Fitness

Some people hold back from getting fit because they feel self-conscious about their ability or body and want to find an activity they can do on their own, but organised classes and sports clubs can provide you with much-needed support and motivation, as well as a chance to make new friends. Others feel too busy to take on a fitness activity, yet changing your social and eating habits can be a simple way to promote healthy lifestyle changes.

Have yourself an active little Christmas

The festive season is upon us, and that can only mean culinary overload, abandoned fitness regimes and hours semi-comatosed in front of the TV However with a little forward planning and a bit of self-discipline, it is perfectly possible to enjoy the season’s festivities without entering the New Year full of misgivings and guilt.  …

The journey of 10,000 steps

I don’t know how many of you tuned in to watch Katie Hopkins earlier in the year telling us easy it was to lose weight and ‘proving’ this to us by deliberately putting on a stack of weight and then shedding it all again in a matter of weeks. I shouted at the TV screen…

Exercise and Immunity

Battling another cough or cold? Feeling tired all the time? Taking a daily walk or following a simple exercise routine a few times a week may help you feel better.   Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and…

Get on your bike – or bus – or train……..

Wouldn’t we all love a quick fix in order to lose weight – or maintain our healthy weight easily? And the weight loss industry and the popular media, are very well aware of this! Everywhere we look there are adverts for the latest products expertly designed to enable us to cheat the obesity time bomb…

Exercise can help prevent dementia

Exercise throughout a person’s life plays a significant role in reducing the risk of developing dementia, a study spanning 35 years has found. The research by Cardiff University followed a group of 2,235 men aged between 25 and 49 from Caerphilly, just north of Cardiff, since 1979 and found the five factors that were integral…

Physical Fitness – How much do you know?

Physical fitness – How much do you know? Test your general knowledge about physical fitness by taking this test. The answers and explanation follow. TRUE or FALSE? 1. Muscle weighs more than fat. 2. Maintaining physical fitness requires major lifestyle changes. 3. “No pain, no gain” is a workout myth. 4. Weight loss should be…

Summer Fitness

The sun and rain look very inviting!  You happily perch on your sofa with a cup of hot tea and your favorite film is about to start. For many of us, this is a typical start to a weeknight during the early spring months. Don’t wait till summer! it may never happen!  Damp wet weather…

Making Family Fitness Fun

Last month it was recorded in the papers that dozens of morbidly obese children had been placed in care because of concerns about their health. Out of 74 who were taken from their parents for their own protection during the past five years, councils recorded that one youngster weighed 23st and eight were more than…

Exercise – How it can affect your sleep

Did you know that people who follow a regular exercise schedule have fewer nights of sleeplessness? It’s true. Insomnia is not a common occurrence when exercise is part of your daily schedule.  Exercise also promotes a better night’s sleep by improving sleep quality. When you exercise, you experience smoother transitions between the various cycles and…

Making the most of walking

Last month we looked at walking and why it is one of the best forms of exercise. You will recall that it is good for us in many ways: it is manageable, enjoyable and helps improve our mental well-being. It is also much easier on the body than high-impact activities like running for whilst running…

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