When it comes to your health, you can never be too careful. Many things contribute to a balanced, healthy lifestyle, such as nutritious food, quality sleep and regular exercise. For a lot of people, a lack of time, other health issues and various lifestyle factors can mean that their fitness levels can suffer. In the […]
Research has shown that living through your 40s can be the toughest decade of your life both physically and mentally. It is when you are most likely to be diagnosed with chronic diseases, often associated with lifestyle habits. In particular, excess levels of body fat are associated with decreased life expectancy, fertility and hormonal issues, poor mental health, productivity, and self-image. The statistics for […]
Weight loss. It’s as simple as calories in, calories out, right? Just diet and exercise to create the all-important calorie deficit, and you’ll lose weight. Easy in theory, but much more difficult in practice. Humans are messy and complex creatures subject to myriad influences that make the weight loss process anything but straightforward. However, researchers […]
While your 30s are the years in which you solidify your identity, it is also a time of significant change in priorities, with health dropping down the pecking order behind work, family and social commitments. Time and convenience tend to be the most common barriers to healthy eating too. Children and marriage are key milestones, […]
There are legitimate barriers to why some older adults lose motivation and cease exercise. We want to offer some solutions to overcome these barriers and encourage physical activity for older adults. Self–efficacy Many adults lose confidence in their ability to complete specific tasks as they age, and unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle exacerbates these perceived feelings of body competence. Fear of injury When older […]
This topic came up again in a recent article published by the BBC about a population of people who are apparently ‘hard-wired’ to store fat. The idea might be an alluring one for some, but there is more complexity to it than simply blaming the genes we inherited from our parents. The BBC […]
How, what, when and why we eat is largely dictated by our environment in response to particular triggers. Given that most of our behaviour is habit-based, the obstacles we often face when it comes to weight loss goals are always linked to our habits. What are the most common obstacles to weight loss? 1. Emotional Habits are […]
Studies show that asthma rates are rising faster among people who are overweight. For both adults and children, asthma symptoms and asthma attacks are harder to control if you are overweight or obese and they can be more severe. A 2018 study in the Journal of Paediatrics found that obese children had a 26-38% increased risk of developing asthma compared to their […]
Consuming fewer calories than you burn, that is your ticket to fat loss, right? Although it is true that any calorie from food supplies a set amount of energy, that doesn’t mean we should totally disregard the nutritional quality of the food we are eating and focus solely on calories in vs calories out. Our […]
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ultimate Performance (@upfitnesslive) Just no. Words do not hurt your body. Your bad habits and decisions hurt your body. Being classified as “obese” might hurt your feelings, but you should see this alleged negative as a positive. You need a kick up the backside to change […]
Want to know the truth about “stubborn fat”? It’s not really stubborn fat at all, you just haven’t committed to the right approach for long enough to get rid of it. I have heard many clients talk about it over the years, and the exchange often goes a little like this… Client: “I just want […]
Christmas is the time in the year where people relax, eat and drink more, and exercise goes out the window. But there’s one simple way you can stay healthy, maintain your bodyweight and get yourself in the best position to kick in the New Year – and that’s increasing your daily activity levels. Although finding ways to make time for […]
To claim that a decrease in lean body mass, and an increase in muscle mass cannot coincide is to misunderstand the nature of what lean body mass includes. Joe Halstead explains further.
An objective review of the various merits of both steady state cardio and high intensity internal training. How can we make use of both for maximum impact?
The health complications caused by obesity correlate with the biggest risk factors for novel coronavirus COVID-19, as explained by U.P.’s Joe Halstead.
Consulting the habits of successful weight loss maintainers gives us an understanding of how we can go about maintaining our weight in even the most dire of circumstances.