The A-Z of Health & Fitness Lingo (Part 1)
The A-Z of Health & Fitness Lingo (Part 1)
Welcome to our very first two-part blog! Today we’re taking a look at fitness-related words you might have heard or read online. If you’re not quite sure what some of them mean, don’t worry! We’ll give you a quick run-down on the ABCs you need to be up on.
A is for… Activewear
Activewear is clothing designed for sweating in. While it’s made for working out, activewear has become a huge fashion trend as well, even spawning similar trends (like athleisure). Basically this means it’s now more acceptable to wear your workout gear when you’re not working out!
B is for… Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga was created by Bikram Choudhury, and a traditional Bikram Yoga routine runs for 90 minutes and consists of 26 postures. It takes place in a heated room (usually between 37-40℃, or 98-104℉) with increased humidity. The routine uses postures which work every part of the body, stimulating internal organs and stretching ligaments and muscles.
C is for… Cold-pressed Juice
Cold-pressed juice is made by gently pressing fruit or vegetables, releasing the natural juices and nutrients slowly. This process of juicing is often marketed as a healthier option, although it is early days in terms of available research to show a significant difference. The blades of mechanical juicers are said to heat the fruit, which can destroy some of the vitamin content, something that’s avoided with cold-pressed juices.
D is for… Deskercise
Deskercise is a term for exercises you can do at your desk, which can help undo some of the health effects of sitting all day. Try seated leg raises, shoulder shrugs and wall push-ups to give your body a bit of a stretch and get the blood pumping.
E is for… Eating Mindfully
Also referred to as intuitive eating, eating mindfully relates to the practices surrounding mealtime, and the way we eat. The goal of eating mindfully is being in touch with physical signs of hunger and taking the time to savour the taste and texture of the food as it is being eaten. The idea is we focus on enjoying the food we eat, rather than having any emotional connection (such as turning to comfort food). This can lower the chance of overeating.
F is for… Fitspiration or Fitspo
A hybrid of the words ‘fit’ and ‘inspiration’ (there’s also the short version: fitspo). Fitspiration is using examples (such as photos or messages) of fitness and health habits as motivation to achieve your own fitness goals.
G is for… Glutes
Your gluteals (or glutes) control movements in the lower body and help to maintain posture. Strong glutes can help your performance, and may reduce the risk of injury to your knees, lower back, groin or hamstrings.
H is for… Hydration
Hydration is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies. It helps to regulate the temperature of the body, as well as keeping cells healthy and flushing out toxins. Drinking water and eating foods with high water content can help you stay hydrated.
I is for… Interval Training
Also known as interval workouts, interval training involves alternating training at periods of high and low intensity. The lower-intensity periods give your body a little time to recover before stepping back into a high-intensity interval. This generally means you can increase the total amount of activity you can do at a higher intensity.
J is for… Juicing
Juicing refers to drinking juice as a meal replacement. While freshly squeezed juice can give us a boost of nutrients, it can also provide a big sugar hit without the fibre you’d get from eating a piece of fruit. Replacing whole meals with juice can send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride and may leave you feeling hungry again very quickly.
K is for… Kettlebell
You’ve probably seen a kettlebell at the gym — shaped like a metal ball with a handle, kettlebells are used in a variety of resistance exercises (like squats, presses and swings). When used correctly, they can help work your thighs and glutes (among other parts), as well as helping to improve your balance and core strength.
L is for… Lats (Latissimus Dorsi Muscle)
Your lats are the biggest muscles in your back, helping your body to make lots of different movements. Working your lats is important for stabilising your shoulders.
M is for… Macros
Short for macronutrients, macros are nutrients found in food that we require in our diet. They fall into three categories; carbohydrates, fat and protein. Your body needs these nutrients in large amounts, and macros are considered the building blocks for a healthy diet.
Hopefully our ABC guide to fitness terms has helped answer a few burning questions, or you’ve learned something new! That’s it for this week, but be sure to check out part 2! In the second part, you’ll learn a bunch of words from N-Z so you can add them to your fitness vocab.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.