Category: Health & Fitness

Sports Influencers: 9 Accounts to Follow on Social Media Networks

Internationally renowned athletes, fitness coaches or passionate self-taught athletes, sports influencers broadcast a variety of content ranging from training sessions targeted to a specific problem to personal development advice and nutrition tips. Their YouTube channels or their Instagram and Twitter accounts bring together communities of athletes ready to find inspiration, share dreams about their performances or take up challenges! This social aspect of fitness can be found in the iFitĀ® connected coaching solution.

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Your post-partum fitness programme

A real antidote to the baby blues, your post-pregnancy fitness programme can be started a few weeks after giving birth, as soon as you have the authorisation of your doctor or midwife. In the meantime, rest and adopt adapted postures to help you recover. Once you’re ready, do gentle exercises, such as postnatal yoga. An application such as iFitĀ® Coach will help you achieve your goal and stay motivated!

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New year, new challenges!

Which goal to choose for a new sporting year full of challenges Testing a new sport or choosing a goal that is a little more ambitious than usual allows you to break your routine and regain motivation. While being sure to stay realistic and make fun a priority, feel free to recalibrate your goals to energize yourself and start the new year full of energy!

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The ideal first aid kit for sport

The first aid kit of a sportsperson must be adequate for the main situations that will be encountered in training as well as in competitions. Ideally, it will contain dressings, bandages, sterile pads, physiological saline solution, an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory gel, as well as basic tools, such as small scissors and tweezers. A cold pack can also be very useful in cases of muscle pain or shock.

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Aromatherapy and sport: Essential oils for athletes

Aromatherapy plays an important role in sports: Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory, relaxing or analgesic properties. Some stimulate blood circulation and even boost self-confidence. When applied in massage, diluted in vegetable oil or cream, and used sparingly due to their high concentration of active ingredients, these oils promote muscle relaxation, help eliminate toxins and reduce pain in muscles, tendons and joints.

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Which sports are recommended for ankle pain?

Before starting or resuming training, make sure that the sport is not inadvisable according to your doctor. Pay particular attention to the warm-up and stretching phase and choose a suitable activity, such as swimming or cycling. An exercise bike is ideal for gentle ankle strengthening at home.

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Road bike: Start off in the best condition

To get started with road biking, equip yourself with a high-performance bicycle and accessories. Study the routes carefully beforehand and go out in the daytime at first. Adjust your bike to your size to be comfortable. Start with short trips and do cardio and weight training at the same time to make rapid progress.

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Sport: Strengthen, stabilise and protect your knees

To strengthen your knees and gain better stability, do exercises that engage the muscles around the joint. Furthermore, take care when you warm up and do not neglect stretching either. At the same time, determine the origin of any pain and do not place an injured knee under stress. Good hydration and a balanced diet also help to maintain healthy knees.

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Holiday celebrations: Target muscle gain

To build muscle and meet your health goals during the holidays, take inspiration from a bulking diet: Give priority to proteins, eat more small meals during the day, limit alcoholic drinks and stay well hydrated. At home or at a friend’s house, following these principles will allow you to enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty, even if you’re a little out of shape.

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Starting rebalancing your food intake: The golden rules

To start a dietary rebalancing programme, it is preferable to cook at home with fresh ingredients that you choose yourself. Focus on fibre and vary your meals by including fruits and vegetables, seeds, dairy products, and so on. Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast, and give yourself the best chance of success by setting yourself a realistic goal.

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Detox: An ideal post-holiday programme

To eliminate toxins linked to possible excess food and alcoholic drinks during the holidays, schedule a detox treatment over 2 days. Include in your menus foods that promote the elimination of metabolic waste, such as artichoke, garlic or lemon. After the detox treatment, eat a healthy diet with detox ingredients on a daily basis.

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Sports osteopaths: How can they help you?

Osteopathy is useful following a sports trauma, but also as a preventive measure to regain good posture and limit the risk of injury during practice. It is beneficial to utilise osteopathy before the preparation phase of an event, for example, but the best way to reap all the benefits is to go and see the osteopath when everything is going well, as this is when a practitioner can help you remove blockages and improve your performance.

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