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If time is tight, what's the one thing that you should be doing to improve your health and wellbeing? Michael Mosley reveals surprisingly simple top tips that are scientifically proven to change your life.

Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley BBC Podcasts

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 1.3K Ratings

If time is tight, what's the one thing that you should be doing to improve your health and wellbeing? Michael Mosley reveals surprisingly simple top tips that are scientifically proven to change your life.

    A celebration of Michael Mosley

    A celebration of Michael Mosley

    On Just One Thing Day (12 July, 2024), BBC programmes, presenters, listeners and viewers celebrated the life and work of Michael Mosley. This is a compilation of our favourite moments from the day.
    Producer - Nija Dalal-Small
    Assistant Producer - Will Hornbrook
    Assistant Producer - Freyja Smith
    Mix Engineer - Richard Ward

    • 44 min
    There’s Only One Michael Mosley

    There’s Only One Michael Mosley

    Michael's last interview, How to Live a Good Life, is with psychologist Paul Bloom and was recorded in the BBC tent at the Hay Festival on 25 May, 2024.
    Paul is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale and Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and he shares with Michael his top five tips for living a good life. And we hear Michael at his best - full of warmth, insight and enjoying his time with the audience and sharing some of his reflections on his life, career and the importance of family.
    Presenter: Michael Mosley with Chris Van Tulleken
    Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
    Series Producer: Geraldine Fitzgerald
    Production Manager: Maria Simons
    Executive Producers: Helen Thomas and Sasha Feachem
    Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
    Studio Engineer: Richard Ward

    • 40 min
    Eat Slowly

    Eat Slowly

    In our bustling modern lives, it can be all too easy to wolf down our meals on the go, and never take the time to enjoy them properly. In this episode, Michael Mosley finds out how simply slowing down the speed at which you eat can help you feel full for longer, snack less, and improve your digestion. Michael speaks to Dr Sarah Berry from the department of nutritional sciences at King's College London, who shares findings showing that eating slower can reduce your blood sugar response to food, as well as reducing your calorie intake. Our volunteer Stewart tries to make eating slowly a habit in an attempt to improve his sleep.
    Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
    Science Producer: Christine Johnston
    Researcher: William Hornbrook
    Researcher: Sophie Richardson
    Production Manager: Maria Simons
    Editor: Zoë Heron
    Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
    A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.

    • 14 min
    Volunteer

    Volunteer

    In this episode, Michael Mosley discovers that, as well as being a very rewarding thing to do, volunteering your time, labour or spare room can really benefit your health too. Michael speaks with Dr Edith Chen from Northwestern University in the US, who has been investigating the power of helping others. She tells Michael about her studies showing that by boosting your mood and empathy, volunteering can lower chronic inflammation, cholesterol and even help you lose weight. It’s also a great way to meet new people! Meanwhile, Matt gives back to his local community by volunteering at a food bank.

    Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
    Editor: Zoë Heron
    A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.

    • 14 min
    Yoga

    Yoga

    Although yoga is thought to have been practised for over 5,000 years, its myriad benefits for our health and wellbeing are still being uncovered. Professor Rima Dada from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi reveals the extraordinary findings into the benefits of yoga - how half an hour a day can slow down ageing at a cellular level by protecting your mitochondria and your DNA. It can also improve your brain health and even reduce symptoms of depression. Just a few sessions are enough for our volunteer James to catch the yoga bug!
    Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
    Editor: Zoë Heron
    A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.

    • 14 min
    Read a poem

    Read a poem

    Reading poetry can reduce stress and help give you words to express the things you're feeling. And reading a poem out loud has been shown to be a surprisingly simple way to activate your relaxation response and bring about a sense of calm. It’s all to do with the way it slows and controls your breathing rate, which in turn stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system and can lead to many beneficial effects. Michael Mosley speaks to Dietrich von Bonin from the Swiss Association of Art Therapies, who says as little as 5 minutes of rhythmic poetry read aloud can be even more effective than slow-paced breathing at relaxing your body and mind. Our volunteer Colm dives into the world of Irish poetry and incorporates reading it aloud into his bedtime routine.
    Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
    Editor: Zoë Heron
    A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

:-260 ,

Thank you

Thank you so much for changing my life for the better, please please BBC keep this podcast available as it will always be my go to when I stray or forget his guidance. He is the only person whose advice I truly trust

monwys ,

so sad- so many things to thank Michael for…

this is more of a thank you than a review. i have a number of health considerations and, put succinctly, my quality of life is greatly improved in consequence of Michael’s work on this show. he leaves a hole. so sad. xx

So….. LDT ,

Volunteering

I keep revisiting your podcasts Micheal I always loved your down to earth simple approach to living a healthier life
This podcast resonated with me because I have been a volunteer for 16 months now and all the benefits mentioned here are so true
I Miss you Micheal but you have left an amazing legacy and I am much healthier for following your advice

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