Strengthen muscles twice a week, say top doctors

Their message is that any activity is better than none, and more is even better. Do you have to work up a sweat to get fit? Middle-aged ‘can reverse heart risk’ Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed? Prof Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, said most children and adults in the UK are not active enough. “We need more active travel, we need people to get off the bus or the tube a stop early. “We need people to climb stairs instead of getting in a lift… “We need to be more active.” The guidelines recommend that adults build strength and balance to help stave off the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density that starts around …

What to expect from Strictly’s new judge

“I’ve danced before, so I know how it feels to stand in front of judges and be critiqued,” Motsi tells BBC News ahead of her Strictly debut. “I know how it feels to work hard and to work with a celebrity. I’ve danced all my life, so I know what type of work is needed. “And I know the power of words. That means I’m really quite aware of what’s going on with the celebrity and I just want to keep them quite encouraged and to find their limit.” Image caption Motsi Mabuse will replace Dame Darcey Bussell (second left) on the judging panel “I think restricting myself to saying, ‘Okay, I’m from the dance world, I’m only going to …

Ex-footballer told police ‘I only had one pint’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDean Saunders was filmed by an officer’s body camera after his Audi was stopped Ex-Liverpool striker Dean Saunders was filmed telling a police officer he had drunk “one pint” before refusing to give a breath test. The BT Sport pundit, 55, was later jailed for 10 weeks for the offence before being freed pending an appeal. The officer who stopped Saunders told him his driving was “atrocious” before adding: “You can’t even stand up.” Chester Magistrates’ Court heard he had to prop himself up and was slurring his words as he got out of his Audi A8. When asked whether he had drunk alcohol, he told the officer he had consumed “one …

Sturgeon condemns Glasgow ‘sectarian’ disorder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRoads were blocked as a result of the demonstrations Nicola Sturgeon has condemned “sectarian disruption” at a march in Glasgow as “utterly unacceptable”. Riot police, a helicopter and dog units were called in when an Irish Unity march in Govan was met by hundreds of “disruptive” counter demonstrators. Roads were blocked in what police described as “significant disorder” on Friday evening. Glasgow City Council said it planned to stop “morons intent on bringing mayhem to the streets of our city”. Two men, aged 37 and 21, have been arrested and charged following the incident. Image copyright @JohnAitken90 The Irish Unity march, led by the James Connolly Republican Flute Band, set off from …

‘Bruised and shaken and coming home’

Both are members of Killymoon Golf Club in Cookstown and Ryan had gone to Georgia on his own hoping to see a McIlroy victory. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lightning struck a tree close to the 15th green Ryan told his father he had been sheltering under a tree when the lightning struck and all he could remember was waking up “yards away” with the emergency services all around him. “He’s had scans just to make sure there is no internal damage,” said his father. Ryan was back in his hotel by Sunday afternoon and is hoping to fly home to Northern Ireland on Tuesday. He had only finished camp a week ago and had headed to Chicago before …

A message to Bury from a club that bounced back

Image copyright Stevie Doogan Image caption Clydebank FC celebrate a goal Two seasons later, in 2003, Clydebank was brought back by the fans, who now own it together. It’s something Grace would encourage Bury to do now, and Bolton if they have to. “You can be reborn,” she tells Newsbeat. “You can start again. It won’t be the same, it’ll be a lot of hard work and a lot of heartache but it’s not the end.” Clydebank’s members pay an annual subscription to own an equal share in the club. They play non-league football and it’s run entirely by volunteers who look after things like the finances, advertising and sponsorship. Skip Twitter post by @clydebankfc What a night under the …

Breath test refusal ex-footballer leaves jail

The details were confirmed by Saunders’s solicitor Conor Johnstone, who said: “Clearly, he will be relieved.” The father of three had been branded “arrogant” by District Judge Nicholas Sanders. Passing sentence on Wednesday, he told Saunders he had shown no remorse and thought he was “above the law”. Saunders, who was capped by Wales 75 times, was slurring and had to prop himself up against his Audi A8 car when he was asked to get out of the vehicle, Chester Magistrates’ Court heard. The former Derby County, Oxford United and Aston Villa forward, of The Paddocks in Whitegate, Cheshire, told the court he had been at Chester Races and had drunk two pints. The court heard that a police patrol …

Heart patient to Ironman in just 16 months

Breathing difficulties Mr Hunter said: “My mum was on her deathbed and she said she believed there was a history of heart problems in the family and she wanted me to get checked out, so I promised her I would.” Then Norrie, a seasoned marathon runner, experienced breathing difficulties during a competition. Although he finished the race he decided he needed a check-up. Through this process he discovered that he had been born with a Bicuspid Aortic Valve (BAV) leading to an enlarged left ventricle. Image copyright Norrie Hunter Image caption Norrie Hunter after the swimming part of his triathlon in Bolton “Written by George Mahood, it describes the authors’ journey from the discovery of a cancerous growth wrapped round …

