To improve flexibility, mobility, balance and to avoid injury it is best to warmup and stretch before and after your workouts. Although often performed together, warming up and stretching each prepare your body for exercise in different ways. Your warm-up slowly increases your heart rate, revs up your cardiovascular system and literally raises your internal body temperature and the temperature of your muscles while increasing blood flow to your muscles. Read More
Today we know more than ever before about the role good nutrition plays in both physical and mental health and wellness. Good nutrition has the power to impact everything from skin appearance disease prevention and everything in between. To truly make sure you are getting the most nutrition from the foods you eat, it important to have a good working knowledge of foods and their nutrients. The commonly touted advice to “eat healthy” becomes more meaningful and useful when you understand what your body needs to make it healthy. Read More
‘Eating for Weight Loss’, ‘Weight loss diets’ and even more worryingly ‘weight loss drugs’ are some of the most searched terms on Google in relation to Health and Fitness; not just in the UK but in most parts of the developed world.
Lets take a look at this statistic from the BBC and you’ll start to realise why:-
In the UK, 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese. The report predicts a “huge increase” in heart attacks, strokes anddiabetes. Globally, the percentage of adults who were overweight or obese – classed as having a body mass index greater than 25 – grew from 23% to 34% between 1980 and 2008
Resistance Training is a type of exercise aimed at increasing the size and strength of the body’s skeletal muscles.
The origins of resistance training and the fascination of how strong people could make their bodies dates way back to the very ancient beginnings of history; a particularly good record of this comes from ancient Greece where legend has it that a renound ancient Greek wrestler, Milo of Croton trained by carrying a newborn calf around on his back every single day until that calf had grown to maturity. Read More
When muscular aches and pain strike, many trainers and athletes turn to foam rollers for relief. The self-myofascial release accomplished with a foam roller is one of the simplest but beneficial things you can do for your body and just about anybody can do it. Many of us can’t afford regular massages or a physical therapist to relieve the muscle stiffness and knots in our bodies but with the foam roller, you can release tension, increase circulation, reduce scar tissue and boost your flexibility.
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Fоr a bеgіnnеr runner, it is соmрlеtеlу nоrmаl tо fееl ѕсаrеd and оvеrwhеlmеd whеn you brеаk іntо your fіrѕt run. But it ѕhоuldn’t bе tоо nerve-wracking іf уоu are goіng tо lеаrn trаіnіng essentials bеfоrе you start running. Bеlоw are a couple of key guidelines fоr anyone whо wаnts to start hіttіng thе rоаd. Read More
Nowadays, when it comes to losing weight, people will want to try everything and anything they can and this can lead to them searching around online and finding “facts” about things that just aren’t true. As a result, they end up incorporating things into their lifestyle that just are not necessary and can be very difficult to sustain over a long period of time.
There are a multitude of benefits that come with hiring a personal trainer; an experienced PT can be an excellent investment to help people achieve their health, fitness and exercise goals.
Working with a good PT can eliminate a lot of the guesswork involved in choosing a cookie cutter exercise program off the internet or simply copying what works for your friend as the program the trainer creates for you will be tailored specifically for YOU and YOUR own goals. Read More