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How to train for a half marathon

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm

The best way to motivate you to train for a half marathon is to sign up for one. Once you have signed up, you have no excuse not to meet your goal.

Training for a half marathon takes time, usually a 12-week program works best. The 12 weeks will involve jogging, running, sprint training, core weights and yoga. By incorporating all of these types of exercise will help maximise your fitness, improve your stamina and overall health.

Another great way to stay focused and motivated is to get a friend to join in with you. You can train together and encourage each other throughout the journey. Running a half marathon is a fantastic achievement for yourself and if you can raise money for charity at the same time, it makes it that bit more advantageous too.

If you feel you are not ready to take part in a half marathon, try signing up to some fun runs first to help get you started and in the swing of things.

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How diet can improve your fitness

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Being fit and healthy is definitely a current phase, and a really good one at that. With new fitness and health role models on social media being fitter is made a little easier.

While regular exercise is good for improving your overall fitness, you can take your health one step further by introducing a healthy balanced diet into your daily life. Fad diets are a thing of the past, and meals full of good fats, protein and carbohydrates are well encouraged.

Your body requires all types of nutrients to survive, and while you up your level of exercise, your food consumption should follow. Eating too little, will starve your body of energy and cause you to fatigue early and generally decrease your health.  A balanced diet in combination with regular cardio and strength training will see your body at the fittest and healthiest it has ever been.

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3 reasons to take up Yoga

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 7:27 am

Yoga is becoming a popular exercise for both men and women, with many benefits to your fitness and health, there really isn’t an excuse to not make it part of your fitness regime. Yoga is easy to add to your routine as it can be done at home with a DVD or in a group at a gym, whichever suits you best. We have outlined the top 3 main benefits of taking up Yoga:

Flexibility- While yoga improves posture, it also improves your own flexibility. As a beginner you may start to see an improvement in your flexibility and begin to try more challenging poses.

Strength-Yoga certainly challenges your muscles as you have to learn to hold positions that you are not use to doing. You will use new muscles, and develop and tone all of your muscles.

Stress relief- Yoga helps to reduce stress levels as it can be seen as a form of mediation, some yoga classes focus more on relaxation while others challenge your muscles and flexibility.

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Making Pilates part of your regular exercise regime

Posted on July 29, 2017 at 9:06 am

Pilates exercises consist of different body movements, based on simple principles such as controlling your core, breathing techniques and body awareness. Pilates exercise is good if you are looking for a combination of mind and body exercises and can be tailored to your specific body needs.

The Pilates exercises are easy, cheap and convenient to include in your weekly exercise regime. Pilates can be done at the comfort of your home using a mat and a DVD video player or at the gym using the reformer machine or group class. Pilates exercises are good specifically for the core group of muscles, they strengthen the core muscle and help loose abdominal fat. They also increase joint flexibility, improve on body posture and mobility and a good way to distress.

For beginners’ schedule in a Pilate workout once or twice a week to your normal regime and have an instructor help you to avoid injury. Make Pilates part of your exercise regime as a way to break off from the monotony of high intensity cardio and heavy weight lifting session and to achieve a holistic body functioning.

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Adding swimming to your fitness regime

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 8:15 am

Swimming is a sport that helps improve your cardio and strength too. Starting up a swimming fitness regime can certainly help improve your fitness and overall health.

The best time to swim is early in the morning, as it can provide you with energy and wake you up for the day ahead. Swimming burns body fat well whilst it also tones and sculptures your muscles all over your body. You will see improvements in your muscle tone in your arms, legs and abdomen and back. After a good morning swimming session, you will build up a good appetite for a healthy balanced diet.

Swimming can also increase your cardiovascular fitness too, improving your overall stamina. With so many benefits you will wonder why you didn’t start a swimming fitness regime sooner. You can join a local swimming group or simply pay as you go alone, which ever suits your workout style best.

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