Unique Results – 12 years on (and what that means for you).

1stAugust 2019 marks 12 years in business for Unique Results (Chelmsford’s longest established independent training studio/gym).

In that time we’ve seen a lot of changes within the health and fitness industry and also within our town (now City) of Chelmsford. The landscape has changed, the population has increased, the choice of places for people to exercise and train has increased substantially and at the same time so (it would seem) has confusion around what is the best way to train, eat and live to lead a healthy, strong, energetic and vibrant life (and even if there is one ‘best’ way?). Continue reading “Unique Results – 12 years on (and what that means for you).”

National Simplicity Day: 12th July

Every month the trainers at UR take it in turns to write a blog.  For inspiration I turned to the internet and started searching for important days in July.  Other than my birthday (LOL) I came across National Simplicity Day which falls on the 12th July.

National Simplicity Day is a holiday in honour of Henry David Thoreau who was born on this day in 1817. He was known for many things, one being an advocate for living a life of simplicity and the need for wildness as a tonic for the spirit.  I would think that living in the 1800’s would be simple but in 1845 Thoreau spent 2 years, 2 months and 2 days in a wooden cabin in a forest on the shores of Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts.  He saw the experience as an experiment in simple living and kept a daily journal which was later published.

It got me thinking about our lives today, in 2019 and how many of us are not living a simple life. Continue reading “National Simplicity Day: 12th July”

Breathe Easy Awareness Week

This blog has been written by Asa Peach, Personal Trainer here at Unique Results Limited.

Breathe Easy awareness week is promoted by the British Lung Foundation and takes place from 17th June to 23rd June this year. The aim of the week is to promote awareness of lung diseases as well as to raise funds for vital research and campaign work the foundation undertakes. The British Lung Foundation concerns itself with respiratory BLF imagehealth problems. The main aim of the foundation is to prevent, treat and cure respiratory diseases. According to statistics provided by the BLF website 10,000 people in the UK are newly diagnosed with a lung disease every week. One in five people have developed asthma, or other Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases. 20,3% of UK deaths are caused by lung diseases according to a poll conducted in 2012. Every five minutes that pass, one person passes away from lung diseases (British Lung Foundation , 2012).

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) are long term illnesses caused by obstruction of the airways (bronchi, alveoli). The two main types of COPD are bronchitis and emphysema. Bronchitis is caused by infection of the airways of which causes inflammation of the bronchi. Emphysema is the inflammation of the alveoli (air sacs within the lungs) of which makes it difficult to expel oxygen within the lungs. Cigarette smoking and air pollution are the main cause of COPD’s due to the chemicals of which are inhaled. Cigarette smoke weakens the lining of the lungs as well as obstructing the alveoli through the intake of tar within the cigarette smoke. According to a recent study conducted by cancer research, 19% of the adult population within the United Kingdom smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is also the main leading cause of cancer within the UK (15%) (Cancer Research UK, 2018). Continue reading “Breathe Easy Awareness Week”

Exercise: Fit For Mental Health

This blog has been written by Aimee Kingsbury, friend and member of Unique Results.

We know that physical exercise can be used to really improve the body’s physical health, but did you know that the impact on mental health could be just as great?

1 in 4 people will suffer a mental health problem at some point in their life. This means that even if it isn’t you, it’s highly likely that you’ll know someone who is. It’s important that people seek the help that they need through professionals such as doctors or therapists – but exercise is something else that you can do to help ease the symptoms for yourself, or for someone else. Continue reading “Exercise: Fit For Mental Health”

Nutrition & Hydration Week

This blog has been written by Nikki Fischr, Personal Trainer and Admin Manager here at Unique Results.

Nutrition and Hydration Week is an annual event which started back in 2012 (11th – 17th March 2019) with a shared objective to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.  For more information check out the following website – https://nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk/Nutrition & Hydration

With the event happening this month I thought it would be a good idea to share some information and useful tips to help you improve your own nutrition and hydration. Continue reading “Nutrition & Hydration Week”

Why ‘WORKING OUT’ isn’t enough when you’re over 40.

This thing that we do (or thing you may be thinking about starting) –  ‘going to the gym or fitness studio’ is given a casual name by many – ‘working out’.

The approximate 87% of the UK population who are not a member of a gym/health club/fitness studio have a view of the type of exercise that goes on in these places as getting hot, sweaty, red faced, tired and sore – maybe that’s what puts them off as it certainly doesn’t sound very appealing.

In November 2018 I attended the Strongfirst SFL course (which is a 3 day Barbell Certification). At one stage over the 3 days the Master Instructor who was leading the Certification (Fabio Zonin) sat down and gave an important talk – some of which is inspiration for this article.IMG_1074

What follows are lessons I have learned from over 20 years in the health and fitness industry working with everyday people (and on myself) In the last decade I have worked overwhelmingly with everyday people over 40. When you’re in your teens & 20s you’re pretty much bullet proof. Life hasn’t taken a toll. You most likely still live with parents, don’t have children to look after or a career or business to dedicate a healthy (or unhealthy) chunk on your life to.

The following 5 Categories of gym session are targeted towards men & women over 40 specifically, although those in their 20s and 30s would do well to get ahead of the curve and adopt some of these practices early. Continue reading “Why ‘WORKING OUT’ isn’t enough when you’re over 40.”

National Breakfast Week

National Breakfast Week is a campaign conducted by The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board. The week takes place on the last week of January and is utilised to raise awareness of the health benefits of consuming breakfast. According to a poll two thirds of Britons do not consume breakfast in the morning.  Consumption of breakfast has been recorded as a positive correlation with academic performance. Some of the most recommended foods to consume during breakfast are eggs, Greek yoghurt and oats. Continue reading “National Breakfast Week”