Sports

Stretching: Why it’s now more important than ever

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 10:46 pm

It’s a well-known fact that you should stretch your muscles before you work out, and right now, and with the weather getting much colder, it’s more important now. If you were to jump straight into a walk, jog or sprint without stretching your legs, upper body or arms, you may feel a bit fatigued in the morning. Nobody wants to wake up and head into work feeling sore, so always make it a priority to stretch out before and after your workout routine. Whether you’re lifting weights doing some cardio work or working those abs, stretching will be key to success, but you also have to give your body time to rest and recover too, so a combination of working out, stretching and relaxing is a very good mix. Make sure you review your workout routine if you’re not stretching enough, otherwise you’ll forever feel sore and your body will feel decades older than it actually is!

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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 for not meeting 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 for 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 used 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 meditation, 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 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 weightlifting session and to achieve a holistic body functioning.

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