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The relationship between endorphins and happiness

Reading Time: < 1 minute Do you feel less stressed after a good run? How about more grounded during yoga? Or refreshed after a relaxing massage? That’s because of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters (chemicals that send messages throughout the body) released through aerobic exercise and other calming activities with the effect of relieving or reducing pain. They’re a type of […]

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Maximising your metabolism

Reading Time: 3 minutes Your metabolism is important in keeping you healthy but what exactly is a metabolism? Your metabolism is – in essence – a way of describing the chemical processes that continuously occur within your body to keep your organs functioning optimally and to keep you alive. 1 It is responsible for helping you breathe, for repairing […]

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The best exercises for strong respiratory health

Reading Time: 2 minutes The importance of good respiratory health cannot be stressed enough. Afterall, the ability to breathe is fundamentally what keeps us all alive. Our lungs are responsible for the process of breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide, but there are some factors that can make their job more difficult – pollution, smoking and lack […]

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What are calisthenics?

Reading Time: 3 minutes What are calisthenics and why should you be doing them? Developed in ancient Greece, calisthenics are exercises of differing intensities and rhythms that can be completed using nothing but your own body weight – although you also have the option of introducing light handheld equipment. The variety of exercises you can perform target everything from […]

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The benefits of different types of running

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you’re not a regular runner, you might think of running as two distinct types – sprinting and long distance. After all, those are the ones you see on tv. Professional runners seem to be competing for the quickest time over a short distance, or over a longer distance, like in a marathon. If you […]

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The importance of the correct running form for injury prevention

Reading Time: 4 minutes Running is a great example of an accessible movement workout that can really help you reap the health benefits of physical exercise. While it’s relatively easy for most people to pick up, it’s also easy to run without using the correct form and technique, which can lead to a whole host of injuries from the […]

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Benefits of exercise for children’s mental health

Reading Time: 2 minutes How can positive mental health in children be enhanced by exercise? Mental health issues can affect people of all ages. And children, while often more carefree than adults, are also not immune. The health benefits of physical exercise extend beyond the physical and into the mental. With a proven link established between exercise and a […]

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Intestinal Health

Reading Time: 12 minutes Why healthy intestinal flora is so important The gut is the cradle of good health and the basis for your general well-being.1 Its large surface area makes it a very important organ in our bodies with its own ecosystem. Healthy intestinal flora contains 80% of all our immune cells, making it a significant protective shield […]

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Why do we sometimes not lose weight when we exercise?

Reading Time: 4 minutes There are many health benefits of physical exercise, but sometimes, the one we want is simply weight loss. There’s nothing more annoying though, than being committed and disciplined on the exercise front and then getting on the scales at the end of the week only to find you haven’t actually lost any weight – or […]

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How do our recovery needs change as we age?

Reading Time: 3 minutes While it would be nice to have the same energy and ability to bounce back in our 40s, 50s and beyond, as we did in our teens and 20s, it’s sadly just not the case. As we get older our bodies don’t respond to our regular movement workouts in the same way. Tiredness, aches and […]

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How can flexibility training benefit your overall fitness?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Flexibility is fundamental for everyday life. In fact, it’s so important that we often don’t think about it until something goes wrong and we start to miss it. Without flexibility we wouldn’t be able to perform everyday tasks, like bending over to pick something up, or sitting down in a chair. Flexibility also enables us […]

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What is endurance fitness?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why endurance fitness should feature in your movement workouts Endurance is one of the four pillars of fitness and relates to your physical ability to sustain a movement workout for a prolonged period. The biggest threat to good endurance is fatigue, but by keeping at it and continuing to exercise, you will find things are […]

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What is strength fitness?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why strength fitness should form a big part of your planned movement workouts. Being physically fit comes in different forms. For example, someone who can run a marathon is no doubt physically fit, but they might not be able to lift heavy weights. Someone who might be able to lift heavy weights on the other […]

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Exercise to support a mental health issue

Reading Time: 3 minutes Getting started with exercise when you have a mental health issue The importance of mental health is thankfully becoming something that is more commonly spoken about. Our physiological health, and maintaining a healthy mental state, is just as important as our physical health. It affects how we think, feel and act, determines how we handle […]

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What is mindful exercise and why is it important?

