Yoga For Immune System

BODY BENEFITS

Heard that endurance yoga exercise can dampen your immune system? New Research has turned this on its head.Researchers at the University of Bath Reinterpreted scientific findings since the1980s. They found that during endurance sport, the number of some immune cells in the bloodstream can increase by up to 10times, especially ‘natural killer cells’, which deal with infections. After exercise, levels of some cells in the bloodstream decrease substantially – sometimes falling to levels lower than before exercise started and this can last for several hours.However, rather than being destroyed, as was previously thought, there’s evidence they simply move to sites that may need them more, such as the lungs. Ironman Here we come!

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GET STRONG, BE SAVVY

Want to boost your brain power? Then hit the weights.According to latest research, your muscular strength is akey indication of how healthy your brains is. In a study of nearly half a million people in Schizophrenia Journal,stronger people (measured by handgrip) performed better across reaction speed, logical problem solving and memory tests. ‘Our study confirms stronger people tend to have better functioning brains,’ says Dr Joseph Firth of The University of Manchester. ‘Interventions such as weight training could be particularly beneficial for people with mental health conditions.’

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FIT TRAVEL

Planning a sightseeing trip to London? Be inactive tourist and book in with The London Fitness Tour. Designed for tourists and locals alike, thefun tours are led by fun-loving PT Savio Los andmix cultural exploration with music and exercise.Covering six areas of the capital, including Shoreditch and Brixton, each tour is accompanied by a playlist to match the area’s atmosphere and musical heritage. ‘Exercising outside got me strong and fit without going anywhere near a gym, saysLos. ‘Now I’ve combined that with sightseeing and music.’ The 45-minute sessions to three-hour jaunts cost from £15; londonfitnesstour.com.

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TREAT YOURSELF PROMOTION

Discover Wellthos, the expert-led health-food and fitness delivery box aimed at inspiring your healthy choices. Enjoy a one-off or monthly curated box of the latest healthy snacks,ingredients, fitness products,recipes, workouts and more.Use the code ‘HEALTH20’at wellthos.com to get 20%off your first box. A one-off trial box costs £25.99 while monthly subscription costs£22.99 per month.

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3 OF THE BEST… GYM-BAG SNACKS

Fuel up your tank on the go with these healthy new bars

Peanuts, creamy peanut butter and quinoa puffs combine to give a chewy bar, high in slow-release energy, fibre, vitamin E and 6g vegan protein.

NATURE ORGANIC SEEDSUPERBAR,£1.99 for 40 gocado.com

This tasty new bar boasts eight superfoods, including hemp, chia and maca, 9g of plant protein and half the sugar of most other bars.

BOUNCEREDBERRY PROTEINBREAKFAST BAR, £1.29 for 45g; ukbouncefoods.com

Tasty, chewy and crunchy, with cranberries, blueberries and sour cherries, plus creamy cashew butter, 9g protein, 6.7g fibre .

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