Which exercise is best for me?

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When you want to get fit and healthy it can sometime be difficult to know where to start. It’s important to consider your current health and any existing injuries or weakness that you may have. If you have issues with your knees for example, then running or cycling may put extra strain on these areas.

If you haven’t exercised for a while you will need to start off slowly and gradually build u your fitness level and strength.

Swimming can be an excellent exercise option as the water offers support for all your joints whilst you move reducing your risk of injury. The cool water can also help you to exercise without overheating and getting dehydrated. Just 30 mins of gentle swimming can see you burning up to 500 calories too so it’s a great weight-loss solution.

Another good starter point is walking. It may sound a bit boring but walking, particularly at an incline, is a great all-round toner for your body and super-efficient at burning calories as well as improving your cardiovascular health. Which ever exercise you choose little and often is key. You should aim for 30 minutes bursts of accelerated heart rate at least 3 times per week to keep your heart and body healthy. You may find varying your exercise helps to keep you motivated and setting yourself small achievable goals will keep you on track.

Take care of your heart in a few easy steps

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There are a high number of adults in the UK living with heart or other circulatory conditions however making small changes to our diet and exercise regime can make a big difference to our heart health which can lead to a reduction in the incidence of heart attacks and strokes.

Keeping an eye on your blood pressure is one important way to avoid heart problems. High blood pressure puts extra strain on the heart and blood vessels and should be investigated by a doctor as soon as possible.

Taking regular exercise is good for everyone and is especially important for our heart health. There is no need to take up running or think that you need to hit the gym as walking and swimming are the best forms of exercise for overall health benefits.

Probably the most beneficial thing that someone concerned about their heart can do is to make sure that they eat a healthy diet. A balanced diet with as little processed food as possible and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is ideal with occasional treats to enjoy. A Mediterranean diet with healthy oils and plenty of fresh fish and vegetables is supposed to be the ultimate health heart diet.

Finding the best way for you to relax

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It is important for our mental health and wellbeing to balance out the stresses and strains of life with periods of rest and relaxation. Everyone has their favourite way to relax whether it be to snuggle down on the sofa with a good book or to do some form of exercise but to get the most out of what may be a short time for unwinding it is important to find your own personal relaxation haven.

If you work full time and spend most of your working day sitting at a desk then doing some sort of physical activity may be a good idea. There are lots of sports clubs around that you could join giving you the opportunity to exercise and socialise at the same time. Playing team games such as football, netball and hockey are a great way to get fit and focus on something other than work for a while. Golf is a sport that many people enjoy as it involves being outdoors and walking around the course from hole to hole.

If your job and lifestyle is active for the majority of the time you may want to relax in a different way. A regular visit to a spa is a lovely way to unwind and if coupled with a relaxing treatment is an ideal way to recharge the batteries.

Why it is more important than ever to look after your health

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Coronavirus has been around now for almost 2 years in the UK. This has bought with it a wealth of concerns and worries for many people as it has taken the lives of people in huge numbers. Although they have now got vaccines and boosters plus a possible treatment for Covid, this doesn’t mean you don’t need to still try and look after yourself.

Although there sometimes seems no reasons as to why someone gets really ill and others are ok, being overweight or having previous breathing issues can put you at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from it. Not only are we having to try and protect ourselves from Covid but none of us have built up immunity to any of the colds that are currently going round so it is likely that over this winter we will have lots of times when we catch something that makes us feel unwell.

Eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and taking a good quality vitamin can all help to ensure that you feel in tip top condition. Getting your body ready means it will give you the best possible chance of fighting this awful infection should you contract it.

Preparing yourself for fertility treatments

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Going through any sort of fertility investigations or treatment can not only be physically hard but also very mentally and emotionally draining. Not only do you have to contend with the upset you may be feeling due to struggling with infertility but also the constant appointments, invasive checks and conversations you need to have.

If it comes to a point when you are offered fertility treatment whether the be privately or on the NHS you need to make sure that you feel prepared and ready to take the steps. It may be that you have t have hormone treatments that can really affect your mood. If this is the case then it is vital that you have a good support network around you. You may not feel like you want to talk about it all the time but just having people who are understanding and that can be there should you want to talk is a must.  Many fertility clinics will offer you counselling and this can be really useful. You may get a certain number of sessions free and it is strongly recommended that you take these even if you don’t feel you need them as it is just a chance to talk openly without worrying about what you are saying.