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Yoga: Is it Worth it?

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Illustration: Son of Alan for the Guardian

‘I’m convinced all the exercises exist purely to make you feel old and frail and infirm and much less fit than you actually are.’

What is it? An exercise, originating in ancient times, that focuses on strength and flexibility and… actually, look, it’s yoga. Everyone knows what yoga is. There’s a type of trouser named after it, for God’s sake. That’s how ubiquitous it is.

How much does it cost? Many gyms run free classes, or you can pay to join a dedicated studio. Or, if you’re nervous about farting around other people, as I am, you can use a YouTube video at home.

What does it promise? The NHS itself calls yoga “a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance”. It’s also thought to be good for back pain, blood pressure, heart disease and depression.

What’s it actually like? I have to confess that I went into yoga cocky. “It’s just bending over,” I thought. “How hard can it be?” As it turns out, it’s extraordinarily hard. The first pose in the workout I tried – Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown – was a backward lunge. It felt like it immediately tore my thigh in half. Worse still, you’re expected to hold the position for what seems like several calendar months. And it was only the first of many poses. I managed to finish the workout, but only just. There is a chance that I may have underestimated yoga a little.

Best and worst bit Over time, it’s clear that yoga would make me stronger and bendier. The downside, obviously, is all the exercises, which I’m convinced exist purely to make you feel old and frail and infirm and much less fit than you actually are.

Is it worth it? If you like being embarrassed by workouts that are much harder than they look, then definitely.

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You Can Be Healthy On A Budget

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No really, it is possible! And we’re here to prove it, says Ellie Moss

Fancy gyms and high-end fitness wear are awesome. Who doesn’t love to browse the fancy pants on the Lucas Hugh website or get their sweat on at Barry’s Bootcamp? But splashing the cash is in no way essential for healthy living or a hot bod.

Don’t get us wrong we all love saving up for that must-have Sweaty Betty gym bag, treating ourselves to a few classes at a posh new spin studio, or splashing out on on a pre-hol delivery diet, but you’re every day healthy regime needn’t come with such a high price tag.

Don’t believe us? This issue we’ve made it our mission to get you the very best results, with the absolute minimum spend. And it’s not as difficult as you might think!

But first you have to get in the right mindset! Get started with our top tips: (more…)

Heart Attacks in Young Women May Be Genetic

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Although oncologists increasingly distinguish breast, lung, and other cancers by their molecular drivers, cardiologists have lagged behind in efforts to do something similar for heart disease.

A study that was recently published could help remedy that. Researchers have found evidence of a genetic basis for an enigmatic kind of heart attack that preferentially strikes young women. (more…)

Tips That Will Make Running Feel Easier

Tips That Will Make Running Feel Easier

Running may be about putting one foot in front of the other, but how you do it can make your workout seem that much easier. Brian Beckstead, cofounder of zero-drop Altra Running Shoes and dedicated ultrarunner, recently gave us some advice on how to improve running form. These four tips will definitely help you the next time you head out! (more…)

Health Benefits of Chocolate

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Why is Dark Chocolate Healthy?:

Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables as part of youranti-aging diet. These benefits are fromflavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.

In fact, cocoa and chocolate products have been used as medicine in many cultures for centuries. (more…)

Simple Exercises For Bigger Biceps

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When people start working out, the first thing they flex is their biceps muscles. In fact, most guys are obsessed with getting bigger guns. Here are the top five exercises that should help you build bigger biceps:

Concentration Curl

A great beginner exercise for building bigger biceps, this exercise can be done while sitting or standing, though the standing variation should be avoided by those with lower back problems. (more…)

Superfoods For Strong Bones

Super Food For Strong Bones

Our bones, which provide support for our bodies and help form our shape need to be taken care of as we age, particularly after the years of 30. Yet, diet plays an important part as eating the right foods can help you maintain good bone health, thereby preventing or slowing the progression of osteoporosis – the brittle bone disease.

Here are top five superfoods that can boost your bone density at any age: (more…)

Green Tea Can Kill Cancer Cells

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Green tea helps with weight-loss, diabetes, protects your heart, helps get rid of that wretched smoking addiction and boosts your immunity! If these weren’t enough, here’s another one. It should be reason enough to make you swap your regular milky tea with a cup of perfectly brewed green tea.

Green tea can kill oral cancer cells without harming the healthy ones. According to a study published in the  journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, the compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) found in green tea triggers a process in the mitochondria that kills the cancer cells, keeping the healthy ones intact. (more…)

5 Most Delicious Protein-Packed Snacks

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When you are trying to keep your weight under control or shed a few pounds, it’s hard to make smart snack choices. You should opt for low calorie snacks that will fill you up and boost your energy levels. Protein-packed snacks are actually the healthiest and tastiest snack choices. Numerous studies show that dieters must incorporate protein into their eating plan to stay healthy and reach their weight loss goals faster. The thing is, protein helps suppress your appetite, slow down the release of fat, and it’s is crucial for your muscle recovery after workout. Here are 8 most delicious protein-packed snack ideas to try right now. (more…)

Facts & Benifits Of IRON

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Overview

Iron is a critical mineral in the body. Iron is required to transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells in the body and for oxygen storage in the muscles. And, although iron is one of the most abundant elements on earth, it is also one of the most frequently observed deficiencies in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of iron deficiency in the U.S. is about 2 percent in adult men, 9 to 12 percent in non-Hispanic white women and nearly 20 percent in black and Mexican-American women. (more…)