Reading Time: 3 minutes The term ‘mindfulness’ is all around us these days, and there’s a huge emphasis on the importance of doing things ‘mindfully’ – but what does this mean? When it comes to exercise, psychologist Dr.Aria defines mindful exercise as  “letting go of unwanted thoughts and distractions, and instead, directing your attention to your physical sensations, breathing […]

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The importance of physical exercise for children

Reading Time: 2 minutes When we talk of children and physical exercise, it’s a lot different to how we would approach a movement workout for an adult – you certainly wouldn’t expect to see a child lifting weights at a gym, for example. For a child, any form of movement could be classed as physical activity, from running around […]

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Fitness at 40 and beyond

Reading Time: 3 minutes What to know about midlife exercise needs Turning 40 is a big milestone in life. On the one hand you may feel as youthful as you did when you were 20, but all you have to do is walk into a greeting card shop and you’ll be faced with rows of cards telling you that […]

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Overcoming barriers to physical activity

Reading Time: 4 minutes Quite often, the most difficult thing about any type of regular movement workout is simply finding the motivation to start. It’s not even that moving your body is necessarily going to be hard… but not moving it is almost certainly going to be easier. Not moving your body won’t bring you the wonderful health benefits […]

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The health benefits of physical exercise and dance

Reading Time: 3 minutes How to harness the power of dance for better health Taking part in physical exercise offers many health benefits including better physical fitness, a better ability to manage weight and the reduction of stress levels. When we hear the word ‘exercise’ though, it can sound like a bit of a chore. It doesn’t have to […]

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How to get a natural energy boost with superfoods

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s so easy to run out of energy. We lead busy lives, full of responsibility and we have to find time to work, relax, sleep and of course, enjoy ourselves though the things we love, like socialising and keeping fit. All of these things require energy, which can be difficult to come by, but with […]

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The 11 components of fitness

Reading Time: 3 minutes Fitness is often thought of as a ‘one size fits all’ thing, whereby you are either fit, or you aren’t, but the science of fitness actually goes a lot deeper than that and demonstrates that there are a number of components that go into a person being physically fit.1 The strongest, most musclebound person may […]

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The unknown benefits of growing your own foods

Reading Time: 2 minutes From better nutrition to improved mental and physical health, the benefits of growing your own food are plentiful. Whether you are growing a small pot of kitchen herbs or an allotment full of fresh fruits and vegetables, you’re doing good for both your own health, and the environment. Here are our top five reasons to […]

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What helps joint health?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of us may not even think about our joints until something has gone wrong — particularly if they become swollen or painful. This is often the case in particular when it comes to exercise. It’s probably safe to assume that many of us exercise in order to keep our muscles strong and our cardiovascular […]

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The relationship between sport and correct nutrition

Reading Time: 5 minutes How to achieve your sporting goals Reducing fat or building muscles – the targeting of sports nutrition is versatile and can have different effects on the body. Sports nutrition that includes a balanced combination of minerals, vitamins, and essential nutrients offers the most benefits. The individual composition of the diet in sport not only depends […]

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An interview with an Olympic Athlete – James Ellington

Reading Time: 6 minutes Ever wondered what it’s like to walk in the footsteps of an Olympic athlete? Lifeplus has entered a sponsorship deal with British Olympic athlete, James Ellington, as he continues his incredible and inspirational journey to elite level athletic competition after a major road accident in 2017. While we’ll be joining him on his journey from […]

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Discover the best exercises for heart health

Reading Time: 3 minutes How regular exercise helps us live a heart-healthy life Being physically active is one of the three pillars of heart health, along with eating well and mindfulness. Studies have shown that taking part in regular exercise improves factors linked to cardiovascular health, resulting in lower blood pressure, healthier cholesterol levels, and better blood sugar regulation.1 […]

