Anatomy of building & changing habits

Anatomy of building & changing habits

There are plenty of ways in which we are able to build and change habits, and this certainly applies in a health and fitness context. But before looking at exactly which methods lend themselves to positively altering our behaviour, it is fruitful to examine the science which goes on behind it. What exactly is happening in our body when we change a habit? First, let’s run through three definitions: Central nervous system The central nervous system comprises of the brain…

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Making small changes by setting small goals

Making small changes by setting small goals

Having your goals in mind are great, whether that’s knowing that you want to get fitter or healthier, drop a dress size or go down a notch or two on your belt, or even getting a handle on an existing health condition or injury. However, building and changing your habits in a sustainable manner is a little more complicated than just throwing yourself in at the deep end and hoping for the best. Why? The reason to make small changes…

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How to minimise your risk of heart disease

How to minimise your risk of heart disease

Cardiovascular disease is one of the most common causes of death in the UK, with coronary heart disease (CHD) in particular responsible for 16% of all male deaths and 10% of all female deaths in the country in 2012, according to the British Medical Journal. As lifestyle can play a significant part in the development and progression of the disease, many of these deaths could have been prevented, and there are a number of steps you can take to ensure…

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How to minimise your risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol

How to minimise your risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol

A healthy lifestyle and diet can provide us with so much – vitamins, energy, detoxification, and more. But make the wrong lifestyle and diet choices consistently and we could have some worries on our plate, including high blood pressure and cholesterol. Thankfully, there are a few accepted ways of minimising risk of these health issues, and in this blog we take a look at them. Before we examine some great ways of keeping high blood pressure and cholesterol in check,…

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Wisdom through Cycling

Wisdom through Cycling

Welcome to my Wisdom through Cycling Feed! I like cycling, training, videos, photos & words of wisdom so I thought I’d put them all together and share with you while I’m training for my Alpes adventure. Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoy ______________________________________________________ 9th June 2018 – Hilly Chew Lake Loop Words of wisdom: Building mental and physical endurance; what are you willing endure short-term for a long-term pay off? ______________________________________________________ 6th May 2018 – Hill Reps!! Words of…

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What are lifestyle diseases? And how to overcome them

What are lifestyle diseases? And how to overcome them

Lifestyle diseases are associated with the way a person lives their life. These can include diabetes, heart disease and obesity which are illnesses influenced by dietary choices and social activities, such as smoking and drinking. These diseases are chronic illnesses as they develop over a long period of time, and are caused by choices made consistently during that period. For example, choices that are made in our 20s can have a negative impact on our health, but the extent of…

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4 ways the food industry influences what you eat

4 ways the food industry influences what you eat

Diet is the key foundation of any fitness regime, but with so many fast and processed foods available today, it’s all too easy to get drawn into eating the wrong things. The food industry itself is, of course, out to sell you its products, including those which we deem to be unhealthy. With that in mind, let’s look at four ways the food industry gets you to eat more of the things you shouldn’t. Unhealthy food industry tactics The four…

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What’s the no.1 diet on the planet? Part 2

What’s the no.1 diet on the planet? Part 2

Previously, we have looked at the views of Marion Nestle to summarise updated thoughts on what is actually the healthiest diet available. Together with Christopher’s own extensive research into optimal dietary plans, it is fair to surmise that plant-based diets are actually the healthiest diets around. This is due to them being extremely natural and most importantly that they have been the staple diet for much of the human population for thousands of years, without a need for excessive animal…

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5 best plant foods for protein

5 best plant foods for protein

If you’re struggling with aches and pains, it’s crucial to get enough protein to help with recovery. Plant-based foods often get a bad rap for protein – but they shouldn’t! Here we explore why: How much protein do you need? There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about how much protein you need: no one’s expecting you to eat steak three times a day, and your arteries won’t thank you for it! But by choosing high-quality, low-fat plant foods, you…

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