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Ingredient of the Week: Yoga

November 29, 2015
yoga

What is it? A hindu discipline involving controlled breathing, meditation and body positions.

Benefits: Improved mood, flexibility, strength, posture and balance, increased blood flow, focus and awareness, and deeper sleep.

Interesting fact: Yoga therapy has been linked to improvements in depression, schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions.

How to: There are so many different types of yoga so head along to a class at your local studio or gym, practice postures using an app on your smartphone or try to follow a youtube video.

Ingredient of the Week: Stretching

November 2, 2015
Woman Stretching

What is it? To move parts of the body into positions that elongate or lengthen the muscles and associated tissue.

Benefits: Improves flexibility, balance, coordination, circulation, better alignment and posture, decreases stress and tension.

Interesting fact: Bouncing when performing static stretching can cause injury – choose to do either static stretching or dynamic stretching instead.

How to: Static stretching at the end of exercise, active or dynamic stretching during yoga or pilates, or DIY at home by passive stretching while watching television, talking on the phone or listening to music.

Ingredient of the Week: Strength Training

September 27, 2015
Woman and Man Weights Training

What is it? Physical activity designed to improve muscular fitness using resistance to induce contraction of an individual or group of muscles. Popular resistance techniques include: free weights, weight machines, body weight, elastic tubing and medicine balls.

Benefits: Increases metabolism, endurance, bone density and stamina, lowers cholesterol and helps boost mood and self-confidence.

Fun fact: An individual muscle fibre is thinner than a human hair and can support 1,000 times it’s own weight!

How to: Sweat it out in a pump class, try pilates or yoga, include lunges or squats during your walk or meet a friend in the park for a circuit session.