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Stretch yourself: yoga and its benefits

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.

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.

Lift it up: the benefits of weight training

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.

Could your macronutrient ratio be the reason you are not losing weight, building muscle or maintaining weight?

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.

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