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EXERCISE BOOST THE POPEYE WAY


Popeye was right all along – eat spinach and you really will get big biceps. Research from Swedish medical university


the Karolinska Institute shows that the mitochondria – the cellular power producers of muscles – are boosted by nitrate, a substance that is abundant in spinach and other vegetables such as beetroot and lettuce. In the study, healthy people took the nitrate


equivalent to 200–300g of spinach for three days, while another group took a placebo. Following this, both sets of participants were asked to perform a cycling task. Samples from thigh muscles were taken and compared and it was found that after the nitrate ingestion a signifi cant improvement was seen in the mitochondria. The mitochondria in the nitrate group


consumed less oxygen and more ATP – an energy rich substance. Details: www.ki.se


TOILET SEAT THROWING AT REDNECK GAMES


The Redneck Horse contest – where people try to throw toilet seats as far as they can – is just one of the events at this year’s Redneck Games. The Hubcap Hurl and Bobbin’


for Pig’s Feet Fest are other popular choices at the games, which take place on 9 July in Georgia, Atlanta, US. The games reportedly started


as a joke event to run alongside the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. Around 500 competitors were expected, but 5,000 showed up. Over the last 10 years approximately 95,000 people have taken part in the games, with all profi ts going to local charities. Details: www.summerredneckgames.com


banking on losing weight


Korea has come up with a interesting method to encourage its citizens to slim down and save up. Ever since 2008, the country’s Hana


Bank – part of the Hana Financial Group – has offered a savings product known as S-Line: a word which describes an hourglass fi gure in Korea. Customers of S-Line are reportedly


offered a higher interest rate the more calories they burn. Special rates are


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also offered to those who hold a fi tness membership or who lose more than 5 per cent of their weight in a year. In another scheme – this time for


smartphone users – Korea’s Kookmin Bank has an interesting savings application. If their customers feel the need to spend, they click on an icon which transfers the cost of what they would have bought from their current to their savings account.


STREET SNOOKER ARRIVES IN THE UK


Street Snooker, an outdoor game which is a hybrid of Brazilian freestyle football and snooker, has launched in the UK. The game involves players kicking a ball at a


green board which looks like a snooker table, where different coloured holes resemble the layout of snooker balls. Players can then score points the snooker way when they kick the ball through the holes in the right sequence. The fi rst Street Snooker opened at the


Moneyhole playing fi elds in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, last month. It was the brainchild of Marco Boi, director of Playinnovation, whose aim is to offer a range of exciting gaming solutions at low prices. Details: www.playinnovation.co.uk


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