Investing in Your Health

Cardio/Strength Partnership

In our last two blogs we've looked at various scientific research on which form of exercise burns the most calories which, coupled with the right diet, leads to weight loss. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has published evidence-based recommendations for weight loss and to summarise their findings: Cardio exercise will be more effective than weight training at decreasing body fat if you do more than 150 minutes per week. Weight training is better than cardio for building muscle which leads to continued burning of calories after you have finished exercising. A combination of cardio and strength training is the best method for improving your body composition and burning the most

HIIT IT!

Our last blog was about which burned the most calories, cardio exercise or strength training. Well if you're looking for the most effective calorie burner try HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) which provides similar benefits to cardio but in less time. HIIT training involves short bursts of very intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods and normally lasts for approx 10 - 30 minutes. There has been specific research undertaken to show directly the compared effects of cardio, strength training and HIIT workouts. One particular study compared the calories burned during 30 minutes of HIIT/weight training/ running and biking. The results were that the HIIT workout bur

Cardio V Strength Training

Cardio Vs Strength Training, which will burn more calories? Well the number of calories you burn during cardio exercise depends on your body size and how intensely you exercise. A lot of scientific research has gone into how various activities effect how many calories are burned and typically cardio exercise will burn more calories than doing strength training for the same duration. HOWEVER, strength training has more effect than cardio on building muscle, and muscle burns more calories when at rest. Therefore strength training is the key to increasing your resting metabolism. Research has shown that you continue to burn calories in the hours following a strength training session, whereas

Lemons!

Lemons really do have some fantastic nutritional benefits. These include improving heart health, lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of strokes. They're also full of vitamin C which supports your skin (with the production of collagen, which also makes up 90% of your bone matrix), your immune system and aids the absorption of iron. Lemons also contain magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc. They're great squeezed over salads, green veg, meat and fish - but they are acidic so consume in moderation. #healthyfoods #foodwithhealthbenefits #lemons #healthylemons #foodfit #healthfitness

Our Planet, Our Responsibility

As you will know there is an increasing amount of plastic waste building up around the world, millions of which ends up in our oceans. This has a disastrous effect on sea-life, birds and turtles and also results in tiny particles called microplastic, which can form a sort of plastic soup. These particles soak up chemical additives and endocrine disruptors, and when they are eaten by sea-life and enter the food chain, they can end up on our plates. Plastic waste is a huge problem for all of us and concerns us at gaché’s health club a great deal so we are asking all of our members to please try and bring re-usable water bottles with you to your sessions, which you are more than welcome to fill

New Year, New You?!

This seems to be the time of year for resolutions and new goals and that often includes losing weight and improving fitness levels. Obviously we encourage this all-year-round, as maintaining a healthy weight and keeping your body fit and supple contributes massively to your overall health on a long-term basis - whatever your age. If you're planning on taking matters into your own hands please be careful to get the balance right and take your current fitness levels into account before you start exercising. Professional guidance is obviously best, whether it's joining a gym or working with a personal trainer. Make calls, look around places, ask questions and don't be pressured or intimidated