Well done to Katie Taylor for punching gold despite the weight of a nations expectation on her shoulders.
We hope all the Irish athletes are holding their heads up high after their incredible achievements; the years of dedication and effort in preparation, qualifying for an Olympic Games and competing against the worlds best athletes. We hope you inspire future generations to aim as high as you did. Well done Team Ireland.
Understandably, not all of us will aspire to be an Olympian. But, maybe such an event could inspire those less active to take up a sport or exercise routine.
Couch Potatoes & Sedentary Lifestyles!
Not a particularly wise choice for your health - a topic having gained much attention in the media just before the start of the Olympics.
James Levine, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, says;
"We know that as soon as somebody gets out of their chair, their blood sugar improves, their blood cholesterol and triglycerides improve, and that's very consistent. Every time you get up it gets better. Every time you sit down it gets worse."
I like the simplicity of this last explanation. The term 'exercise' scares some people because they think of intense routines suitable only for the training Olympian.
Exercise should be personal - suited to your capability, body type and progressive enough to be individually challenging.
Some highly effective options are our Physio Pilates programmes suitable for every age group, pregnant 'mums to be', athletes and even individuals managing an injury.
You can learn more about these programmes on our newly launched Pilates website.
Yours in good health!