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Reading material closer than 30cm to your face increases your chances of develping myopia, or short-sightedness.
Reading material closer than 30cm to your face increases your chances of develping myopia, or short-sightedness.

Improve your daily life by following five simple tips from some of ECU's best health, computer science and criminology researchers.

1) Walk down the stairs instead of up

Eccentric exercise is any exercise performed when muscles are lengthening, such as walking down stairs, lowering weights or sitting down in a chair.

Professor Ken Nosaka’s research has shown eccentric exercise reduces your chances of developing diabetes.

2) Read everything at least a ruler's distance from your face

Reading closer than 30cm to the face is a leading cause of myopia, or short sightedness, according to public health expert Professor Wei Wang.

3) Smash your hard drives

Taking a hammer to your hard drive or USB stick is the only way to ensure that data is gone forever, says computer forensics lecturer Patryk Szewczyk.

In his research he has been able to recover private information from a host of second hand USBs and hard drives bought online.

4) Let your potatoes cool down

When cooked potatoes cool, the starch they contain is converted into resistant starch.

Dr Claus Christophersen says this is vital to the health of your gut bacteria, or microbiome, and can reduce your chances of developing obesity, non-alcoholic liver disease and certain types of cancer.

5) Get a dog

Owning a dog is more effective than a house alarm in deterring a would-be burglar, according to criminology researcher Dr Natalie Gately, who interviewed convicted burglars and found a dog would deter 53 per cent from entering a property.

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