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Woman & Home  - April 2010

Woman & Home

Health Shortcuts that work

It’s not always easy to do what’s best for your health, so when you can’t do it all, here’s what counts.

Gold Standard: Lift weights twice a week. Moderate weight lifting helps burn calories, reduces body fat and increases bone density, reducing the risk of fractures.
Next best thing: Try exercises that use the weight of your own body as resistance, says personal trainer Laura Williams.
Try these... Push ups and lunges can be done at home.
Running, skipping, dancing, walking are load bearing activities that help improve bone density.

Gold standard: 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity most days of the week. Thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least five times a week, as recommended by the Department of Health’s chief medical officer, will help you lose weight, lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol and protect against hypertension, depression, anxiety and chronic disease.
Next best thing: Take three ten-minute walks each day. “Short bursts of activity that raise your heartbeat also boost your metabolism, which in turn will help you lose weight and lower your risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease,” says Laura Williams.
Try these... A ten minute brisk walk at lunchtime; climb a few flights of stairs several times a day instead of using the escalator; go mad with the housework.

To book a session or to find out how Laura can help you get into shape, email her at laura@laurawilliamsonline.co.uk

Or call her on 07712 001525.Social

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