So, I've been doing some reading.

And it would be really remiss of me not to share it with you. 

In fact, it's my aim to share a snapshot of the research articles that I read to help keep you up to speed with what's news in the health and fitness world. I'll do this on the first Monday of every month.

Read on if you will. Links are included and you can feel free to add your thoughts below. I'd also love to know what you'd love to know about!

Safe Pregnancy Weight Gain Guildelines

Your pre-pregnancy weight and BMI will dictate the accuracy of safe pregnancy weight gain guidelines and guidance that you receive during your pregnancy, according to Brian Wrotniak, et al (Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, New York) in a 2015 study.

It would seem that if you enter pregnancy in the healthy weight range (according to your BMI, which is another kettle of fish altogether if you ask me!) you are more likely to be given accurate information and guidance for recommended pregnancy weight gain than if you are 'overweight' or 'obese'.

Really?! Everyone deserves accurate and individual prenatal health care. If you are reading this and you are pregnant, you are thinking about becoming pregnant or you know someone who is pregnant, ask yourself - do you know what your recommended gestational weight gain is? Have you been informed? If you haven't, ask the question!

Wearable 24-hour Sensors

In a study conducted by Jennifer Huberty, et al, from the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion (Arizona State University) in 2015, it was found that in order for a 24-hour wearable sensor (think FitBit, Jawbone, etc) to be feasible for middle-aged women - and mind you, they considered this age group to be 30-64, which now includes me!! - the following features need to be present:

  • Waterproof;
  • Comfortable;
  • Multi functional (ie. watch)
  • Instant feedback (ie. step counter)
  • Reminders (ie. beep/vibrate on inactivity)

So, if you're in the market for something like this, these are features that you might like to consider. 

My opinion is that anything that promotes self-regulation of health monitoring in the general population is a good thing. 

Exercise: The Fountain of Youth?

Using a six year study, Dawn Upchurch, et al (2015) concluded that 'leisure time physical activity' really does reduce allostatic load (the wear and tear on the body which increases over time with repeated exposure to chronic stress). This is independent of demographics (specifically, cultural background). 

So, ladies, not that I need to tell you, but keep up the fantastic work with your physical activity to help 'ameliorate some of the effects of cumulative physiological dysregulation and subsequent disease burden in midlife'. 

That's it for this month (the year is only four days old!!) 

Remember to comment below if there's anything you'd like me to cover in this blog. Next week I'll be introducing you to your pelvic floor.

Theresa xx