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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 17th September 2023

Sunday 17th September 2023

Hello, Why should you avoid fad diets? Avoiding fad diets is highly recommended for several reasons: 1. Unsustainability: Fad diets often promote extreme and restrictive eating patterns that are challenging to maintain over the long term. They typically involve cutting out entire food groups, severely limiting calorie intake, or relying on specific "miracle" foods or supplements. These approaches are not sustainable and can lead to feelings of deprivation, frustration, and ultimately, failure in achieving long-term weight loss goals. 2. Nutritional deficiencies: Fad diets often lack balance and fail to provide essential nutrients needed for overall health. By eliminating entire food groups or severely restricting calorie intake, these diets can lead to nutritional deficiencies, including deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats. Such deficiencies…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 10th September 2023

Sunday 10th September 2023

Hello, Can You Drink Alcohol and Still Lose Weight? Losing weight requires adopting a healthy lifestyle, which often includes changes in diet and exercise. One question that frequently arises is whether it is possible to enjoy alcoholic beverages while working towards weight loss goals. In this article, we will explore the impact of alcohol on weight loss and provide some tips for incorporating alcohol into a balanced weight loss plan. Understanding the Caloric Content: Alcohol contains calories, and these calories can add up quickly. On average, a standard alcoholic drink can range from 90 to 200 calories or more, depending on the type of beverage and serving size. These calories are considered empty calories as they provide little to no nutritional value. Consuming alcohol…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 3rd September 2023

Sunday 3rd September 2023

Hello, Embracing a Healthy Lifestyle: Simple Steps to Transform Your Well-being Adopting a healthy lifestyle is a powerful choice that can enhance your overall well-being and vitality. It involves making conscious decisions to prioritise your physical, mental, and emotional health. In this article, we will explore practical steps you can take to embrace a healthy lifestyle and create positive habits that will benefit you for years to come. 1. Nourish Your Body: A healthy lifestyle begins with providing your body with the nourishment it needs. Focus on consuming a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods. Aim for plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Be mindful of portion sizes and listen to your body's hunger and fullness…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 27th August 2023

Sunday 27th August 2023

Hello, Okay, so first off let's give you the Bank Holiday Opening times: Bank Holiday Monday (28th August): 8am - 2pm Group PT: 9:30am. Group PT: 12:30pm. Right, now let's get back to talking about exercise and fitness.. The Power of Strength: How Lifting Weights Can Promote Longevity When it comes to exercise, many people focus on cardiovascular activities like running or cycling. However, strength training, particularly lifting weights, offers numerous benefits that can contribute to a longer and healthier life. In this article, we will explore how lifting weights can promote longevity and provide compelling reasons to incorporate strength training into your fitness routine. 1. Increased Muscle Mass and Bone Density: As we age, our muscle mass naturally declines, leading to decreased strength and mobility. Lifting weights helps combat…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 20th August 2023

Sunday 20th August 2023

Hello, Will weight lifting help you to live longer? Weight lifting can contribute to a healthier and potentially longer life when combined with other healthy lifestyle factors. Here are a few ways weight lifting can positively impact longevity: 1. Increased Muscle Mass: Weight lifting helps build and maintain muscle mass, which naturally declines with age. Having adequate muscle mass is associated with improved metabolic health, better insulin sensitivity, and reduced risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 2. Enhanced Bone Health: Weight lifting places stress on the bones, which stimulates them to become stronger and denser. This can help prevent osteoporosis and reduce the risk of fractures as you age. 3. Improved Metabolism: Weight lifting increases your resting metabolic rate,…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 13th August 2023

Sunday 13th August 2023

Hello, Age-Related Muscle Atrophy: Strategies to Prevent and Combat Muscle Loss As we age, it is common to experience a decline in muscle mass and strength, a condition known as age-related muscle atrophy or sarcopenia. However, with the right approach, it is possible to slow down and even reverse this process. In this article, we will explore the causes of age-related muscle atrophy and provide strategies to help you prevent and combat muscle loss as you age. Understanding Age-Related Muscle Atrophy: Age-related muscle atrophy is primarily caused by a combination of factors, including hormonal changes, decreased physical activity levels, poor nutrition, and underlying health conditions. As muscle mass declines, strength, mobility, and overall functional abilities can be compromised, leading to a lower quality of life…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 6th August 2023

