GIive women a sporting chance!

Female athletes swept the medal board at the Olympics, but four out of five women in Britain apparently do hardly any exercise.

You can hardly avoid the sleek, toned and every inch an Olympic gold medallist, cyclist Rebecca Romero posing nude on her bike. After all, the 28-year-old’s naked image has been plastered across billboards to advertise sports drink Powerade.

There is a very good reason she has done so. The London-based Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) are keeping their fingers crossed that Romero will inspire a new generation of sportswomen.

Facing the daunting statistic that only one in five women take regular exercise, the UK charity devoted to getting more women into sport admits it’s got a problem.
According to the foundation, girls and boys start out with equal levels of activity, but by the time girls reach the age of 16, they are half as active as young men.

“Girls as young as seven stop playing sports because they don’t want to seem ‘unfeminine’,” says WSFF chief executive Sue Tibballs. “But with images of women like Rebecca looking strong, successful and sexy, they might change their minds.”

But Tibballs says this kind of attention is all too rare.

“At a time when female obesity levels are soaring, rates of activity are on the wane and women are struggling with their body image, Tibballs says that sport could be the answer.

“We are significantly less active than other countries like Australia and the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. What’s great about the Olympics is watching women use their bodies in a strong and confident way. Predominantly the women who are famous in our culture are slim or skinny – the size zero generation. What kind of role model is that?

“It’s all about creating that cultural shift where girls grow up to think that doing sport, being fit and healthy is a really aspirational and a good thing.”

I have to say I agree. You can check the full story out on our sports page … Have fun, rock on, stay fit, friends!

Mind the age gap

Twice their age and far less attractive, older men like Ronnie Woods, John Cleese and Salman Rushdie continue to attract gorgeous young girlfriends. Wanobe’s reporter Sara O’Meara talked to author Judy Astley and others about the appeal of older men and why these relationships are usually doomed.

For many folks, relationships between older men and young woman seem crazy and unnatural. I mean why would a 19-year-old Russian waitress choose to date a man like 61-year-old Ronnie Wood?

But Ronnie’s nnot the only older man to bag a younger woman. At 61, Salman Rushdie’s latest squeeze is 27, John Cleese recently began dating an American woman aged 34, and 32-year-old DJ Mark Ronson is reportedly planning to marry 19-year-old model Daisy Lowe.

Some beleive that the age gap relationship is a trade off. The younger lady is looking for someone to make her feel safe and the older man is looking for someone who doesn’t answer back and is a trophy.

Christine Northam, a counsellor for relationship service Relate, told our reporter that couples with a large age difference need to work harder than most. She says that a large age gap can create a minefield of potential problems.

“Practically and emotionally you’re always going to be at different stages of development in terms of your career, your social life and starting a family. Success would entirely depend on exploring these possible areas of conflict and facing them head on.”

However, fiction writer Judy Astley who explores the age gap idea in her new romantic novel, Other People’s Husbands., believes ‘a relationship with a big gap can have an added spark.’

“I know a couple, she’s in her 50s and he’s over 80. He’s kept her fairly balanced, and she’s kept him young. He still can dive in to the sea off a high rock.”

Now that is what I call cool and living life out loud regardless of age. Check out the full article under the Family category in our News, tips and reviews section. I think in my next blog I’ll look at older women with younger men.

Have fun, rock on, friends!

Magical mind, magical body

Summer is a great time, whatever the weather. It’s a period when we regather our energy, soaking in the warmth and sunshine (yes, even in rainy Britain, the sun is known to shine occasionally during the summertime).

For me, summer is a time to laze around reading.

And I’ve just been given some amazing insights into the body’s relationship to the mind by reading  Deepak Chopra’s, Magical Mind Magical Body’.

Chopra explains how personality impacts choice of food, music and activities and how we can use this knowledge to optimise our health and potential.

All awesome stuff as evidenced by some of the mind-blowing facts provided about body and mind:

– In a year, a person`s heart beats 40,000,000 times.
– The average human’s heart will beat 3,000 million times in their lifetime.
– The average human will pump 48 million gallons of blood in their lifetime.
– In 1 square inch of skin there lies 4 yards of nerve fibers, 1300 nerve cells, 100 sweat glands, 3 million cells, and 3 yards of blood vessels.
– The structural plan of a whale’s, a dog’s, a bird’s and a man’s ‘arm’ are exactly the same.
– There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being.
– Most people blink about 25 times a minute.
– Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.
– Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170-miles per hour.
– You use an average of 43 muscles for a frown. You use an average of 17 muscles for a smile.
– Every two thousand frowns creates one wrinkle.
– You burn 26 calories in a one-minute kiss.
– The average human body contains enough: Sulphur to kill all fleas on an average dog, Carbon to make 900 pencils, Potassium to fire a toy cannon, Fat to make 7 bars of soap, Phosphorus to make 2,200 matchheads, and enough water to fill a ten-gallon tank.
– A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
– The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.
Live well, live happy, folks – and keep on rocking!