Just One Thing - With Michael Mosley

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Cold Shower2021041520210418 (R4)
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Michael delves into the science of cold water immersion, revealing how just a little bit of physical stress might go a long way to improve your heart health, boost your mood and help keep colds and flu at bay. To find out more, he speaks to Professor Mike Tipton from Portsmouth University who's been researching exactly what happens in your body when you're doused with cold water, and why it might have a positive impact on your body and brain, with lasting effects.

Could a cold shower be the answer to reducing stress and boosting your immune system?

Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.

Take A Breath20210523Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.
01Early Morning Walk2021040420210410 (R4)Michael explores the secret power of early-morning light, revealing the surprising ways it can affect your brain to boost your mood and help get a better night's sleep. But it's not just when you go that's important… He speaks to Marie Murphy, Professor of Exercise and Health at Ulster University, who's shown how a simple change to the way you walk could cut your risk of heart disease by 20-50%.

Why striding out first thing could improve your sleep, your mood and your heart

Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.

02Eat Some Bacteria2021041120210417 (R4)In this episode, Michael speaks to expert Kirsten Berding Harold, University College Cork, for all the latest science on all things good bacteria. Our willing human guinea pig Clare has a go making her own kefir at home and Michael has a go at cultivating some healthy bacteria in the form of sauerkraut - which he claims is far simpler to make at home than you might think!

How fermented foods might be the key to a healthy brain, body and mind.

Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.

032021041820210424 (R4)Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.
04Learn A New Skill2021042520210501 (R4)From easing your nerves to improving concentration, in this episode Michael explores the hidden brain benefits of taking up a new hobby. He finds out why learning a new skill is one of the best things you can do for mental agility and speaks to Professor Alan Gow at Heriot-Watt University to discover the best - and most fun - ways to keep your brain active, and how taking on a new challenge could help build new connections in your brain, whatever your age!

How picking up a new skill can lead to a sharper, clearer and happier mind.

Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.

05Intelligent Exercises2021050220210508 (R4)Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.

In this episode, Michael reveals the best exercises you can do – to help your heart and your brain. He now does press ups every morning – having discovered research that shows being able to do 10 could help you live longer, and doing 40 nearly doubles your protection against heart disease. But strength exercises can do more than just improve your muscle tone and heart. Michael speaks to Professor Damian Bailey at University of South Wales who's been researching the effects of exercise on your brain. He's discovered that one of the best exercises you can do to boost your brain power is the simple squat. Michael discovers how many and how long you need to do them for to get the best benefit – and it's surprisingly little!

How strength exercises could boost your brain power and cut your risk of heart disease.

06Green Spaces2021050920210515 (R4)Michael explores the science behind the soothing power of nature, revealing how nature not only makes us feel good in the moment, but how it also has a more lasting effect on our stress levels and our mental health. Michael speaks to Professor Ming Kuo at the University of Illinois in Chicago, who has been looking into the surprising ways nature could be having an effect on your immune system and mind. They discuss everything from mood boosting microbes in the soil, to the aromatic chemicals released by plants that could be enhancing your immune system.

How spending time in nature could improve your immune system and reduce your stress.

Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.

07Stand On One Leg2021051620210522 (R4)In this episode, Michael is reborn as a one legged yogi to reveal why the one leg stance is one the best thing you can do for a longer and more active life. He speaks to Professor Dawn Skelton at Glasgow Caledonian University, to find out what happens to your balance as you get older, why our balance is getting worse with each generation, and how regularly making yourself wobble could help improve your body and your brain.

How challenging your balance could build you a confident core and maybe even a longer life

Surprisingly simple ways to boost your health and wellbeing - in one easy step.