Elementary Health

Category: National health news,Sport activities in Cambridge | Published : May 19, 2017

Elementary Health

We would like to introduce your local Cambridge osteopathic and rehabilitation clinic.

Michael the owner and principal clinician is a registered osteopath, who has worked with multiple world champion athletes to assist their performance. Working as part of a team comes easily, integrating with your coach, working with trainers & coaches to improve your performance.

Micheal Parr

Providing accurate diagnosis, to identify key links in your case. Preparing you in the move forward, beginning rehabilitation, maintaining your active lifestyle.

This is performed by overlaying methods of treatment, providing a notably seamlessly layered combination approach, of specialist diagnosis, education and therapeutic application. This includes education of anatomy and pain theories, manual therapy, osteopathy, posture advice and training, lifestyle advice, hydrotherapy guidance, dietary overviews, and dynamic exercise therapy with motor control training rehabilitation. All of these work together to provide a uniquely structured approach, towards the aim of restoring your brain’s interpretation, or ‘mapping’ of your healthy functioning body, giving you back the control!

After treatment intervention, you will be re-assessed to ensure efficacy, and optimize, the development of therapeutic strategies, for precision care and training. Laying out a step by step guide, to getting you back to health.

Guidance for aftercare will be provided, which assists by aiding to establish and prioritise lifestyle and training components, which can be initiated independently. As an aid to achieving your goals.

After integrating his skill and knowledge, optimising function and health, your WOD will have never been so easy!


01223 902433



Elementary Health, 2 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8DT.

Denmark introduces a \\\”Fat TAX\\\”

Category: National health news | Published : October 24, 2016

Denmark introduces a \\\”Fat TAX\\\”

Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world’s first tax on foods containing saturated fat.

The Danish government is applying a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 per cent saturated fats, in a bid to combat obesity and heart disease.

The new tax will be levied on food such as butter, milk, cheese, pizza, oils and meat. It means customers will be paying about $3 more per kilogram of saturated fats in a product.

Prices rose Saturday in many grocery stores as the tax came into force, while some customers cleared out shelves earlier in the week to stock up on fatty favourites.

Food industry managers have complained that the tax will be a bureaucratic nightmare.

in 2004, Denmark declared war on trans fats, making it illegal for any food to have more than two per cent of the artery-clogging oils. Austria has a similar law. In July 2010, Denmark imposed a tax on sugary junk food.

Both Canada and the UK are now debating weather to introduce this.

About 10 per cent of Danes are considered obese. Britain is the fattest nation in Europe; one third of children and nearly two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.

More than one in every four Canadian adults and almost one in 11 children are obese, with a body mass index of more than 30, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

to read the full article click the link below:

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Website: www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/10/02/denmark-fat-tax.html

Sugar stacks – How much sugar is in your food?

Category: National health news | Published : October 24, 2016

Sugar stacks – How much sugar is in your food?

Came accross this website, I think its a great ilustration of how much sugar is in each food. It’s important to remember that foods contain varried amounts of fibre which will slow down digestion so it isn’t a simple as food = Sugar but its still a great illustration.

Im amazed by the cereal, Cherios was even beter than special K.

Let us know what you think?

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Email: pt@cambridgefitness.co.uk

Website: www.sugarstacks.com

Fortified corn flakes? fortified with iron filings

Category: National health news | Published : October 24, 2016

Fortified corn flakes? fortified with iron filings

Just came accross this, I reccomend avoiding fortified foods and ceriels. The iron they often use is not in a digestable food from a food source but is in fact Iron filings. Check out the following video, you shouldn’t be able to move your food with a magnet. They even extract the iron fillings.

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Website: youtu.be/V265pGgsBnM

Back pain? Move, dont rest!

Category: National health news | Published : October 24, 2016

Back pain? Move, dont rest!

Move if you have back pain, this is the advice of a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Patients with acute low back pain who were advised to stay active despite the pain fared better than those who were told to adjust their activity in line with their pain.

The thesis looked at 109 patients with acute severe low back pain. They were randomly advised in one of two ways: “stay active even though it hurts” or “adjust your activity to the pain”. They were also asked to keep a diary for seven days and to note how many steps they took each day, to what extent they could carry out their day-to-day activities and how they felt physically. They also completed a form to show whether they felt depressed or not.

