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Health Talk: Stay Fit And Healthy For Longer

The pursuit of health and longevity is one which as humans, we have been chasing for thousands of years. From cave dwellers drilling into each other’s skulls in the hope of clearing headaches, to the Ancient Egyptian healthcare system. It has been a long road of learning from our mistakes, trial and error, and scientific breakthroughs. That said, we are still learning new things every day, and therefore we must adapt to keep up with discoveries. 

Staying healthy and fit is the ultimate aim for all of us, as no one wants to be faced with illness and preventable disease. Today we are going to talk through some of the ways you can keep your body happy and healthy for as long as possible. 

Exercise Regularly

The top of any health list is to get up, get moving and shred those pounds. Our body is made to move, and a sedentary lifestyle can reduce our lifespan. Exercising is responsible for keeping our heart strong, building muscles boosting metabolism. What you may not have known is that it can also help to boost your immune system, equipping it to fight off illness more effectively. 

Eat A Balanced Diet

You don’t need to be an expert to know that what you eat has an enormous impact on your health. Our bodies thrive on vitamins, minerals, and protein. Protein is responsible for helping our body to heal and grow stronger which is why it is so important to consume enough each day. You can make tracking your food easier by using apps such as MyFitnessPal to track your food, water, and exercise daily. 
Quit Bad Habits
There are plenty of habits that most of us probably should think twice about continuing. They can be detrimental to our health and cause us to become ill prematurely. Smoking is one of the biggest killers in the world, but it’s not an easy habit to quit. Consider switching to an alternative such as e-cigarettes instead. They contain the nicotine you crave but without the other harmful by products. If you are worried about running out of battery when out and about: you can buy variable e-cig mods from popular colors and styles. Alcohol is another health risk which you can reduce by being sensible with your drinking habits. Stick to the recommended unit value, and this will minimize the possibility of liver failure dramatically. 

Reduce Stress Levels
Stress related illnesses can be very dangerous- from high blood pressure to heart failure and even depression, it is imperative to look after your mind just as much as your body. Consider taking up yoga or meditation each day, even if only for 10 minutes. It allows you to block out the world, clear your mind and focus on the function of your body. It can relax, reset and ground you ready to tackle a challenging day. 

Listen To The Doctor

How Much is Your Health Worth? Can you really afford to ignore that persistent cough? Always visit a doctor if you are experiencing any feelings which are abnormal. A medical professional can give you advice, and treatment, and even diagnose an underlying issue you didn’t know about. You can’t ignore the doctor.
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Why Are You Not Seeing The Results Of Your Workouts? 

So, you’ve registered to your local gym, and you’re keen to see the results of your fitness efforts. And why shouldn’t you? You have invested a lot in your fitness regime, from sticking to a new sports routine to a brand new gym outfit. As expensive as fitness gear can be, there’s no denying that people feel a lot more motivated to exercise if they’re wearing their best workout top combined with a pair of branded leggings. You might even have a rather vast gym wardrobe so that you can vary your looks throughout the week. But there’s only one problem: You’re training hard, and yet you can’t see the results of your hard work. Worse, it doesn’t feel as if you lost a dress size already! but don’t give up just yet. There are many reasons why you might not see any weight improvement for now. 

You’re not helping your body to reshape itself

Here’s a very brief and very simplified lesson of anatomy for you. Your body needs nutrients to performs its everyday functions. When you are trying to lose weight, you want your body to burn stored fat to generate its energy. However, if you decide to encourage fat burn with a restricted diet, you need to be careful not to reduce your food consumption too much. Otherwise, your body will go into a starvation mode. Additionally, you need to focus on the right kind of nutrients. Carbs, for instance, are essential in small quantities. To burn more fat, you need to consume more proteins using a mix of natural proteins and Optimum Nutrition shakes to support muscle growth. Beware, though: Stick to a balanced diet if you want to avoid bulking up! You could use a protein shake after a heavy workout, once or twice a week for best shaping result without bulk. 

Post-workout shake

You don’t do the right exercises for your body

Not everyone has the same body type. While your best friend might be lengthy and thin – in fitness terms, she’s an ectomorph – you might be curvier and more sensual – you’re an endomorph. What this means is that you don’t respond to the same type of workout routine. Ectomorphs’ routines include a little of HIIT cardio training and 5-10 repetitions with heavy weights and long resting periods to build up muscles. Endomorphs will need 15 or more repetitions with short rests to burn more calories through a HIIT circuit. They will need to focus on high-intensity cardio for 20 minutes, at least twice a week. In other words, you need different workouts. 

