21 November 2016 - Your Heart and Mental Health
Generally speaking, people get involved in fitness programs
as a way to improve physical outcomes associated with weight loss, muscle gain,
and flexibility. As it turns out, however, regular exercise is also one of the
best things we can do for our mental health. A recent study has shown direct
links between the health of our hearts and our mental well-being, with high
blood pressure and a high resting heart rate linked to an increased
susceptibility for anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive
disorder later in life.
14 November 2016 - Rhythm is Key when Working Out
From the micro-rhythms of your muscles expanding and
contracting through to the biorhythms and habits that define your daily
routine, rhythm is fundamental to any fitness regime. It doesn't matter what
time scale you're looking at, every aspect of your life is defined by
fluctuations and rhythmic cycles. In order to meet your fitness goals both now
and on a long-term basis, it's important to become aware of these rhythms so
that you can work with them instead of fighting against them.
10 November 2016 - The Truth about Hot Workouts
From hot mat Pilates and sweaty yoga through to steamy
cycling and barre classes, high temperature workouts are so hot right now.
Designed to warm muscles and promote detoxification, hot exercise classes are
also used to enhance weight loss and improve deep breathing. While there are
undoubtedly many benefits associated with heated workouts, cranking up the
thermostat can add a level of risk by increasing the chance of injury and
placing additional strain on the cardiovascular system.
03 November 2016 - How Long can Humans Live
The human lifespan may have an expiration date, with new
research suggesting a natural limit at around 115 years of age. Despite
advances in medicine and science, according to researchers from the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine, it's incredibly unlikely that anyone will live
much beyond the current record of 122 years. While this study has been
controversial in some circles, it seems no matter what we do, our bodies are
designed to wear out and expire.
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