Sunday 6th August 2023

Hello, The Sedentary Lifestyle Epidemic: How Our Inactivity is Impacting Our Health In today's modern world, our sedentary lifestyles have become the norm. We spend long hours sitting at desks, commuting in cars, and indulging in screen time. While technology has undoubtedly made our lives more convenient, it has also contributed to a decline in physical activity. This sedentary epidemic is wreaking havoc on our health, leading to various chronic diseases and a decreased quality of life. In this article, we will explore the detrimental effects of our sedentary habits and provide insights on how to combat them. The Health Consequences of Inactivity: 1. Increased risk of obesity: Lack of physical activity contributes to weight gain as our calorie expenditure decreases. This sedentary lifestyle,…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 30th July 2023

Sunday 30th July 2023

Hello, What Is The Right Way To Lose Fat? People regularly ask me about what the right way to lose fat and what they should eat. The goal of any weight loss, pound-shedding, "trimming,' or whatever-you-label-it program is to lose body FAT. How much overall body weight you lose is irrelevant. As such, you should get rid of your weight scale. Or put it in the shed. Or the loft. You only need to focus on your body composition: the fat to muscle ratio. There's so much nonsense floating around out there so it's no wonder so many of you are confused. Which one is the easiest to follow? Which one is financially affordable? Which one is the most effective? Ultimately, which one will help…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 23rd July 2023

Sunday 23rd July 2023

Hello, Why do some people fail to achieve their weight loss goals? There are several reasons why some people may fail to achieve their weight loss goals: 1. Unrealistic Expectations: Setting unrealistic or overly ambitious weight loss goals can set individuals up for failure. It's important to set realistic and achievable goals based on factors such as current weight, body composition, and overall health. Unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration and a lack of motivation if progress is not as rapid as expected. 2. Lack of Consistency: Consistency is crucial for weight loss success. Failing to consistently adhere to a healthy diet and exercise routine can hinder progress. Weight loss requires long-term commitment and lifestyle changes, and sporadic or inconsistent efforts may not yield…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 16th July 2023

Sunday 16th July 2023

Hello, Muscle Loss after 40: The Undeniable Fact If you believe the ads, building muscle is as simple as putting in the effort. Getting fit is merely a mental victory over the physical body. Apparently. Achieving physical perfection is presented as more of a philosophical decision than a practical one. That's not the case, though. At the very least, this is never completely accurate. Muscle gain can be easier or more complicated at different points in our lives for a variety of complex physiological reasons. After the age of 40, most people begin to lose muscle mass. Muscle loss due to ageing affects both men and women in similar ways, making it more difficult to gain or maintain muscle mass as well as slowing down the…

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Saturday 15th July 2023

Join or renew your membership with a friend or family member and enjoy a joint membership for the same price as a single membership. 2 months: £40 per month (£20 each) 3 months: £37 per month (£18.50 each) 4 months: £34 per month (£17 each) This membership includes (for 2 people): Unlimited access to 126 small group personal training sessions each month Unlimited Gym Use Calorie target setting advice Nutritional support. Here is a list of our small group PT sessions: The groups are limited to 8 people. For more information about our Small Group PT membership use this link: Message for more information This offer ends 28th July 2023 Terms & conditions: The free member cannot have been a member of the Woodlands Fitness Centre for at least 60 days. Non-transferable. Minimum Membership…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 9th July 2023

Sunday 9th July 2023

Hello, The internet is an amazing way to learn from others all over the world about a variety of subjects. Without the internet none of you would be reading this blog post and I wouldn't know even a fourth of the information I know now about training. Unfortunately, this abundance of technology creates a ton of confusion on what is the right way to train, eat, supplement, etc. I have got caught up in trying to find out what was the best "pre-workout" or protein powder, but the more I train and figure out my body the more I have realised most of it is all nonsense. Don't rely on fixed resistance machines. And please, please, please don't rely on just doing…

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