As well as the physical benefits of exercise and regular activity, a fit and healthy lifestyle has also been clinically proven to be one of the most effective ways of improving your mental health. With mental health spanning from stress and anxiety through to intense depression and with an estimated one fifth of UK adults suffering from some kind of mental health issue each year, the question is how can exercise really help?
Exercise A Secret Remedy?
For many who have encountered mental health issues, the thought of getting out and exercising may be daunting, however it has been proven that regular exercise can relieve stress, improve memory, help you sleep better and boost your overall mood.
Building Exercise Into Your Routine?
If like so many of us you have a busy lifestyle and are not currently a fitness enthusiast, but want to reap the benefits of fitness, you will firstly be pleased to know that research also indicatPosted: February 17, 2017|Categories: Lifestyle
Endurance athletes have a lot to think about when it comes to their nutrient intake. Are you getting enough sodium to compensate for the amount you’ll lose through sweat? Enough iron for optimum haemoglobin production? Unless you’re working with a dietitian though, one of the things you’re probably not thinking about is a magnesium supplement.
Magnesium is required by almost every cell in your body in order to function properly and is crucial for energy metabolism. Energy requirements for endurance athletes are higher (as much as 20%!) than for the average person so they run a much bigger risk of becoming deficient in magnesium.
Current NHS guidelines recommend around 300mg of magnesium a day for men and 270mg a day for women, and all of that needs to come from your diet. While you can get a healthy amount of it from magnesium rich foods such as nuts, seeds, and leafy greens, anybody living on a diet high in protein or full of starches and processed foods is
What does the nutrition of a CrossFit Athlete look like?
We asked 3 times Regional Athlete Becky Pykett @beckypykett what her daily nutrition looks like and how she fuels her training:
I usually have breakfast at around 8.30-9.00am, shortly after I wake up.
“My breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so I vary it as I love all things breakfast! I start with 1 large glass of water. I have this as soon as I wake. Sleeping for 9/10 hours a night, I'm usually really thirsty when I wake up! Breakfast normally consists of 35g protein, 45g carbs and 15g fat.
Breakfast Option 1:
3 tablespoons of natural yoghurt
Handful of berries like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. 30g of almonds. A drizzle of honey. Yum!
Breakfast Option 2:
3 pieces of bacon, 1 egg, half a plate of raw spinach, 5-6 cherry tomatoes, jalapeños,