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Exercise Changes The Brain To Be More Resilient To Stress

Exercise Changes The Brain To Be More Resilient To Stress

The researchers found that mice allowed to ‘exercise’ responded differently to stress.  When exposed to a stressor their brains showed a rise in the action of neurons that stifle excitability in the region of the brain responsible for regulating anxiety. Running produced a large increase in the number of new neurons in the hippocampus — a brain region shown to regulate anxiety — of a mouse that ran for six weeks (left). The brown cells are new neurons, which are m...

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By Ian Duncan

Exercise Improves Memory for those at Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Exercise Improves Memory for those at Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

It is the first study of its kind to demonstrate that older adults who have MCI can benefit from exercise intervention, improving brain function as well as memory recall. A certain amount of memory loss is normal as we grow older. However,  significant memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), can be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. “No study has shown that a drug can do what we showed is possible with exercise,” said the study’s lead a...

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By Ian Duncan

How To Become A Gym Instructor

How To Become A Gym Instructor

Don't be fooled into thinking that it's an easy choice however - becoming a gym instructor takes hard work and dedication.  Those who are determined will also need to invest in courses that will give them the knowledge and experience that they need to be able to help others. Obtaining qualifications Formal qualifications are an essential part of becoming a gym instructor.  To be able to work as a gym instructor in the UK it is important to obtain the following: ...

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By Ian Duncan

Should You Consider a Personal Trainer for Your Ski Holiday?

Should You Consider a Personal Trainer for Your Ski Holiday?

Believe it or not that's how many families, couples and individuals feel after every ski holiday they go on. Apart from the après-ski, one day after another of skiing and people very quickly succumb to weariness if they are not fit and ready for about 3 or 4 workouts each day! Step 1 - Do I Really Need to Bother? Let's look at this practically and sensibly. There's absolutely no requirement for you to get a trainer or even embark on any fitness program for your ski ...

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By Ian Duncan

New Knee ligament discovered- What does it mean?

New Knee ligament discovered- What does it mean?

Knee collapses following surgery may be a thing of the past thanks to new research that has identified a previously unknown ligament in the knee – the anterolateral ligament (ALL).                          The discovery brings hope to thousands of sportsmen and women forced to retire early due to knee injury as well as the many thousands in the UK who suffer from knee osteoarthritis...

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By Ian Duncan

How Can Physiotherapy Help Low Back Pain During Pregnancy?

How Can Physiotherapy Help Low Back Pain During Pregnancy?

It doesn’t always have to be that way, and there are steps you can take to both prevent and reduce back pain. Why is back pain so common during pregnancy? When you are pregnant your body is flooded with hormones, including ‘relaxin,’ which makes your ligaments softer and more stretchy, in preparation for childbirth.  In addition to this your body is becoming heavier and your centre of gravity shifts as your belly expands. Combined together this can put an extra ...

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By Ian Duncan

Body Sculpting for Women – 12 Common Myths Debunked

Body Sculpting for Women – 12 Common Myths Debunked

Myth 1 Weight training makes you bulky Due to the fact that women do not produce as much testosterone (the hormone responsible for increasing muscle size) as males do, it is extremely difficult for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass. The image that may come to mind is of professional female body-builders. Many of those women unfortunately use anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) along with other drugs in order to achieve that high degree of muscularity. In addition, mos...

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By Ian Duncan

Why Bother with Winter Training?

Why Bother with Winter Training?

Plan Your Winter Running Training It is often the most difficult time to train, as well as the training being quite difficult. From the weather conditions and short nights, through to the cold and damp, nothing will help you with motivation apart from a training partner, a PT and of course your own self motivation. Why is Winter Training Needed? There's a few reasons really. Not only the obvious need to keep yourself in tip top shape, but also training across the winter will help yo...

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By Ian Duncan

The Glycemic Index and Maximising Sports Performance

The Glycemic Index and Maximising Sports Performance

What is the Glycemic Index (GI)? The glycemic index is a scale used to classify foods containing carbohydrate including breads, pasta, rice, cereals, dairy products and drinks. Each food or drink is given a score from 1-100 depending on the rate at which the food is broken down by the body, and the resulting impact it has on blood glucose levels. The ranking of GI foods is as follows: Low GI foods – 55 and under Medium GI foods – 56-69 High GI foods &n...

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By Ian Duncan

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