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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
January 23, 2019

How to lose weight and not gain it back

Dropping five kilos with a crash diet for your upcoming date sounds like a good idea - but it’s not! Everyone loves a quick fix (particularly when it comes to shedding weight). But, quick weight loss is bad for your health and it’s also unsustainable. Slow and steady wins the race Implementing drastic changes makes you feel good because it gives you hope and a sense of achievement. In the long run though, if your goals are too radical, you won’t be able to keep up. You might get to a point where you revert to bad habits. For example,…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
November 30, 2018

Different types of body fat and what to do about it

Seeing fat on your body may make you want to hit the treadmill to sweat it off or only eat carrot sticks for a week. The good news though, is that not all fat is bad… there are good kinds too. Body fat plays an important role in storing energy, managing your hormones and regulating your metabolism. This means it’s important to have enough of the good fat and to manage the bad kind. There are four main types of fat in your body. Each kind has its own structure, colour, and effect on your health. Where fat is stored…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
November 30, 2018

Sports to suit your body type

As you grow older, your body develops into a shape that’s mainly dependant on your genetic makeup. This lets you know what kind of body you will have, and how well it will work. To know which sports you’re likely to excel at, it’s best to know which body shape and type are the best fit for certain activities. From a scientific point of view, there are three main components of how your body is built. These are: body type, body size (height and weight) and body composition (body fat percentage). To maximise the advantages of your body type, you…
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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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