As we get older, our bodies change. It’s probably not purely a side effect of ageing, instead it’s indicative of changing priorities and focus.
We have less time to focus on ourselves and so we need to re-focus our exercise routines on maintaining strength and mobility as much as possible. If we do them well, these movements will also have the added bonus of helping keep our weight in check.
In my mind, there are three key movements anyone over 40 needs to be doing regularly. These are:
Your shoulders are your most mobile joint […]
Sleep is a hugely important part of the health jigsaw. In fact, it is the basis upon which everything else you do is built. If you are low on sleep, or your sleep is poor quality, the effects of the effort you make to improve your health won’t be as good as they could be.
Sleep is becoming more talked about and the true importance is becoming more recognised as we start to understand the true need for sleep.
Did you know, for example, that if you are low on sleep (averaging 6 hours or less a night) and […]
A flatter middle is one of the most desired outcomes from starting a weight loss quest. Our middle is something of a focal point on our bodies and can tell us (and others!) a lot about whether we are fit and healthy – fat seems to store in the area annoyingly easily.
It is true to say that the absolute number one thing which you must do in order to improve the look of your middle is get your nutrition right.
This said, using the muscles your stomach is also important, both for looks and for function of your body.
Personally, I hate getting out of breath. Unless you unleash a hungry lion behind me, you’re highly unlikely to make me run.
Which makes the fact that resistance training is still the king of exercise a wonderful bonus for me.
I believe the times are starting to change for exercise. More and more people are starting to learn of the benefits of resistance training for all round health and fitness.
But this doesnt mean that you suddenly have the time, or inclination, to go to the gym, so if you want to give resistance training a go, how can […]
So, the kids are back at school, the Christmas tree is down, a remarkable amount of glitter has been hoovered up and there’s that nice feeling of being able to make a fresh start with the new year.
Sadly, we can’t bottle that lovely feeling, so here are five things you can do today to take advantage of it and get 2019 off to a great start.
When the fresh-start feeling strikes, it’s too easy to think this time will be different and you’ll be able to get up […]
While other types of exercise certainly hold plenty of benefit, I firmly believe that if you had to exclude all but one type of exercise, the one you would keep would have to be resistance training.
It is the most effective type of exercise you can do for all round health, at every age (arguably, the older you are, the more important it is) and it comes with multiple unique health benefits. Here are my top ten.
1) Obviously, because you are lifting weights, your body will gain muscle. You’re not going to start looking like a bodybuilder, although […]
Last week, we saw how using a menu plan can help you to eat well around a busy life, and I promised this week we would explore ways to add exercise into a busy life.
Now, when you’re rushed off your feet and stressed, I don’t think adding in a tough workout is the right thing to do.
This isn’t to say that strength training isn’t going to give you benefits, because I think it is important for almost everyone to fit strength training into their lives.
High stress levels need to be countered with plenty […]
I don’t know why it would be this way, but I seem to go through phases of working with clients with the same injuries.
I can go for weeks and the only injuries which will be spoken of will be back injuries.
Then, back pain will go and I’ll work with a wave of clients with knee injuries.
The pain of the moment seems to be that related to the shoulder.
I seem to naturally gravitate towards writing about food and lifestyle topics, and although hugely important, these topics are of course not the whole picture of being […]
Is it possible to actually slow down your metabolism by long-term dieting?
Can you make your body burn less calories?
Is starvation mode something which really happens?
Lets answer the starvation mode question straight away – no. It does not really happen. Your body does not get fatter because you are eating too little. Good. Let’s move on.
As for whether you can truly ruin your metabolism and make your body burn less calories, the answer is also no, you cannot truly ruin your metabolism. But, you can make it slower (or just appear slower) – and you can make […]
When you’re trying to get in shape, you have a few options.
You can go it alone.
You can get advice about what to do.
Or you can get advice about what to do AND be coached through it.
Which works best?
This week, a study was released which shows the benefit of working with a coach or trainer.
They took 52 firefighters and assigned them to one of three groups – a group which recieved exercise programming and combined it with coaching on how to do it properly; a group which received only the programming; and a control group […]