Change it up – exercise outside!
By Tayla Chin
Exercising regularly has been shown to reduce the risk of developing many life threatening conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, hypertension and diabetes (1). Studies have also shown a marked improvement in psychological wellbeing, particularly improved moods and stress management, as a result of exercise (1). Despite this, a large majority of people do little or no exercise at all.
It is possible that the environment in which we exercise affects our enjoyment and ...
So the third month of the year is almost done and you are still training! I would just like to congratulate you on this achievement! This means you are one step closer to making participating in physical activity a habit.
The greatest realization you have to make is that reaching your goals depends greatly on you committing to the lifestyle change to a more physically active lifestyle instead of treating training and dieting as a band aid fix! Their once was a ...
Beat the belly bump
Ever wondered why you can’t beat the baby belly bump - even after your children have already left home?
You’ve tried every possible sit up and crunch, but you still have that extra little bump which rolls over your bikini bottom. Well, I might have the solution you’re looking for: TA Activation!!!
TA stands for Transversus Abdominis. This muscle runs across your abdomen from the one end to the other. It is responsible for compressing the abdominal contents. This muscle ...
So it is the new year, and we all know what that means.... New Year’s resolutions have been set, and as it is past the middle of the second month, they are starting to waiver.
Just keep in mind that progress is progress, whether you have improved by an inch or a mile, you have still improved. You have still become better than you were yesterday. Don’t give up! Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to keep you going. So ...
The prudent dietary guidelines for healthy living suggest that our total daily energy intake should consist of approximately 50-60% carbohydrates, 30% fat (not hydrogenated as this should be eliminated from the diet) and 10-12% protein. Sugar (a carbohydrate) replaces valuable nutrients (like vitamins and minerals) in the diet and should be limited to 10% of total energy per day.
When we look at food labels, we should try to choose foods that fall within the above-mentioned guidelines. Always check the nutritional information per 100 ...
Core stability and core strength is of utmost importance to any recreational or proffessional athlete. To know the core you need to understand the core and the muscles that is involved.
The ‘core’ is made up of so many more muscles than just the TA (transverse abdominus) or six pack as we all know it.
The Transverse Abdominus include amongst others:
The Erector Spinae: A large group of back muscles that are prime movers of extension, lateral flexion, and rotation of the spine.
The Obliques and ...
Quickly a little background, I was born in South Africa but moved to the United Arab Emirates with my parents when I turned 12. In the Middle East fast food places are either the same price or cheaper then fresh produce as all fresh produce has to be imported. The convenience of fast food is also very appealing as they are open almost 24/7. Falling victim to the expat syndrome I started gaining weight, and even though I participated in all ...
The Mini Trampoline: Jumping here, there and everywhere!
Getting a bit bored with your fitness routine? This is the perfect time to incorporate a Mini Trampoline into your workouts. Mini trampoline exercising is a low-impact cardio workout that improves muscle tone and balance, more importantly its loads of fun. The instability of the trampoline surface encourages you to engage your entire body and most importantly your core. The trampoline helps absorb some of the shock in comparison to jumping on a hard ...