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.
Struggling to sleep? The answer to a good night’s sleep might not be to relax and do nothing, but to get up and get moving. As little as ten minute’s aerobic exercise a day can improve the quality and duration of your sleep.
For some people, it’s not the burpees, ten mile runs or leg crunches that are the hardest part of working out – it’s walking into the gym, class or sports group they’ve signed up to.
Your body is an engine and, just like any mode of transport, it needs to be fuelled properly to keep it going.
The running season is now beginning. People across the country are signing up to park runs, fell runs, 10ks, marathons and the increasingly popular OCR (obstacle course race) events.
What are your macronutrients?
Macronutrients consist of protein, carbohydrates and fats, which are all processed differently – the processing of which is called the thermic effect.