid reflux, and her doctor wanted to double the dose.Her daughter, Michelle, expressed Macdonald’s dilemma bluntly. “You’re going to end up like your mother did i...
Tags: Science, Fitness, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Older people, Ageing, Michelle, MacDonald, Joan MacDonald


A new start after 60: ‘I was sick, tired and had lost myself – until I began lifting weights at 71’

Joan Macdonald faced growing health problems when she began lifting weights, shattering preconceptions about what’s possible in your eighth decadeJoan Macdonald has not always looked like a bodybuilder. At 71, she weighed 90kg (14st 4lb), and had rising blood pressure and kidney troubles. She was also on medication for cholesterol and acid reflux, and her doctor wanted to double the dose.Her daughter, Michelle, expressed Macdonald’s dilemma bluntly. “You’re going to end up like your mother did i...
Tags: Science, Fitness, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Older people, Ageing, Michelle, MacDonald, Joan MacDonald


There will be blood: women on the shocking truth about periods and perimenopause

The menopause brings an end to menstruation – but in the lead-up, many women experience periods that can disrupt their lives and careersIf Emma Pickett needs to make a long journey, she checks her calendar very carefully. She will often take an emergency change of clothes when she goes out, and if giving a lecture for work, has to ensure it is no longer than half an hour. Yet she rarely hears anyone talk about the reason so many older women secretly go to all this trouble; why they’ve started to...
Tags: Health, Women, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Menopause, Menstruation, Pickett, Emma Pickett


A moment that changed me: meeting the rescue dog who comforted me through unfathomable loss | Shirley Manson

When I first held my dog Veela in my arms, I was grappling with my mother’s dementia, which was followed much too soon by her death. The teachings of my little red dog helped me surviveThe first time I rescued an animal was almost 15 years ago, while I was on hiatus from my band, Garbage, in 2007. Shuffling around Los Angeles with little to occupy my time and my catastrophic imagination, my husband suggested we might consider adopting a rescue dog from one of the local shelters. I was a little h...
Tags: Health, Family, Music, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Los Angeles, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Garbage, Shirley Manson, Pick


‘It was devastating’: what happens when therapy makes things worse?

Therapists are meant to help people change their lives, but those who behave badly may end up doing more harm than goodCourtney thought it was strange when her therapist asked her to follow him on Instagram. She had begun seeing Michael – a psychoanalyst who has written books and appeared on television – to treat her fear of flying in 2018 (both of their names, and those of all the patients in this article have been changed). After a few sessions, he suggested the pair connect on Instagram, wher...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Instagram, Education, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Michael, Courtney


Nice guidance to induce minority ethnic pregnancies earlier condemned as racist

Draft guidelines for England, Wales and Northern Ireland will not solve poorer maternity outcomes for women of colour, say doctorsProposed guidance that recommends inducing labour at 39 weeks in pregnant women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has raised concerns from doctors and midwives and been branded “racist” by activists.White women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be offered an induction of labour at 41 weeks, according to the draft guidelines from the National Instit...
Tags: Health, Family, Human Rights, Scotland, Race, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Health & wellbeing, Northern Ireland, Parents and parenting, Midwifery, Maternal mortality


Guidance to induce minority ethnic pregnancies earlier condemned as racist

Draft Nice guidelines for England, Wales and Northern Ireland will not solve poorer maternity outcomes for women of colour, say doctorsProposed guidance that recommends inducing labour at 39 weeks in pregnant women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has raised concerns from doctors and midwives and been branded “racist” by activists.White women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be offered an induction of labour at 41 weeks, according to the draft guidelines from the National I...
Tags: Health, Family, Human Rights, Scotland, Race, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Health & wellbeing, Northern Ireland, Parents and parenting, Midwifery, Maternal mortality


‘Mixed advice’ driving Covid vaccine hesitancy in pregnant UK women

Exclusive: campaign group warns of ‘wildfire’ of negative messaging given by healthcare professionalsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePregnant women are being given dangerously mixed messaging from health professionals, with figures suggesting a “very high” vaccine hesitancy among the vulnerable group, according to campaigners.Three-quarters of pregnant women in the UK feel anxious about the easing of coronavirus restrictions with many saying the move is like “another ...
Tags: Health, UK, Women, Pregnancy, UK News, Health & wellbeing, NHS, Coronavirus


