Health

Balance – Why it’s vital and how to improve it

I was reflecting the other day on how important balance is in our lives.  Work/life balance, financial balance, nutritional balance – they are all things we spend much of our lives trying to achieve.  And quite rightly.  They are crucial to our overall wellbeing. 

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The new wonder drug

Whilst many of us have been preparing for our South Wales Three Peaks club challenge next week, a recent spate of reports has been extolling the benefits of a ‘new’ wonder drug: Exercise. 

If ever you’re tempted to stay indoors, to put your feet up rather than get out into the elements, remember the overwhelming scientific and observational evidence that tells you how beneficial exercise is for your body and soul.  Here’s the latest findings, all published over the last few weeks.

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Active 10 vs 10,000 steps: which is best? Plus why you should know about Vitamin D

Yesterday I joined Ali Vowles on local radio to discuss the Active 10 vs 10,000 steps debate.  Which is best and why?  The debate has long been rumbling but it was triggered anew by Michael Mosley’s The Truth About…Getting Fit (see my last blog).  It’s a fascinating area and relevant to all of us.

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Why we should breathe properly for a healthy back plus details of next year’s Exel Nordic walking poles

A couple of articles have caught my eye this week – the value of the basic press-up and a possible answer for our £1 billion back problem.  Press-ups it seems are back in fashion following the publication of a recent scientific study revealing them as the best exercise you can do for your health (they clearly haven’t heard of Nordic walking…). 

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The miracle cure

The Guardian devoted three pages this week to what it deemed ‘the miracle cure’ - exercise.  Depression, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, sleep - all, it said, are positively impacted by exercise.  Not to mention weight loss (when combined with healthy eating), stronger bones, fewer falls in the elderly... and the list went on. 

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Stroke prevention, healthy bones and exercise

Research published last week shed further light on the benefits of taking up exercise at any stage in your life. According to the study by Erik Prestgaard of the University of Oslo, getting fit in your 40s and 50s could halve your long term risk of a stroke. 

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Tick alert, our new mindful Nordic walking course plus our nations slide toward inactivity

Mind full or mindful?  A neat play on words.  I don’t know about you but my mind is often full!  According to the Neuroscientist Amishi Jha, in neurological terms it’s all about where your attention is (mine flits all over the place).  Her TEDx talk (Taming Your Wandering Mind) is fascinating and worth a watch.

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Plantar Fasciitis explained plus why you need to be especially watchful of the cows at this time of year

If you’ve ever had a pain in your heel or underneath your foot, chances are it’s plantar fasciitis.  Statistically about one in ten of us are likely to get it and we are most at risk during middle–age.  I’ve had conversations with a number of you recently about this most frustrating of conditions so I asked Susie Burness of Bristol Physio if she could explain what it is, how it comes about, and what treatments are available.  Here’s what she said:

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The less tangible benefits of Nordic walking

From politics to food choices to sport there is one common thread: not everyone likes the same thing.  So whilst I love Nordic walking and can see its many benefits, it is not everyone’s cup of tea.  On paper, Nordic walking looks impressive: engaging 90% of our muscles; burning up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking; challenging both the upper and lower body to give a total body workout; strengthening your postural muscles and firming your core.  But when I’m asked what Nordic walking’s key benefits are I increasingly turn to its less tangible qualities:

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Hot weather walking advice and something for everyone with our June walks

We have our final flurry of long walks coming up before the summer lull.  Two local and two further afield.  All are excellent.  Have a read and see if you fancy any of the following – we’d love you to join us:

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