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Losing Weight and Not Strength

Losing Weight and Not Strength - When it comes to dieting and losing weight, one problem people often come across is that they take on a new eating and exercise regime but find their weight doesn’t change or can even increase. This can be disheartening but in fact can be a good thing.With the change in the eating habits and the exercise, someone will lose fat but build up muscle. Muscle is 15% more dense than fat so will be…

Warming Up First

Warming Up First Hello, Warm-ups are essential before doing the more vigorous stuff. Every sport will have its own version of warm-ups and those in the sport already should be able to advise. Karate, for example, has a good system of warm-ups, and muscle and tendon injuries are rare as a result. Marching on the Spot A good way to begin is by marching on the spot. Start slowly, then pick up the pace, lifting the knees and swinging the…

Become Wonder Woman

Become Wonder Woman or Wonder Man This can work for men as well Exercise needs to be for the brain and mind as well as the body. The mind and body are integrated - improve one and you improve the other. How are you feeling? Good or not so good? For someone who is lacking in confidence, this article can help. If you are feeling insecure or are lacking in assertiveness, you can trick the mind that you are full…

Can Exercise Help Depression?

Can exercise help depression? Hello, Depression can take many forms and vary in its intensity. It's a complicated illness and requires specialist diagnosis and treatment. For severe depression, everything is black and it can be impossible to get up in the morning and there can be suicidal thoughts. Manic depression is also known as bipolar disorder. Other forms of depression might show themselves in a loss of interest in everything, low mood, low self-esteem, low energy, poor concentration, excessive tiredness,…

Energy Drinks Are Bad News

Hello, Avoid sports energy drinks unless you're taking extreme exercise. They are high in sugar, caffeine and all sorts of chemicals. They are designed to give a temporary buzz and sudden boost in energy. This might be all right for professional athletes or someone running a marathon, but for normal sports and activity, they are unnecessary and best avoided. The same applies to sports energy bars and health bars. Examine them carefully; often they are a con, being high in…

How To Die Less Often

Immunity For All - Everybody will have heard of the immune system. We all have one and it is instrumental in fighting and resisting infection. The trouble is it can deteriorate with age and bad health. There are T-cells in the blood produced by a gland in the chest, the thymus, which help the effectiveness of the immune system. The thymus reduces in size with age. Research by King’s College London and Birmingham University studied the effect of long-distance cycling…

Exercise Should Be Fun

Hello, Let’s start with a mythical creature – a couch potato or that other person who wants to spend more time in the coffee shop and wine bar or she who insists on driving 200 yards to pick up the little darlings from school. How should s/he start taking the first exercise since school days? First and foremost exercise should be fun and not punishment. That way your mind and body will get the most out of it and, equally…

Activity v Exercise Part 2

Calories In Calories Out - A calorie is the energy stored in food. Calories are the fuel for body and mind. I’m not a fan of counting daily calories in or out as a guide to health and diet. Ultimately it’s a task doomed to failure and a road to madness. Everyone will require a different number of calories, depending on age, size, weight and level of activity. There are complicated formulas involved. The first is to calculate the number…

Run For Longer Life

Run For Longer Life. Hello, Running is an extremely popular leisure activity and increasing in popularity all the time. The range is vast - all ages from young children to people well into their nineties. Distances range from a couple of miles to marathons and beyond. The recommendation from the World Health Organization and other health associations is to do 150 minutes moderate exercise a week, such as brisk walking, dancing or cycling. Either that or 75 minutes intense exercise,…

Rehydrating Drinks

Rehydrating Drinks. Greetings All, Loughborough University in the UK is famous for its sports education. It also undertakes a lot of scientific sports research. They studied a large range of drinks to find which would be best for rehydrating the body after exercise and retaining that fluid. They tested water, juices, specialist sports rehydrating drinks and just about anything they could find. Hangovers are the result of dehydration.  There’s a protein in the bladder which recycles fluid pure enough to…