Health & Wellbeing

  • Returning to Fitness After a Break

    Return to Fitness

    In spite of our best intentions, a vacation often sees us stray from the fitness and training regime we follow at home. Relaxing on the beach, savouring indulgent dinners and drinks and enjoying the local nightlife are the pleasures that make a break so joyful. However, how do we return to our training schedule and regain fitness after an indulgent fortnight?

  • 8 Things That Increase The Risk of Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar Fasciitis

    As every athlete knows, avoiding injury is as important to long-term athletic success as training and performance. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and a frustrating interruption to training regimes and athletic performance.

  • Six Athletes Who achieved Astonishing Victory After Injury

    Victory After Injury

    Recovering from injury can be a frustrating process, particularly for those who are used to an active lifestyle. These sports stars went beyond the realms of recovery to achieve high and win big. So if you're currently feeling frustrated by injury, use these stories for inspiration and a reminder that from recovery can come victory. Here are six athletes who defied the odds of injury to achieve astonishing acts of sporting success.

  • 5 Benefits of a Sauna After Exercise

    Sauna Benefits

    The remedial effects of saunas have made them a common feature in many gyms and sporting facilities. A mainstay of Scandinavian well-being culture, saunas offer a plethora of easily accessible health advantages. In this article we take a detailed look at the specific benefits offered by using a sauna after exercise.

  • Six Benefits of Thai Massage

    Thai Massage Benefits

    Practiced for centuries by Thai monks, and forming a central component of Thai medicine, Thai massage is believed to have originated over 2,500 years ago in India. Originally developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, the physician to Siddhartha Gautama - the Buddha - more than 2,500 years ago in India. The technique made its way to Thailand, where the original Ayurvedic techniques became combined with principles from traditional Chinese medicine.

  • Causes of Back Pain in Children

    Back Pain in Children

    Back pain in children can stem from fairly innocuous, non-specific causes - such as growing pains, an insufficient backpack, poor posture, or even playing video games for prolonged periods. However outside of these causes, and any other easily determinable cause, such as a minor sporting injury, back pain in children can indicate underlying issues that require medical attention.

  • The Importance of Weight Training After The Menopause

    Weight Training After Menopause

    The reduction of hormone levels with age has many effects on women's health and wellbeing. Exercise has been found to be an effective tool in combating many of the challenges these changes pose, including mood fluctuations, a slower metabolism, and guarding against the risk of certain injuries and conditions that increase with age.

  • Cost-effective Alternatives to Protein Shakes

    Protein Shakes

    Whether used to fuel training or as a recovery aid, protein shakes are becoming an increasingly prevalent source of nutrition for athletes. Due to the highly individual nature of each person's training requirements, making your own protein shakes can be an excellent and cost-effective way to attain bespoke nutritional benefits.

  • Warm Up & Cool Down - Why?

    Warm Up & Cool Down

    It is important to warm up prior to exercise and cool down after. The main two reasons for this are to improve performance and to decrease the risk of injury. A good warm-up will increase the temperature of muscles which work better at a temperature of 40 degrees.

  • Does your sports bra fit?

    sports bra

    A good sports bra is a vital piece of a ladies sports kit. Not wearing a sports bra can lead to irreversible damage to the breasts. Research from Shock Absorber and the University of Portsmouth has demonstrated that wearing a sports bra reduces breast movement (bouncing) by a massive 74%!

  • Yoga for Athletes: Warrior One Pose

    Warrior One Pose

    The extensive benefits of yoga are well publicised in modern media, and it has become a firm mainstay of Western culture. However for those who have never practiced yoga before, highly effectively poses that are particularly beneficial to the needs of athletes are easily accessible, and can make an effective addition to a post-training muscle-recovery protocol.

  • How to Avoid Ingrown Toenail

    Avoid Ingrown Toenail

    Ingrown toenail or onychocryptosis is when the toenail grows into the nail fold. These can be extremely painful and can develop redness and an infection. It can stop people playing sport and can mean a visit to the podiatrist. To prevent the problem there are several measures that can be taken:

  • How important is sleep?

    Sleep and sports training

    Sleep is important for humans to be able to perform but more importantly for overall health and wellbeing. Sleep in children or adolescence helps in their development and growth. It helps in the ability of our brain to function and affects many different systems within our body from our emotional state is to what our physical state is. The amount of sleep we require depends on what stage of life we are at with a newborn requiring approximately 16 hours a day and an adult requiring 7 hours a day.

  • Signs Of Depression In Athletes

    Signs of depression in athletes

    Mental Health issues within the sport are important to address. Like a person's physical attributes mental health alters throughout life. Recognising a mental illness such as depression in athletes is of utmost importance and 1 in 4 people in the U.K can be affected by mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Athletes are no different to anyone else and the pressure of media, peers, success, competing, training and winning can all contribute to a depressive state.

  • Home Remedies for Athletes Foot

    Athletes foot home remedies

    Athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis) is a fungal infection. It can itch, burn, sting and can have a redness look around the feet. It is a common issue and is contagious in swimming pools, locker rooms and in some health clubs or changing room’s, so footwear is advised. Contact with wet floors, shoes, and socks can spread the infection.

  • 5 Top Tips to Avoid Getting the Flu

    Avoiding the Flu

    People often ask, what’s the difference between the common cold and the flu? How can I avoid getting ill before an important competition or exam like everyone around me? Is it as simple as not going outside in the cold with wet hair? Here we give our top tips for avoiding the flu.