“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” – this statement couldn’t be more pertinent than in the world of health. People learn from one another and exchange ideas, which accelerates progress and leads to greater knowledge. We’re very lucky that in today’s world there are so many wonderful resources available, and all at the click of the button! Here, we share some of our favorites – these are a very select few, highly useful resources.
The Shawn Stevenson Model
You may have come across Shawn Stevenson through his podcast, The Model Health Show. If you haven’t heard it, it’s worth checking out – one of the best health podcasts around, in our humble opinion. Shawn is an expert in the field of nutrition and specializes in biochemistry and kinesiology. His website, The Shawn Stevenson Model contains information about health, fitness, nutrition and includes some handy tips and tricks to help inspire people and get them started. Shawn’s aim is: “to help you become the strongest, healthiest, happiest version of yourself.” We particularly like Shawn’s work and theories on improving sleep quality.
Harvard Health Blog
When it comes to health, you’d expect the guys at Hardvard to know a thing or two – and they most certainly do. The Harvard Health Blog is full of in-depth research and writings, written by experts. From mental health issues to advice on lowering cholesterol, the blog covers a multitude of topics. While some articles on the site require a subscription (for full access), you can signup for the excellent (free) Healthbeat newsletter to stay up-to-date with their work and research. Check out their portable guide to stress relief, a concise, to the point, fully actionable series of suggestions for eradicating – or at least, reducing your stress levels.
We love the Everyday Health website, they have a wealth of fantastic content there. One of the best things about the site is the design, how nice and clear everything is. The section on pain management is of particular interest to us, there you’ll find all sorts of different articles, ranging from shoe recommendations to celebrities with bad backs!
Electrotherapy on the web
We’re interested in both electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) here, and love the educational resources provided by Electrotherapy on the web. Where we tend to discuss the benefits and applications for these techniques, Electrotherapy on the web is more technical and goes into great detail about the science behind it. If you’re unsure about something related to electrotherapy, the likelihood is that you’ll be able to find the answer on the site. The FAQs section is excellent, well worth a read, even if you’re not looking for anything specific! Tim Watson, the man behind the site was trained as a physiotherapist in the mid 1970s and is now Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Health & Social Work University of Hertfordshire, UK.
If you’re searching for something to use as a food journal then look further. According to MyFitnessPal, their nutrition and calorie database is the largest in the world, containing a whopping 3 million foods! There’s an awesome search feature built into their website where you can find a particular food and see all the key nutritional information about it. They’ve even narrowed it down to brand and product names for many of the most common foods and drinks, (so if you really want to see how much sugar is in a 12 OZ cola, you can!) The best thing about MyFitnessPal has to be that is completely free to use! You don’t have to keep a journal but if you do, there’s no extra sell or paid subscription, simply signup and start documenting.