We’re a nation of tennis-lovers – each summer we’re gripped by collective Murray-mania as we gobble down our strawberries and cream, dreaming we’re sat on Henman hill.
This unusually hot summer in Britain means that the heat is on when it comes to exercise.
Did you know that just 30 minutes of swimming 3 times a week will provide you with a full body workout, providing you with many benefits including increased cardiovascular fitness, increased calorie burning (and a higher metabolic rate), weight loss, muscle toning and what’s even better it will definitely lift your mood! Swimming is also a great fun family activity and a very important life skill.
Sugar is public enemy number one right now, and with the shiny white stuff blamed for growing levels of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease, it’s little wonder we are all concerned about our intake.
But how much is too much exactly? Is all sugar bad and if so, can we really eliminate it out of our lives? To help cut through the confusion, a useful starting point is to properly understand what sugar is.
It is vital that everyone maintains an active lifestyle to ensure they remain healthy and this of course includes children and young people. Today it can be easy for children to fall into the trap of spending too much time in front of the TV or computer, playing video games, or chatting to friends on social media but this has led to the current generation of children being branded ‘the least active generation in history’ by Lord Sebastian Coe.
From CrossFit to ultra-marathons, many of us think exercise is fast-paced, hot and sweaty. But physical activity doesn’t always have to vigorous to be effective. Whilst cardio, or moderate to fast paced exercise is required to keep our heart and lungs healthy, we also need to look at activities that increase our flexibility, strength and mental health too.
What is hypertension?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension is when your blood pressure reading is 140/90mmHg or higher. Worryingly, one in four adults are thought to have hypertension with many people not even knowing they have it. Usually this silent condition, doesn’t come with any symptoms but if left untreated can increase your risk of serious incidents such as a heart attack or a stroke.
When someone says ‘weightlifting’ what do you see? Sweaty, muscle-bound ‘bros’ grunting in front of mirrors in the gym? That might have been the weightlifting of old, but with movements like #strongnotskinny (or #strongisthenewskinny), many more people are beginning to build strength and weight training into their exercise routine, especially women.
We’ve all heard the old saying ‘healthy mind in a healthy body’ – an old Roman saying first coined by the poet Juvenal – and like many old sayings, not given it much thought?
According to Asthma UK there are approximately 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK, around 1 in 11 of which are children. If you don’t have the condition – chances are you know and care about someone who does.