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We are always told to warm up before exercise; but why, and what should the warm up be like? How much should I warm up?
Warm up has 3 main purposes
A warm up serves 3 primary purposes. To enhance performance and prevent injury during exercise. The warm up is not just physical either, there is a mental component to preparing for an event or workout.
The warm up gets you mentally ready . This mental warm-up prepares athletes for the discomfort of … More
The calf muscle, on the back of the lower leg, is actually made up of two muscles: the gastrocnemius is the larger muscle of the calf, forming the bulge visible beneath the skin. The soleus is a smaller, flat muscle that lies underneath the gastrocnemius muscle.
The gastrocnemius and soleus muscles taper and merge at the base of the calf muscle. Tough connective tissue at the bottom of the calf muscle merges with the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon then inserts into … More
A new study by the University of Cambridge has shown that some people are genetically wired to crave fatty foods over healthier options, putting them at more risk of obesity than others.
In the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers created dishes that varied solely in fat or sugar content. The main meal on offer, chicken korma, had three variations; high, low and medium fat. Apart from this they were made to be as identical as possible in both … More
Just walking for half an hour a day will halve heart disease chances. Further to the large body of evidence that walking is great for you, a new 6 year study has shown that even just half an hour’s walking every day can cut the risk of a fatal heart attack by half. The study also found that walking was just as effective as running in reducing high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and fighting heart disease. Previous research has also … More
To stop emotional eating you need some hypnotherapy, right? A run may be better, shows new research. Changing the way your brain thinks is a complex task. Those who specialise in the field usually talk of changing neurological patterns through changing routine; the theory is that every habit requires a start point, or cue; then the activity, then the reward. So to change emotional eating, theory would state that you need to analyse (and change) the cue (or cause), the … More
5 classic weight loss mistakes
Studies show us that over 90% of people on a diet fail to lose weight permanently. Logic dictates that if all attempts to lose weight were successful, then eventually everyone would be a happy, fit weight, and dieting or trying for weight loss would be consigned to history.
So why do our attempts to lose weight fail so often? Having been in the personal training business for over 13 years, at Diets Don’t Work PT we’ve seen pretty … More
It may be too late to get that Giselle/Tom Daley tummy but you can still be fit and healthy by trying one of our top 5 summer activities to burn calories (Olympic style).
1 – Stand up paddle boarding. Known by those in the know as SUP, stand up paddle boarding is actually much easier than it looks. The boards are very wide and stable, so it’s (fairly) easy to stay on. It’s a great way to get out on the … More
Ready to download to your smartphone, today we look at the best calorie counting apps.
A new report points to massive under-reporting of calorie intake by Britons, explaining why obesity levels are rising despite surveys showing that we are eating less. The study by the Behavioural Insights Team calculated that although official data suggests most people eat around 2,000 calories per day, the actual number was closer to 3,000. National spending figures also show that how much we spend on … More
Research shows that fad diets have only short term results (at best) and can in fact be counter productive in the longer term; they cause adverse effects on human systems, from hormones to lean muscle mass to metabolism. This means that after the diet you are likely to get fatter than when you started. These fad diets are also mentally tough, frustrating and non-sustainable. If you can’t keep it going, then it’s unlikely that you’ll keep the weight loss/health benefits … More
As they become more and more popular, fitness trackers are also coming down in price. A great way to record what you are doing, and an even better way to get moving in the first place, fitness trackers can record how fast you are going, how high your heart rate is, how you are sleeping, how many steps you’ve taken and many other parameters. They adhere to the DDW 10 commandments of fitness and weight loss, where commandment 5 says … More