Unlocking the ‘gut microbiome’ – and its massive significance to our health

Scientists are only just discovering the enormous impact of our gut health – and how it could hold the key to everything from tackling obesity to overcoming anxiety and boosting immunityIf you want to learn more about what’s going on in your gut, the first step is to turn your poo blue. How long it takes for a muffin dyed with blue food colouring to pass through your system is a measure of your gut health: the median is 28.7 hours; longer transit times suggest your gut isn’t as healthy as it cou...
Tags: Health, Food, Science, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing


No goals: why is it so hard to do something for enjoyment’s sake?

Being wholly goal-driven sets us up for constant comedowns, but some high achievers have found a solutionEndurance races would surely feel like they go on forever, even though hellish events such as Death Valley’s Badwater or the Marathon de Sables might “only” last two to six days. But the planning component can last all year, and for many, that’s where the real enjoyment lies. Related: 53C heat and melted shoes: is the 135-mile Badwater the world's toughest race? Continue reading...
Tags: Fitness, Life and style, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Hobbies, Death Valley, Badwater, Australian lifestyle, Marathon de Sables


Hope Virgo: the woman who survived anorexia – and began Dump the Scales

Hospitalised with an eating disorder as a teenager, she recovered to become a campaigner. Her mission? To show that eating disorders aren’t always visibleHope Virgo’s description of her descent into anorexia is so harrowing and filled with danger that meeting her in real life – in the south London flat she shares with her fiance – is like meeting the personification of triumph or optimism. “In the media, you see the same stories, the same distressed, emaciated person; you hear of people dying,” ...
Tags: Health, London, Women, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Health & wellbeing, Men, Young People, Bulimia, Virgo


The invisible addiction: is it time to give up caffeine?

Caffeine makes us more energetic, efficient and faster. But we have become so dependent that we need it just to get to our baselineAfter years of starting the day with a tall morning coffee, followed by several glasses of green tea at intervals, and the occasional cappuccino after lunch, I quit caffeine, cold turkey. It was not something that I particularly wanted to do, but I had come to the reluctant conclusion that the story I was writing demanded it. Several of the experts I was interviewing...
Tags: Health, Coffee, Food, Health & wellbeing, Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM, Roland Griffiths


Bye bye BMI: Pinterest bans weight loss ads in first for major social networks

Advertisements promoting diets or slimming products and that idealise certain body types will be removed from the platformPinterest is banning all advertisements with weight loss language and imagery, including ads that idealise or denigrate certain body types, the social media company says.The popular, picture-led social network, which allows users to create and share mood boards, said it would also not allow ads with testimonials about weight loss or weight loss products, or ads referencing bo...
Tags: Health, Technology, Media, Pinterest, Internet, Social Media, Life and style, Body Image, Digital Media, Health & wellbeing, Diets and dieting


Pregnant women in England denied mental health help because of Covid

In 2020-21, only 31,261 out of 47,000 managed to access perinatal mental health services Thousands of pregnant women in England were denied vital help for their mental health because of the pandemic, analysis from leading psychiatrists shows.In 2020-21, 47,000 were expected to access perinatal mental health services to help with conditions such as anxiety and depression during or after giving birth, but only 31,261 managed to get help in the most recent data for the 2020 calendar year only, acco...
Tags: Health, Family, England, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Royal College of Psychiatrists Continue


‘I knew how dangerous things could become’: the perils of childbirth as a Black woman

When she was pregnant, Anna Malaika Tubbs was thrilled – then terrified, knowing the shockingly high death rate of Black women in childbirth. Could she find a way to stay safe?In the bathroom of a friend’s house in Washington DC, I waited anxiously for a few minutes before turning to look at the pregnancy test. It was positive. My eyes filled with tears; I was overjoyed, grateful and excited, but also very scared.I think many parents can relate to this feeling, which seems to start as soon as we...
Tags: Health, Family, Race, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Washington Dc, Parents and parenting, Childbirth, Women's Health, Midwifery, Maternal mortality, Anna Malaika Tubbs


How a cancer diagnosis inspired a fresh outlook for one young musician

At the age of just 22, the very last thing you want to hear is that you have stage 4 cancer, but for some people the only response is to tackle it head on – which is just what Ellie Edna Rose-Davies didI barely noticed it at first. A bump on the right side of my neck, small but definite. I was 22 and had no health issues (I’d never even broken a bone), so I didn’t think much of the lump. But my boyfriend was concerned, so I made an appointment to go to the GP.For the next few months, I would see...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Music, Science, Cancer, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Goat Girl, Ellie Edna Rose Davies


Drinking straw device ‘instant’ cure for hiccups say scientists

Sipping water through an L-shaped ‘suction and swallow tool’ cured 92% of attacks, according to studyFrom holding your breath to having a friend shout “boo!”, there are no shortage of alleged cures for hiccups. Now scientists say they have found a better solution: a drinking straw device.When you get hiccups – or singultus as it is known in medicine – the diaphragm and intercostal muscles suddenly contract. The subsequent abrupt intake of air causes the opening between the vocal folds – known as...
Tags: Science, Health & wellbeing


The male beauty myth: the growing acceptance of feeling comfortable looking good

Men who want to look good used to be disparaged and labelled vain. But times are finally changing…Until recently, male motivation for looking good or strong was often born from an inherent desire for us to feel and appear more successful, competitive, virile and powerful – what some now refer to as toxic masculinity.Of course, there have always been men who’ve enjoyed discussing clothes, watches, even grooming regimes but, for many, this open appreciation of what they wore was often merely a gam...
Tags: Psychology, Fashion, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Beauty, Men's Fashion, Michael Douglas, Gordon Gekko, American Psycho


No more emails: why I’m walking from Land’s End to John o’Groats

As a government civil servant, I was burnt out from working on Brexit and Covid and needed a change of scene. Trekking the length of Britain is just the tonicIt’s 7.30pm on 29 April and I’m standing alone on the highest hill in this part of Cornwall. The sun is bright and eager, dancing with dainty flashes on the waves west towards Newquay. But I’m wrapped in everything I have – two pairs of thick socks, leggings, trousers, T-shirt, two long-sleeved T-shirts, jumper, fleece, jacket, snood, hat –...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, Britain, Health & wellbeing, Walking, Cornwall, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Brexit, United Kingdom Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Newquay, Land 's End, John O'Groats, Dinas, COVID


Every year, I take a long walk with friends. it's one of life's greatest pleasures | Marcel Theroux

For 16 years, I have met up with five friends for an annual yomp in the English countryside – and we are enjoying that companionship more than everOn the first weekend of May this year, I met up with five of my oldest male friends at Waterloo station, took a train to Milford in Surrey, walked 12 miles across Bagmoor Common and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, stopped for lunch at The Three Horseshoes in Thursley, caught the train back to London from Haslemere, drank too much beer under an awning on the S...
Tags: Travel, London, Fitness, Friendship, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Walking, Tony Blair, Devon, Day trips, Surrey, Walking Holidays, Somerset, Waterloo, South Bank, United Kingdom Holidays


Move of the week: how to do the plank, and ease lower back pain | Shona Vertue

This simple but effective forearm plank – done properly – will counteract stiffness and pain caused by sitting down all dayThis strengthens the core muscles involved in “anti-extension” – ie, any movement that resists extending the lower back – which applies to anyone who works at a desk. It uses all your abdominal muscles, but also works the legs, glutes (your bum) and shoulders. The key is to keep your hips in line with the rest of your body. Don’t let them fall towards the floor or stick up t...
Tags: Fitness, Life and style, Yoga, Health & wellbeing, Shona Vertue


The lark advantage: why naturally early risers are happier than night owls

The time you wake up every morning is baked into your DNA – and it could have an impact on your mood and wellbeingName: The lark advantage.Age: Suspected for years, but recently ratified. Continue reading...
Tags: Sleep, Life and style, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Health & wellbeing


Is sleep a ‘magic pill’ for teen wellness in a mental health crisis?

