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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
    • 4.7 • 119 Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Try Flax Seeds

    Try Flax Seeds

    Michael Mosley gets his flax fix, as he finds out how flax seeds, also known as linseeds, can protect your heart, reduce your blood sugar levels, and might even keep your skin feeling smooth and hydrated! With the help of Dr Grant Pierce from the University of Manitoba in Canada, Michael learns about the key components of flaxseed, including alpha-linolenic acid, and how they contribute to its array of impressive benefits. Through his research, Grant has demonstrated that daily flaxseed can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing your chance of a heart attack or stroke by a remarkable 50%! Meanwhile, our volunteer Rena finds flaxseed a welcome addition to her diet.

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

    Play an Instrument

    Play an Instrument

    Humans have been making music for thousands of years, but for Michael Mosley and our volunteer Matthew, the musical journey is only just beginning. Playing a musical instrument has been shown to strengthen your memory and lift your mood. It can even reduce chronic inflammation. Dr Sofia Seinfeld from the Open University in Catalonia tells Michael why it’s never too late to start making music, and how it can enhance your cognitive abilities by activating regions of the brain associated with motor co-ordination and the processing of emotions. Meanwhile, Matthew gets to grips with the ukulele to see if he can master a tune and boost his wellbeing.

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

    • 15 min
    Enjoy Olive Oil

    Enjoy Olive Oil

    Michael Mosley discovers that enjoying more olive oil in your daily diet can come with a whole host of surprising benefits, including protecting your brain, improving your memory and reducing chronic inflammation. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be one of the healthiest in the world, and a major component of this is olive oil. Dr Bill Mullen from the University of Glasgow tells Michael about his recent research, which found that two tablespoons of olive oil a day can significantly reduce biological markers of heart disease. Meanwhile our volunteer Ellen, an avid home cook, reaps the benefits of switching to olive oil.

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

    • 14 min
    Get Fit with HIIT

    Get Fit with HIIT

    There’s no question that exercise is important for our health, but many of us find it difficult to fit into our busy schedules. In this episode, Michael Mosley explores how high-intensity interval training, HIIT for short, might be the most time-efficient way to get fitter. It can also boost your cognitive performance, help you live longer, and improve your quality of life. Martin Gibala, Professor of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, reveals all about the beneficial impact of HIIT on your cardiorespiratory system, your ability to control your blood sugar levels, and your risk of chronic diseases. Meanwhile, busy mum and NHS worker Suzanne finds HIIT a great way to incorporate a workout into her hectic routine.
    Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
    Editor: Zoë Heron
    A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.

    • 15 min
    Announcing Series 7 of Just One Thing

    Announcing Series 7 of Just One Thing

    Dr Michael Mosley looks ahead to his new series which starts on Thursday 4 April, 2024. He'll be revealing more surprisingly simple and scientifically proven ways to improve your health and wellbeing.
    New episodes will be released on Thursdays. If you’re in the UK, listen to new episodes, a week early, first on BBC Sounds: bbc.in/3zqa6BB

    Get Gardening

    Get Gardening

    Michael dons some gardening gloves and gets grubby. It’s no surprise that digging, hoeing and heaving bags of soil around is great for our physical fitness. But Michael learns how gardening can also impact our microbiome from Dr Hannah Holscher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She explores how gardening can boost the gut microbiome, benefitting our health and wellness. Our volunteer Caspar, tests his green fingers by growing some kitchen herbs and visiting a community garden.
    Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
    Science Producer: Catherine Wyler
    Researcher: Sophie Richardson
    Researcher: Will Hornbrook
    Production Manager: Maria Simons
    Editor: Zoe Heron
    A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

plumearth01 ,

Love it

I just started listening to this podcast and have really been enjoying all of the tips which can be easy to incorporate into my busy lifestyle. I especially like to research behind it.

Annsmac ,

Snacking

I really like the podcast in general but please help out us common folk, the Nutritionist, says switch to snacks that are high in fiber and polyphenols that doesn’t help me much….. what specific foods: ???? and what size??? 1 apple or 1/4 apple?

Derecognize ,

New research, concisely reported

This podcast probably gives the biggest return on listening time among the dozens of podcasts I subscribe to.

I follow health news, but this podcast reports on research I’ve never heard of, and it does it in a concise and compelling way. Plus, the episode titles make a great reminder system: just scroll back through past episodes for quick advice from the titles alone

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