Should You Exercise When Sick?

Everyone gets sick, it’s part of life. We know that exercise is good for our health, though, so exercising when sick is okay, right? Yes, and no! It depends on how sick you are, the type of sickness, how long you’ve been sick for, and on the type of exercise. The body’s immune system is…

What to do on Rest Days

Recovery is important for progress and to avoid injury. Active recovery, where you engage in some form of movement on a rest day, is as important as complete rest days. But what should you do on rest days to encourage progress and recovery? Firstly, always adopt the “do no harm” approach. If you’re thinking about things to do…

Cooling Down After Training

There are several components to an effective workout; a general warm-up, workout brief (if you are in a coached session), a more specific warm-up, the working components of the session, and the cool-down. All components are essential. However, most attention is often placed on the former parts of the session. In many instances, only one…

BREATHE

Breathing is largely controlled by the autonomic division of the nervous system (ANS). The ANS acts subconsciously to control bodily functions such as heart rate, breathing and digestion. Although changes in your breathing happen subconsciously, we are able to consciously affect respiration. It’s a skill essential to life and performance in the gym, and better…