Deans Health and Fitness Blog
Health and Fitness is a hot topic of discussion at the moment so once a month our health and fitness manager Dean will be keeping us up to date with some great tips and also answering some key fitness related questions:
What is the one thing I should cut out of my diet?
Sugar! Whenever I speak to people who are trying to lose weight or change their lifestyle to become healthier, sugar is the one ingredient I recommend they reduce or remove from their diet (and most people don’t realise just how much they consume.)
Sugary food and drinks tend to be high in calories but contain no essential nutrients, and won’t fill you up. This is is why these foods and drinks contain what is known as “empty” calories. Because they won’t fill you, this makes it easy to over-consume them, and the excess calories can cause you to gain weight.
Sugar also suppresses the immune system, raises insulin levels and can cause obesity. Fill up on fresh fruit to get your sweet fix and save sugary foods for a treat.
I have heard there are ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’ – is this true?
Yes, it is true. There are two main types of fat; these are saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fat can be found in olive oil, avocados, oily fish and nuts. Despite falling into the ‘fat’ category, these foods are vital for a healthy diet as they help the body absorb certain nutrients, provide a source of both energy and essential fatty acids that the body can’t produce itself.
Saturated fat is found in many prepared foods and fast foods, fatty meats such as sausages, full-fat dairy products and lard. Good fats can help metabolise fat for energy whereas bad fats can clog arteries and cause cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease, which includes heart attack, stroke and narrowed arteries. Try to ensure your diet stays balanced and avoid saturated fats where possible. Small changes such as leaving spread out of sandwiches and grilling rather than frying will help with this.
Should my children be exercising?
When most adults think about exercise, they think of working out in the gym, running or lifting weights, but for children, exercise can be playing games, riding bikes and running around outdoors.
Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and young children as well as adults. Physical activity will help children develop stronger muscles and bones, ward off obesity and decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, active children also sleep better – a welcomed incentive for many parents! So this summer, encourage your children to stop watching TV or playing video games and go outside and play football or take a long stroll in the fresh air. The importance of an active lifestyle isn’t restricted by age.
Keep an eye out for Dean's next installment.
Who’s Paulo Radmilovic?
Paulo was born in Cardiff in 1886. He is best known for competing in 5 Olympic Games and winning 4 gold medals for Great Britain during his Olympic career.
What did he do?
Paulo’s success came from the men’s water polo and swimming events at the London 1908 games, Stockholm in 1912 and Antwerp in 1920. His achievements remained a British record until 1996 when Tessa Sanderson competed in her sixth games and later in 2000 when Steve Redgrave won his fifth gold medal in the Sydney games.
A few facts…
- Born to a Croatian father and an Irish mother
- He was affectionately known as the ‘Shark Man of the Taff’
- If the 1916 Olympic Games had not been cancelled due to World War 1, Paulo would have competed in 6 events
- He still swam 400 metres a day aged 78
- Died aged 82 in 1968 in Weston-super-Mare where he lived
- Paulo ran the Imperial Hotel in Weston for many years
- In 1967, Paulo was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He was only the second Briton ever to be given the honour
Paulo has been described as Wales' greatest Olympian and for this reason; The LC Swansea will be unveiling two full size commemorative statues on Friday 11th July at 11am. The aim is to remind people of Paulo’s incredible accomplishments and to act as an inspiration to the next generation of athletes. It is most fitting that these statues are now displayed in LC Swansea with our strong sporting heritage and position as a city of sport
Richard Proctor, Chief Executive of Bay Leisure Ltd, will be available throughout event which will last approximately 1 ½ hours. There will be an opportunity for interviews, filming and photography during this time.
If you’d like to find out more about this event, just pop in to the LC or give us a call on 01792 466500.
The latest fitness craze 'Insanity' is coming soon to the LC. Laurie, one of our fitness team, is currently perfecting her class ready to launch in time to get your beach body ready – who will be brave enough to give it a go??
After months of relentless work with Big Wave Media (and great support from Aaron), the LC are pleased to announce the launch of their brand new website designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation. Our new website is updated with all of our latest information about everything we offer here at the LC and there are some exciting new changes including some fun interactive games with our very own Tommy the Turtle.
With its brand new look and design we hope you enjoy the new site.
The weather was on our side for the final children’s run which completed the most successful series of runs with Bryn Y Mor topping the rankings with 282 children running over the two runs. Dragon multi skill sports as well as our LC staff were on hand to keep everyone entertained prior to the race.
Can you recognise anyone in these pictures??