Sleep: Are you getting enough of it?

Two-thirds of adults in developed nations fail to obtain the nightly eight hours of sleep recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Needless to say, in this modern world we live in, with all its demands and stimulations we are a collective of overtired and sleepless individuals. Most of us do not get as much sleep as we should, and this can have numerous negative affects on our mental and physical state.

Sleep is a key component in the overall health of any individual and is vital for recovery and performance. It can affect our mood, appetite, decision making, reactions and how quickly we reach exhaustion during exercise.

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Pushing through the pain barrier and dealing with fatigue during exercise.

Pushing through pain and discomfort and dealing with fatigue when exercising can be a difficult and daunting process. This article aims to try and address what makes this difficult, what stops us, what strategies we can use to help get better at this and what kind of thoughts can both help and hinder our ability to do this.

We spend the majority of our time focussing on the physicality of exercise and we don’t often assess or explore the mental side of it and how it can affect our performance.

This article will be broken down into 4 sections, following the same format of discussion that was used within the classes we ran on the same topic.

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Workout Wednesday #8

There is a lot of BS and "Bro Science" that circulates around Protein, with Men's magazines and websites selling ridiculous statements like.. Do you like being lean as f**k, with abs on your abdominals, the ability to shoot fireballs with your eyes and levitate when you sleep??! - Please note: the qualities above are not guaranteed by Protein.

Protein is often discussed in relation to bodybuilding and less so in relation to general exercise, health and well being.

Whilst everyone knows Protein forms an important part of our diet, especially when exercising. It's benefits, consumption amounts and the food sources it can be obtained from are sometimes less well known.

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Fitness Trackers: Friend or Foe

The rise of wearable technology, namely fitness trackers in the form of wrist bands or watches has been staggering. With most people either wearing one or knowing someone who does and gyms around the world full of people getting the latest stats on their workouts in real time. It would be a lie to say they don't have benefits but it would also be foolish to ignore the downsides too.

This months blog aims to open a discussion on the positive and negative effects of fitness trackers, their associated technology and whether these relationships are potentially detrimental to our health or not.

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Workout Wednesday #7

Carbs are frequently vilified in the media and made out to be the enemy in trendy fad diets, the truth is much the opposite. Carbs are our main source of energy and we should be eating them as part of a healthy balanced diet.

The next three Workout Wednesdays will be dedicated to exploring each of the three macronutrients, the other two being Protein and Fat. All macronutrients must be obtained through diet as the body cannot produce any of them on its own.

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