bodies: November 2009 Archives

Dog owners exercise more than gym members

275x250.jpgThe average dog owner gets more exercise from walking their pooch than a gym-goer, it has been claimed.

Researchers found animal lovers exercise their pet twice a day for 24 minutes each time - a total of five hours and 38 minutes a week.

On top of that, the average dog owner also takes their pet out on three long walks each week adding another two hours and 33 minutes to the total.

But in comparison, a study of 5,000 people found those without a dog spend an average of just one hour and 20 minutes per week exercising by going to the gym or heading out for a stroll or jog.

And almost half (47 per cent) of non-pet owners admit they do absolutely no exercise whatsoever -- though those with a tortoise didn't fare much better.

Doing a sudoko can help you lose weight 

275x250.jpgSpending an hour each day doing sudoko puzzles can help you keep trim, researchers have claimed.

The experts think battling with a challenging mental puzzle can burn off up to 90 calories for every 60 minutes spent trying to solve it.

While it doesn't exactly compete with the 800 calories you could burn on a treadmill in the same time, it's not bad for being sat at hoome.

It is said that while an 'at rest' mind uses 0.1 calories per minute, one which is being challenged burns through 1.5 calories every minute.

But make sure you don't have a cup of tea and chocolate biscuit while you do the sudoko - that would give you an additional 100 calories to burn off.

275x250.jpgMost people who have plastic surgery keep it a secret from someone, whether it's family, friends or work colleagues.

85 percent of patients keep their boob or nose jobs a secret from all the work colleagues while one in five don't even tell close family members.

A survey of 1,000 people found that 15% of women keep their surgery a secret from their families, 27% from friends and 78% from their colleagues.

But men are more likely to hide their moob job or laser hair removal. 22% of men keep their surgery a secret from their families, 52% from friends and 94% from colleagues.

We can't imagine why men would be less likely to tell people, but we only know one guy "Moob Job Phil" who had something done… we can't remember what it was though.

275x250.jpgOne in three schoolgirls is more worried about looking good in class than getting decent grades, it has been found.

Researchers found that image takes precedent over academic success once girls reach their teens.

One in four of the 3,000 nine-to-15 year old girls who were polled, said they believed good looks would get them further in life than good exam results.

By contrast, only one in four boys said the same thing and 36 per cent of boys said they wanted to do well in their exams so they could go on to have a successful career.

That's because the average 15-year-old boy knows his looks won't get him anywhere… not even on the 12.15 to Croydon.

Soldier takes over Miss England duties

275x250.jpgA 21-year-old Lance Corporal has been given leave from the British Army -- to represent England in the Miss World competition.

LCpl Katrina Hodge - dubbed Combat Barbie - will take over from the previous Miss England, who has stepped down after being arrested in an alleged nightclub brawl.

The army beauty - who was the first runner up in this year's prestigious competition - will now represent England in the Miss World final in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 12 December.

She will hold the Miss England title until next July when she hoped to join the effort in Afghanistan.

Though Katrina is used to combat situations - she was commended for bravery in Iraq - the hostile environment of a Miss World competition could still come as quite a shock.

Bad teeth can make you look 13 years older

275x250.jpgStained yellow teeth can make a person look 13 years older than if they had  gleaming white teeth, it has been claimed

Experts say smoking and drinking coffee or red wine coupled with a failure to regularly brush can put years on the average woman.

Researchers showed a photos of a model - one showing off real, gleaming white teeth and another with stained, yellow teeth - to 2,000 people.

They were then asked to guess the ages. The one with perfect teeth was put at 31 while the model with computer-generated, discoloured molar was thought to be 44.

Respondents probably also thought the one with white teeth was American and the dodgy dental work belonged to a Brit.

275x250.jpgGlasses which 'hear' a foreign language and automatically translate what's being said, before beaming it onto the lens, have been revealed.

NEC say their Tele Scouter glasses will let a wearer see exactly what people around them are saying, even in other languages.

It features a microphone and camera which record foreign languages before converting it to text and running it through a translation computer worn on the wrist.

The translation is them beamed onto a tiny retinal display for the wearer to read what was just said - the entire process happens in a fraction of a second.

Does this mean Brits will just start reading slower and louder? 

275x250.jpgThough they would never mention it, one in five girls reckon their best friend is fat, it has been claimed.

A poll of over 3,000 women found most have at least two friends they consider to be overweight, but they regularly lie and tell them they look great.

Almost one in two women say ALL of their friends could do with dropping a few pounds. One in 20 has even ditched a friend after she offered advice about their weight.

Only a quarter of girls have ever plucked up the courage to tell a friend she should lose a bit of weight. And they probably wished they hadn't - because 12 per cent said their friend was 'devastated' and ten per cent 'burst into tears'

The odd news opens a can of worms as many women try to work out which of their friends thinks 'they' are overweight… and then plan to make them cry by telling them the same.

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