Monthly Archives: October 2018

Pelvic Floor Health – why it is important to understand it better

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What is the pelvic floor?

Pelvic floor health is vital in guarding against a whole range of potential health issues.

And looking after your pelvic floor can have other benefits too, not least of which is improving your sex life.

But what is the pelvic floor?

In short, it is a group of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that act somewhat like a hammock to support your internal organs. 

In a woman, they are vital for protecting the uterus, rectum, bladder and vagina.

A weakened or compromised pelvic floor can lead to a prolapse and an increased risk of bladder or bowel incontinence.

As you can see, whilst so many fixate on sagging arms or other aesthetic issues, this vital area needs careful attention and should not be ignored.

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Improving Coordination – A part of fitness that is overlooked

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How coordinated are you?

Improving coordination is a subject that gets less coverage in fitness circles than others.

There are acres of pages on losing weight or strength training, but coordination is less talked about.

But when you think about it, good coordination is at the heart of so much of what we do. Whether it is driving, rushing for the train, or navigating your way around a busy street.

Good coordination can enhance your ability in sport. It can help prevent all kinds of injuries and help you stay more effective as you age.

So whilst the usual metrics of cardiovascular fitness and strength and flexibility all matter, it pays to focus some attention on how you coordinate movement.

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Functional strength training – what do you need to know?

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What are we training for?

Functional strength training doesn’t sound too exciting. But it might just be a vital step in looking after your health over the long term.

Of course, for many people, there is an element of vanity involved in strength training.

After all, there is nothing wrong with looking trim and toned.

But there has been a growing recognition that exercise should be very specifically targetted to our actual needs. And that is where functional strength training comes in.

 

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Autumn training – taking a different look at how to stay healthy

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Time for a change

Autumn training very rarely hits the headlines.

In the New Year, there is a frenzied rush for new gym memberships and the latest fitness crazes.

And at the start of summer, there are endless articles on how to attain the perfect beach body.

But as the leaves start to drop at an ever-increasing rate, and the evenings and mornings become noticeably cooler; perhaps it is time for a re-think.

The way to get the most out of your fitness is to be consistent in your training over time.

Rather than partaking in an endless cycle of boom and bust fitness, it’s far more advisable to have a longer-term outlook.

So how can you make the most of your fitness in the autumn?

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Joint Health – looking after your long term wellbeing

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Keep on moving

Joint health is a vital component in keeping you nimble and flexible well into old age.

The body is a complex and intricate system. But in essence, the way the body moves is fairly simple.

Your bones and muscles act as a network of rods and levers. When the muscles (the levers in this analogy) shorten or lengthen, they cause the bones to move around.

When the bones meet they form joints that allow this movement to happen.

However, if the joints become compromised or damaged, movement becomes more difficult and restricted. This can cause all sorts of health issues as you get older.

But there are many small changes you can make to keep your joints healthy and your movement and flexibility optimal into old age.

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