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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
October 22, 2018

Why you shouldn’t stretch before a workout

All your life you’ve probably heard that a good stretch before working out helps you reduce the risk of an injury. Warming up prepares your body for the demands of physical activity. It sends more oxygen and blood flow to your muscles and mentally prepares you for what's to come, in terms of concentration, motivation and coordination. These benefits are true, but stretching before your exercise session may not be all that good for you. Sometimes they may even weaken your muscles. Static stretching Static stretching involves stretching a muscle to the point of mild discomfort and holding that position…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
August 9, 2018

How your breathing affects your workout

Did you know you can improve your health just by learning how to breathe properly? Correct breathing improves your health and fitness by optimising oxygenation (the addition of oxygen in your body), lowering your blood pressure, reducing stress and balancing your nervous systems. Breathing properly can also help lower the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, and release mood-boosting hormones like serotonin. This can improve your athletic performance, mental focus and enhance brain health. Are you breathing correctly? During your workout, breathe through your nose to help you improve performance, endurance, post-exercise energy levels, and even your ability to metabolise fat.…
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Food & nutrition
July 16, 2018

Truths and myths about protein

Does protein really bulk you up? Is it true that eating nothing but protein helps you lose weight? First, let’s understand this substance. Protein is essential for our bodies. This nutrient helps build and repair muscles, red blood cells, enzymes and other tissues. They’re often called “the building blocks of the body” – for good reason. So, your body needs protein. But how much, and through which sources? Let’s separate fact from fiction: "I can only get protein from meat." Untrue. Vegans and vegetarians, rest assured: vegetables contain protein too. Quinoa, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh eggs and cottage cheese are packed…
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Healthy Lifestyle
July 16, 2018

Is massage therapy good for your health?

You might think of a massage as a luxury, but did you know it has health benefits too? Massage therapy is known as “the art of rubbing”. It dates back thousands of years and today, it’s used for different health purposes. Massage therapists use different techniques. They, rub, press and manipulate muscles and soft tissue in the body. These practitioners usually work with their hands and fingers, but may also use their elbows, feet and forearms, depending on the type of therapy. Before you’re given a massage, your therapist may ask you different questions about your medical history and will…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
June 18, 2018

The best ways to boost your metabolism

Making the right choices about your diet is a daily struggle for many. Occasional takeaway meals, crash diets, eating too much or too little can leave you feeling very anxious and conflicted as to what your body actually needs to function at its best. Understand how your metabolism works, and you’ll be on your way to boosting your health and speeding up your weight loss. What is metabolism? Your metabolism sums up everything your body does. Every time you eat or drink, enzymes (protein molecules) in your body's cells break down the food and turn it into energy. This energy…
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Healthy Lifestyle
March 7, 2018

Life tips from the oldest yogi in the world

Most of the yogis we see in the gym, are young hipsters, who look like they could model for a fitness magazines. But Tao Porchon-Lynch breaks that stereotype. In 2012, Tao Porchon-Lynch was listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as the oldest yoga instructor in the world, but that isn’t the only reason she’s made waves globally. True to her mantra, “There is nothing you cannot do”, at the age of 99, she still teaches yoga at a studio in New York. What’s more; this phenomenal woman is also a World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress,…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
March 7, 2018

Why you need mobility drills in your workout

The goal of exercising is to be in the best shape you can be. To get the most out of your training, your body needs to be able to move, bend, twist – in other words, you have to be relatively flexible. Not to worry if you’re not as bendy as a gymnast! Flexibility and mobility can be trained. Mobility refers to your ability to move freely without stress on the body. Being flexible depends on the range of motion (ROM) of your muscles. For example: if you can actively lift your leg up high, you are mobile: you need…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
February 20, 2018

5 common gym injuries and how to prevent them

Before you hit the gym or lace up your sneakers for a run, be prepared. These activites may seem harmless enough, but if you’re not thoughtful, you could end up with some nasty injuries! Ankle sprain You may think that an ankle sprain is only possible when running outdoors, but jogging on a treadmill could also lead to an injury. It’s easy to hurt your ankle on the treadmill because you might lose focus while jogging and could accidentally step half on and half off the moving machine. Don’t jump off the treadmill too quickly either! You could roll your…
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Brain and Nervous System
February 20, 2018

5 essential ingredients for brain health

What does it take to live a long, healthy life? A healthy brain. At Northwestern University in America, scientists say that “SuperAgers” are a trend on the rise. These are men and women older than 80 whose memories are as good or better than those up to 30 years younger! And one of the key reasons is that SuperAgers have a relatively wholesome overall sense of wellbeing, from experiencing satisfying warm relationships to living a life of purpose. “Social relationships are really important to this group and might play a significant role in preserving their cognition,” say researchers. What, then,…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
April 22, 2014

Are you really as fit as you think you are?

You might exercise most days of the week, and eat healthily 90% of the time, but are you as fit as you think you are? It turns out that most people over-estimate their fitness levels, especially when meeting with a personal trainer for the first time. We found this great post on Women’s Health which details 6 quick fitness challenges to test how fit you are. You might be interested to see how well you do! A word of warning: the test is designed to be challenging, so if you don’t score as well as you think you should, don’t…
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