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Deans Health and Fitness Blog August 12th

Is it true that some people naturally lose weight faster than others?     

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Yes this is an unfortunate truth. Some people just have a faster metabolism, and burn calories more quickly. Age, gender and stress can also be contributing factors. In this busy world, stress plays a major role in body composition, and whether a person is a comfort eater or food avoider when stressed will determine their predisposition.

My advice would be to stay consistent with your exercise routine. Don’t be disheartened if the weight doesn’t come off as fast as you would like - the added benefits of exercising, such as increased cardiovascular capacity, toned muscles and overall health can be even more important than weight loss.

Exercise in hot weather

With the recent heatwave, lots of people have been taking to the great outdoors to make the most of the sunshine whilst exercising. I thoroughly enjoy going to the beach for a jog, as a refreshing change from the treadmill. But the risks of exercising in hot weather mustn’t be ignored. Here are my top tips for staying safe:

  • Stay hydrated – drink more water than you normally would, to ensure your body stays cool
  • Avoid midday sun – the hottest time of the day is between 12 and 2pm, avoid strenuous exercise during this time
  • Take it easy – don’t expect your body to give it’s best performance if you are used to working out in an air conditioned gym
  • Snack – ensure your body has enough energy to cope with the heat as well as the exercise. Stick to juicy snacks such as fruit for both energy and hydration