Weekly Health and Fitness Roundup: 21st – 27th May, 2012

In this week’s Inspire Fitness Health and Fitness Roundup, find out more about the health and performance effects of coffee, ways to stay active and avoid excessive sedentary behaviour (e.g., sitting!), and the importance of experiencing stress.

“All About Coffee”: There’s plenty of conjecture out there about the benefits and drawbacks of coffee consumption.  With so much information and conflicting opinions out there, it’s hard to know what to believe.  With many Inspire Fitness clients being avid coffee drinks, here’s an article from Precision Nutrition, reviewing the available evidence to unravel the mysteries of coffee.

“The 9-5 Guide To Staying Active”: We’ve recently spoken about the dangers of physical inactivity, also known as sedentary behaviour.  With so many of us working desk-bound jobs, we are all at greater risk of suffering negative health consequences…unless we move and move often!

“Stress Is Not Your Enemy”: At first, it may seem strange that we’re linking you to a blog post from the Harvard Business Review.  After all, we’re here to help you get the most from your training and healthy lifestyle behaviours, not to discuss the ins and outs of the business world, right?  Working as a health professional, it’s always fascinating to see how human health and physiology intersects with other aspects of our lives.  The take away message here is: an appropriate level of stress is important for your personal and professional development.  From a training perspective, this means your training should be individualised, challenging, and progressively adjusted to meet your changing capacities and needs!  This is the cornerstone of what we do at Inspire.  Enjoy!