IS trying to stay fit and eat well adding more stress to your life? If so, you may be relieved to hear that the biggest fitness trend right now is...relaxation. Yep, finally the fitness industry has cottoned onto the fact that all that frantic running around only does so much for our quality of life and our fat-busting goals. Which is why we're being increasingly encouraged to kick back, unplug and breath deeply.Relaxation is crucial for burning body fat We've said this before, but overworking and not getting enough downtime absolutely wrecks your body's ability to burn fat. We know that emotions are manifested in our gut and abdomen, with many trainers these days believing that those of us who have a higher storage of fat in that area have it because we're exposed to prolonged bouts of stress. Stress comes in many different forms but one of those is physical stress and working out at a high intensity every day is just that. If you're mega busy exercising, working or running around … [Read more...] about Why RELAXING is more important for weight loss than you think – and how often you need to chill out
Easy yoga for easing pain
Kate McCarthy Reviewed.com Published 10:36 AM EST Nov 5, 2018 — Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives. Gifts for athletes can be tricky, particularly for runners. Who would have thought that a sport that basically only requires sneakers could have so many different accessories and products to go with it? But fear not—you don’t need to have your favorite runner’s shoe size memorized to buy them the perfect gift. Instead, we’ve come up with a list of amazing gifts that fit every type of runner you know. From the hardcore marathoner, to the beginner, to someone who just likes to get in a few weekend miles, we’ve got a gift to satisfy all sorts. These are the best gifts for runners of 2018, according to … [Read more...] about The 20 best gifts for runners that they’ll actually want
As we grow older, niggling aches and pains can be seen as a sign it’s time to slow down and take things easy. But slowing down too much can do more harm than good.The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP; csp.org.uk) points out that movement keeps muscles strong and helps maintain a healthy weight, which also protects the joints as we age. While it might feel like movement is the last thing you need when aches set in, regular activity can actually help manage joint stiffness, pain and fatigue, which can affect mood and mental health and wellbeing too. Keeping active can also cut the risk, or help manage, conditions like heart disease and stroke, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes.Despite this, nearly a quarter (24%) of over-65s do no strengthening activities at all, putting them at increasing risk of falls and other health problems, according to CSP research.“Movement is essential for every aspect of our health. Our bodies are designed to move, and not doing … [Read more...] about 6 simple but essential exercises for older people
YOGA is often hailed as the cure-all for aches and pains. But all that downward dogging may, in fact, be making your aching back worse. At least, that's what a study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies claims. It says that 21 per cent of existing injuries are exacerbated - not cured - by yoga. It also says that in 10 per cent of all people who do the exercise, yoga actually caused musculoskeletal pain (so that's anything related to the joints, bones or muscles). That's surprising because many of us believe that yoga is a preventative form of exercise that can protect runners and gym goers from seizing up and getting injured. So what's the truth? We spoke to Michael James Wong from Boys of Yoga about the potential danger from yoga. Men's Health reports that blokes now make up "an unprecedented 28 per cent of all downward doggers", so we asked Michael if he could talk us through exactly what yoga we should be doing if we're injured, and exactly what risk … [Read more...] about Is yoga CAUSING your pain? The bendy exercises could leave you with sore muscles and joints
It’s Friday lunchtime and instead of sitting outside enjoying the sunshine along with the rest of the UK, I’m lying outstretched in a red sling suspended from the ceiling of a railway arch. I’ve just finished 45 minutes of aerial yoga, an acrobatic form of yoga practised in a loop of silky material, which involved being upside down and held in place only by wrapping my own legs and feet strategically around the fabric like an inverted frog. By the end of the class I’m unsurprisingly out of breath. Partly because I temporarily stopped breathing when I thought my head was about to scrape along the floor (spoiler: it didn’t), but also I’m beyond exhausted. As you can imagine being cradled in this red cocoon like a really large, tired baby, gently swaying while relaxing music plays in the background is just the kind of relaxing savasana pose I needed at the end of class. I’m in south London at Flying Fantastic, which … [Read more...] about Could Aerial Yoga Be Your New Workout?