Tag Archives: Exercise

Building muscle: slowing down the tempo of your workout won’t help you get stronger faster – but it may still have benefits

Advocates of the weightlifting technique claim moving slower makes muscles work harder. Twinsterphoto/ Shutterstock Jack McNamara, University of East London Everyone wants to get fit, but many of us lack the time or patience required to get results – especially if our goal is to build a more muscular physique. While there’s plenty of advice online telling people about the …

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You can’t outrun your fork. But that doesn’t mean exercise can’t help you lose weight or change your diet.

You can’t exercise away a poor diet. (Shutterstock) Cassandra J. Lowe, Western University Every January, millions of individuals make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or eat healthier, if not both. To achieve this goal, many individuals will begin strenuous exercise programs that incorporate too much exercise too soon, leading to fitness burnout or injury. Overtraining can actually prevent you …

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Children exercised less during lockdown – here’s how to get them moving again

ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock Alison Owen, Staffordshire University Lockdowns during the pandemic aimed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and related deaths. However, these lockdowns also affected how active people were. Children became significantly more sedentary. There is a risk that short term changes in children’s physical activity in reaction to COVID-19 may end up extending beyond the duration of the pandemic. …

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Weightlifting: how beginners can get started this new year

Weightlifting isn’t as intimidating as it might look. PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/ Shutterstock Athalie Redwood-Brown, Nottingham Trent University and Angus Hunter, Nottingham Trent University Weightlifting has become increasingly popular with people looking to get in shape. Not only can it be a great way to lose weight, it can also build strength and prevent muscle loss as we age. But knowing …

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Overtraining probably isn’t behind your weight loss plateau – here’s why

Some people claim that stress from overtraining is the reason people struggle to lose weight. InesBazdar/ Shutterstock John Hough, Nottingham Trent University When it comes to improving our physical fitness, the time you don’t spend exercising (often known as “recovery”) is as important as the exercise and training you do. Not only is recovery important for anyone who wants to …

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Back pain: why exercise can provide relief – and how to do it safely

Our spines are designed to move. Stock-Asso/ Shutterstock Suzanne McDonough, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences; Joanne Marley, Ulster University, and Michael Thacker, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences After many months in lockdown, a lot of us are finding that we’re experiencing back pain that we hadn’t been bothered by before. There could be many reasons for …

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How quickly do we become unfit?

Becoming ‘unfit’ happens a lot faster than it takes us to get ‘fit’. New Africa/ Shutterstock Dan Gordon, Anglia Ruskin University and Justin Roberts, Anglia Ruskin University Getting in shape isn’t easy. But after all that hard work, how long do we actually maintain it? Turns out that even the great effort we put into training, taking a bit of …

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