Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

IF You See Yourself as a Non-Athlete [...]

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

IF You See Yourself as a Non-Athlete [...]

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Byline: DAVID FAIRLAMB THE FIT FACTOR

IF you see yourself as a non-athlete or serious exerciser and you just want to work out for your health and keep your weight under control, the gym scene can be intimidating. The weights rack and monster dumbbells can be enough to make you head straight back home to the couch.

Yet some of the best physical activities for your body don't require the gym or to run a half marathon. These workouts can do wonders for your health. They'll help keep your weight under control, improve your balance and range of motion, strengthen your bones, protect your joints, and even ward off memory loss.

Motivational The different types of exercises and availability of classes is endless its all about picking something that suits your specific needs and you will enjoy.

No matter what your age or fitness level, these activities can help you get in shape and lower your risk for disease: Yoga - The health benefits of yoga are endless and is especially good for your heart. The various poses and deep breathes helps the heart do its job by increasing blood flow throughout the body and improving the entire circulatory system. This also helps lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol as well increase bone density.

The positive physical aspects are incredible but on the mental side yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain and inflammation, sharpens your concentration and keeps you calm. Yoga is becoming more popular by the day in this country and is a superb workout for your body and mind at any age. For superb yoga classes check www.iyogabody.com Walking - Walking is simple, yet powerful. It can help you stay trim, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen bones, keep your blood pressure in check, lift your mood, and lower your risk for a number of diseases e.g. diabetes and heart disease. A number of studies have shown that walking and other physical activities can even improve memory and resist age-related memory loss. …

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