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Stress Relief

Stress Relief

Stress Relief There are many ways to achieve stress relief. It’s important to identify how stress manifests itself in you and how you can get stress relief. What do you do that makes you happy? Emotional, physical and behavioural effects of stress can all be relieved...
Stress, What causes stress?

Stress, What causes stress?

Stress, What causes stress? What causes stress may be related to: NHS.uk Stress caused by unemployment, a high workload or retirement (see Beat stress at work) Or Stress caused by Family –  being stressed due to a divorce, relationship difficulties or being a carer Perhaps, Stress caused by...
Stress, What is Stress?

Stress, What is Stress?

What is stress? This is The Stress Management Society: description of stress Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline,...
Healthy Heart Diet, Activity & Relaxation

Healthy Heart Diet, Activity & Relaxation

A Healthy Heart Diet A healthy heart diet has a been shown to be that of a Mediterranean style Diet A diet full of fresh vegetables, chicken, fish, all low in saturated fat. The healthy living  NHS website  states the following on: You can make...
Heart health – Stages of Change

Heart health – Stages of Change

When it comes to heart health, deciding if there are any lifestyle changes which are needed to be made, to keep the heart healthy, is down to the assessments identified in previous blogs. Poor heart health does not always have signs and symptoms. Keeping an...
Heart Health – Assessments

Heart Health – Assessments

Heart health is helped by activity and exercise.  As discussed over the last few weeks, there may be occasions when activity and exercise is not appropriate or when medication will have an impact on what you do and how you do things. How do you...
Heart Health and Medication

Heart Health and Medication

Medication is taken to maintain good Heart Health. Depending on the support the heart needs as to the type of medication used to treat the health of the heart. Some heart health medication will have an impact on the activity you do.  Beta–Blockers When a...
Heart Health and Contraindications to Exercise

Heart Health and Contraindications to Exercise

Now I don’t often say this, but, there are times when there are contraindications to exercise. This may not apply to everyone. But knowing if/when you have contraindications to exercise is a good starting point.  For general well-being there are two rules of thumb for...
Healthy Heart and Activity  – Maximum Heart Rate (MHR)

Healthy Heart and Activity – Maximum Heart Rate (MHR)

Continuing our Heart Health and Exercise this blog will look at how to achieve healthy heart activities for health benefits and Maximum Heart Rate. Heart Pacemaker The heart has its own electrical activity to enable the rhythmic beat. The electrical activity of the heart starts...
Heart Health and Exercise

Heart Health and Exercise

Heart Health and exercise is the theme of our new year block, in January and February 2019. We’ll  be looking at the function of the heart and how exercise can help strengthen the heart. We’ll also look at  the maximum heart rate during exercise for...
Balance – Problems and Aging

Balance – Problems and Aging

In order to improve balance, first of all we need to understand why balance is important and how it changes as we get older.   What Causes Balance Problems? A balance disorder may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection in the ear, a head...
Improving Balance for the Elderly

Improving Balance for the Elderly

There are a number of things which can be done to help improve balance for the elderly. Assessing your balance, as described in last week’s blog, is essential to establish a base line from which to progress later. What is it about your balance that...
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