As of late, sugar has probably been one of the most discussed topics – the different types of sugars that exist, why some types are better than others, how much sugar should we be having in our diet and why it should be avoided and why it is thought to be so detrimental to health. Some of the reasons why sugar is considered to be bad for our health are due to the connection to diabetes, weight gain and risk of heart disease, increased risk of a fatty liver and fluctuations in energy levels.
Sleep; the time between night and day or the period after which we open our eyes and it’s a brand new day. Some people cannot get enough of it while others struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Some people are very good sleepers and others could hear a pin drop. Sleep is considered to be almost as important to health as exercising and eating but why so and what are the benefits of sleep?
Strength training, otherwise known as resistance training or weight training is when we add resistance to muscular contraction, be it concentric, eccentric or isometric. The resistance can be in many forms and ways such as free weights like barbells and dumbbells, weight machines, medicine balls, resistance bands and even one’s own body weight. Regular strength training is important not just for young people who want to look good or for those practicing a sport so they can perform better.
For most people, the London Marathon is on one of many ‘to do’ lists that we create during a life time. It is something that a lot of people aim for and consider it as a great achievement when completed – and it’s only right. Now that the ballot has been drawn and applicants know if they have been accepted or not it is time to start preparing for those 26 miles. Unfortunately, due to the race being in April all the hard training and miles need to be done in winter which is not always fun especially when it’s super chilly and/or you’re relatively new to running. Below are a few tips for your winter running.
It’s that day and age that technology has almost taken over our lives; there’s countless brands that make various versions of the same piece of equipment/accessory. There are so many different choices that we forget what we actually need in what we are looking for. This applies to fitness trackers.
As opposed to the standard running shoe that most of us used to use for everything sports/exercise related a decade or so ago, nowadays, as like everything else, there are many different options available.
Last week we discussed the causes of hip complex tightness and weakness and how we can reduce these aches and pains. Today we are going to talk about how we can fix tightness in our upper back and neck; why we might be prone to such problems and solutions that we can use.
One of the body’s primary functions is movement: Be it walk, run, sit, stand, carry objects from one place to another or carry out sporting activities. As humans we are not made to sit at a desk for a prolonged period of time 5 days a week and this is the main reason why the majority of people with office jobs suffer from frequent aches and pains.
Go behind the scenes at the Henry Ives PT client photo shoot in April 2017.
So today’s question’s from VJ. VJ would like to know, why I don’t let him use BCAAs – that just stands for Branch Chain Amino Acids.