We’re all different

You don’t keep track of your data

Losing weight takes time – you didn’t put on weight overnight, you can’t lose it overnight. Therefore, you need to be patient to notice the first body changes. However, keeping track of your performance data can help you to see your fitness transformation. You’re running faster, lifting heavier weights, or cycling longer. In short, your body is getting stronger before it can get slimmer. 

Keep track of your stats
Don’t give up on your fitness regime just because you haven’t dropped a dress size yet. By addressing potential issues, in your diet, your workout routine or your performance tracking, you’ll be able to make the most of it. Stay focused to get fit, the rest will follow naturally. 

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Pole fitness, my favourite way to lose mummy tummy!

I started doing pole last September, I have always been lucky to be pretty skinny, but after having the kids I developed a bit of a mummy tummy and a few rolls around the middle. I didn’t need to lose weight just tighten up and tone.

Before starting pole

I chose Inversity Fitness, based near Worthing West Sussex, because a friend goes there and I am so glad I did. After the first week I was hooked.  Continue reading “Pole fitness, my favourite way to lose mummy tummy!”

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How Much Is Your Health Worth?

At a time where people live longer, staying healthy has never been so important. Living longer is one thing; enjoying life to the fullest is another. Health is at the core of the possibilities and joy that you get in life. Without health, a lot of what you enjoy doing can become a lot more difficult to handle. So this raises the question of how much your health is worth to you, in terms of monetary investment, efforts, time, and involvement in issues of a bigger scale. How much are you ready to invest in preserving your health and make the most of your time on the planet?

Healthy fitness

You are worth the best

First things first, you are in charge of your health. Consequently, you are in charge of finding the best possible ways to maintain or recover it. Since 2015, the NHS allows patients to register to the GP of their choice, even if your home is out of the boundary area for the surgery. It might sound like an irrelevant fact, but it means that you can choose a GP you trust. Additionally, you can also cut the waiting time and the queue by registering as a private patient to the organisation, as it means that you can arrange for a same day appointment. The waiting is exactly what could put your health at risk. The earlier a health condition is diagnosed, the earlier you can get better.

You deserve some escapism

With more and more people suffering from stress-related conditions – from a burnout syndrome to depression – it’s essential to remind yourself of the role of the me time. You do need to take a break from your stressful job or relationship to relax. Stress is an invisible beast that has dreadful consequences on your health. It exhausts you, it makes you worry all the time, and it upsets you.You need to break out of this vicious circle before it eats your sanity away. Your health depends on your ability to take some time for yourself.

You should bother with a healthy lifestyle

If you think that exercising and eating healthy food is for others, then you need to think again, as explains. Your body is the only machine that keeps you alive and healthy. Taking care of it might sound like a chore for some people, but if you don’t, it will deteriorate and will develop faults. Heart weaknesses, diabetes, joint pain, etc. These health conditions are the result of not looking after your body. A healthy lifestyle might sound dull sometimes, but it’s the only way to live to the fullest.

Your health and the planet’s are linked

If you live in a big urban area, you’ve probably noticed some health reactions each time there is a peak of pollution. Red eyes, cough, maybe even slight asthma, these are only some of the effects of pollution on the human body. Some patients have even been known to develop ADHD! The global climate change is also increasing the risk of pollution, and therefore your health risks. It might sound childish but making the planet a greener place is the only guarantee of living a longer and healthier life. Embrace the ecological movement as a way to maintain your health. Being healthy is certainly worth recycling your litter or driving a hybrid car.

Can you make the world a greener place?

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Back To Basics: How To Manage & Live With Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common conditions affecting modern society. When you suffer from it, the impacts can become a huge sense of frustration. So finding a way to reduce the pain and reverse some of the damage is key.
Here are five simple suggestions that will guarantee positive results. Incorporate them into your back pain management processes, and you’ll be walking to a brighter place in no time.


Try Losing Weight: It’s a harsh fact of life, but being obese isn’t good for your body. Therefore, watching what you eat is essential. We already appreciate the link between nutrition and feelings. However, losing weight through a controlled diet will bring the additional benefit of reduced back pain. After all, carrying fewer kilograms will make the workload easier. It’s a simple equation, but less strain equals less pain. If you are a woman, a boob reduction could be suitable too.

