What’s the first thing we do if we’ve got a nagging headache, or are suffering with stiff joints and aching bones? The fact is we reach for the painkillers. It’s become second nature to most of us. Personal trainers aren’t immune from this either. Over-the-counter painkillers are the biggest sellers in pharmacies, and the reason for that is that they work and provide relatively-safe, short-term pain relief. But what happens when you take these medications over a longer period in larger quantities? Well, various studies have flagged up some concerns among medical practitioners about the long-term effects of painkillers. The latest study published in the Lancet makes for uncomfortable reading. The research clearly demonstrates that two common painkillers, ibuprofen and diclofenac, can have an impact on long-term health if taken over a prolonged period and can slightly increase the chances of developing heart problems. read more >>
Sugar-packed soft drinks are the devil incarnate. That’s the popular opinion shared by many health professionals, personal trainers and, we dare say, many members of the general public. The added sugar has no real nutritional benefit to speak of, is directly responsible for tooth decay and just packs on unnecessary calories. So in that respect sugar-filled soft drinks aren’t good for you. But can these soft drinks be even more harmful than we initially believed? Well, according to the latest medical study the answer is yes. Drinking one or more cans of sugary soft drinks is now being linked to an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in later life. According to a report in the science journal, Diabetologia, drinking a can a day of these drinks raised the relative risk of developing Type-2 diabetes by roughly 20 percent, compared with one can a month. The latest findings echo the results of earlier studies in the USA. The latest study was carried out in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherland, and sampled over 350,000 individuals who were questioned about their diet. The original study was looking at the possible links between diet and cancer, but stumbled upon the Type-2 diabetes risk by chance. read more >>
Of all the questions we are asked as personal trainers, one which crops up more than most is this – is there such a thing as a negative-calorie food? In other words are there any food stuffs which burn calories whilst you chew? Well, the fact is there aren’t, more’s the pity. If there were it would be a dieter’s dream. The truth is it’s nothing other than an urban myth. The facts are simple when you scrutinise them: read more >>
Why do people from the Mediterranean live longer and healthier lives than those of us who live in Northern Europe? Is it the climate? Is it the lifestyle? Maybe it’s that Mediterranean people use alcohol more responsibly and don’t consume quite as much as we do. Well, the simply answer is that it’s all of the above and more besides. If there’s one over-riding factor though, that makes for a longer and healthier lifestyle, it’s their diet, and this is what we, as personal trainers have been banging on about for some time. People following a Mediterranean-style diet rich in olive oil and low in saturated fats have a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, can protect the skin against sun-related aging, can protect against cancer and now it seems can reduce the risk of heart disease.
1 – Eat Breakfast – studies have shown that eating breakfast will help your body to maintain high energy levels and reduce the risk of obesity.
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Ask anyis sugar bad for you, and you’ll get a definitive answer. Yes it is without doubt. Ask the same personal trainer is sugar addictive, and the answer won’t be quite so conclusive. Some believe that it is, whilst others will tell you that the jury’s still out. The problem is there hasn’t previously been any conclusive evidence to either confirm or deny these accusations. However, a recent study in the British Medical Journal might go some way to throwing light on the subject.
As personal trainers we often get asked questions about health and exercise, particularly how the two can happily co-exist. We get asked all sorts of questions like is regular exercise good for your health in older age? Is rest more important than massage for recuperation? Is caffeine good for you? However, one question that crops up time and again is can you maintain bone mineral density if you significantly reduce your calorie intake in order to lose weight, or should you take regular exercise instead? Well, fortunately there has been a significant amount of research carried out into the question of whether one weight loss method was superior to the other in terms of lost bone mineral density (BMD), and this is what was discovered.
Do you know your Omega-3 from your 6? The answer is most likely to be no. Well, don’t worry about it, because as responsible personal trainers will tell you everything you need to know about the subject. We’ll tell you what each of these supplements does and how much you should be taking. So, here goes.
Strawberries are near miracle for our diets, you can eat about as many of them as you please and not only will you not put on any weight but you’ll providing your body with the capability to look younger and pro-long life! read more >>
I started my personal quest for fitness with the best of intentions. Go on boot Camp training, get fit and lose weight. I was absolutely committed to the task and agreed to submit myself to Gregg and Glen’s read more >>plan and, what’s more, to stick rigidly to the diet and plan that they’d devised. It couldn’t be difficult could it? What’s hard about eating a bit less, and running about a bit more? Nothing technically, well not at least until you’ve seen the food plan. It lays out exactly what I’m going to have to eat over the next month, but more importantly it also tells me exactly what I’m going to have to cut out of my diet. That’s when the reality of it all kicked in. As far as I see it, it’s not a matter of what I should cut out of my diet, it’s more an issue that I’m going to have to give up the kind of foods I love. And I thought being an internet marketing strategist was difficult. Still, I did agree to do this, so I’m going to have to stick to it.