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”

The importance of 5 a day (No, not pints!)

Now despite a lovely, relatively new member providing us with some rather delicious lemon drizzle cake recently, we can’t count that either. But thank you on behalf of the UR team for the delicacy.

So how are we all with our 5 A Day as part of a healthy balanced diet? I, just as much as you all do my best, but, despite what I do for a living, I’m only human and yes, guilty of slipping and not sticking to it as much as I should. However, I often snack on carrots and tomatoes as I pass the fridge. Continue reading “The importance of 5 a day (No, not pints!)”

Cholesterol Awareness Month

As October is National Cholesterol Awareness month I thought I’d write a blog explaining what cholesterol is and the importance of knowing what your level is.

So lets get started…….

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance in our blood, which is produced naturally in the liver. Everyone has cholesterol. We need it to stay healthy because every cell in our body uses it. Some of this cholesterol comes from the food that we eat.

There are two main types of cholesterol – one is ‘good’ and the other is ‘bad’. Having too much ‘bad’ cholesterol can cause problems. It can clog up the arteries carrying blood around your body. This can cause heart and circulatory diseases like a heart attack or stroke.

Cholesterol is carried around the body through our bloodstream by proteins (the building blocks of our cells). When cholesterol and proteins are combined, they are called lipoproteins.  Continue reading “Cholesterol Awareness Month”

#UR31DayChallenge

Following the success of our first 31 day nutrition challenge and an amazing upgrade to the system, we will be running another challenge during the month of October.

The UR Nutrition System is a great online tool which allows you to easily plan and monitor what you are eating via a simple points system. It allows you to create weekly meal plans which can then be converted into a shopping list making it easier and saving you time when it comes to doing the food shopping.  All of the recipes are easy to prepare, are nutritionally balanced and are super tasty. Continue reading “#UR31DayChallenge”

Diabetes – Prevention, As There Is No Cure!

Today’s blog has been written by Nikki Fischr – Personal Trainer and Admin Manager here at Unique Results.

Every year in June, Diabetes UK run an awareness week to bring to everyones attention the importance of knowing the risks and symptoms of Diabetes and how to reduce the chance of getting the disease.

From figures published for 2017, 3.7 million people have diabetes in the UK.  Yes you did just read that correctly – 3.7 million!!  There is currently no cure.  Around 90% of people have Type 2 diabetes and around 10% of people have Type 1 diabetes.

More people than ever have diabetes.

More people than ever are at risk of Type 2 diabetes.

If nothing changes, more than 5 million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025. Continue reading “Diabetes – Prevention, As There Is No Cure!”

The Mind Is A Powerful Thing

Today’s blog has been written by Nikki Fischr  – Admin Manager and Personal Trainer here at Unique Results.

My blog is about MINDSET and ties in nicely with our January and February blogs on Goal Setting and Motivation.

So what is MINDSET?

The dictionary definition is – the established set of attitudes held by someone.

There are two main types of mindset – FIXED and GROWTH

Most people have a FIXED mindset and these people believe they are or aren’t good at something, based on their inherent nature, because it’s just who you are.

However, those people in a GROWTH mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions. Continue reading “The Mind Is A Powerful Thing”