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Exercise

Unfortunately we can’t live without regular exercise. It is known to form an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and must be regularly incorporated into our lives so that we recoup the benefits in the longer term.

Without Exercise as part of our daily routine we may begin to struggle, particularly as we begin to age. Exercise as well as a healthy lifestyle, contributes to our longevity and keeps us well.


Simple floor exercises

20 Jun

The following exercises, you can do at home without any equipment that help keep you toned and fit.

Push ups

Do

Place your hands directly under your shoulders

Position your feet hip-width apart …

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Mindful exercises

15 May

Mindful exercise is about performing physical activity while focusing inward. The idea is that we try to let go of distractions and unrelated thoughts and focus our attention on our sensations, breath and the movements of the body.

Being mindful, allowing ourselves to pay full attention to our workout, means our exercise will be more effective. Mindful exercises are all about the quality, not quantity. Start by turning off the …

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Beginners’ exercise guide/2

16 Apr

Knowing where to begin when it comes to starting an exercise regime can be difficult. This is the second part to my blog last month on ‘A beginners’ exercise guide.’

What types of exercise are better for weight loss?

For weight loss, you should choose endurance activities such as jogging, aerobics, cycling, rowing or swimming. This type of exercise should be carried out at a moderately intense level …

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Beginners’ exercise guide

24 Mar

Knowing where to begin when it comes to starting an exercise regime can be difficult, so I thought I’d make it easy. I will be splitting this blog into two monthly parts, with the starting up information first.

How much exercise should I do?

In the UK, the National Health Service advises that we should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week, with exercise on at least five days a week, to help lower the risk …

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High Intensity Interval Training

23 Feb

High Intensity Interval Training is a strategy that involves alternating short periods of intense exercise with less intense recovery periods.

The idea is that we do short periods of all-out work, followed by short periods of active rest to make the body work harder than it does during steady cardio exercise. An example might be 45 …

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Exercise & Heart Health

17 Jan

We are all aware that being physically active is vital for good heart health. Exercise can strengthen the heart muscle, help keep our weight under control as well as reduce high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Perhaps not as many of us realise the benefits of different types of exercise. Here’s how different exercises benefit …

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Yoga & Pilates

19 Dec

According to the Huffington Post, over 20 million people were practicing Yoga in the U.S. in 2012. Pilates, too, is rising in popularity. Many practice Yoga and Pilates to get the benefits of both.

Both Yoga and Pilates offer stress-relief, flexibility, strength, control, and endurance. The biggest difference between the two is the emphasis on the spiritual component in classes …

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The benefits of skipping

21 Nov

Skipping or jump rope is a great exercise for those who have busy lifestyles, who don’t like exercise, hate going to the gym, or know they have to do something in the way of exercise.

It’s not surprising therefore that skipping is ever more popular amongst celebrities. So what are the benefits of …

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Quick ‘n’ easy exercises

19 Oct

We all know that exercising regularly has numerous benefits. When we exercise, the brain releases chemicals that help improve our mood and reduce depression.

Unfortunately, we often find it difficult to follow a scheduled workout routine due to time restraints, lack of focus; or simply because we’re feeling lazy.

TV Exercising

If you spend a lot of time watching television, then a fitness ball may be the solution. By sitting on a ball instead of in your armchair, you’ll strengthen your core muscles and improve balance without …

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Plank exercises

17 Sep

The plank has many benefits and is one of the best exercises for core conditioning. It works glutes and hamstrings, supports posture, and improves balance.

If you’ve never tried one, a plank may look easy, but it’s deceiving. While getting into the proper form is straightforward, holding the position takes strength and endurance in your abs, back and …

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