Sleep can go a long way in improving mental and physical health, but teens aren’t getting enough of it – and research suggests the pandemic made things worseWhen parents tell Denise Pope, an adolescent well-being expert, they’re worried for their children’s mental health, she responds with a question.“How many hours are they sleeping?” Continue reading...
Tags: Education, Sleep, World news, US news, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, US education, Denise Pope


‘A career change saved my life’: the people who built better lives after burnout

Chronic stress at work can lead to listlessness, fatigue – and a much higher risk of stroke and heart disease. But there are ways to save yourself before it’s too lateSpencer Carter had been signed off work for three months with stress. Before that time was up, his employers “encouraged” him back early, then doubled the size of the team he managed – and his responsibility. “In the last couple of years, everything got worse,” he says, with a degree of understatement. In fact, his GP warned him th...
Tags: Health, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Mental Health, Anxiety, Health & wellbeing, Men, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Guardian Careers, Carter, Changing Jobs


Knowledge of medicinal plants at risk as languages die out

Loss of linguistic diversity may lead to disappearance of age-old remedies unknown to science, study warnsKnowledge of medicinal plants is at risk of disappearing as human languages become extinct, a new study has warned. Indigenous languages contain vast amounts of knowledge about ecosystem services provided by the natural world around them. However, more than 30% of the 7,400 languages on the planet are expected to disappear by the end of the century, according to the UN. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Environment, Life and style, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Alternative Medicine, Health & wellbeing, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Language, Plants, Amazon Rainforest, Indigenous Peoples


‘She’s my soulmate’: My childhood BFF is still my best friend

How a close and enduring relationship forged in the school playground turned my life aroundMy school bully came in an unlikely package. She was a bushy-haired, bespectacled, briefcase-carrying pocket rocket who made my life miserable for a significant portion of Year 8 when I was 12 years old. I met her on the first day at our large and rowdy comprehensive school. With all my existing friends assigned to different forms, I was on high alert for someone to attach myself to as soon as possible. Wi...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Friendship, Life and style, Health & wellbeing


My best friend at school moved in with us – and taught me to trust again

How a close and enduring relationship forged in the school playground turned my life aroundMy school bully came in an unlikely package. She was a bushy-haired, bespectacled, briefcase-carrying pocket rocket who made my life miserable for a significant portion of Year 8 when I was 12 years old. I met her on the first day at our large and rowdy comprehensive school. With all my existing friends assigned to different forms, I was on high alert for someone to attach myself to as soon as possible. Wi...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Friendship, Life and style, Health & wellbeing


Why self-belief is a superpower that can be harnessed

Lockdowns may have eroded people’s swagger, but research suggests there are ways to remedy the situationIn July 2007, the Irish golfer Padraig Harrington won one of golf’s most coveted competitions, the British Open. The story of how he did this, one of the most remarkable finishes in golfing history, illustrates one of the ways confidence works.The Claret Jug – the Open’s famous prize – was within Harrington’s grasp as he teed off at the penultimate hole of the tournament. He had a one-shot lea...
Tags: Health, Science, Life and style, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Padraig Harrington, Harrington, Sergio Garcia He, Barry Burn, Mental Health Challenges


The Beatles in India: ‘With their long hair and jokes, they blew our minds!’

Two new documentaries offer intriguing insights on how the Beatles’ 1967 escape to study transcendental meditation shaped the band and India, baffled the KGB – and saw Ringo survive on a diet of baked beansIn 1968, Paul Saltzman was a lost soul. The son of a Canadian TV weatherman, he was working as a sound engineer for the National Film Board of Canada in India when he received a “Dear John” letter from the woman he thought was going to be his wife. “I was devastated,” he says. “Then someone on...
Tags: Music, Film, India, The Beatles, Life and style, Meditation, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Ringo, Rishikesh, KGB, Saltzman, Documentary films, Paul Saltzman, National Film Board of Canada in India, New Delhi University


The supersense secret: Steve Biddulph on how to become healthier, happier and more fully human

The psychologist and author believes we are tapping into only a small corner of our potential. In his latest book, he explains how to harness all our senses and gut instinctsSteve Biddulph is telling me about a patient who came to him after a life-changing incident in a car park. The woman, Andie, was getting into her car when she noticed a figure in the distance moving towards her. The young man looked nice, well dressed. He called to her, but she couldn’t make out his words. Andie’s stomach tw...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, Life and style, Society, Autism, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Andie, Biddulph, Steve Biddulph