Exercising without exercising?

Passive stretching

The BBC programme ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’ the other day conducted some interesting experiments into whether it was possible to benefit from three types of non-strenuous exercise, potentially useful for people who can’t do much exercise for whatever reason. One involved having hot baths, but the ones that really interested me (we don’t have a bath and hot baths make me tired anyway!) were about the benefits of passive

Passive stretching
Passive stretching

stretching (lowers blood sugar level, improves heart rate and energy expenditure) and that it is possible to improve muscle strength and thickness by thinking about doing exercise. They weren’t huge trials but you can read about the results if you follow the above links. I’m always willing to try different therapies (acupuncture and hyperbaric oxygen treatment amongst others!) so I think I’ll give this a serious go. We shall see!

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New travel website

Limitlesstravel.org is a website dedicated to providing clear information websitesabout access, whether that is physical access or other issues such as hearing loops, use of sign-language or the family-friendliness of venues and attractions – all in London and fairly central as far as I could see but all the main ones are there, with user-reviews as well as general information.

For each attraction, you can see if wheelchair hire is available, if assistance dogs are allowed, if there is a hearing loop and various other details which would help you decide whether to visit or not. The hotels list if there is a shower seat, raisable beds, grab rails, emergency cord, adjoining room and lots of other details, which, again, make the difference as to whether or not you would give them your business.

You can search for a specific attraction or filter for different types of access or search on the map.

Looking at some of the press coverage on its own site, some refer to it as a guide to London, others as a guide to the world, so presumably they intend to expand as it does appear to only be London for now, unless I’m missing something, but it is definitely worth exploring this site if it’s London you’re heading for and need access information on hotels or attractions.

See my links page for other useful websites.