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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Gardening and Fitness – Can gardening really help you get fitter?

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Spending time in the garden

Gardening and fitness are often thought to be connected, but how true is it?

There is one thing we can say for certain, gardening is still hugely popular in the UK.

Whether it is related to the plethora of gardening shows that adorn our televisions, or a need to connect with nature in some ways, who knows?

But according to a poll run by Waitrose, over 30% of us grow our own vegetables. And this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is as popular as ever.

We are a nation of gardeners. So let’s look at the pros and cons of this pastime.

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The benefits of yoga – more than just being flexible

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How yoga has spread

The benefits of yoga have been around for a very long time. Remarkably, yoga dates back at least 5,000 years. It has its origins in Northern India.

It passed through many different stages of development before it reached its modern format.

Introduced to the West as late as the 19th and 20th Century, it gained real prominence when a Yoga school was opened up in Hollywood in the late 1940s.

But why is it so popular today?

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Staying Flexible – Why it is important to maintain flexibility

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How flexible are you?

Staying flexible or improving your flexibility is vital in many ways. But do you know how flexible you are?

It helps to know how big the gap is between where you are now, and where you should be.

It is also important to find how flexible you are in different areas of the body. Of particular significance is mobility in the hamstrings, shoulders and the lower back.

A commonly used way to measure the flexibility of the lower back and hamstrings is the sit and reach test.

The safest version is the back saver sit and reach test.

Most gyms will be able to offer you a flexibility test, but if this is not an option, try this.

Lying on your back with your legs out straight. Lift one leg into the air and see how far you can reach up your leg. It is important to keep your back and head on the floor. It’s best if you’re at least able to touch your shins. In time see if you can work toward being able to touch your toes.

But why bother? Why is flexibility so important?

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Staying flexible

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Spine-health – the backbone of your well-being

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The importance of your spine

Spine-health is central to your sense of vibrant health.

The spine is an amazing thing and serves a number of different functions in the body.

Of course, it is the core of the skeleton, and central to all sorts of movement. A spine that doesn’t move freely will restrict movement, and almost invariably leads to some sort of chronic pain.

In addition, the spine provides stability and support and acts as a useful shock absorber.

But of the utmost importance, is its role in acting as a protective channel for the spinal cord and nerve roots. All the neurological signals (except cranial signals) pass through the channel of the spine, and its health is at the center of a fully functioning neurological system.

So how can you best take care of it?








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