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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Autumn training

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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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Joint health

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Living well – Looking after yourself as you get older

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A time for reflection

Living well should be a top priority in our lives. We all know that.

But as we come to the end of the longest and hottest summer we can remember for many a year, it is a time to reflect.

As the evenings begin to darken, and autumn inevitably approaches, how well are we really looking after our health?

A report out this week suggests we can expect fewer years of good health as we get older. Our current lifestyles are working against us, and ‘the proportion of life spent in poor health’ has increased.

So what small measures can we take to improve the autumn of our own lives?

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Living well

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Repetitive strain injury – what you need to know

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A sneaky sort of injury

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an unusual injury in that it is one that can creep up on you.

Most injuries we can avoid because we are aware of their danger and we take the necessary steps to avoid them.

But with RSI it is something we are not mindful of until it starts to niggle at us. Even then, many people ignore the symptoms for far too long.

We take a closer look at what you need to look out for.

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Repetitive Strain Injury

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A healthy spine – Tips on keeping your spine in good condition

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All about the spine

A healthy spine makes everyday life easier and more pleasant.

Often we only realise this when things start going wrong and we end up in real discomfort.

But it pays to be pro-active and guard against problems before they happen.

After all, the spine doesn’t just support your body in terms of posture, it also houses the spinal cord that sends and receives messages to the brain.

To function properly you need to maintain optimal health for your spine.

And there are many ways to do it. Here are some of our top tips.

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Healthy Spine

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Resistance training – and why it is important for your health

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Time to move beyond the treadmill

Resistance training is not to everyone’s taste at first.

It conjures up images of sweaty men heaving weights around the gym and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

It can seem like a daunting prospect, especially if you are unfamiliar with various types of exercises.

So many people just use their time to thrash out some time on a treadmill or exercise bike.

But although cardio exercises play a vital role in staying fit, it should be supplemented with resistance based exercises.

Luckily there are alternatives to purely pumping iron, as we will discuss later.

But let’s first look at why resistance work is so important.

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Resistance Training

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The benefits of regular massage – it’s not just about sore muscles

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The common perception of massage

Regular massage comes with a host of potential benefits, but many people only have massages sporadically.

It is one of those things we might consider if we are going on a holiday. Or possibly something that springs to mind when you start to feel pain and tension in a set of muscles.

But few people consider receiving treatments on a regular basis.

So we take a closer look at the benefits of factoring in a massage on a regular basis.

 

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Regular Massage

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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.

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Effects of stress

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