If you’re one of those people who have always stayed clear of the free-weights in the gym, then we want to and encourage you to give them a go. These versatile weights are a great bit of equipment for all gym-goers, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro and can be used as part of a full body workout, either at the gym or at home.
Swimming has long been recognised as an enjoyable form of exercise, suitable for all ages and fitness levels, but a recent study by Swim England has highlighted just how incredible the health benefits of swimming are, which is helping to save the NHS an impressive £357 million a year.
When we workout, it’s fairly common to focus on muscle groups that are visible, such as arms and legs to achieve a toned appearance or gain muscle mass, but shoulder strengthening exercises are also just as important.
Stretching is often the activity that most often gets overlooked as part of our exercise routine and at best it might consist of a rushed cooldown before hitting the showers after an intense gym class.
If it’s abs of steel that you’re after then patience and consistency are key here. To achieve a chiselled torso, it takes more than endless crunches, so read on for the secret to achieving the infamous ‘six-pack’.
Whether you are an athlete, a fitness fanatic or someone brand new to exercise, it’s likely you’ll be looking at ways in which you can improve your performance and reach your personal goals. And good nutrition is a key part of this.
Forming good habits when young can be the key to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle later in life. Given the chance, most young children enjoy being active but even by the time they reach school age, some children’s lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary due to increasingly busy family lives, the lure of screen time and other non-active commitments.
It’s ok to admit that some of us need new challenges and goals to keep our health and fitness programme moving forward and progressing. Taking part in an organised sporting events can provide you with the incentive you might need to give your training real focus. These events will not only provide a focus for your training and something to work towards, but they can also act an excellent motivator. Training with a friend or partner can spur you both on and keep your motivation levels high as you work towards improving your performance ahead of the event.
If you are new to the gym or it has been a while since you last worked out it can be difficult to know where to start. How much time should you spend on cardio and where do you begin with strength training? These are all questions which might be going through your head.