Health & Fitness Tips

We've pulled together 99 health and fitness tips that we think will help you with your working out, exercise plans and give you ideas to help you get fit, stay fit and enjoy your training!

And some more fitness tips!

  • Diesel fumes have been found to contain 41 dangerous substances, they can give you more miles to the gallon, as well as cancer.
     
  • Chewing sugar free gum increases saliva flow which helps to neutralize plaque acidity. One unpleasant side effect is major wind, from sorbitol (sweetener) that is used in many brands. Aim for no more than a pack a day, unless you want to increase your daily farting average.
     
  • Avoid eye strain by looking away from the screen and focus on something in the distance, then focus on something close to you, do this now and whilst at work. Good excuse if you get caught looking at somebody, just tell him or her you're preventing eyestrain.
     
  • Relax with a glass or two of wine. The antioxidants it contains can give protection against heart disease.
     
  • Heart disease, cancer's etc. can run in the family. Check your family history and aim to get yourself checked out for any hereditary problems.
     
  • Buy, rent, borrow a dog. One of the best aerobic exercises for any fitness level is plain old walking. Remember to take the dog with you.
     
  • There are currently around 100,000 cases of food poisoning resulting in up to 200 deaths a year in the U. K.  Make sure you wash and prepare food properly, check the sell buy dates, and if you get ill, drink plenty of fluid and stay in the bedroom closest to the bathroom.
     
  • Men's testosterone levels fall by about 25% in the late evening. Aim to put the morning erection to good use, as this is apparently when you are most horny.
     
  • Mobile phones increase your blood pressure if used for prolonged periods. Thought to be caused by blood vessels being constricted by radio frequency electromagnetic fields. My monthly phone bill raises my blood pressure.
     
  • Zinc gluconate lozenge's sucked every two hours have been found to help cold sufferers reduce the time of their symptoms. Unfortunately zinc causes more nausea and doesn't taste too good.
     
  • Dyslexics could improve their reading by wearing different colored lenses. Contact lenses help by noticeably reducing visual distortion.
     
  • Doing the ironing, washing, and cleaning has been found to improve your age Maybe this is why women live longer than men do. 
     
  • Put more tomato sauce on your chips and other foods, it may not be good for your diet, but 3 to 4 serving a week can cut your risk of prostate cancer by a third.
     
  • Forget an apple a day keeps the doctor away; try a raw carrot and a banana. The beta-carotene and potassium can reduce your risk of heart disease by preventing plaque build up on the artery walls.
     
  • Do those sit ups, it is estimated that strengthening the abdominals can prevent 75% of lower back problems.
     
  • When training out in the dark, shutting one eye when a car's head lights are on you, will help prevent sudden night blindness. Remember to open the eye after the car has passed.
     
  • Pressing a wet tea bag against a cold sore acts as an antiseptic. The tannin from the tea will help reduce the condition, and the tea bag will stop other people coming in contact with you.
     
  • Improve your posture, by answering the phone whilst standing. If standing against a wall, push your shoulders and buttocks into the wall, then aim to eliminate any gaps, by pushing the lower back into the wall. Hold for 20 seconds, and then carry on a normal conversation. Avoid breathing heavily during the exercise.
     
  • If embarking on jogging or running for the first time since your school days, invest in a good pair of trainers to avoid physiotherapy bills. Shorter strides may help lesson the impact, if you have to use your old gym gear.
     
  • Wear socks when out running this will help prevent blisters, and also soak up sweat, which can help prevent your trainers stinking out the house.
     
  • Most trainers can be washed, however don't use too high a temperature during the wash, and allow to dry naturally with old newspaper inside. Tumble drying may lead to severe shrinking, damage to the trainers and a change in your shoe size.
     
  • Eating fat is not a problem; the problem lies in the type of fat you're eating. Aim to eat the essential fatty acids (EFA's) such as those found in oily fish, and avoid the so called healthier margarine's made from hydrogenated vegetable fats.
     
  • Some 25 % of adults have bad breath, normally brought on by smoking or bad foods. Avoid this by brushing your teeth twice a day, using a tongue scraper, as a significant amount of bacteria live on the tongue. Flossing between your teeth to remove food debris, and seeing a hygienist every three months is also advised.
     
  • Consult your doctor, a fitness instructor, or visit the church if you have any concerns about your health before embarking on any exercise routine.
     
  • After each work out, remember to stretch to help your body repair and recover. When doing this, keep yourself warm, and wipe away any sweat. Avoid standing around smelling of sweat, as the drying process can leave you with a cold.

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