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It’s summer and last month was hot, the hottest it has been for a long time. If you’re anything like us, you have probably been feeling more inclined to sit in the shade at the end of the day with a cold drink and a book than head out for some exercise. Maintaining a fitness routine can be really hard at this time of year.
However, here’s some interesting news. Recent research* has been looking at the way we can make ourselves fitter and stronger without lifting a muscle. The technique only requires something called the brain. The idea behind this research is to work with the connection between our brains and our bodies. We tend to treat these elements of ourselves as different entities, but our brain-muscle pathways are closely linked. In research, these activity along pathways was measured and the resulting data demonstrated that volunteers who performed imaginary exercises had stronger neuromuscular pathways and hence, stronger muscles. Meanwhile, those volunteers who didn’t, had weaker neuromuscular pathways that were beginning to degrade.
All this indicates indicates that 'thinking strong' is a great place to start and is often used by professional athletes when rehabilitating from an injury or problem.Of course, nothing beats staying on the move, but the visualisation technique can help get you back up and motivated to improve your fitness at all levels. And don’t forget that your chiropractic adjustments make sure your brain and body are talking in a nice clear way!
* Ohio University/Scientific American
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Healthy baked falafel: we were inspired by this recipe from top chef, Tom Kerridge. It’s a great addition to a salad or serve with a spicy salsa as snack.
1 tsp olive oil • 2 small onions, finely chopped • 2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained
• 4 garlic cloves, grated • 3 tsp ground cumin • 2 tsp ground coriander • 2 tsp sea salt
• 30g chopped coriander leaves • 30g chopped flat leaf parsley • 40g plain (or coconut or almond) flour • freshly ground black pepper
Gently fry the onions until soft then leave to cool. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until the mixture is a paste, but not too smooth; some texture is good. Roll into individual balls (about 18) then flatten just a little. Grease a baking sheet with your choice of oil, place the felafel on top, then drizzle them with a little more oil. Bake at 200ºC for about 20 mins or until golden, then flip and give them another 10 mins until brown on the other side.