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Exercising with winter bugs: what advice should Personal Trainers give to their clients?

It's that time of year when the seasons change, temperatures drop, and people go crazy with Christmas shopping. It’s also the time when we tend to pick up those nasty winter bugs and colds. 
 
If you’re fit and healthy, hopefully, your superhuman immune system kicks in and destroys those bugs before you feel too bad. If you exercise regularly, these colds and illnesses can get in the way of having a workout. 
 
The question that always pops up (and attracts many opinions) is… Should we train when we're ill? As personal trainers, it’s something we ought to know to provide the best advice to our clients.  
  
Some say yes and recommend doing loads of cardio to ‘sweat it out’ (never a good idea as this doesn’t work), while others say to stay well clear, but what should we do if we get ill? Carry on as normal or take a break until we're back to full strength? v

The Training Room | 09/12/2019 09:00:00

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The Benefits of Strength Training for Older Adults

As an ageing population continues to pile pressure on Britain’s health care system, it’s increasingly important to get older people more active to enable them to lead happier, healthier and more independent lives in their later years – with strength training able to play an important role in this.
 
According to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics, it’s predicted that, in 50 years’ time, there will be an extra 8.6 million people aged 65 and above in the UK; a population around the size of London. With obesity levels on the rise too amongst Western populations, which exacerbates frailty, it’s no surprise then that the NHS is focused on ‘prevention’ to sustain services moving forward. A large part of this is helping older people to get moving more and fight the effects of ageing which cause our muscles to deteriorate over time.
 

The Training Room | 13/11/2019 11:00:00