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Exercise for a Healthy Pension

Exercise for a Healthy Pension

It’s never too late to start exercising….that’s a fact! Taking up exercise in your 60’s can still help to prevent major illnesses. These are the findings of a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which followed 3,500 healthy people at the age of retirement. The eight year study found that those who exercised three times were more likely to remain...

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Basic Rules of Strength Training (Part 2)

Rule 3: Develop Core Strength. The arms and legs are only as strong as the trunk. A poorly developed trunk is a week support for hard-working limbs. Strength training programs should first strengthen the core muscle before focusing on the arms and legs “Core muscles act as shock absorbers during jumps, rebounds, or plyometrics exercises; stabilise the body;...

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Basic Rules of Strength Training (Part 1)

Basic Rules of Strength Training (Part 1)

Rule 1: Develop Joint Flexibility Most strength training exercises use the full range of motion of major joints, especially the knees, ankles, and hips. Good joint flexibility prevents strain and pain around the knees, elbows, and other joints. The way to develop joint flexibility is to ensure that adequate stretching exercises are performed on training days Rule 2:...

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Robert Johnston – Exercises for Pregnancy

Robert Johnston – Exercises for Pregnancy

We’d like to introduce to you, our resident expert on physical exercise and training. Robert Johnston. The following is a transcript for a Q & A session that we recently did: (H3 = Healthy3, RJ = Robert Johnston) (H3) How did you get involved in personal training? (RJ) Coming from New Zealand I have always been interested in sports as a child, but...

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Is Exercise Better than Drugs?

New research has suggested that exercise may be as effective as drugs at treating conditions such as heart disease and strokes. This latest research questions whether doctors may be unnecessarily prescribing drugs, when dietary and exercise advice may be more appropriate. So is exercise better than drugs?, maybe doctors should be prescribing a regular walk or jog?...

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Kids Wing Chun Academy

Kids Wing Chun Academy is a school that is based on teaching children of all ages discipline, good behaviour, respect as well as instilling self confidence and the skills of self defence. We recently had the oportunity to interview Sifu Jude Hudson.       1) How did you first get involved in Wing Chun (Martial Arts)? Brief History My brother told me...

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A Workout a Day Helps Keep the Doctor Away

A study has found that regular weight training and cardio exercises can help prevent illnesses in older age. So can working out really keep the doctor away? Many of the previous studies have been conducted on younger people, but this one followed 86 women, between the age of 70 and 80. The women all had mild cognitive impairment, which is a risk factor for dementia...

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TRX Suspension Training

What is TRX suspension training? It allows for the explosive movement of plyometrics without the same stress upon landing. By adjusting the body position, the level of difficulty of a particular exercise changes as well. Making it appropriate for people at all fitness levels. TRX Core training is performed on the TRX Suspension trainer using your own bodyweight...

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Benefits Of TRX Training

Unlike most machine exercises, many TRX exercises are three dimensional. Most gym machines are in the sagittal plane, which means you only move forward and back (bicep curl machine, a leg extension machine, a treadmill). But what are the benefits of TRX training? In real life, your body moves in all three planes: forward and back, side to side (frontal plane), and...

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Why it can be dangerous to do twisting sit ups

Many people (Kevin W) do twisting sit-ups to target both the rectus abdominus (abs) and the obliques at the same time. Killing two birds with one stone? Makes perfect sense, but there’s a problem. It can be very dangerous to do twisting sit ups When you do a sit-up – or a full crunch where your lower back doesn’t stay flat on the ground – your lumbar...

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Swiss Ball Exercises – Wall Lunge

Swiss Ball Exercises – Split Squat (Swiss Ball wall Lunge) Using Swiss ball exercises to perform a split squat adds dimension to a regular squat workout. Using a Swiss ball requires all the body’s muscles work together to maintain stability. The Swiss ball helps improve posture as your body continually adjusts to remain on the ball. This adds difficulty to...

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Why do I feel nauseous after exercise?

Why do I feel nauseous after exercise?

What’s important isn’t to hammer your body into absolute physical submission, but to “train” it; to encourage it to adapt to higher and heavier loads, progressively. Push your body too hard, and blood gets directed away from your stomach to exercising muscles in order to meet the increased oxygen demand, As tough as high intensity training...

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