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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Food for thought: Can the right foods make you smarter?

Clever food choices make for clever people. Every bite you take can either boost or bust your brainpower. Here’s how to munch your way to more marbles:

Fish out your faculties

Omega oils are optimal brain food and nothing provides a better bucketful of this superb nutrient than fatty fish. There are many fishes in the sea, but salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines fare especially well at waxing your wit. There truly is something fishy about cognitive health…

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Thinking on Your Feet: Exercise and Mental Health Fitness

We spend a lot of time exercising without realising the full beneficial effect on our brains. Equally, there are those who spend a lot of time doing nothing but keeping the couch warm without realising they could be developing the creeping condition of numbskull.

Bottom line (excuse pun) – it’s not just your body that needs that exercise, your brain needs the action, the movement, the concentration, and the motivated circulation of a healthy vascular system to keep it fresh and functioning in top gear.

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Breathing Your Way to Wellness

Breathing. We don’t often think about it, but we all do it, all the time, simply because we need to survive. There’s a difference between surviving and flourishing though, and the truth is that breathing properly makes a huge difference to our lives.

Before we delve into doing it right, it’s interesting to understand how our lungs actually work.

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