The journey to good fitness is not always an easy undertaking. Even if you have been extremely active in the past, you know that sometimes life gets in the way and your fitness level dips. If you are you are looking to get back on the bicycle so to speak, keep these tips in mind before starting a new program. [Read more…]
Getting back in shape after the traditional Christmas feeding frenzy has prompted a 90 per cent rise in sales of fitness gadgets at John Lewis in the last few days before Christmas.
Gyms and spas can have hot tubs and jacuzzi facilities for you to use, and although it may seem like a good idea to soak in one of these after working hard in the gym or after going for a quick run if you have your own at home, it probably really isn’t great for your body, no matter how achy your muscles may be.
If you’ve ever been in a hot bath or shower before and felt light headed, this is because your body is trying to cool your body down as the temperature is too hot. You can run the risk of this lightheadedness and fainting if you enter a hot tub after you’ve exercised. Even if you’ve been out exercising in the cold weather, your internal temperature will still be high and so it’s best to stay away as soon as you’ve finished a workout.
The reason for this is because your body has been working hard, your muscles have been overworked and when you stop exercising, your heart and body carry on working to try and get your body temperature back down to being normal again. Think of it as trying to cool down a hot spoon by running it under a hot tap, your heart works overtime on trying to keep your body cool, and you aren’t helping it do that. This can cause chest pains and lightheadedness as your body is carrying on as if you are still exercising.
I’m not telling you to not use your hot tub after you’ve had a workout, many people, including myself, loved to get in to try and relax all the muscles that had been worked out. It’s best for you and your body though if you wait at least half an hour before getting into your hot tub as it has given your body time to start to cool down and your heart to return to a normal rate. Even then, keeping your upper body and chest out of the water will help you from overheating.
Exercising can really dehydrate us, and so does sitting it hot water. So using your tub straight after you’ve exercised again, can cause lightheadedness especially if you haven’t taken enough steps to replace the liquids in your body after your workout. The water raises our temperature and makes us sweat, again making us lose liquid so rehydrating in the cool down before getting into the tub can really help.
The reason why using your hot tub for pain relief of your overworked muscles is because the muscles themselves are warm and are inflamed. If you’ve pulled a muscle or have a sprain, the muscle will be more swollen and although hot temperatures seem like a good idea to soothe them, it instead increases the blood flow to them, meaning that they will continue to swell and become more painful, it’s best to keep cold compresses or have a cool shower to help keep the swelling down.
So although it isn’t a great idea to get into your tub straight away, just waiting a short while for your body to return to normal can really make the difference and make you feel more relaxed without worrying about dizziness.
You don’t have to give up your post-exercise hot tub routine if you’re on a holiday. Hot tub holidays UK are proving to be really popular. If you’re a heavy walker, there are lots of options for a lodge with a hot tub in the countryside, and what better way to soak off a 20-mile walk than a soak in a hot tub. You can find a full guide to hot tub holidays UK here:
Running shoes, skiing gloves, yoga pants, cycling helmets – we spend hours picking out the right sport equipment and outfits, regardless of the type of sport that we practice. The quality is really important, as good-quality clothing and equipment help us avoid injuries and the feeling of discomfort while doing sports. But do we actually give enough importance to the right underwear? How many of us, women, while exercising in all the carefully chosen and expensive clothes, still wear a regular bra for our daily workout? And how many of us think that sport bras for women are not a necessity? [Read more…]
Vaping is increasingly being adopted by people from various parts of the world as it is considered a healthier and safer alternative to traditional cigar smoking. One of the health concerns of cigar smoking is its effects on cardiac health. Studies have proven that the nicotine acquired through smoking causes a constriction of the arteries. This reduces the efficiency of these blood vessels as they are narrow and allow only a small amount of blood through. For sufficient supply of blood therefore, the heart has to work extra hard to push blood through the arteries. This in turn speeds up the heart rate, which as a result has negative impacts on the cardiovascular fitness. This leads us to wonder if the same is true for vaping as vape juices contain nicotine as well. Of course you can go here to read up on more [Read more…]
We are always told that prevention is better than cure. This phrase is common when a doctor or someone else wants us to stop doing certain things to improve our health. Getting a flat belly with a hot body is the dream of every man and women. However, it requires a lot of care and effort to maintain your body shape and fitness. Certain things need to be ignored at all if you want to keep up a great health. Along with this, if you fitness freak, you should pursue your career in fitness where you will not only help others stay fit but the learning will come in handy for your fitness as well. Here are the foods that you should better avoid to get a flat belly with a hot body. [Read more…]