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New Year Fat Loss: Don’t try to spot reduce

Happy 2018 to you, your family and friends It is that time of year where we start January targeting our New Year's resolutions - one of the main ones is to lose body fat. Before you accept any monthly challenge of completing 'X' amount of sit ups per day, your time...

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Fitness Over 50 Blog: How I discovered HIT, Ladder and Pyramids

I had been attending the local gym for about fifteen years. I have also been treated by a Chiropracter for a stiff back, tight hamstrings and some issues with posture. About a year ago my IT band became inflamed and I stopped going to the gym to give my knee time to...

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Healthier Holidays

Temptation, it's everywhere at Christmas time: to go for drinks with everyone and anyone, to snack on a mince pie or three and eat everything in sight at the work 'do' as, after all, it's Christmas. However, before you completely over-indulge, consider the following:...

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How to deal with the ‘what ifs’

Training for an endurance event is hard.  It takes an awful lot of time, will power and selfishness to get through the 16-odd weeks of training to make it to the start line of a long distance race like a marathon.  And the thing is, not matter how much you plan, how...

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Seven Tips to Survive Winter Marathon Training

Seven Tips to Survive Winter Marathon Training Because, like many of you reading this, I am a little unhinged and have decided to run a marathon in the spring, I have also decided to run through the worst months of the year. There’s no getting round it: it’s dark,...

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How to build muscle

What is muscle hypertrophy?   Hypertrophy is an increase in the size of tissue or organ due to growth of individuals cells, without an increase in the number of cells (Kent, 2006). The following are different forms of hypertrophy:  First of all you will have...

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Roll with It

What is Roll with It? Are you lacking in flexibility? Have muscle soreness? either from sports, sitting at a desk or sedentary lifestyle? The roll release class is a way to learn how to perform myofascial release on trigger points. These trigger points are sore spots...

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Body Happy Circuits

If you’re new to exercise or haven’t been active for some time, check with your GP for your safety and peace of mind.  He or she probably knows about Circuits and will encourage you to participate to improve your health and fitness. What is Circuits? Circuits is an...

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Pilates Classes for Strength and Vitality

Pilates is unlike any other method of exercise.  It’s non-impact and therefore ideal for anyone at any age and at any level of fitness or strength.  Each one-hour class is limited to 8 people, enabling Jenny to correct your posture and technique; you will be amazed...

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Personal Training “Getting Personal”

Knowledge Check out which qualifications they have. Personal Trainers can be operating without any qualifications: there’s no official body checking on your behalf as a client. Knowledge is King, but don’t let them confuse you with jargon. As a qualified PT, they will...

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Exercise, what is it good for?

Exercise, what is it good for? A lot of things. 150 minutes of moderate activity: that’s the recommended amount of exercise for 18 – 64 year-olds.  But don’t panic! This isn’t per day, it’s over a week. Guidelines suggest splitting the 150 minutes into 5 x 30 minutes...

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