Health

Saturday 20 September 2014

Swim your way to strength

The pool can even help bad backs

Woman diving into swimming pool, underwater view
Swimming is one of the best exercises for your body, as there is no joint impact

If you do one thing next week, get your togs on and swim. Swimming is one of the best exercises for your body, as there is no joint impact whatsoever.

If you have back problems, you need to move your body as much as you can. Exercise involving weights and walking can make a big difference, but some people's backs are too sore even for this. This is why swimming is so fantastic.

There is no stress put on your back at all, as the weightlessness in the water eases the joints. Better still, you can go at your own pace and stop when you feel like it.

If you aren't a confident swimmer, you can even walk in the pool – again, this is great as your back can move without any impact being placed upon it.

As your back loosens, you can then begin to push your body a bit further, but take your time – ease into it and enjoy it.

Wheat Watchers

More and more people are coming to me with a gluten intolerance, also called coeliac disease, in which the small intestine becomes inflamed.

The recommended treatment is taking gluten out of the diet. This is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale. The good news is that there is an incredible range of gluten-free foods from Kelkin, which I came across last week.

From pasta sauces to cereals, the range makes it easier to eat healthily while cutting gluten out of your diet.

Take My Breath Away

No matter what form of exercise you are doing ensure that you are getting slightly out of breath when doing it.

No matter what form of exercise you are doing, the most important thing is to ensure that you are getting slightly out of breath when doing it. You should always be able to talk, but getting slightly breathless ensures that your aerobic system and muscles are getting the most benefits from the workout and will improve rapidly, too.

Irish Independent

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