Lily Canter
Lily Canter
Lily Canter is a freelance money, health and lifestyle journalist with more than 20 years' experience. She writes about fitness for Runner's World and Trail Running magazines and focuses on personal finance for Yahoo! Finance, Metro, The Guardian and the Mail on Sunday. In her spare time she is a running coach and co-host of the award-winning podcast Freelancing for Journalists.

An enzyme with a big role in making people feel full has been identified, and scientists say drugs that target it could be developed that would make obese people eat less and lose weight.

The practice of microdosing tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs has recently grown quite trendy. We take a look at its history, who’s doing it, the perceived benefits and what the science says.


You only need 30 to 60 minutes’ strength training a week to reduce the risk you will die by as much as a fifth, a study shows. A personal trainer describes five exercises you can do at home.

Treating yourself so you feel better – otherwise known as retail therapy – doesn’t work well if you are under financial pressure, researchers have found.

One small glass of wine, spirits or beer doesn’t have much impact, but every additional glass is associated with accelerated brain ageing, a large US study of UK drinkers finds.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson are fans of meditation app Headspace, one of many wellness, health and fitness apps available in the fast-growing eHealth sphere. It’s one of our top five for 2022.


A treatment made from a common breast milk protein has proven effective in human trials without side effects – three decades after the chance discovery of the protein’s effect on cancer cells.


People who incorporate mushrooms in their daily diet lower their risk of getting cancer, analysis suggests. Mushrooms are high in antioxidants and contain chemical components thought to boost immunity.

Scientists in the US say a study revealed gossip to be a good thing and a ‘way for us to build trust and resolve uncertainty or ambiguity about what is or is not OK’.

Women, especially those from ethnic minorities, who catch Covid-19 while pregnant are more likely to have a severe infection. Pre-existing conditions, their age, and high body mass index are added risk factors for them.

Low-volume high-intensity interval training of less than 20 minutes, three times a week, is as effective as the WHO’s recommended 300 minutes of moderate activity a week, researchers say.

A study shows people – women in particular – who have more periods of unconscious wakefulness also have a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Stress, noise and alcohol abuse can cause interrupted sleep.

A Swiss study has found links between children’s physical fitness and their academic performance. Brain function, memory and response time were seen to improve after cardio exercise.

Researchers in China looking at cancer trends from 1990 to 2017 found a rise in colorectal, prostate, breast, cervical and ovarian cancer incidences but a fall in liver, oesophageal and stomach cancers.

Women are more efficient than men at burning fat as a fuel, and this has implications for endurance sports, and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Another study shows drinking strong coffee before exercise helps burn more fat.


Research suggests that people who eat a nitrate-rich diet have stronger muscles whether or not they exercise. Greens including bak choi, cabbage and lettuce contain high levels of nitrates.

Women are 18.33 per cent better at keeping an even pace than men, new research says, likely to be a psychological edge over more ego-driven and overconfident men.

Ingenious home workout equipment, sports gear containing muscle-stimulating electrodes, exercise apps and one-on-one Zoom coaching – the fitness industry has stepped up to help people maintain their bodybuilding and cardio routines.

Cancer risk, especially the risk of colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer and bowel cancer, can be lowered significantly by taking one or two aspirin a week, a study shows.

Electrolyte supplements taken pre-workout including drinks and powders don’t improve performance and cannot be relied on to keep essential sodium levels in balance, researchers say.

China is a problem area for antibiotic-resistant superbugs, caused by widespread use of antibiotics. A recent study showed that at most pharmacies in mainland China, you don’t need a prescription to buy antibiotics.

A study suggests that doctors and nurses in China who suffered insomnia while treating Covid-19 patients are more likely to feel depressed and anxious than those able to get a good night’s rest.

Find someone or something on social media to motivate you, and your home fitness workout will go better, research shows. A few minutes a month looking at motivational posts can make all the difference to your willpower.

A new study has found that eating tofu more than once a week significantly lowers lifetime risk of heart disease, with women gaining the most from its health benefits.

A much publicised 2018 scandal at a leading Chinese rabies vaccination maker appears to have raised levels of distrust in vaccines in the country, and could have negative consequences for the control of Covid-19 there, researchers warn.

The spread of bird flu types H5N1, H7N9 and H5N6 in China is closely connected to poultry trade networks rather than just wild bird migration, researchers have found.

Table tennis is a great workout for the elderly, improving balance and hand-eye coordination. A recent study shows it can also delay the progress of Parkinson’s disease and alleviate its symptoms.

Fast music improves your high or low intensity workout, according to a recent Italian study. It reduces perceived effort, while increasing your heart rate and enjoyment of the task. Anything over 170 beats per minute should do it.