Keep well this winter by keeping active indoors

It’s not an uncommon story; the best laid exercise plans being derailed by inclement weather and low temperatures. That run or walk gets put off and the heater gets turned up.

Let’s face it, sometimes the heat pump is more attractive than the outdoors. However, there is no better way to stay warm and stop your energy levels slumping mid winter than with a regular exercise session. Continue reading

I’ll just work it off tomorrow, it’ll be ok..

img_6609Sound familiar?

Well have a look at this picture then. This person has just run 3.1miles, which is just over 5km. They did it at quite a decent pace: 9:15 minute miles which is just over 5 minute / km. that’s around 30 mins of hard running.

Consider this for a moment. Continue reading

‘Does this work?’ Are you keeping up with the latest fitness trends?

No matter where you look there seems to be a new tool, workout or quick fix plan that promises great results. Unfortunately, many of the latest trends become old news as they quickly fall out of favour due to being incorrect or unsustainable.

It’s great that exercise and the exercise industry have the ability to change to reflect and embrace incoming science and innovation. This means that you can access the latest research and ideas, but just make sure that before you jump on the ‘next big fitness thing’ that you are confident it is not just a fad. Continue reading

Could ten minute fitness classes be a thing?

As we know, HIIT (high intensity interval training) has been the buzz in our industry for a few years now. The benefits of intense bursts of activity interspersed with rest periods have been well documented. Naturally, exercise that is both fast and effective holds appeal to those for whom time is a precious commodity (i.e. most of us). Nevertheless, this type of class generally still takes place within a half-hour or so format. But could that be trimmed down to just a few minutes? The findings of a recent study suggest it could. Continue reading

Winter sleep in or gym? How to motivate yourself to exercise 

On cold dark mornings the temptation to bury yourself beneath the duvet is strong. Here is some advice to help you be even stronger.
Hit the snooze button or hit the gym? When it’s shiver material beyond the cover it’s all too easy to reach over to turn the alarm off. As Ned Stark predicted, winter has come, but this is no reason for you to put your health on the backburner. Here are seven tips for helping you keep your training on track. Continue reading