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FEELING GOOD -FITNESS AND WELL-BEING Bridal party wedding hair by Maxime Le Salon HOW Can We GeT THe mOST OuT OF OuR bOdIeS? It’s a question pon-dered for centuries, and one that drives the market in fitness, beauty and well-being. The answer, drawing on science, nutrition, physiotherapy and psycholo-gy, suggests the ‘always-on-always-avail-able’ culture of today harnesses less time, more pressure and longer working hours for people. In turn, the weight is shifted onto a different question; what’s the most efficient way to get the most out of our bodies? Where the mind goes the man follows: relax evolving and ever changing, there are two things defining today’s health and fitness fancy. One, physical and mental fitness are one and the same thing, where asking how to get the most out of your body, is really asking how to get the most out of your mind. ‘mind-body beautiful’ involves connecting the two, with yoga and spa treatments honing this mental relaxation down to a tee. Core strength & efficient exercise The second health and fitness trend is the focus on core strength and exercise efficiency. The human physique has around 640 muscles, facilitating a huge in as much abundance, which is ironic when you consider these are crucial to our balance, alignment and strength. Pilates, TRX suspension training, and yoga utilise the core muscles, with slow, gradual exercises improving flexibility and strength. HIIT, high-intensity interval training, boasts all of the above, plus one added benefit; efficiency. Getting fit no longer means exercising as much as you can. It’s about how hard you can, in 30 seconds. Fitness has long tried to find a way to yield the same results in half the range of movements in turning, twisting, time, and HIIT’s sprint-over-stamina the-ory could mean the wait is over. stretching and flexing. Our day-to-day So, with all these new arrivals in life uses a tiny fraction of these. Walking, physical and mental pampering, here’s running and spinning exercises the legs and heart; lifting weights exercise isolat-a breakdown of what is offered on island, so you can decide for yourself ed areas of the arm, whilst sitting and standing exercises, well, not much. Core what health and happiness means to >>>>> muscles in the torso are not focused on you. Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at SUMMER 2017 • • • • • 27

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