Why some people who “go to the gym” fail to lose weight

Why some people who “go to the gym” fail to lose weight

With nearly two thirds of the UK population classed as overweight or worse, a very common goal in the gym is to “lose weight”.  This is a fantastic goal for people to have, but so often, these people who go to the gym to lose weight and burn calories struggle or fail to actually change the scales… so what is going wrong? Here is one common reason…

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How to build up to doing a full pressup

How to build up to doing a full pressup

Pressups are an amazing exercise. They work your core, your upper body and they can be done pretty much anywhere. But for beginners, they can be hard work. And what is worse, often, when I’ve talked to people about doing them, they respond with something like:

“Oh no, I can’t do them! I’m not going to do them…”

And I think that is a major reason why many people find pressups hard…because they talk themselves out of doing them before they have even tried.

So while you are bored, why not try this simple pressup progression. Follow these progressively harder steps until you can do a full pressup on the floor.

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Sleeping Well?

How Can Feeling Tired Impact Your Health?

Welcome to the final article in our sleep trilogy. (Read What is Sleep All About? and How Can Feeling Tired Impact Your Health? for the full series). 

So far we have explored why we need to sleep and the implications if our sleep is disrupted or reduced in quality. This last chapter looks at some of the reasons you may not be sleeping well and offers some things to think about to develop sleep habits that encourage better quality sleep.

Poor sleep does have potentially serious health implications, so if you are persistently not sleeping well seeking professional help is advisable. See the NHS advice at the end of this article.

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How Can Feeling Tired Impact Your Health?

How Can Feeling Tired Impact Your Health?

There is nothing quite like naturally waking in the morning after a good night’s sleep, feeling fully refreshed and excited for the day to start. I love those mornings. 

Personally, a good night’s sleep is an 8 hour or more scenario. Any less has a definite impact on how I feel the next day; my mood, my ability to cope with the daily challenges, no matter how insignificant and my concentration. Most of us can relate to feeling tired and the tendency to feel less ‘with it’ but did you know that research shows people who consistently get better quality sleep live longer? 

So valuing your sleep and aiming for consistent, good quality sleep seems sensible for us all.

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What is Sleep all About?

What is Sleep all About?

Sleep. Something we all do and are all familiar with. Whether we are an 8 hour a night person or refreshed with less, we all need it. It is essential to our survival. 

Scientists think that pretty much every land dwelling mammal experiences sleep. Even dolphins sleep – although with half their brain at a time, which is a rather clever way of them staying alert enough to avoid predators and stay afloat to breathe. 

Scientific studies mean we now know a bit more about sleep and why it is important, although there is still a lot that we do not know. Why we need daily sleep is still not certain for example.

So what is sleep all about and why do we need it? Let’s start with a little bit of science…

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