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Benefits of including yoga in your fitness regime

Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.

The importance of swimming for health, fitness & of course safety!

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.

Ouch! I must have slept funny: Tips to keep neck pain at bay

So, let’s take a normal day at the office… You wake up, get ready, go to work and then you sit down to start your day. Out of nowhere you feel your neck stiffening up. And then…“Ouch! I must have slept funny…”. How many of us have experienced this? Some of us actually experience it regularly!

Why you need to give weight lifting a go

Why Weight Lifting?

Weight Lifting is a new, up and coming sport, that actually is many sports secret weapon! Before we go into that though, a bit of history first! Weight Lifting is one of the oldest competitive sports, dating back to as far as ancient Greece. There is evidence it even existed on Mt Olympus with engraving on a boulder stating someone had lifted it. Sounds crazy but it’s true. It’s also been part of the Modern Olympic Games since its inception in 1896 with the very first GB Olympic Champion, weight lifter Launceston Elliot.

Can I exercise if I have high blood pressure?

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.

The importance of drinking water before, during and after exercise

Many people don’t realise the importance of drinking enough water and the effect it can have on our health, eating habits and weight loss. Recent studies are showing the importance of hydration and even stress how drinking 2 cups of water before a meal can help dieters lose up to 5lbs more in a year and maintain that healthy weight loss. Water speeds up our metabolic rate and can helps stop over eating. Got your attention?

Easter egg-ersise for the whole family

With the Easter holidays looming, finding interesting and wallet-friendly activities for all the family can be a daunting prospect. A tempting option is to let the kids watch TV or play on their tablets – especially when the weather is bad. While there’s nothing wrong with a bit a screen time to flex the brain or relax, given that the average UK child already spends over 17 hours a week in front of a device, having some other options up your sleeve that will help get the kids more active is well worth it.

Top 4 easy-to-follow posture tips from a physiotherapist’s perspective

Anyone who visits a physiotherapist will be nagged about improving their posture. It seems such a simple thing and so widely known however postural habits have been identified as a risk factor for injury in both sedentary and active individuals.

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