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    Mary Ellen Guiney is 30 years of age. She has a biochemistry degree from the National University of Galway, Ireland where she also rowed at home and internationally and won the All Ireland Championships in a crew boat.
  • CVD

    Cardiovascular disease refers to conditions that involve blocked arteries and blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, angina or stroke. The natural heart rhythm may be offset and the muscles of the heart are strained which leads to a number of complications. Reducing smoking and alcohol along with a diversified healthy diet and … Continue reading CVD

    Diabetes

      Diabetes is a metabolic disease which results from elevated blood sugar levels over a prolonged period of time. Symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger. Long term side effects of this metabolic disease can have a huge impact on the heart and can cause CVD or stroke. Type 1 diabetes is a … Continue reading Diabetes

    HIIT

    High intensity interval training is recommended to athletes twice per week and involves short bouts of exercise which elevates the heart rate over a 10-20 minute period. It can be used in any form of exercise such as sprinting, cycling hills or swimming but also involves the use of kettlebells and other equipment. Periods of … Continue reading HIIT

    Resistance Training

    In order to compete at a competitive level for any sport it is recommended to do resistance training at least twice per week. Sarcopenia or muscle wasting begins after the age of 30 so it is even more important to build and maintain muscle mass from this age onward. A mixture of both compound exercises, … Continue reading Resistance Training

    Rowing

    Rowing is an extremely challenging sport which requires a very strong mind and an intense training regime. It can be carried out solo in a skulling boat, but is more common as a team sport. The fitness for rowing is extremely different to swim, bike or run fitness but both can work very well together … Continue reading Rowing

    Ultra Marathons

    Ultra marathons aere becoming more popular today as well. Plenty of sports individuals who have participated in marathons around the world are now taking on feats of ultra-marathons to challenge themselves even more and they can start out at distances of running 100km and more. There are a group of sports enthusiasts in the north … Continue reading Ultra Marathons

    Triathlons

    Triathlons are becoming hugely popular today as they use three different disciplines: swimming, cycling and running. Triathlons are one of the healthiest forms of exercise as they promote the use of all muscle groups and the swimming and cycling part are low impact and thus easy on the joints. There are various distances used which … Continue reading Triathlons

    Food Pyramid

    There are several different food guidelines out there in each country which promote the use of a food pyramid or food wheel. One of the biggest contributors to obesity is the huge amount of carbohydrate that is promoted while individuals adopt a relatively sedentary lifestyle. It is recommended to get at least 150 minutes of … Continue reading Food Pyramid

    Sports Nutrition

    Today alot of sports enthusiasts and body builders are promoting low carbohydrate and high protein diets in order to bulk up and participate in cross fit. Some body builders are encouraged to take in 200g of protein per day which can cause several heart and kidney problems as they are damaging to the cellular process … Continue reading Sports Nutrition