Year: 2022

Spinal injury prevention for MMA fighters

Bone fractures, joint dislocation, concussing and bruising may all seem like unavoidable parts of the sport when it comes to mixed martial arts (MMA). Injuries, both contact and non-contact can occur both in fights and in training. As a result, muscle strength and muscular endurance are critical for injury prevention due to muscles’ role in joint stabilisation and force production.

British Wheel of Yoga member review of The Physiology of Yoga

Want to find out what to expect from The Physiology of Yoga before you buy? Find British Wheel of Yoga member, Monica Fryer’s review below. Twenty years ago when I began my yoga teaching journey, it was hard to find books specifically on the anatomy and physiology of yoga. After an injury, curiosity led me to look outside of the yoga community to study with strength-based professionals, and biomechanic teachers, including Jules Mitchell, writer of [The Physiology of Yoga] foreword and author of Yoga Biomechanics. With more than 20 years of experience in anatomy and physiology, combined with a passion for yoga, the writers saw a gap in yoga anatomy education that leaves some yoga teachers misinformed or unnecessarily fearful of hurting their students. The Physiology of Yoga looks at how the body’s systems work, function together, and how the body is affected when we practice yoga. Delving into evidence-based research of yoga practices, instructions, and some common conditions they explore myths or facts. So, on a physiological level what happens to our bodies during …

Recognising the importance of health and wellbeing as winter comes

As winter is fast approaching the importance of health and wellbeing in winter is key as it can be difficult to know the best ways to stay on top of your health and wellbeing with the change in seasons, shorter days and colder months. In this article we worked with partners Future Fit Training, to bring you some top tips on how to recognise and maintain your mental health and wellbeing throughout this time of year.

How nutrition impacts overall wellbeing

Introduction Understanding the importance of the link between nutrition and well-being can be difficult when several articles or online sources are telling you different things. We worked with health and fitness industry leaders at Future Fit to bring you some clear insights into ways nutrition can impact your overall well-being. Future Fit provide Nutrition Courses which are written and taught by experts in their field. 

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Running through menopause

Your body will be experiencing plenty of changes as you reach perimenopause and menopause, so it is understandable that your body may be responding differently to your usual training. Adapted from Breakthrough Women’s Running we explore some ways you can offset the negative effects of menopause.

Depression and exercise

This post covers exercise prescription for those with depression, how much exercise is required and adherence. It contains excerpted content from Clinical Exercise Physiology, Fifth Edition. Many systematic reviews and meta-analyses have summarized the antidepressant effect of exercise. A meta-review conducted in 2019 concluded across eight individual meta-analyses that exercise reduced depressive symptoms in children, adults, and older adults (1).  Exercise prescription An exercise prescription for people with depression will likely differ little from the prescription used for healthy individuals. Clinicians should be aware, however, that several symptoms of depression (e.g., loss of interest, fatigue, low self-confidence) may interfere with participation in exercise, and that comorbidities can further complicate matters. Training method Frequency Intensity Time (Duration) Type (Mode) Progression Cardiorespiratory 3-5 d/wk Initially moderate, then increased to 70%-80% of heart rate reserve; as tolerated, train at higher end of heart rate range 30-45 min (progress if necessary) Gross motor activities such as walking and biking Begin at lower intensity for markedly deconditioned patients. Gradually progress as tolerated. Resistance 2 or 3 d/wk 10RM-15RMRPE of 11-15 …