Have you every wondered just where the misinformation comes from in the world of health and well-being? I imagine it would be impossible to estimate the number of diet and exercise myths out there, and often it’s very difficult to know what to believe. As a dietitian this is a challenge I face day by day, and I’m often left wondering whether an article I’ve read is credible enough to be used in my daily practice.
Choice are a non-profit organisation, who have committed themselves to researching on behalf of consumers, in an attempt to present the truth. This seems like quite a task! However, they have some really great articles on a range of different topics, and in particular some interesting articles on the myths surrounding exercise.
You’ve probably heard people say, “Anything is better than nothing,” in terms of the amount of exercise required. While this is true, if you’re really serious about achieving better health, a little extra effort may be required.
For Day 5 of my fitness challenge, I decided to break the recent routine of workouts, by taking a brisk walk. Walking is, without a doubt, my favourite form of exercise, as no equipment is needed, and it gives us a break from being indoors to benefit from the lovely sunshine, and fresh air!
What are some of the health benefits gained from regular walking?
Helps to control blood pressure and/or blood sugars
It’s now Day 4 of the fitness challenge, and today’s routine was the Ballet Strength Workout. This is an easy to follow routine, combining modified ballet exercises, and Pilates, which will help to strengthen and tone the whole body.
The routine contains a lot of stretching, and graceful movements – you’re probably imagining tutus and ballet shoes, but I promise it’s nothing like that – whilst it may not be for everyone, you may be surprised by how enjoyable it is!
Yesterday we discussed Tips on Pre-Workout Eating, so today I wanted to give you a few practical examples of the type of snacks you can eat prior to your workout.
Quick pointers to remember…
Foods high in carbohydrate, and low fat will be more easily digested, but fatty meals, or snacks, take longer to empty from the stomach, so are best avoided prior to working out.
Your meal should also contain a moderate amount of protein to satisfy hunger. Click to read more…
It’s Day 3 of my fitness challenge, and I feel this workout is one of the best yet. It’s quite tough, but complete in 11 minutes – which is the best part!
Day 3′s workout was Total Body Band. This routine is a little different to the others, with the use of a resistance band, which means it’s an easy workout to do any time, or place. It would be a great routine to do while on holiday, as the band is lightweight for packing in your suitcase.
How did I feel? I worked hard in this one, and could really notice it in my arms. I particularly liked the jumps either side of the band; it’s difficult to keep going, but fabulous cardio exercise!