Top Tips: #GetLifting

Top Tip 1: Cut out processed foods

Once foods are processed you have lost a lot of the natural goodness. Quite often there are added preservatives, salt, colours and sugar, so make sure you always check the ingredients.

Herbs and natural flavours are your best friend. For extra flavour marinate meat using freshly squeezed lemons, ginger, garlic or whatever natural flavours you fancy. You can use the same method for using herbs with new potatoes. This is also a really great option for BBQ food this summer.

Top Tip 2: Do weight bearing exercises twice a week

Weight bearing exercises refer to any activity performed whilst standing, such as weight-lifting, dancing or even running.

Young people five to 18 years old are advised to do vigorous activities that strengthen muscle and bones at least three days a week. The key bone-building years are those up to our mid-20’s when the skeleton is still growing, and this is the prime period for building up bone strength for the future years.

To reduce the rate of natural bone loss that occurs from age 35 onwards, aim to do muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.

“Muscle-strengthening exercises are any activity that requires your muscles to work harder than normal, like lifting weights. This type of resistance exercise works the tendons that attach muscle to bone, which in turn boosts bone strength.” – NHS Choices

Keep it up and feel the difference.

Get motivated by The Valley Leisure Team.

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