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Is Technology stressing you out? Take back control and get the right balance

Is Technology stressing you out? Take back control and get the right balance

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  The link between technology and stress is becoming more prevalent: at work, at home, in our daily routines, during social interactions. 'Technostress' is 'Real' and the conditions and symptoms are now widely recognised among health professionals and IT experts. New technology has had a huge impact on business and job roles. It has influenced where we work, what we do, how we communicate and when we work. There is no doubt that it has been positive for business in many ways, however that can come at a cost to our health if not managed in the right way. The increased use of new technology and multiple communication channels has lead to people experiencing ‘overload’ as they work longer hours and engage with new devices. People feel an ‘invasion’ of personal time…
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Go Plastic Free, Get Healthier! Just Take These Simple Steps!

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Plastic has become one of the most harmful materials to our environment, but its only now that people are starting to realise the impact that it is having on the planet and become more aware of what contribution they are personally making to this problem. From polluting oceans and harming wildlife, to filling up landfills for decades without decomposing, plastic is having devastating short term and long-term effects. But did you know – Going Plastic Free can actually be far HEALTHIER for you and you could SAVE MONEY too! Going Plastic Free will not only help the environment and reduce landfill, but it can be another way of making sure that you are eating fresh and healthy and will reduce your consumption of packaged or processed foods. I have always been environmentally conscious and try…
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Health Benefits of Swimming – Get started and stay motivated with the Aspire Channel Swim!

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Health benefits of swimming With the heat wave continuing for another week, the thought of getting into a nice cool swimming pool sounds like heaven! Swimming is perhaps one of the best forms of exercise that you can do in terms of working your whole body with minimal risk of injury. There are a huge number of benefits to getting in a pool regularly, which is why it is so good to include in your fitness routine. So why is it such a great form of exercise and how do you get started and keep motivated? 1. It Will Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness Swimming regularly will simply make you fitter, especially if you do it frequently and get your technique nailed. If you have a good technique you will clearly…
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Feeling the HEAT … Tips for keeping you hydrated!

Feeling the HEAT … Tips for keeping you hydrated!

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The HEAT is ON! So keep hydrated! Now that summer is in full swing and the heat wave is set to continue through the UK this week, it is even more important to keep your fluid levels up! Water makes up between 50-70% of our body weight. Proper hydration is vital for your body’s performance, as well as your daily heath. Your skin looks better, you have more energy and generally feel better. Every cell and tissue of your body requires water to run at peak efficiency. For an athlete or fitness fanatic, this is especially important. The benefits of water Digestion - Water helps digestion by: Helping to carry nutrients in the blood Helps the kidneys to function Enables your body to remove waste It also supports other functions like:…
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Strength Training – why you should include it in your weekly workout!

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Whatever your sport or fitness goals, Strength Training should be a key part of your exercise routine to help you to achieve a healthier, stronger, leaner body. More people are starting to see the positive results of cross training and adding weights or resistance to a workout. Here are just a few of the benefits: ŸPromotes fat loss ŸLowers blood pressure ŸIncreases bone density, helping to prevent fractures or osteoporosis Prevents age-related muscle loss Helps to burn fat Can improve posture ŸIncreases metabolism ŸImproves sporting performance Our lean muscle mass gradually reduces as we age, so it’s important that we work our muscles with weight bearing or resistance exercises regularly. What are the Options? Strength training doesn’t just have to be done in the gym or involve bench-pressing a huge…
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Spring Clean your Health

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Finally spring has arrived (sort of!) Now that April is upon us, we have gained another hour of daylight, we are fresh from the Easter break and at the beginning of a new financial year. We may not yet have the spring weather that we had all hoped for, so why not make the most of those drizzly days and invest some time in giving your health a spring clean to set you up for a great year ahead? Here are a few tips to get your body and mind in great shape for a healthy and lean 2018! 1. Revamp your workout routine We can all get a little bored with the same routine, especially when it comes to working out. Many of us set goals to get fit in…
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Top tips for Marathon Training!

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Its that time of year again when the majority of people are making New Year resolutions to get fit and healthy after the festive season. For a few thousand of us, we will also be in starting out on our training for a spring marathon. Whether you are running your first marathon or aiming for a personal best – getting to the start line is half the challenge! Here are some top tips to help you on your way…   Get the right trainers I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting the right shoes! You are going to be pounding the pavements for a few miles until April, so having the right shoes to suit your feet and your running style is crucial. Most good sports shops will test your…
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Marathon Training Top Tips!

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Its that time of year again when the majority of people are making New Year resolutions to get fit and healthy after the festive season. For a few thousand of us, we will also be starting out on our training for a spring marathon. Whether you are running your first marathon or aiming for a personal best – getting to the start line is half the challenge! Here are some top tips to help you on your way… 1. Get the right trainers I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting the right shoes! You are going to be pounding the pavements for a few miles until April, so having the right shoes to suit your feet and your running style is crucial. Most good sports shops will test your…
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Top Tips to achieve YOUR Work Life Balance

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If you're finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, you're not alone! Many people are putting in extra hours, with limited time for themselves and using their smartphones to be on call when they're not physically at work. Most of us will spend an average of 40 hours a week at work, around 99,117 hours in our working life - that’s a solid 11 and a half years of solid slog! Interestingly, we also spend ….23,214hrs washing clothes; 6mths queuing; 38,003hrs eating; 26yrs sleeping; 20wks on hold; 136 days women spend getting ready!!! Long working hours and stress from work can have a hugely detrimental effect on physical health, family, relationships, and our emotional or mental wellbeing. Sick…
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The Benefits of Exercise

The Benefits of Exercise

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Many people hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course, get a rockin’ bod, but working out has above-the-neck benefits, too. For the past decade or so, scientists have pondered how exercising can boost brain function. Regardless of age or fitness level (yup, this includes everyone from mall-walkers to marathoners), studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits. Get inspired to exercise by reading up on these unexpected ways that working out can benefit mental health, relationships, and lead to a healthier and happier life overall. 1. Reduce stress. Rough day at the office? Take a walk or head to the gym for a quick workout. One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief.…
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