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The A-Z of Health & Fitness Lingo (Part 2)

The A-Z of Health & Fitness Lingo (Part 2)

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Do you know your stuff when it comes to all things health and fitness? Or do you feel like you’re always a bit late to the party when everyone else is talking about a new workout or ‘superfood’? We’re here to help get you up to date on the keywords that you need to know. 

If you haven’t already, check out part one of this post

N is for… Nice Cream
A healthier alternative to ice cream, ‘nice cream’ is made from blended frozen bananas. The flavour can be easily changed by adding different berries, fresh mint or peanut butter. 

O is for… Overtraining
Putting too much physical stress on the body without giving it enough recovery time can lead to overtraining. Without proper rest, your body may not get enough time to build muscle, deal with stress and repair itself. 

P is for… Plyometric Training 
Often referred to as ‘jump training’, plyometric movements involve rapidly lengthening and contracting muscles to increase muscle power. Using your bodyweight as resistance, plyometric training can help you build speed and power. Examples of plyometric exercises are jump squats, burpees and box jumps. 

Q is for… Quinoa
A gluten-free grain, quinoa comes in three main varieties: white, red and black. It’s high in fibre, as well as being a source of iron and magnesium.   

R is for… Runner’s High
The hope for a runner’s high is what pushes lots of people out the door! It’s that wonderful feeling you can get after a tough workout (not just running!), which is often attributed to a flood of endorphins (feel-good chemicals) after exercise. 

S is for… Sweat.com
Also known as your new favourite website! Sweat.com is a great place to get fitness advice, read about new workouts or find motivation. 

T is for… Tabata 
Originating in Japan, Tabata is a style of high-intensity training developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata. Using an interval structure, a Tabata workout involves pushing yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds, then resting for 10 seconds. This is repeated until a number of rounds are completed, making up a circuit of a set number of minutes. 

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U is for… Umami
A Japanese word, meaning pleasant savoury taste, which is often used to describe savoury or meaty flavours. For example, miso adds an umami taste to a bunch of dishes (see our miso ideas blog post for more!).

V is for… Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa refers to a flowing movement linked with the breath. This style of yoga focuses on continued movement, as well as the transition from each posture with the inhalation and exhalation of breath. 

W is for… Wearables
Short for wearable technology, wearables include devices like activity trackers and smartwatches. They can be fantastic for keeping tabs on exercise data (such as how far you’ve run), as well as measuring your heart rate. 

X is for… Xanthan Gum 
A thickening agent, xanthan gum is commonly added to sauces, soups and salad dressings. It’s also commonly used in gluten-free breads and baked goods to improve the texture. It may contain traces of soy, so it’s best avoided by people with a soy allergy. 

Y is for… Yoghurt
A source of protein, calcium and vitamins, Greek yoghurt also contains probiotics (good bacteria), which can help keep your stomach happy. It’s a suitable substitute for cream or butter when baking, or you can also swap mayo for Greek yoghurt when making potato salad. 

Z is for… Zinc
One of the vital minerals our body needs for growth and general good health, zinc can be found in dairy, legumes and nuts, as well as meats and seafoods. We need zinc to support our immune system, as well as for blood clotting and thyroid function. 

Did you girls learn a few new words? Are there any fitness terms that you haven’t quite figured out yet? Feel free to let us know!

* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.

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