As a nutritionist, my area is of course food, but it all falls into the category of ‘health’. The
WHO definition of health is complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing and not
merely an absence of disease or infirmity.” When we speak with our clients, we’re
interested in not just what they eat but also their activity levels; the best results come from
combining nutrition and hydration with exercise, sleep and rest.
What I adore about this time of year is seeing the increase in people out there taking walks,
running, cycling and playing sport. And it always inspires me to see people taking control of
their health and being active is so very important, especially as we age. As adults we are
recommended to get 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days a week. This doesn’t have to be in
one 30 minute session, it can be broken up into 3 x 10 minutes so if time is limited, this
might make it a little bit more manageable.
Have you ever looked at children simply playing outside? They don’t even think about
‘exercise’ they just go out and play. They run when they’re playing chasing or bulldog, they hit and sprint when they’re playing Rounders. They don’t even consider weight bearing or resistance training; they swing from a tree or a climbing frame and they ‘muscle up’ on to a bar.
Somewhere along the way as adults, we tend to forget how to play at exercise. It should be
fun, it should be enjoyable and pretty much unnoticeable. Remember what you used to love
playing as a child; when you’d come home rosy faced, happy and tired? See if you can
recreate that sense of adventure and fun.
If you haven’t been taking regular exercise for a while, it’s never too late to start but start
slowly and at a manageable rate and if you’ve any health concerns, always talk to your GP
first. But when you’re good to go; find a buddy, make a date and do something – anything
– walking, dancing, gardening, whatever you love to do.
Staying active is one of the best things you can do for yourself; physically, mentally and
socially – the cornerstone of what true health is!
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Emma is the Director of Nutrition and co-founder of GourmetFuel®. She has developed an entire range of health meals and meal plans to compliment healthy living and fuel performance. Emma Buckley B.Sc RNutr, is a Registered Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition, from Dublin, Ireland. A UCD graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry a Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health and a Higher Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. In almost two decades as a nutritionist she has worked with some of Ireland’s most well known food and health brands. She is an international keynote conference speaker on nutrition and health. She has worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes and coaches covering all track, field and combat sports at the highest levels. Her understanding of how food and the body work together along with a team of gourmet chefs, helps GourmetFuel create a beautiful range of healthy, delicious meals. Emma specialises in weight management, sports nutrition and maternal/postnatal and infant nutrition.
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