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Some of us can get away with being self motivated enough to make ourselves exercise regularly and eat well. However when we look at the failure rate for gym use – 60% of people who join a gym don’t actually go at all after the first 2 weeks – and the failure rate for diets (90% of people on diets fail to lose weight and keep it off) we can see why personal training has become so popular in the Thames Valley and Berkshire. With a trainer you are making a commitment to turn up at a specific time, where you will be encouraged to do far more than you would do on your own without a personal trainer. What you do will also be carefully planned to maximise your results. Diets Don’t Work provides personal trainers in London, Windsor and Maidenhead, training at home and outdoors in many of the beautiful green spaces and parks in Berkshire; there’s no need for a gym membership, give it a go. All those celebrities can’t be wrong, it really does work.
As summer approaches many of our personal training clients, particularly in the more rural areas around Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot, are starting to suffer their yearly bout of asthma misery. This week our in- house Guru (as he likes to call himself) Adam will be looking at some of the symptoms, causes and cures for this condition.
Asthma affects the small airways (bronchioles) that carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma your airways can become inflamed, swollen and constricted (or narrowed) and excess mucus is produced.
More than 5.2 million people in the UK are being treated for asthma and about 1.1 million of these are children. Asthma affects approximately one in 12 adults and one in eight children in the UK. What this means is that there is a person with asthma in one in five households in the UK. It can affect almost anyone, at any age, anywhere. An asthma ‘attack’ describes the symptoms of tightness in the chest, a wheezing or whistling noise in the chest, coughing and difficulty breathing that occur when the airways become narrowed, inflamed and blocked by plugs of mucus.
An attack can occur suddenly. However, many people with asthma learn to recognise the warning symptoms – such as an itchy nose or itchy skin, dizziness or light-headedness, or an irritating cough – that herald an attack. Learning the warning signs can often alert someone with asthma in time to take preventive action.
Asthma is a chronic condition, which means attacks occur over a long period of time. Although there are times when acute episodes strike asthmatics, most people can say there are long periods during which they have few, if any, symptoms. These symptoms can include:
It’s becoming increasingly common in the developed world and is now the most common chronic condition in the west. Aspects of our modern environment, such as air pollution, processed foods and centrally heated, double-glazed houses (ideal breeding grounds for house dust mites) are thought to be contributing factors.
Some people with asthma find that exercise triggers their asthma symptoms. However, exercise is good for everyone, including people with asthma. If your asthma is well controlled, you should be able to join in, have fun and keep fit. If your asthma symptoms get worse during or after exercise, it could be a sign that your asthma is poorly controlled and you may need to visit your doctor or asthma nurse for an asthma review.
Tips on exercising with Asthma:
Good types of exercise to try if you suffer from asthma are:
Our poor personal training clients are suffering with the proliferation af lawn mowers and flowers out here in Berkshire. Here is the second part of our asthma special
Asthma has many different causes. Scientists still don’t know exactly what these are. You may have oversensitive airways, a family history of asthma or be allergic to one or more asthma triggers.
Some doctors believe the airways become oversensitive because cells in the lungs are damaged by viruses. Others believe the initial damage is caused by an allergic reaction causing the lungs to over-react to viral infections.
One of the most common predisposing factors for asthma are allergies to house dust mites, mould spores, pollen and pets, and sometimes food allergies. Most people find there are several things that can trigger their asthma.
Asthma tends to run in families that are prone to allergies. So, belonging to a family where some members have asthma and others have other allergies, such as eczema, hayfever or allergic rhinitis, makes a person more allergy-prone.
However, because there are so many factors involved, it can be difficult to predict exactly who in a family will develop asthma.
Although asthmatic and allergic tendencies are inherited, there is no single gene involved. Rather, there are a number of different ones that react with factors in your environment to trigger the onset of asthma.
Scientists are searching for the genes involved in asthma and this may eventually lead to a cure.
Environmental factors that increase the risk of developing asthma include:
Again, the right type of exercise can help to control asthma; Diets Don’t Work trainers are highly qualified and able to train special populations such as asthma sufferers.
Breakfast really could be the most important meal of the day when it comes to losing weight, claims a researcher. Here is the latest report to hit the nation’s headlines. As personal trainers the majority of this information here has been known to us for some time, it’s just a case of the press confirming/recycling old news…again! Stick to these easy eating tips:
Here’s the latest news.
Over several months, obese women who ate half their daily calories first thing fared better than those eating a much smaller amount. US researcher Dr Daniela Jakubowicz told a San Francisco conference having a small breakfast could actually boost food cravings.
Dr Jakubowicz, from Virginia Commonwealth University, has been recommending a hearty breakfast to her patients for 15 years. She tested it against a low carbohydrate diet in a study of 96 obese and physically inactive women. This diet involved 1,085 calories a day – the majority of these coming from protein and fat. Breakfast in this group was the smallest meal of the day – just 290 calories, with just seven grams of carbohydrates. Her “big breakfast” diet involved more calories – 1,240 – with a lower proportion of fat and more carbohydrates and protein. Breakfast here was 610 calories, with 58 grams of carbohydrates, while lunch and dinner were 395 and 235 calories respectively. Four months on, the low-carb dieters appeared to be doing better, losing an average of 28 pounds to the 23 shed on the “big breakfast” diet. However, after eight months, the situation had reversed, with the low-carb dieters putting an average of 18 of those pounds back on, while the big breakfasters continued to lose weight, on average 16.5 pounds each. They lost a fifth of their total body weight on average, compared with less than 5% for the low-carb dieters.
Dr Jakubowicz reported that the big breakfasters said they felt less hungry, particularly in the mornings. She said: “Most weight loss studies have determined that a very low carbohydrate diet is not a good method to reduce weight. It exacerbates the craving for carbohydrates and slows metabolism – as a result, after a short period of weight loss, there is a quick return to obesity.” She said that the bigger breakfast helped by making people feel fuller during the day, and was healthier, because it allowed more fibre and fruit to be included.
Dr Alex Johnstone, from the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, said that other studies had shown that while low-carb diets were a “good tool” to reduce weight quickly, they were not a “diet for life”. She said that the regaining of lost weight by these dieters could be more a sign of the relative monotony of the two diets, rather than their ability to necessarily reduce cravings. “It could be that it is simply easier for people on a higher-carbohydrate diet to comply with it over a longer period.” A spokesman for the British Nutrition Foundation said there was evidence that a good-sized breakfast could help weight loss candidates. She said: “Research shows that eating breakfast can actually help people control their weight. “This is probably because when we don’t have breakfast we’re more likely to get hungry before lunch and snack on foods that are high in fat and sugar, such as biscuits, doughnuts or pastries.”
In order to be fully insured and qualified your personal trainer should have a relevant first aid certificate. All our DDW trainers in London, The Chilterns, Leeds and the Thames Valley have a relevant first aid certificate. Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK have to attend accident and emergency each year through injury. You don’t have to be superman to help, but some simple first aid could mean the difference between life and death. It’s something that it’s better to have and never need as opposed to something you need but don’t have!! Here are some common misconceptions about first aid-
Top ten first aid misconceptions: