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, after taking a break from working out, how do we return to our training schedule and regain fitness after an indulgent fortnight?

  • Green Tea for Athletes - What are the Benefits?

    Green Tea Benefits

    In the present day, a new 'wonder' product, ingredient or supplement seems to crop up every week, promising exceptional health and performance benefits. This can be bewildering for many, exciting for some, or - for the cynical amongst us - will fall on closed ears. In this article, we will highlight some of the benefits of drinking green tea, particularly for athletes.

  • 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.

  • Yoga for Athletes: Extended Triangle Pose

    Extended Triangle 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 effective 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.

  • 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, the health benefits of sauna are extensive and accessible. In this article we take a detailed look at the specific benefits of using a sauna after exercise.

  • The Importance of Magnesium For Muscle Recovery

    Magnesium For Muscle Recovery

    Replenishing electrolytes after strenuous exercise is crucial, and magnesium has a particular role in muscular health and recovery. Researchers studying marathon runners found magnesium to be the most highly depleted electrolyte in athletes, followed by potassium. We look at the health benefits of magnesium for sore muscles and how to make sure you are getting enough of it in your diet and from any supplements.

  • 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. Read more about how having a Thai massage benefits you and your health.

  • Are You Endomorph, Ectomorph or Mesomorph?

    Body Types

    Broadly speaking, we have a genetic physical predisposition to a certain physic, fat to muscle ratio and stature, all of which require different training and nutritional demands. The three different body types are ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. But what exactly do these terms mean? And how does it effect athletic performance and training goals?

  • 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 kids 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. When going through the menopause, exercise has been found to be an effective tool in combatting many of the challenges these changes pose. Menopausal changes include 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, learning how to make a homemade protein shake 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. Good warm-up exercises will increase the temperature of muscles which work better at a temperature of 40 degrees. Cooling down after exercise is important to help muscles recover and avoid injury.

  • Does your sports bra fit?

    sports bra

    A good, comfortable sports bra is a vital piece of a ladies sports kit. Not wearing one 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%! So how should a sports bra fit and how do you find the perfect one?

  • Five Benefits Of Cold Weather Training

    Cold Weather Training

    As winter creeps up, the prospect of running in cold weather is sometimes far less appealing than staying inside with home comforts. However exercising in cold weather provides an additional array of health and athletic benefits, enhancing the multitude of benefits that sport provides.

  • 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 effective 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. This Warrior pose benefits the upper and lower body and is simple to perform.

  • 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

    There are many reasons why sleep is important, as it improves overall health and wellbeing and enables individuals to perform. It helps our brain to function and affects many different systems within our body from our emotional state to our physical state. 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 around 7 hours a day.

  • Signs Of Depression In Athletes

    Signs of depression in athletes

    Mental health issues within all sports 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. 1 in 4 people in the U.K can be affected by mental health issues such as depression or anxiety so educating athletes and coaches about its effects is vital. 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.

  • Are you drinking enough?

    sports drink

    No, not alcohol! Water. Dehydration can have a detrimental effect on performance so regularly drinking water is essential. Staying hydrated enables people to perform at their best by aiding concentration and reducing fatigue, and so can minimise injury risk. The amount you need to drink is individual and will depend on your sweat rates, the activity, length of time of activity and the weather.