In spite of having more pain, the group that was advised to be as active as possible recovered more quickly and did not feel depressed at the end of the follow-up.

“The other category, who had been advised from the very start to adjust their activity to their pain, were less mobile and felt slightly depressed compared to the patients who were active,” says Olaya-Contreras, a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy’s Department of Orthopaedics.

She believes that this could be because some people who are depressed and in pain experience the pain more acutely. Another explanation could be that the more acute the pain is perceived to be, the less a person wants or is able to move. This, according to Olaya-Contreras, is in line with previous research.

“I think that if you’re suffering with acute low back pain you should try to remain as active as possible and go about your daily business as well as you can. If you don’t keep moving, it’s easy to get locked into a downward spiral, as inactivity combined with pain can, in a worst case scenario, turn into long-term disability and an inability to work that, in turn, can lead to depressed mood and more pain.”

Olaya-Contreras therefore feels that the health service should introduce a routine investigation to determine the underlying psycho-social causes of patients’ back problems. This could measure the degree of perceived depression as well as anxiety and fear of movement.

“The results of the investigation and associated discussion could lead to patients taking a more active role and taking responsibility for their treatment,” says Olaya-Contreras. “I also believe that it can help patients to focus more on the positive resources they themselves have to handle the pain and master various physical movements even though it hurts.”

The thesis has been successfully defended.

BACK PROBLEMS: Low back pain affects up to 80% of people of working age at some time in their lives, though most will get better. Low back pain can be recurring, and some people will continue to suffer with some degree of pain. In 85-90% of cases the pain cannot be attributed to a specific illness or injury.

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Website: www.cambridgefitness.co.uk/professionals/sportsmassage

Banting to weightloss is finaly back in favour with the public

Category: National health news | Published : October 24, 2016

Banting to weightloss is finaly back in favour with the public

Banting and Weightloss

Banting was first prescribed in 1861 by a Harley Street surgeon Mr William Harvey with great success to a corpulent London undertaker, Mr William Banting. In time the term to “bant” was introduced into the English language. to Bant is to use of this low carbohydrate diet for weightloss. Banting widely used and was the standard for weight loss in all the major European and North American medical schools for nearly 100 years until it suddenly went out of fashion after 1959 when it was written out of all the major medical and nutritional textbooks, to be replaced with its polar opposite, the currently popular low fat, high carbohydrate, “heart healthy” diet.

The low Carb diet is finaly coming back into common public aproval, it has been making a strong comeback since the Atkins diet in 2002 which met with some strong critisism.

Why is a low carbohydrate diet effective?

A low carbohydrate diet is not like most other diets. Most diets concentrate on cutting fat from meals. On the face of it, the approach makes sense.

Hoever why does cutting the fat in a diet so rarely work?

The key problem most people don’t address is that you should be reducing the total amount of energy consumed, carbohydrates which are the corner stone of a traditional diet are primarily energy. As is Fat. If you consume excess energy your body will store this excess as fat.

So by consuming less carbohydrates and eating more protiens and vegetables you will be sunsuming less energy and so will start turning your fat stores in to energy.

Carbohydrate should be looked on as a fuel, are you an endurance athlete who is at your ideal weight? if so by all means you need more fuel.

However if you are not an endurance athlete or you are but you are over weight then stop eating pure fuel. There is plenty more you can eat.

 Its not for everyone

This diet particularly suits people who are carbohydrate resistant. However those who can metabolise carbohydrates efficiently and who have always been lean despite eating a high carbohydrate diet may not benefit in any way from this eating plan. I would not advise any athlete who is lean and quite happy with his or her weight and performances to change to this eating plan since it might not make a difference and might even be detrimental.

Further reading on bunting

I highly reccomend reading Tim Noakes article on this:


Also for more information on the atkins diet check this out:


More info on william Banting:


I personaly am very lucky with my metabilism and I am naturaly lean, I still follow the Paleo diet but include lots of potatoes as I do a lot of exercise and need the extra fuel.

Duncan Boltt

From the Sofa to the Commonwealth games

Category: National health news | Published : October 24, 2016

From the Sofa to the Commonwealth games

Steve Way is a fantastic inspiration to us all. Yesterday he came 10th in the Commonwealth games Marathon, Breaking the british masters record time for over 40’s runners and setting a new PB at 2:15:16.

What makes stoves story so inspiring is back in 2007 he was 16 stone, a heavy smoker and drinker.

