Functional training is one of the buzzwords of the last few years – but what actually is it and how can it help you? Essentially, functional training is any form of training that enables you to perform a particular function. This could be related to a sport, your job or just movements that we call …..
The core – not a slightly dodgy action movie from the 90’s, but an important part of any workout and something many people neglect. So what actually is ‘the core’? The core refers to ‘deep muscles’ that make up your lower trunk and pelvis. Their role is to provide stability and a centre point for …..
Mindfulness is growing in popularity and recently even members of parliament were raving about the benefits of mindfulness during bath time. It is appearing in school extra-curricular activities and now most work places are actively encouraging it. What exactly is it and where did it come from? The origins of mindfulness lie in ancient meditation …..
There are many types of headaches (over 300 according to the international headache society), and they are not an easy thing to categorise. Traditionally it was believed that headaches were caused by changes in the blood vessels supplying the head but now neurologists are suggesting that stiffness and tension in the upper back and lower …..
What is it? A bursa is a fluid filled sac which usually serves to cushion the joint and assists in shock absorption. Typically people experience “bursitis” when the bursa becomes swollen. The regions most commonly affected are the shoulder, the elbow, the knee, the hip and the heel. Pain can occur in the shoulder when …..
We’ve all noticed the evenings drawing in and given into the urge to turn on the central heating. While exercising outdoors may now be limited to walking to the train station or the gym, we thought we would take the opportunity to outline the benefits of continuing to exercise outdoors! Burn more calories When you’re …..
This week sees the launch of a new air quality campaign, supported by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, to inform Londoners of the current pollution problem facing the city. The campaign includes a series of hard hitting posters on the London Underground with pictures of everyday things and the likely air pollution contaminating them, …..
Obesity is a growing epidemic and in a newspaper report published last week to mark World Obesity Day, it was suggested that the burden of obesity will likely cost trillions worldwide. Smoking and obesity are believed to be two of the main contributors to increased numbers of cancers, heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. Grouped together, these …..
It’s flip flop season and with a change of footwear perhaps you have noticed your calves feeling a bit tighter in the morning. So why is this? When we wear flip flops and less supportive shoes such as ‘pumps’ (staple summer footwear for most women), these shoes have flimsy and practically not existent soles with …..
Last week included the longest day of the year and the hottest summer solstice for decades, with Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park packed with sun bathers (including us). But is all this sun good for us? Well in moderation, yes. Here’s why. Vitamin D is manufactured in the body when our skin is exposed to sunlight, particularly …..