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International Day of Happiness – How Exercise Can Boost Your Mood

March 20th, 2019 at 8:43 am

With Wednesday 20th March 2019 being International Day of Happiness, we believe that we should let more people know about the huge benefits that exercise and leading a healthy life can have on your mental health and happiness; giving you more ways that you can aim to live a happy life. Around 300 million people […]

How Fitness Levels Can Help Predict Lifespan in Over 70’s

March 15th, 2019 at 10:02 am

With fitness continuously growing, industry professionals and researchers are constantly bringing new insights that help combat health problems across the UK. Now, new research has opened opportunities for predicting the lifespan of Older Adults, bringing new hope when it comes to getting more over 70’s active and helping to combat common health problems among Older Adults. […]

How Can Personal Trainers Combat Inactivity Among Younger People?

March 15th, 2019 at 10:01 am

With fitness growing and more people choosing to get fit and look after their health, it would be assumed that younger age groups are the most active, but a recent study shows that it is in fact over 55s that are most active, leading to experts focusing on getting more younger people active. With this […]

How Can Personal Trainers Help Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

March 15th, 2019 at 10:00 am

As the fitness industry continues to evolve, we are being met by more research that is being used to shape a positive future when it comes to health and fitness. With many people choosing to make a career out of fitness by gaining reputable fitness qualifications and more research being done, the potential for the […]

Can Consistent Exercise in Midlife Have The Same Benefit as Being Active in Younger Age?

March 15th, 2019 at 9:59 am

With many middle-aged and older adults being faced with various health risks, it is important for anyone involved in fitness to make exercise appealing and accessible to older age groups. Many people believe that being active in your younger years is essential if we want to lead a healthier life in middle and older age, […]

Why Personal Trainers Should Encourage Clients to Focus on Sleep

March 15th, 2019 at 9:59 am

With the fitness industry evolving, there are constant developments that are making it possible for the public and fitness professionals to improve health and create more of a positive future for all when it comes to wellbeing. In the modern day of fitness, industry accredited fitness qualifications are making it possible for Personal Trainers to […]

How Nutritional Advisers Can Further the Potential of Resistance Training

March 8th, 2019 at 9:57 am

In today’s fitness industry, we are seeing many more Personal Trainers take their Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications further to expand their skills into other areas of fitness. For Personal Trainers who have gone on to get their Level 3 Nutrition for Sports & Exercise Performance qualification to offer nutrition advice, the potential to make an even […]

International Women’s Day – Women Who Are Pioneering Fitness & Personal Training

March 8th, 2019 at 7:00 am

As it is International Women’s Day, we thought that we would look into how the fitness industry has changed and how Women are going on to do great things within the industry. More and more Women are becoming qualified to train others in various areas of fitness, from Gym Instructing and weight-lifting to Nutrition and […]

Millennials Aren’t The Most Active Age Group in UK

March 5th, 2019 at 1:30 pm

As fitness grows, it becoming part of daily life for many more people, with social media and even TV being filled with sports-related content. With fitness becoming common, many would think that Millenials and younger age groups are the most active when it comes to fitness, but a recent study has shown that this is […]

Better Cardiorespiratory Fitness Leads to Longer Life

March 5th, 2019 at 1:29 pm

Within the health and fitness industry, there has been a large amount of research looking into different forms of exercise and their ability to improve health and even extend life expectancy. Previous research has shown that running can reduce signs of ageing, but now, new research has found that there is a definite link between […]

GLOSSARY A-Z

Aa

Adrenaline

Hormone responsible for mobilising energy stores and increasing muscle contraction; prepares the body for ‘fight or flight’.

Bb

BMI

Body Mass Index – Measurement that combines an individual’s height and weight to ascertain their health risk.

Cc

Core stability

Ability of the deep, stabilising muscles to maintain good posture throughout static and dynamic movement.

Dd

Distal

The furthest point away from the centre of the body e.g. The distal end of the femur is nearest the knee.

Ee

Endorphins

‘Feel good’ hormones release during physical activity.

Ff

FITTA principle

Stands for: Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type and Adherence.

Gg

Goniometer

Specialist equipment used to measure joint range of movement.

Hh

HDL

High density lipoproteins- known as ‘good cholesterol’, picks up fatty deposits on artery walls and takes them to the liver.

Ii

Interval Training

Cardiovascular training method involving working at alternating, high and low, specific intensities and durations.

Jj

Jejenum

Part of the small intestine between the duodenum and ileum.

Kk

Kyphosis

Posterior curvature of the spine- occurs naturally in the thoracic and sacral vertebrae.

Ll

LDL

Low Density Lipoprotein- known as ‘bad cholesterol’- deposits on artery walls reducing blood flow around the body.

Mm

Micronutrient

Substances within food and drink that provide the body with essential functions i.e. vitamins and minerals.

Nn

Nutrition

Ingesting of food and drink required for health and development.

Oo

Organ

Tissues that have been built to serve a specific biological function.

Pp

Pre exhaust

Advanced resistance method that aims to pre-fatigue a large muscle in isolation, followed by a compound exercise involving that same muscle.

Qq

‘Q’ angle

The angle of pull between the two lines of the vastus medialis and the patella tendon.

Rr

Rectus abdominus

The ‘six pack’ muscles at the front of the stomach.

Ss

Super sets

Advanced resistance training method involving either two exercises for the same or opposing muscle group, back to back with no rest in between.

Tt

Tri sets

Advanced resistance training method- involves 3 exercises back-to-back (no rest) for the same muscle group.

Uu

Ulna

Long bone in the lower arm.

Vv

Vastus muscles

Three muscles in the quadriceps muscle group- lateralis, medialis and intermedius.

Ww

Warm-up

Period of preparation prior to the main activity to allow a gradual build-up of intensity.

Xx

Xiphoid Process

Cartilaginous process located at the bottom of the sternum.

Yy

YMCA Step test

Low intensity cardiovascular fitness test that focused on heart rate recovery.

Zz

Zinc

Antioxidant mineral found in oysters, lamb, nuts and grains.

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