Lifestyle Diseases

Our modern lifestyle is to blame for conditions that can be put under the umbrella of lifestyle diseases. Lifestyle diseases are a “recent addition” to industrialised countries and can be cured, and, even fully prevented through a change in physical activity, diet, lifestyle and environment. It is not always possible to change your environment but I can help you change any of the other parameters easily and effectively although you may need clearance from your GP first. I hold the prestigious GP Exercise Referral certificate which is your assurance of quality personal training. One of the biggest lifestyle diseases (and cause of premature death) is heart disease or cardiovascular disease. Regular gentle fitness training and a change in diet is often all that is needed to get back to good health.

Coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease, both of which are lifestyle diseases, are often caused by a sedentary lifestyle coupled with a diet too high in saturated fats and sugars. Change the equation to more fitness training, more lean fish and vegetables and you’ll see an improvement of your condition in a fairly short period of time. A good way to start is by learning what’s good and bad for you.

Likewise, lower back pain is mostly a cause of an inactive lifestyle leading to shortened hamstring muscles (back of thigh). As they attach to the pelvis they can easily pull the pelvis out of alignment if they are not stretched rularlegy  leading to lower back problems. Add to this using a computer keyboard/mouse for any length of time and you’ll get the proverbial “pain in the neck” and carpal tunnel syndrome. These lifestyle diseases too are easily prevented (and cured) through the right exercises and stretches on a regular basis. Give me a call if you are eager to improve your condition.

Below is a list of the most common lifestyle diseases that respond well to fitness training.

  • Lower back pain. You will need to train certain muscles while stretching others.
  • Joint problems. Training the relevant muscles while stretching others will improve your condition.
  • Sciatica. Fitness approach is similar to improving lower back pain.
  • Arthritis. You should only train when not in flare-up. Special diet may be necessary.
  • Osteoporosis. Special exercises coupled with correct diet.
  • High Blood Pressure. You should do regular moderate cardiovascular exercise. No high weights. Special diet may help. You will need clearance for exercise by your GP.
  • Cardiovascular Disease. You need longer and gentler warm-ups and cool-downs. No high weights. You will need clearance for exercise by your GP.
  • Asthma. A longer warm-up and cool-down. Gentle circuits are best for you.
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Gentle circuits with longer warm-ups and cool-downs. Water based activities.
  • High Blood Cholesterol. Regular moderate cardiovascular training is best for you. Special diet required.
  • Diabetes Mellitus II. You should consider regular moderate cardiovascular training and, if necessary, lose weight.
  • Obesity. You should aim to lose weight slowly but steadily and become more active.
  • Parkinson Disease. You will need to concentrate on stretching your muscles.
  • Fibromyalgia. You should do cardiovascular exercise as and when you can, low weights and few repetitions coupled with stretching.
  • Stroke Victims. You need to train your good side while your effected side benefits from muscle transference.

Regular fitness training improves your:

  • Overall Fitness. You should combine cardiovascular training, strength training and stretches with a healthy diet.
  • Muscular Strength. You are looking for high weights and few repetitions when training.
  • Muscular Endurance. You will use lower weights and do more repetitions.
  • Cardiovascular Fitness. You should aim for 5 sessions of 30 minutes duration per week.
  • Mobility. Strong muscles mean that you will be more likely to be able to move around easily, even at an older age.
  • Flexibility. Regular stretching will help you improve your suppleness.
  • Sleep. Regular physical exercise promotes healthy sleep.
  • Social Circle. If you are more active you are more likely to venture out and make friends.
  • Looks. Regular physical exercise will improve your looks and your outlook in l life.
  • Well-being. Because of your body’s release of natural endorphins you’ll feel fantastic when exercising regularly.

I’ll advise you to make the right choices on:

  • Nutrition. The correct balance is important for good health.
  • Weight Management. You may want to lose weight but you should not embark on one-sided diets or yo-yo diets.
  • Food Supplements. There are many supplements on the market, but you need to know what is beneficial for your health.
  • Self Help with Heartburn and Hiatus Hernia. Often a simple change in diet is all it needs to be pain free.
  • PMS. A change in diet combined with moderate exercise is often helpful.

Don’t miss out on improving your life now with the caring help of a well qualified personal trainer. Give me a ring now to start your road to recovery embracing a happier, healthier more fulfilled life.