Fuelling your heart: the engine keeping your body alive

The essence of life, our most essential organ, indeed, the engine that keeps our bodies alive, is the heart.

Albeit relatively small, the heart pumps a staggering estimate of 23,000 litres of blood around your body. This pumping of blood is essential in delivering oxygen and nutrients to every organ and part of the body while, at the same time, removing unwanted carbon dioxide and other toxins.

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Promoting health and fitness at the office

Have you ever found yourself sitting at the office, glancing over to your colleague as she happily eats her healthy bowl of salad or raw veggies for lunch while you sink your teeth into your white-bread-chicken-mayo-sandwich?

The guilt sweeps over you as you feel every single carb pile up on your hips. She simply lifts another chickpea to her mouth and you feel like you can see her tricep pop through her sleeve. Not a great feeling.

So, will you ditch the bread tomorrow, go for a run and try a salad?

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A holistic view of your heart

The heart is a complicated thing for more than one reason and having a holistic overview of the heart can be beneficial on many levels – especially if you’re on a mission to get fit and healthy.

On this fitness journey, it’s important to realise that it’s possible to harm yourself if you’re not educated on, or aware of, the needs and limits of your heart.

We look at three aspects when considering an overview of heart health and what you should pay attention to, and what to avoid.

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Smoke signals: your body’s fight against first and secondhand smoke

We all have bad habits. Some people bite their nails, others drink 10 cups of coffee a day, and some can’t put down their cellphones. When a habit becomes an addiction, however, it enters a new, very destructive orbit. While nibbling one’s nails isn’t such a big deal, consuming excessive amounts of caffeine is straight-up unhealthy. Fortunately, neither of these is harmful to anyone other than the person with the habit.

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The health professional-client harmony: Why your welfare depends on each other

As a health professional, you have an important role to fulfil in society. Your expertise and skills are much needed. However, the relationship you have with your clients is one of symbiosis. These two parties are interdependent for wellbeing and growth.

As an expert in the field of health and fitness, your mission is to satisfy the needs of your clients to your best ability while nurturing positive connections with them for your own benefit as well.

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How to balance workloads with workouts

Like everybody in modern civilisation, you are a busy person – right? There is work, traffic, household tasks, family and social responsibilities and endless other engagements. Understandably, sticking to a fitness regime is hard.

Moreover, for many of us, being “on the go” really means not going at all, but rather sitting still – in meetings; in front of a computer; in your car. Consequently, the busier our schedules get, the idler our bodies become, leaving us unhealthy and unhappy.

Unfortunately, the knowledge of this flaw in our culture does not change the fact that our lifestyles are subjected to it and we need to do what we can to stay fit in spite of it.

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The Diet Debate: Can you eat you way out of abdominal discomfort

All of us have suffered from a stomach sickness of some sort. Whether it is the more embarrassing gassy kind, bloating, heartburn, stomach cramps or even severe pain – everybody experiences abdominal discomfort from time to time. Our diet is directly related to our digestive health and consequently to our overall wellbeing, because let’s face it – cramps and crankiness go hand in hand and nobody with flatulence dares to be too friendly! If you are regularly experiencing tummy troubles, you might want to consider some dietary adjustments.

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Five fatal flaws that lead to new year’s fitness goal failure

We all know the story: Clouded by guilt and discomfort brought on by holiday bingeing and laziness (mixed with an ample amount of new year optimism) you set fitness goals for yourself come January the second. You aim high (or very low if you measure health and fitness in terms of kilograms). Then comes February. The end. Fast forward to next January…. Aaaand repeat!

So, why do new year’s fitness resolutions almost always fail? Yes, the colleague who brings muffins for the office every day and the general business of life are great scapegoats. Yet, the problem is mainly that we set ourselves up for failure by the way we make resolutions.

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