Health Tips

spirulinaWhat is Spirulina?

You may not have heard of Spirulina but it has been popular for centuries. It is known that the Aztecs used to consume it way back in the 16th century and it is still incredibly popular today. NASA have proposed Spirulina as a plant that astronauts can grow and consume in space, because it contains large amounts of nutrients that have powerful effects on your body and brain. It is currently a superfood that is creating quite a buzz, and is well-known for both its colour and intense flavour. There are over 1200 peer-reviewed scientific articles relating to its health benefits.

Spirulina is an organism, a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, that grows easily in both fresh and salt water and is often referred to as blue-green algae. Like any plant, its energy is derived from sunlight via photosynthesis.

hidden-health-benefits-of-swimmingSwimming is the perfect sport to help you get fitter faster. It is also great for both physical and mental health, and anyone, regardless of experience, can access the sport regardless of their age or level of fitness and benefit from taking a dip. Given that you're exercising in water, you'll find that swimming is a low-impact sport and yet it provides excellent resistance work. Here's our 8 hidden health and fitness benefits of swimming.

1. Swimming Can Help Us To Reach Our Goals

Once you take up swimming regularly, you'll find that you're constantly wanting to improve. You might aim to do more laps than your previous session, or you may want to do faster laps. Swimming encourages you to be goal-oriented naturally. It's possible that you'll see this attitude transfer itself out of the pool and into other areas of your life too!

Tai ChiWhere Does Tai Chi Come From?

Tai Chi (also known as Tai Chi Chuan) dates back to 13th-century China. It is a gentle form of martial art, that focuses on light movements and deep breathing, just like yoga. Relaxation and mindfulness make up part of the process. You practice Tai Chi by making slow, graceful movements, flowing from one to another. It looks simple but it does require flexibility, strength and balance - skills that you'll improve through repetition and commitment.

Tai Chi differs from most other types of exercise mainly because the emphasis is on relaxation of the muscles rather than tension. The joints are never fully extended or bent, and none of your muscles or tissues should come under any kind of strain.