Brits abroad: Which footballers have been a hit?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gareth Bale has been a Real Madrid player since 2013 One of his main criticisms off the pitch has been his apparent failure to learn Spanish, choosing to speak English in press conferences. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption He wasn’t a prolific Spanish speaker, but David Beckham was a hit with Real fans anyway Perhaps Britain’s greatest export to Europe was David Beckham. The former Real Madrid midfielder joined the team in 2003 and won over fans through the sheer amount of effort he would put into games. He would stay out on the pitch to applaud fans at the end of games when most players had gone down the tunnel and also helped …

The unlikely manager and Britain’s worst football team

Image copyright Fort William FC Image caption Fort William hope the new season will be more successful “It was a bit of a whirlwind to go from secretary to manager,” Russell says. “But the basic principle was to put a bit of stability into the changing room because of what had been happening.” “The morale of the guys was, as expected, really low.” But why did a man with PTSD and no experience as a football manager agree to take on the team with the statistically the worst record in Britain? Russell says: “I have the illness and that’s a long road to recovery. I can’t do my police work at the moment because of that but the football gives …

Only six Love Island contestants actually applied

Image copyright ITV Image caption The programme will return next year with two series ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said: “The production team continuously looks for people who would be right for Love Island in terms of being able to be in the villa and the personality that they are required to have.” Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Tommy Fury and Molly Mae came second in this year’s final When asked if contestants are often selected from a small pool of people who know each other, Dame Carolyn said: “I do not think they just look in that pond. I think they keep it quite open. “There are some people who go on Love Island who have never achieved …

Birmingham Commonwealth Games logo unveiled

Report End of Twitter post by @Urb110 Report End of Twitter post by @colebraziercb Image copyright London 2012 Image caption The logo for the London 2012 Olympic Games also faced mixed reviews Some said there were “exciting times ahead” and that they “can’t wait” for the event. Skip Twitter post by @brentadams88 Exciting times ahead — Brent Adams (@brentadams88) July 27, 2019 The games are to run from 27 July until 7 August 2022. The total cost of the 11-day sporting event is expected to be £778m, with £184m paid by Birmingham City Council and partners. Related Topics Solihull Coventry Walsall West Bromwich Birmingham Royal Leamington Spa Wolverhampton Cannock Stourbridge Sutton Coldfield Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival …

What is the Homeless World Cup?

Its aim is to use football to inspire homeless people to change their lives and to change public perceptions of homelessness along with the issues around it. ‘Football has changed my life’ A melting pot of cultures at Homeless World Cup Homelessness problem ‘worst in decades’ Mr Young said the 2001 conference was made up from people involved in a network of street papers – such as The Big Issue – worldwide. “Myself and another of the editors Harald Schmied were having a beer and saying how good the conference was but there were no homeless people there,” he said. “We came up with this idea where homeless people would be involved. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media …

Family want answers over water park accident

He lost consciousness after hitting the water at the bottom of the Splash ride and suffered catastrophic injuries to his spinal cord – breaking his neck in two places. Mr Briffaut has been left paralysed but the extent of his injuries are still being assessed and he is in a stable condition in a hospital in Alicante. Image caption Mr Briffaut was left seriously injured after going on the Splash ride Mrs Briffaut praised hospital staff and people who have donated to a crowdfunding page which has raised about £72,000 to help pay for his care when he returns home. But she said she could not understand how her son could injure himself on a water slide. “We want to …

‘Doctors knew my son had HIV, but didn’t tell him’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I feel guilt that we allowed it to happen’ Paul Summers was five when he was diagnosed with the blood disorder haemophilia in 1969. His parents Pat and Tony were shocked, but also relieved. They had spent their son’s early years ferrying him from their home in Llantwit Major to Bridgend hospital with unexplained bruises and bleeding problems. A knock or cut could see the active little boy in hospital for weeks. When a revolutionary new treatment called Factor VIII was proposed by doctors in the late 1970s, a teenage Paul was thrilled he could inject himself at home, freed of regular trips to the haemophiliac unit at Cardiff’s Royal Infirmary for …

‘Watershed’ moment for Northern Ireland

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Umbrellas up to watch Shane Lowry during the final round The fact Northern Ireland hosted arguably the most successful Open ever says a lot about where it has come. Image copyright Reuters The doyen of Irish golf writers, Dermot Gilleece, who has covered 40 consecutive Opens, says the reception for Lowry was truly remarkable. The Irish Independent’s golf correspondent said: “I’m from Dublin and I was deeply moved by what I witnessed. “He got the sort of reception I thought was only reserved for the likes of Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell or Rory McIlroy. “I know it’s a bit of a cliche but sport does transcend boundaries. “If you look at the rugby team there …