Health and Fitness

10 Reasons Yoga is Anxiety's Ultimate Cure

Amber Bell | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Bell

Anxiety can rear its head in so many different ways. From insomnia to fully blown panic attacks, days spent hidden away in bed due to the sheer pressure it drowns you in and a sudden loss of control over your thoughts and actions. However your body reacts, one thing is for sure: it isn't nice and it isn't pretty.

The Golden Rule for Bigger Arms

James Haskell | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

Take a look in any mainstream gym, and you'll find the most popular exercise at any given time to be the bicep curl. It's the exercise of choice for insecure guys trying to blow up their arms. And whilst bicep curls do have their place, it's definitely not the most important exercise if you want bigger arms.

Quick Tips to Keep Health Simple and Keep Weight Off

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sally Norton

We all know that we should be eating a bit more healthily, especially if we are watching our weight, but as a weight loss surgeon and consultant I bristle when people glibly say - 'well of course it's just a matter of eating a little more healthily and moving a little bit more'. They forget the huge contributing factors of willpower, time demands of everyday life and leading brands pushing out confusing health messages.

Why Can't We Just Do It?

Olivia Cox | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

A couple of weeks ago, I dropped out of a *big* running event. It's plagued me ever since. So just incase you're like me and manage to psyche yourself out of things for absolutely-not-legitimate reasons, here's my tips for getting out the door...

Five Things We Learned About Fitness in April

Chris Hall | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

April has seen another deluge of brand new and excellent research into health and fitness. In a continuation of our series, here are five things we learned in April, which you can take away and start using immediately!

Zumba

Ruebi Bailey | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruebi Bailey

I could hardly say no to this Zumba class given that my bestie (and fabulous Pole Dancing partner) S was teaching it ... If I had said no, chances are she would have dragged me there kicking and screaming regardless of whether or not I happened to be wearing kitty pyjamas at the time.

Three Things That Keep You From Your Health and Weight Loss Goals!

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sally Norton

If the change of season has put a spring in your step, you may already be motivated to get healthy and energised for summer - only to get frustrated and give up after the first couple of weeks! Here are three mistakes to avoid when setting up your health and weight loss goals.

Six Reasons Why You Should Choose Strength Training Over Cardio

Jean-Claude Vacassin | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jean-Claude Vacassin

Strength training is vital for every single person. Regardless of your age, gender, weight, height, fitness level or even your goals - you should be doing some form of resistance training.

Five Steps to Ensure You Shred Faster

James Haskell | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

So if you're still carrying excess blubber and haven't started doing anything about it, you're already two steps behind where you need to be. But before you give up on revealing your best ever physique in time for holiday season, know that it's not too late

Has Arnold Schwarzenegger Destroyed Manliness?

Tim Stevenson | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tim Stevenson

Calisthenics is a physical form of training focused on mastering ones own bodyweight. A combination of gymnastics and strength training progressed not by adding more iron plates but by defying gravity and exploring the limits of our own bodies.

The Taboo Topic - Let's Talk About Our Bowels

Dr Anton Emmanuel | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Anton Emmanuel

It's no surprise that we're often unwilling to talk about our bowels, but if we were more open about the number of trips we take to the bathroom or spoke freely about changes in colour, odour, and texture then it could be truly life changing. Important health issues could be diagnosed and addressed much sooner.

10 Things Slowing Down Your Fitness Progress

David Kingsbury | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

The road to fitness can be a long and arduous one. It's rarely without pitfalls, problems and self-doubt, even for the most focussed mind. With any training regime that can soon become all encompassing, there are things that will slow down your progress, especially if you're not aware of them. Here are the top 10 things that may be slowing down your progress.

Do You Even Lift?

James Haskell | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

You work hard in the gym, or so you think. You eat right, or so you think. You're pretty strong, at least for your size, or so you've been told. So why are you still stuck looking like someone who doesn't even lift?

Five Simple Hacks for Better Sleep

James Haskell | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

During sleep, our bodies produce testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH), the two most important hormones for muscle building. What's more, quality sleep also saps cortisol, the stress hormone that triggers fat storage and muscle breakdown.

Five Tips for Avoiding Injury in Your Marathon Training

Chris Hall | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

There's less than one month to go until the London Marathon, and competitors will be ramping up their training. The problem with increasing volume is that you also increase the chances of injury. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure you're fighting fit when marathon day arrives...

Male Model Roger Frampton Has Us Celebrating 'The Power of the Body'

Rebecca Pearson | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Style
Rebecca Pearson

I approached my first Power of the Body class with a mixture of fear and excitement. Excitement because Roger had trained me before, years ago when he started as a PT, and I'm pretty sure I've improved since our first class when, as I wheezed around a kid's running track, he asked in all seriousness, "Do you have asthma?" (...I don't).

One Piece of Gym Equipment for Faster Gains

James Haskell | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

If all of your work in the gym is done with a conventional straight barbell and dumbbells, you're missing out on some serious potential gains. There is one key piece of equipment that, when utilised correctly, can be your secret tool for getting stronger faster than ever before.

Why Walking Makes You 50% More Creative

Chris Smith | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Smith

Researchers found that participants produced roughly 50% more total ideas when walking as opposed to sitting. And not only that, they also found that when walking, people became more talkative and within that chatter were higher-quality creative ideas.

Two Challenges I Didn't Expect in My Forties

Charlene Hutsebaut | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlene Hutsebaut

Shockingly as such a vibrant active person I was diagnosed with viral meningitis and found myself in a hospital bed for seven days! I was on a ward with people 30-40 years my senior.

Start Active, Stay Active - Physical Activity for Children

Professor Dame Sally Davies | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Dame Sally Davies

The latest figures we have from 2012 show that children are becoming less active, with only 21% of boys and 16% girls meeting current guidelines of at least one hour of moderately intensive physical activity per day. This needs to change, because less active and healthy children generally go on to become less active and healthy adults...

Argh - I'm in My Fifties and My Body Is Playing Up

Jenny Eclair | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Comedy
Jenny Eclair

There's no doubt about it. In our 50s our bodies start PLAYING UP. Creaking knees, stiff hips, bad backs, prolapsed vaginas, it's all going on. So I wasn't entirely surprised when I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Can't Improve Your Bench Press? Read This

James Haskell | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

Following on from my last couple of articles about getting started in fitness training. Understanding a little more about what it's all about and hopefully picking up some useful advice and tips, as to how to start to go about things in a way that right for you.

My Guide to Getting Started Into Fitness Part Two

James Haskell | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

You don't want someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. You want someone to push you. There's no point in spending money on health, fitness, equipment, food and diet, if you're not going to put the work in.

My Guide to Getting started Into Fitness - Part One

James Haskell | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

This is probably the question I got asked the most. In this day and age everyone has a basic understanding about the importance and need to take some regular exercise. However if this involves more than walking the dog then there is stuff to know and learn IF you want to do things properly and get benefit.

What Is Calisthenics?

James Haskell | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

It may sound a trifle boring but there is actually a tremendous lot you can do using calisthenics. For start I bet you didn't realise that you can work every main muscle group with just these four mainstream, household exercises.