Diet Myths BUSTED

Skipping meals will not help you lose weight.

Your body needs regular meals to function properly and keep your blood sugar constant.

When you go without food for too long your metabolism slows as your body becomes more efficient at dealing with less food.

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Quick guide on how to read food labels

BY: NIKI WATTERS (PERSONAL TRAINER / FLA)

Food labels or more specifically the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) is the perfect place to start when choosing the ‘right’ foods for you and your family.

When interpreted correctly it enables you to make a more informed choice between several seemingly equivalent products”

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Body Part Isolation vs. Complex Movements in Strength Training

Most people want to isolate a certain muscle to the exclusion of other muscles.

This is a very popular style of weight training; however it shows that people are missing the big picture regarding the benefits of strength training.

Read on to find out about the battle between isolation training vs complex movements.

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Top 9 Super Food must haves in your weekly diet

What do blueberries, green tea, sardines, beans, nuts, kale, eggs, coconut oil and avocados have in common?

Well firstly if you haven’t heard of any of them you most probably haven’t been eating them. But they are all foods which are ‘MUST HAVES’ in your weekly diet.

If you’re asking WHY, Michael Skliar has explored each of their benefits.

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Active Living for Seniors

Seniors can gain life-changing benefits with the right exercise regime.

To get the most out of exercise, it is important to get the right advice to begin with.

norths FITNESS run training programs that are age-appropriate where seniors can learn how to train for optimum results. Among the multitude of benefits of staying active is longevity, the reduction of arthritis pain, countering age-related muscle loss, prevention, improvement or delaying of diabetes, heart conditions and even depression.

Some key areas that seniors need to incorporate into a well-rounded routine include:

  • Cardiovascular Training (walking, swimming, or bike riding) – benefits include improved general fitness, endurance, circulation, a stronger heart & diabetes prevention.
  • Strength Training (weights) – benefits include maintaining strong muscles and bone health for daily activities and independent living.
  • Flexibility Training (yoga, stretch classes) – benefits include improving flexibility.
  • Balance Training – benefits include reduced likelihood of falls which are the common cause of broken bones.

 

Sounding overwhelming?   Aqua classes are always a great place to start.  The water buoyancy helps to protect injured knees, ankles and hips.  It can also reduce pain, increase flexibility, reduce blood pressure, reduce stress and any risk of injury.

Water not your thing?  What about a Yoga or Pilates class.  Yoga and Pilates both improve muscular and postural strength.  Now, I know it’s scary, but you must do weight bearing exercises.  Initially aqua might be enough, but you’ll eventually have to mix up your sessions with land-based exercises.  Most places have barbell classes, but these are possibly too intimidating to start with.  Start with some aerobics – classes like Group Active, Pulses or a Fit, Firm & Flexible.  These classes typically have a combination of simple cardio training to work the heart, simple resistance training to strengthen your muscles and bones, finishing with some balance and flexibility training.  Apart from all the benefits of training in groups, it’s in a social setting so it’s FUN!!!  The more you love it the more you’ll do it, and then it becomes a part of life.

The world we live in today is fast-paced and we can very easily get caught-up in it all.  Everyday we suffer from headaches, chest pain, back pain, anxiety, insomnia, anger, and then we go and turn another year older.  Handling the stress and anxiety of everyday life, on top of becoming older, can be very overwhelming.  The exciting news is that a combination of YOU and EXERCISE is your best medicine.

And, remember, no matter your age or fitness level you’re never too old to exercise, you’re never too late to start and you’re never too old to reap the benefits.

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