Try Light Exercise: A little physical activity is always going to aid the weight loss goal. However, low-impact sports like swimming and cycling get you to use different muscle groups too. By strengthening those muscles, the support to your spine will be a lot greater. Of course, the benefits also extend to your organs and general health. Nonetheless, the reduction of long-term back pain is certainly one of the key features that should not be overlooked.

Choose Suitable Support: Clothing and supportive bands can have a telling impact on back conditioning. Experts at Procter Health Care can help you find an array of suitable products. By boosting your posture while removing some of the strain, back muscles and bones will be in better shape in next to no time. Meanwhile, selecting an ergonomic chair for office hours can be a very useful addition. After all, this could bring improvements for up to 40 hours each week.


Get Good Prescriptions: When you are suffering from back pain, it can be tempting to take some paracetamol and let it be. Depending on the severity, though, you may be better off receiving a stronger dose of treatment. The type of medication required can vary depending on the location and source of those pains too. This guide at Web MD offers some insight. However, for the best response, you should always seek the help of a medical professional. Whether it’s anti-inflammatory drugs or something else isn’t important. The key is that you get the right solution.

Upgrade Your Mattress: The average person spends eight hours of each night asleep on their back. So if your mattress isn’t aiding the cause, it could be making things a whole lot worse. Furthermore, disrupted sleep patterns bring an array of other health problems, which can make life even harder still. Finding a mattress that offers the support and comfort you need slows long-term deterioration. Meanwhile, it lets you wake up feeling far better too. It would be wrong to suggest it’s mind over matter. Still, a positive attitude can make a world of difference.


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How To Create The Perfect Gym Look

I know the gym is for working hard, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look good too. For me, part of what makes me motivated to go to the gym is getting to wear a cool and colourful gym outfit. Gym clothing is my favourite clothing as it’s comfortable and just makes you look and feel good.
So, here’s my guide to the perfect gym look:

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Fun and Easy Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise 

Everybody struggles to find the motivation to exercise from time to time and particu-larly once you have broken a regular habit of working out. Usually, you will quickly fall back into a routine once you start exercising, but finding the energy for that first session can be extremely challenging. So, what are a few fun and easy ways to get yourself motivated and get back on track? 

New Workout Gear 
Sick of putting on the same old workout gear? Inject some colour and energy with brand new workout clothes and you will suddenly feel motivated to break them in and work up a sweat. Whether it is a colourful new running top, merchandise from your favourite sports team or that new pair of running shoes you’ve been eyeing, any new workout gear will build motivation to get back to your workout regime with new en-ergy.

Alternative Exercise Classes 

Doing the same workout or exercise time after time can become boring and tiresome, so it is no surprise that you soon struggle to find motivation. Not only this, but results no longer show after a while if you do not change things up – the majority are working towards some kind of goal whether it is bulking up or losing weight, so it is important to change from time to time. Once great way to mix things up is to take an alternative exercise class, which can even make you forget that you are exercising. Hot yoga, hula classes, pole dancing, trapeze and barre are a few options.

Yes, that’s really me!

New Sport 

If there are no alternative exercise classes that take your fancy, taking up a new sport is a great way to get back into exercise. 5-a-side football, running, cycling and swim-ming are all great options, whilst walking basketball and walking football are fantastic new low-impact sports targeted at those that are unable to run whether it is due to age or injury. One great aspect of participating in sport is that it has a social aspect, which can be a huge motivation for sticking with it.

Alternative Activities

In addition to classes and sport, there are many activities that you could take up which are great fun and also good exercise. These include skateboarding, rollerblading and scooter riding. The latter is a particularly good option as it can be much easier to pick up than the other two and scooters can be found for affordable prices from places like Skate Hut.

Workout Buddy

If you exercise solo it can be very easy to stop. If you enlist a workout buddy, how-ever, it will encourage you to keep going as you are both in it together. It can also make workouts more enjoyable when you have somebody to talk to and motivate you. By working together, you are both more likely to achieve your individual goals and you have somebody alongside you who can monitor your progress.


There is an app for everything these days. There are hundreds of excellent fitness apps which can be used for a huge range of purposes, including tracking your progress, counting calories, working towards goals with other app users and conquering virtual worlds by achieving real-life exercise goals.

My Zombies, Run! App

Finding the motivation to exercise can be really difficult and particularly once you break your workout habit. These tips are a few fun and easy ways to get motivated and achieve your fitness goals.

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