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Overtraining

Reading Time: 3 minutes How much exercise is too much? Anyone actively training to increase their performance can be at risk of overtraining – especially when using high training loads to achieve your fitness goals and improve performance. As studies have shown these can only be tolerated by your body through periods of rest and recovery.1 When considering how […]

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Amino acids and their effects

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why amino acids are vital for our health Amino acids are our body’s building block of proteins, giving them a key role in supplying us with energy. If the body is supplied with enough amino acids, it can have a positive effect on our wellbeing. Many people associate amino acids exclusively with fitness. Yet amino […]

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Feeling the effects of exercise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Regular exercise is the best solution for a healthy body, offering a whole host of short and long term benefits. The main benefits can be split into three areas: 1. Aerobic endurance 2. Strength gains 3. Psychological benefits Whilst helping to improve your physical shape externally and the health of your body internally, exercise can […]

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Preventing sports injury

Reading Time: 3 minutes Top tips on preventing injury and enjoying the health benefits of physical exercise. Sustaining an injury is one of the quickest ways to derail your fitness efforts. Whether you’re an avid exerciser or are just about to embark on a new fitness programme, it’s important to know how to move and exercise properly so that […]

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The mental health benefits of exercise

Reading Time: 3 minutes What role does regular exercise play in your mental wellbeing? The health benefits of physical exercise are many and varied and, given the obvious affects it has on our fitness, shape and health, it’s understandable that this is where attention is often focused. Exercise is not just about increasing fitness and gaining bigger muscles though […]

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Lifeworks for the young at heart

Reading Time: 2 minutes With growing up comes wisdom, experience and often better self-confidence and less insecurities. When we refer to growing up, it’s not a specific age, it’s a sense of being. You’ve probably come across a younger person who already acts older than their years, or a parent, or grandparent, who has a better social life than […]

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Rowing – the boat sport

Reading Time: 3 minutes What rowing has to offer If you are seeking a great workout for the entire body, rowing is well worth considering. This historic sport is wonderful for building overall body strength and it provides a fantastic cardio workout at the same time! Rowing is not a fast-moving trend but requires patience and dedication to achieve […]

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Exercising mind and body in older age

Reading Time: 3 minutes Life is a precious commodity, one that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted during our younger years, when the future seems infinite and our energy boundless. Then time intervenes. As the decades pass, that energy seems a tad less boundless. There’s less in the tank. It’s a little more difficult to […]

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Is your diet fit for purpose?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Making well-intended resolutions, aimed at positive lifestyle changes, is not uncommon and especially after moments of indulgence. At such times it’s only natural to give some serious thought to a sensible diet and maybe doing a bit more in the way of exercise. However, it’s important to understand how “healthy eating” differs from diets aimed […]

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Staying active at home

Reading Time: 4 minutes We all know that exercise is good for us. Aside from the obvious health benefits of exercise to manage your weight or keep fit, it’s also proven to help boost your immune system and your mental health.1 So, if it’s not already part of your daily to-do list, now is the time to add it […]

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Stand up to feel better!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Discover the benefits of getting out of that chair…. On average we spend 8.9 hours sitting down every day1 and when you add in the seven hours a night we spend sleeping – it’s easy to see how most of us are spending just one third of our time on our feet. Leading a sedentary […]

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Get moving your way!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Upping your general activity levels is a well-established way of improving both your physical and mental health.1 But that doesn’t have to mean joining a gym. There are plenty of fun, even quirky, ways you can start to increase your activity levels without the need for Lycra, Barbells or even a pair of trainers. Home […]

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Rediscover Cycling

Reading Time: 3 minutes How do you feel when you get to the office after being stuck in morning traffic or on the train? Like most of us who drive to work, probably slightly hassled and unnerved. Maybe you’ve caught yourself looking enviously at the cyclists passing by the long queue of cars or gliding across a railway bridge, […]

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Keeping fit as a family

Reading Time: 2 minutes Exercise. Whether the word brings a rush of excitement or sparks a fear of dread, there’s no denying the fundamental truth that it’s good for us.1 Taking part in regular exercise not only makes you feel better about yourself, it has a couple of pretty impressive shorter-term effects too. Exercise helps us sleep better, reduces […]

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