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Common gym clothing Mistakes


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Wearing the right clothing, with the right gear as well as practicing good hygiene, makes a difference between a productive workout session and discomfort or misery.

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Wear Moisture-Wicking Clothing

When you’re working up a sweat at the gym, stay cool and comfortable in moisture-wicking clothes. That is fabrics made of polyester and Lycra blends. They cost more than your regular cotton t-shirt, but will last longer, dry faster and keep you comfortable throughout your workout.  Wear a performance t-shirt that is designed to draw sweat away from your body and to the outer surface.

Wear Proper Fitting Clothing

Workout clothing that is too big is functionally worse to wear to the gym. Clothes that are too loose can be bulky and constrict your movement or can get in the way in different positions. Clothing that is too tight can feel restrictive and binding.  Choose materials, such as a nylon-elastane mix, that gives you freedom during exercise and provides a very comfortable fit without being too tight.

No Cologne/Fragrance in the Gym

Fragrances tend to linger and carry in closed environments, such as the gym. Your perfume-marinated sweat can induce headaches around the gym. Ensure your workout clothes are washed daily.

No flip-flops at the Gym

The footwear you choose for a workout should provide proper support and protection to your feet. Wearing appropriate footwear actually reduces your risk of injury and improves your physical performance. Choose shoes that provide the support you need for the workout of your choice. Make sure they fit you properly.

No Jewelry at the Gym

Get in the habit of taking off your jewelry and storing them in the locker or leaving them at home before a gym session.  Not only is jewelry unnecessary at the gym, it is unsafe. Whether you’re wearing chains, watches, bracelets or ring, you risk injuring yourself and damaging jewelry by banging metal against metal or snagging it on a machine.

Worried about the precautions at the gyms? Hire a personal trainer to make the journey easier.

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Marathon Guide for Beginners


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World Health Day is just around the corner – perfect time to pick up health habits. If you are thinking of signing up to a marathon, or already have, but  never run more than a 100-meter dash, don’t despair, we have you covered

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Make sure to set realistic goals

In excitement for this new adventure, it might be tempting to get out there and start running straight away. But this will only lead to injury and disappointment. Bodies adapt at different rates, and  you’ll find that it can take up to six weeks for your body to feel comfortable with this new exercise. The best way to get, and keep, on track when marathon training is to set yourself small, achievable goals leading up to the run date.

Increase your step

When you set your goals, aim to increase the distance you run each week by 10%. This will help your body adapt to its new training regime, and the demands being placed on it. Every third or fourth week should be your ‘cutting back’ week, which means you can take it a little easier. Again, this will help reduce the chance of injury and also give you time to reassess your next month of training.

Eat right for your run

What you eat is just as important as how you train. Around three to four hours before you run eat a high-carb, low-fiber meal, such as a peanut butter sandwich, or two eggs. If you’re running for more than 60 minutes, top up your energy levels with a high-carb energy snack such as a packet of raisins. And don’t forget about energy-boosting and recovery foods post-workout. Consider Holistic nutrition.

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Jewel is a certified Nutrition & Wellness Specialist

Stretch it out

A sore muscle is guaranteed from all this training, which can put many people off continuing their training program. Avoid this by using a foam roller, which helps to loosen up muscles and improve your range of motion. Schedule in some relaxation time too, in the form of a yoga, stretching or Pilates class to help support your body during this time.

 

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4 Reasons to Start Holistic Nutrition


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Better Weight Management than regular dieting

woman with healthy eating and diet Holistic nutrition allows you to stop dieting and start living. Using an  individualized strategy including diet, supplements and lifestyle changes will ease you into a healthier lifestyle. A lifestyle approach that incorporates each individual’s likes, dislikes and way of life is the best way to take the weight off and keep it off. Sometimes hormone balancing and food allergy solutions are also necessary. 

Stress and Fatigue

Holistic Nutrition helps minimize the effects of busy lifestyles wreak havoc with our bodies. Learning to support your body by feeding it the nutrients necessary for a healthy nervous system, allows you to get the most out of life! food-nutritious-meal

Digestive Troubles

Prescription and over the counter medications only mask medical symptoms, and do not resolve the cause of the problem. Relief can be obtained with the help of some simple holistic changes to the diet and way of eating, along with some very effective food-based supplements aimed at promoting healing of the whole digestive system.

Health Conscious

A good holistic nutritionist would help you weed out the good sources of information from the unreliable. A thorough nutritional and lifestyle assessment is used to pinpoint areas of imbalance, and recommendations for changes in diet, supplements and lifestyle are aimed at achieving balance.

Convinced? Contact us and find out how you can make the switch to holistic nutrition.

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Introduction to Holistic Nutrition


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What is Holistic Nutrition?

Nutritious meal prepping with veggies and fruitsOur bodies are constantly exposed to toxins, whether in the food we eat or the air we breathe. Individuals don’t realize how nutrient-deprived they are or how often the major organs suffer from toxic overload. The symptoms of not feeling optimal are the body’s way of telling us that balance needs to be restored. The holistic approach to nutrition looks at these symptoms in order to determine the underlying cause. The cause of these symptoms is what holistic nutrition works to correct.

Holistic nutrition focuses on the consumption of natural, wholesome foods and the elimination of toxins from our bodies. The deficiencies and imbalances suffered by our bodies are addressed through changes in diet, supplementation and other positive lifestyle changes. Since the root cause of many symptoms is often nutrition related, once the body is provided with a strong nutritional foundation, it often heals itself.

What is the difference between a Holistic Nutritionist and a Dietitian?

Healthy holistic breakfast with pearBoth believe that nutrition plays an essential role in overall health, but a holistic nutritionist works on the body as a whole. A dietitian generally provides nutritional advice solely as it relates to a medical diagnosis, even though some people experience different symptoms with the same disease. With a holistic nutritionist, consultations are based on individual symptoms and imbalances.

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Reducing Daily Stress for Students away from Home


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College and University life can be stressful for students. It’s a complete lifestyle change. You’re moving to and living in a new environment, the pressure of making new friends and of course the workload. While attending post secondary school  is one of the most exciting times in a student’s life, it can also be one of the most stressful.

Here are simple adjustments to reduce stress while you are in school.

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Sleeping

Aim for 8 hours of sleep daily. At school, you find yourself likely staying up much later than ever, and on a semi regular basis. Whether it is a library session into the wee hours of the morning or a Sunday party, late nights are inevitable. Exhaustion is inevitable and could affect your work thus leading to stress. Try to sleep no later than midnight to be well refreshed to tackle a new day.

Exercise

Whether you join a club sports team or you go to the gym in between classes, exercise is vital. Find an activity that you enjoy doing and fit it into your schedule like you would one of your classes – even if you only have 20-30 minutes to spare. Exercise is notorious as a stress-reliever, and you can guarantee you will feel a lot better afterwards. Need guidance? Contact a personal trainer.

Avoid excess caffeine and unnatural energy

Students around the globe are guilty of over-indulging in unnatural energy boosters that pose more risk than any benefits. Coffee’s are generally safe but stay clear of energy drinks, caffeine pills and the prescription medications. It can be tempting to find the type of “support” does more harm to your body than good. Instead rest, when feeling fatigue. Otherwise you may be prone to added stress on the mind and body.

Maintain a balanced holistic diet

Rather than indulging in unnatural energy boosters… try to introduce natural energy boosters to your diet. As a university student, it is tempting to rely on takeout and junk food. However an unhealthy diet contributes to a decrease in energy levels and does not offer any long-term benefits. Consider a holistic nutrition