Tennis – Wimbledon
One of the most important sporting events in the UK every summer is Wimbledon. This year’s tennis championships are taking place between 3-16 July. It’s a time to enjoy the sunshine and a chance to pick-up a racket for yourselves. You never know – you may discover you’re the next Federer, or perhaps simply find yourself a new hobby!
Whether it’s playing tennis at Wimbledon or going for a run in your local park, any exercise is important for your health and wellbeing. The UK recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week 1. This can include everything from taking a walk in the park to swimming in a pool. There are lots of different options and something to suit everyone. Regular exercise has many proven benefits for health such as reducing the chances to develop coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and even cancer 2. It’s not just your physical health but also your mental health that can benefit from exercise.
Regular exercise also seems to have a beneficial impact on our gut microbiome. Research has shown that a physically active person’s microbiome has a far greater diversity and a greater number of beneficial bacterial species than those who are not physically active 3.
Strawberries & Cream!
Apart from tennis, Wimbledon is also known for the delicious traditional treat of strawberries with cream. Sweet and fresh, it’s a great food to enjoy in the sunshine. However, at Love Your Gut we know it’s the small changes that can make a big difference. So, why not add in mixed berries to get that little bit more variety of fibre in your diet, or try using low fat cream instead of full fat cream.? If you want to go the extra mile, try making this Frozen berry yogurt cake, a delicious dessert bursting with summer berries. It also contains plenty of dietary fibre that will give your gut bugs that extra bit of love.
- uk. 2023. Physical activity guidelines for adults aged 19 to 64 – NHS. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-guidelines/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults-aged-19-to-64/.
- uk. 2023. Benefits of exercise – NHS. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits/. [Accessed 30 May 2023].
- Mohr AE et al. (2020) Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 17(1):1-33.