He is a self-confessed former “fat bloke”, he is on a quest to “inspire couch potatoes everywhere”. He had a fantastic race & for most of the first six miles he actually led the race.

“I just couldn’t have wished for a better day. I normally say something is second best to my wedding day, but this matches it. I’ve punched above my weight. I was even leading at 10km, which I thought might be a bit scary, but was really good fun.”

Qualifying for the commonwealth games

Steve’s story continues to be more inspiring when you here how he qualified for the games.

He qualified by being the third quickest englishman in this years London marathon behind Chris Thompson and three time Olympic Champion Mo Farah.

He hadn’t even specifically been training for the london Marathon and was using it as a warm up race before a 100km race two weeks later, and spent the night before sleeping in a camper van is his brothers driveway:

“I was using London as a training run for the UK 100km Championships in May. But about a week and a half before London I realised I’d got myself into what I thought was marathon personal-best shape. I’m not sure how I’d done it, but I decided to race instead.

“On the day I felt absolutely awesome, so I went off with an official 2:15 pacemaker and had a great run. As I was coming down The Mall, I had it all to myself. I was looking down towards the finishing line, there were huge crowds on either side and the tracking camera started following me.
“At that moment I knew I’d be on the telly and my mum would be watching. It was a spectacular moment and made all those months of training worthwhile.”

Steve talks about his life before running.

“The big change came when I was 33, in September 2007. I was at my heaviest, about 16-and-a-half stone, and I was smoking about 20 cigarettes a day. I’d have sleepless nights because of the coughing. It wasn’t pleasant.
“I’d be lying if I said I had an epiphany but I didn’t like the person I saw in the mirror in the morning and I do remember the emotion I felt, the feeling that ‘right, I’ve really got to do something, make some changes’.
“I wasn’t clinically depressed but I was just moseying from one day to the next. I had no goals in life. There was nothing going on to get me excited.
“I needed to find something I could focus all my attention on that was going to help me lose weight and keep me off the cigarettes. In order to bury your vices you need to find an equal and opposite addiction. You need to find a passion.”
Check out more info & an inspiring video about Steve:

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Website: www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/get-inspired/27994073

Mindfulness benefits to health & fitness

Category: National health news | Published : October 24, 2016

Mindfulness benefits to health & fitness

I have always had a big interest in the mental side of life and how small changes to your thinking can have massive positive effects to your quality of life. I think this all comes from having a father who was a fantastic motivation coach & got me goal setting from an early age.

So what is mindfulness?

Its quite simple its the practice of becoming more present, so not court up in mind chatter about the future & past just appreciating the now.

For me the practice of mindfulness is about increasing your ability to focus and concentrate on the task your doing.

Growing up I remember hearing people ask “what is the meaning of life?” Like its a deep and tough question that has an answer that fits all of us.

After mindfulness this question seems really simple, its about being present and enjoying this time with all others around you.

Ive read loads of books on this subject, but the best by far is mindfulness – finding peace in a frantic world.

I have recommended it to loads of my friends, family and personal training clients, and they have all really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.

Ive attached a link to some free guided mediations which you can listen to online, these are from the book above.

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Website: franticworld.com/free-meditations-from-mindfulness/

Mindfulness – Headspace app

Category: National health news | Published : October 24, 2016

Mindfulness – Headspace app

At Cambridge fitness we try to do more than just offer fitness tips we also keep you upto date on the best health advice.

For me (Duncan) Mindfulness is a big help I am luckily a very positive person but I am also very goal orientated. I like this part of me but if not kept in check it does also lead to being to focused on achievements and not enjoying the now.

I regularly chat to clients and friends about stress and we share tips and advice. This one I had recommended from a couple of clients in the same week. So despite my reluctance to try a mindfulness ap that you pay for. Two things which I don’t consider very mindful apps on your phone? and ongoing payments?

I gave it a try and I am sold its brilliant.

Firstly the first 10 days a re free, so give it a try. Its a 10 minute guided meditation for every day. It also comes with some really nice animations like the one below. Also unlike other meditations I have come across each day is an ongoing progression from the last. So for me this development helps me to see some progress.

So if you know anyone who you think would like this, please share it. Or why not give it a try yourself.

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Website: youtu.be/EniN30M2qMU?list=UUGgcdrsTFg4_LY4_sl1KrGA