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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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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Looking at Light: digital screens and the health of our eyes

Every year the number of people using a digital screen grows. In 2012 over 2 billion people were spending their day in front of a screen compared to only 3 million in 1990. This year the number of children using digital devices for a few hours a day will climb close to 80 million. Gradually we are becoming dependent on gadgets with screens – screens that emit light and into which we stare like mesmerised rabbits.

But we forget the two most important elements required for these screens to work at all – and these are our eyes. Computer screens have come a long way since the 1990s – and modern display screens are geared to affect our eyes as little as possible. However, that does not mean that if you spend all day glued to your computer screen, you are not going to suffer some unpleasant effects.

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Dreaming of Sleep: touch base where good health begins

You know how it is. It’s 3am and you haven’t had a wink of sleep. Then, when you finally fall asleep around 4.30am the alarm goes off seemingly within seconds, and you wake feeling as though you have experienced a short coma. The room tilts when you get up, the bathroom seems to be in a different place, and one eye has trouble in looking in the same direction as the other.

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