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What effect does stress have on the body?

Stress is not necessarily a bad thing, but too much stress, can be very harmful to the body. So how do we learn to manage stress and what is the impact it has on our minds and bodies? Central Nervous System The central nervous system (CNS) is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord, and can be considered the command and control centre of the human body. It communicates with the rest of the body via neurons linked to what is called the peripheral nervous system (PNS). When a stimulus is introduced to the body, receptors communicate with sensory neurons, which in turn communicate with motor neurons to affect a response within the CNS. A nervous breakdown can happen when the CNS is subjected to repeated and prolonged stress. It can also be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Worry, chronic stress, fear, anxiety, nervousness and panic attacks are all symptoms of a mental breakdown, or burnout. Allostatic load Allostasis is the process of achieving stability (homeostasis) through physiological or behavioural change; it …

Fitness Tips: Why is vitamin D important?

An overview on the ‘sunshine vitamin’ and how to ensure you’re getting enough What is vitamin D? Firstly, for clarity, I’m talking specifically about vitamin D3 – the ‘sunshine vitamin’, a fat soluble vitamin, which needs to be consumed with fats in order to be absorbed. The body actually converts the vitamin into a hormone. How is it consumed or activated? Vitamin D3 can be consumed in one of three ways: in supplement form; consumed in foods, although it’s almost impossible to consume enough D3 in foods; synthesised by the sun’s rays. We recommend supplementing in the winter months, and then getting what you need from sunlight in the summer months. Why is it important? Vitamin D3 helps to promote calcium absorption in the gut, and is vital for both bone growth and remodelling. It also helps to prevent osteoporosis when used alongside calcium. Vitamin D3 helps with cell modulation and growth, and contributes to good neuromuscular and immune system functioning. How do I know if I’m getting enough? There are several ways to take …

Dulwich’s St Barnabas’ Parish Hall Hosts New Fitness Classes from BBC Dragons’ Den Swing Success 

Dulwich will be one of the first places in the country to offer a new and joyful cardio fitness workout from a BBC Dragons’ Den success. SwingTrain is an elating exercise experience accompanied by the vintage vibes of swing, gospel, rhythm & blues and jazz – a marked difference to the electronic music that dominates the majority of cardio exercise classes. The fitness regime has been developed by Scott Cupit, the award winning dance teacher and entrepreneur whose pitch for Swing Patrol – the dance school and events company – secured investment on BBC Dragons’ Den. Duncan Bannatyne wanted to try swing in health clubs and Piers Linney was looking for “the Zumba of Swing”. Now, SwingTrain is launching under the guidance of investor Deborah Meaden, and local fitness instructor Robyn Larsen has been selected as the first SwingTrainer in Dulwich. The SwingTrain total body workouts are inclusive and suitable for all levels of fitness and coordination. No dance or fitness class experience is required whatsoever. Qualified SwingTrain fitness instructors lead participants through a series of fun, …

Fitness Tips: Five things to focus on in times of stress

We all have moments where it feels as though the plates we’ve kept spinning are starting to wobble or fall to the floor. It might be a work event, something in your personal life or an accumulation of poor sleep and bad choices, but most of us are affected by stressful times in our lives. It’s how we see it coming, and then what we do when the pressure ratchets up, that matters. Here’s my suggestions for five things to focus on: Emergency card Have a postcard or piece of paper that’s your ‘in case of emergency’ card. Write on here the three to five things that you must keep doing, but keep them simple. It’s about maintaining the basics – too much will just deter you from doing anything at all. It needs to be a handful of simple and easy to implement tips that have a big impact on your overall health. This will help you stay resilient and able to manage the situation you’re facing. As soon as you feel stressed or overwhelmed, pull out the emergency card and …

Fitness Tips: How to successfully hit your goals

What drives a winning mindset, and how can you create an environment where you can avoid relapsing into old behaviours, break away from limiting beliefs and allow success to thrive? A winning mindset There are many factors that make up a winning mindset. The first is general attitude. Presumably you’re reading this article because you wanted to understand how you can improve yourself in the most efficient and time-effective way. In doing so, you’ve just demonstrated to yourself that you have some degree of motivation and desire to change, but here are some other important factors to consider: Environment This is probably the most important of all. In 2015, I went on a 40-week brand accelerator programme. Going on the programme was one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made, but my personal performance levels went through the roof because I was taken into an environment where I was surrounded by entrepreneurs or well-known business leaders talking about how they solve meaningful problems. Never underestimate the power of environment for driving performance. Relationships Look around at …