Feel fabulous and 50+

The benefits of continuing to do exercise into your 50+ years are well documented and yet people shy away from exercise. It has been estimated that well over half of 50+ people in the UK do little or no exercise – it is a trend that seriously needs reversing. Exercise for people in the 50+ bracket will improve joint mobility, increase physical strength, raise energy levels, enhance sleep and cognitive function and prevent illness. Continue reading

The health benefits of bouldering

Bouldering is rock climbing stripped back. There are no ropes or harnesses, just a wall with a safety mat below. The challenge is to climb short but tricky bouldering “problems” (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, technique, strength, and your brain. The climbs are high enough to be exciting, but not so high that they’re hugely intimidating. Using safety mats means that the risks of falling off can be managed, and leaving the ropes behind means that you are free to concentrate on the climbing, not the equipment.  Continue reading

Team sport fitness

Strength, speed, power and endurance are all essential to people who play a team sport. If you have good levels of each of these fitness components, then you could be the difference between your team winning and losing. You could certainly be last man or woman standing if your fitness levels and resistance to training are at a high level. Continue reading

To lose weight, you can’t out-train a bad diet

The next few months are torturous for anyone wanting to maintain or lose weight. Firstly there is the colder temperatures and darker mornings and evenings. Somehow, it is just easier to eat salads when the sun is shining and the weather is warm. Cold weather equals comfort food. And comfort food equals more calories. One way to keep your mind focused on staying trim, fit and healthy over the prolonged festive period is to set some goals along the way. Continue reading

The importance of recovery time

Exercising your muscles is the only way to make then stronger. Cardio vascular activity such as running, cycling and swimming are the best ways to get fitter. However, it is not during the actual exercise workout that improvement occurs. The workout will break down muscle tissue, it is the recovery process that is critical to becoming fitter. Continue reading