The effects of stress on the body – and what to do about it

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What is stress?

The effects of stress may seem really clear. Most people are aware when they are stressed. But beyond some of the most obvious signs, there can be other more subtle consequences for your body.

As a starting point, we need to understand what stress is.

In medical terms, stress is tension in the body or mind caused by physical, emotional or psychological factors.

Clearly, there is often a link between the different factors. An easy example being that physical tension can lead to heightened mental tension.

This interplay means that stress can either intensify if we ignore the separate factors or diminish if we start to tackle them one by one.

Effects of stress

Effects of stress

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Getting a flat stomach – Separating the myths from the facts

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Wouldn’t it be nice?

Getting a flat stomach is, let’s face it, a ‘nice-to-have’ goal.

We know it won’t change us at a fundamental level, but it sure might make us feel just a little bit better about ourselves.

And if ‘flat’ isn’t achievable, then flatter would sure be nice.

And whenever this niggly little idea pops back in our head, we go for what we instinctively think might work.

Jogging on the treadmill or doing endless crunches.

But sadly, this is not an effective route to our destination.

We take a look at a few simple tips that help in the pursuit of a flat stomach.

Getting a flat stomach

Getting a flat stomach

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Front Shoulder Pain – Possibly causes and possible treatments

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What causes shoulder pain?

Front shoulder pain is often the most common complaint in the shoulder.

Whilst the shoulder joint is incredibly versatile, it is also quite complex. It is also involved in a large number of movements carried out in upper body exercises in the gym. And when it comes to racquet sports there is often a lot of force generated through the joint.

The shoulder joint is comprised of three bones, the scapula, humerus, and clavicle. Or in simpler terms, the shoulder blade, upper arm, and collarbone.

The arm is kept stable in the shoulder joint by something known as the rotator cuff. As well as the rotator cuff performs this vital function, it can also, by contrast, be the source of many injuries and pain.

In fact, just as front shoulder pain makes up the proportion of shoulder injuries, rotator cuff problems account for the biggest proportion of shoulder complaints.

 

Front shoulder pain

Front shoulder pain

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Cycling leg pain – getting relief from sore and painful legs

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The pain and pleasure of cycling

The inconvenience of cycling leg pain can ruin what is otherwise a highly enjoyable past-time.

As any frustrated car commuter will be acutely aware, cyclists are everywhere now.

Some have put the growth of popularity down to the success at recent Olympics and the Tour de France, and even to people taking to the saddle after the 2005 terror attacks.

Whatever the reason, cycling has seen a massive surge. About 1 in 8 people say they actively follow the sport. There are about 2 million people who cycle at least once a week.

It is fun and convenient, but can a lot of strain on the legs. So much so that we see a lot of clients with leg pain. We look at how leg pain can be avoided and treated.

 

Cycling leg pain

Cycling leg pain

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Relieving Tension Headaches – What are the causes and the cures?

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What causes tension headaches and can massage help the problem?

Finding ways of relieving tension headaches can become a real priority in your life when they become inconvenient.

Tension headaches can cause a mild and generalized pain, but they usually come without nausea and vomiting that is often associated with migraines.

They can be either episodic, occurring less than 15 days a month, or chronic (more than 15 days a month). The ache, or pain of a tension headache, is usually spread over the entire head.

Both episodic or chronic tension headaches can disrupt your life. For example, you may have to miss days at work and even when you do go in to work your function may be impaired.

Also, your time with family and friends can be badly disrupted. You may find that you are having to take medication on a repeated basis.

The actual cause of tension headaches is unknown. However, most experts believe that stress is the biggest trigger and, while not the cause, the muscles in the scalp, face, neck and shoulders are in some way involved.

 

Relieving tension headaches

Relieving tension headaches

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Typical Hockey Injuries – The best ways to prevent them

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Which injuries are most common in hockey?

Typical hockey injuries happen as a result of the unique nature of the sport.

More than most other sports bruising and rupturing of muscles are common due to the hardness of the ball. And of course, the stick itself is a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands.

Obviously, there are some nasty accidents that result in fractures. Fingers are particularly at risk.

However, the largest proportion of injuries involve muscle strains. And most of them occur preseason.

So, although some injuries are an unavoidable consequence of a potentially dangerous game, the vast majority are avoidable.

We look at what you can do to prevent some common hockey injuries.

Typical Hockey Injuries

Typical Hockey Injuries

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Pilates Taster Event

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Beginners Reformer Pilates & Mat Pilates Taster Event

Join us for our Pilates Taster Event! Come and try our free 30 mins Reformer Pilates or Mat Pilates class in Angel N1, close to Angel station.

Pilates is a wonderful form of exercise that can benefit you in so many different ways. If you haven’t yet tried Reformer Pilates or Mat Pilates, this is your chance to.

Our Pilates classes at the event are for all pilates lovers. These classes will help you if you are an absolute beginner or looking to get back into Pilates.

Join Reformer Pilates or Mat Pilates Class

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What is TRX? – The benefits of Total Body Conditioning

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A new way to work out

What is TRX?

You may have heard the name. Or you might have noticed people in your local park using these strange yellow and black pulley devices.

And because you see so many fitness fads come and go, you might be a little suspicious.

Are they on to something? Or is this just the latest gimmick.

We take a look at the origins of TRX and see if it has any practical benefits.

 

What is TRX?

What is TRX?

 

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Common Tennis Injuries – and the best ways to treat them

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It is that time of year again

Common tennis injuries at this time of year tend to coincide with the fervour that surrounds the start of Wimbledon.

Many recreational players dig out their old kit and rush to the nearest pay-and-play courts (if they can find a space).

But too much competitive spirit or a lack of proper warm-up can lead to some pretty unpleasant injuries in some cases.

We look at some of the more likely injuries that can occur and give you tips on how you might deal with them.

Common Tennis Injuries

Common Tennis Injuries

 

 

 

 

 

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Should I try Reformer Pilates? – What does it involve?

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Why Pilates is growing in popularity

Reformer Pilates and Mat Pilates are two styles of Pilates that have seen a real growth of interest.

But there are many other styles there too, including classical, clinical and contemporary.

The surge in popularity of Pilates developed during the 1990s. According to a Newsweek article from the year 2000, participation grew from roughly 5,000 in 1990 to 5 million a decade later. (And that was in the US alone).

Of course, celebrity involvement always peaks interest and the likes of Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone and Madonna had all given it a try.

However, almost two decades later and Pilates is still very much on the radar, and its enduring popularity supersedes celebrity!

We take a look at the two most popular classes and see how they can benefit you.

Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates

 

 

 

 

 

 

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