Couch potatoes can"t help being lazy – they were BORN that way


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Couch potatoes can't help being lazy – they were BORN that wayNot getting enough exercise was previously thought to be down to simple lazinessBut new study shows that genes play major role in deciding whether we enjoy a trip to the gym or not By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 15:21 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:31 GMT, 9 April 2013 Laziness may be written into our DNA, say scientists.

Taking vitamin C DOES reduce the risk of a cold – but only if you exercise


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Taking vitamin C DOES reduce the risk of a cold – but only if you exercise Vitamin makes no difference to couch potatoesBut in those who work out, it can HALVE the risk of a cold and help speed up recovery, say Finnish expertsChildren are more responsive to the vitamin than adults By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 18:06 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:10 GMT, 14 February 2013 Taking vitamin C to ward off a cold only helps if you exercise regularly, new research suggests.

On a diet? Forget the carrot sticks – just chew each mouthful for 30 seconds


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On a diet Forget the carrot sticks – just chew each mouthful for 30 secondsBirmingham researchers found this reduces appetite later in the dayThose who chewed for longer ate half as many snacks in the afternoon as those who ate normally But the researchers warn part of the weight loss effect may be because eating becomes so boring | UPDATED: 12:48 GMT, 28 December 2012 Fighting the flab might not be down to what you eat, but to how you eat it, according to new research.

Souper broth! An old wives" tale? No, chicken soup really CAN fight a cold, say scientists


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Souper broth! An old wives' tale No, chicken soup really CAN fight a cold, say scientistsA compound found in chicken soup – carnosine – helps the body’s immune system to fight the early stages of flu, research has found | UPDATED: 22:11 GMT, 22 December 2012 Super food: A compound found in chicken soup, called carnosine, helps the body's immune system to fight the early stages of flu, researchers have found Chicken soup is good for the soul, they say.

Doing the garden or going for a walk is better for your health than relying on statins, study says


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Doing the garden or going for a walk is better for your health than relying on statins, study saysBeing physically fit reduces the risk of dying by two-thirds, US research says But combining statins with better fitness may improve survival rates still further | UPDATED: 08:40 GMT, 28 November 2012 Findings from US research suggest that doing more walking and gardening could help individuals with high cholesterol as much, if not more, than drugs Unfit people with high cholesterol levels would be better off gardening or going for a walk than taking pills, says a study.

Why office workers burn off as many calories as their hunter-gatherer forebears


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Good news for couch potatoes! Even using mod cons, we burn off as many calories as our hunter-gatherer ancestors | UPDATED: 08:59 GMT, 26 July 2012 It is news that will almost make couch potatoes jump for joy – lack of exercise is not to blame for the obesity crisis.

How young couch potatoes are giving themselves bad backs with hours in front of the box


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How young couch potatoes are giving themselves bad backs with hours in front of the boxA third of 16 to 24-year-olds suffer from back pain, research findsThirty-eight per cent of over-65s have back problems | UPDATED: 06:54 GMT, 25 July 2012 Painful: One in three young adults suffer from backache, researchers have found Young adults are paying the price for spending hours slumped in front of the television as one in three suffer from back pain, research has suggested.

Kate Bosman piled on the pounds while on Atkins diet


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'I put on weight while climbing Everest': The British coastguard who piled on the pounds while on Atkins diet | UPDATED: 08:22 GMT, 10 July 2012 Karen Bosman struggled to do up her snowsuit after piling on the pounds while on the Atkins diet A woman who went on the Atkins diet to get fit to climb to Everest base camp says she ended up putting on more than a stone while her fellow climbers slimmed down.

"I put on weight while climbing Everest": Kate Bosman piled on the pounds while on Atkins diet


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'I put on weight while climbing Everest': The British coastguard who piled on the pounds while on Atkins diet | UPDATED: 03:38 GMT, 10 July 2012 Karen Bosman struggled to do up her snowsuit after piling on the pounds while on the Atkins diet A woman who went on the Atkins diet to get fit to climb to Everest base camp says she ended up putting on more than a stone while her fellow climbers slimmed down.

Whole milk is healthier than skimmed and baked potatoes make you fat… Why what you thought you knew about healthy food is wrong


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Whole milk is healthier than skimmed and baked potatoes make you fat…