Dominique Lloyd-Walter (former England squash international) works as a personal trainer in and around Surrey
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (former England squash international) works as a personal trainer in and around Surrey

Newsletter number thirty two


Hi everyone,

Hope you have all had a fit and healthy week and are looking forward to the weekend ahead. Please see this week's newsletter below. Hope you enjoy the read.


Wii sports games

Under laboratory conditions, children using Wiis have been shown to reach vigorous levels of exertion. However, left to their own devices at home, it is a completely different story. Researchers found that kids playing popular "active" games such as Wii Fit Plus, Wii Sports and Dance Dance Revolution engaged in no more physical activity than those using passive games such as Disney Sing It, Mario Kart or Super Mario Galaxy. The findings of the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, come as some NSW schools trial using Wii programs as a supplement to some sports. Kids Sports NSW owner Steve Gordon was surprised the active games did not score higher. However he said video sport, while better than no movement at all, was a poor substitute for the real thing.

"The reality is Wii is more of an individual game and for gross motor skills and mobility you will benefit more from the actual thing," he said. "In soccer training you sprint towards the ball and use speed work and movement but you don't do that with Wii because you are standing in one spot. With real sports you also need to learn how to work with your teammates and you learn the life skills and social skills of how to play in a team. "

The study, by the Children's Nutrition Research Centre in Texas, fitted 84 children aged between nine and 12 years with accelerometers. The lack of additional physical activity meant the devices had no public health benefits, the authors said. The study also suggested kids may quickly become bored with video games.

"The (children) either did not elect to play the games at the (high) level of intensity or compensated for the increased intensity by being less active at other times of the day. None of the active video games had a narrative or story wrapping an engaging narrative around the activity."

Mr Gordon, whose company offers active after-school programs for children from preschool to primary, said there was another difference between real and virtual sport:

"You can play for points on the screen and play for two hours straight and it wires the kids up a little bit, but if you go and play sport in the park for two hours, it wears them out."


Weight loss

If you find it hard to control your food intake, then avoiding the ever increasing amount of restaurants/holiday destinations that offer all you can eat menus and buffets will be in your best interest. Often the temptation of delicious food can be too much for people to resist, which leads to consuming many more calories than your body actually needs. Instead opt to eat out in places where you pay for each dish consumed.


Nutrition tip

Your body will thank you for avoiding processed foods as much as possible....this is because processed foods have lower nutritional value. You end up getting less beneficial nutrients for the same amount of calories. Try to make sure you eat fresh ingredients as often as possible.


Calorie awareness

On average, there are 659 calories in a Burger King chicken sandwich. If you do go to a fast food joint, you're better off having a simple hamburger. At around 250 calories, it'll save you around 400 calories in one sitting!


Quote of the week

"Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied."

Charles Caleb Colton


Interesting fact

Run regularly (but not at elite level) and you are less likely to catch a cold than couch potatoes, says Professor Mike Gleeson of Loughborough University. On average, he found that inactive people get two to three colds a year, whereas regular exercisers get one. However, among elite athletes or those training for an event like an ultramarathon, the number of colds rises to five or six.


Challenge of the week

Winners of this week's side plank challenge (left side) are,

Male winner : James Sayers with 2 minutes

Male runner up : Tim Bowen with 1 minute 15 seconds

Female winner : Julia Bowen with 1 minute 12 seconds

Female runner up : Sophie Bowen with 1 minute 7 seconds

WELL DONE to all participants. Next week's challenge is the wall long can you hold it for!? Winners revealed in next week's newsletter.


Star client of the weekSue star

This week's star client goes to Sue Munch. Sue has worked extremely hard to increase her running pace through interval training and made a real leap forward this week. Well done Sue and keep up the hard work!