Why is interval training good for your fitness?

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 7:06 am

You may have heard of interval training or HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), but what is it? And how can it help improve your fitness?

Interval training is a great way to burn off fat, and improve your overall stamina. Pushing your body to its limits for short bursts, followed be a rest period or gentle exercise. This type of workout gets your heart pumping during the intense sections and should just be slowing down during the rest periods, challenging your fitness and improving the muscles of your heart.

HIIT training can be incorporated into running, using sprints as the high level and jogs as the rest period. You can also use HIIT training in any type of exercise from abs to leg workouts. There are many fitness trainers that you can follow online that promote HIIT training. You need to have a basic level of fitness before starting a HIIT training program, so always consult your GP if you want to check you are healthy enough to start a new fitness regime.

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Cardio verses strength training

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 6:57 am

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires a combination of a good balanced diet with a regular exercise regime. Exercise can vary, depending on the individual and their own personal goals.

Before you can follow a good fitness regime, you have to know what your primary goals are. Your goals could be weight loss, muscle building, flexibility or stamina. With a clear goal in mind you can work out what exercises will work best for you to achieve your goals.

For weight loss, high intensity training and cardio workouts work best for fat burning, while weights and core exercises will help improve muscle building. Yoga or Pilates can help improve flexibility, while long distance running and cycling will be sure to increase your stamina.

That said, you are not tied to one area of exercising. You can do a little of all groups whilst doing your goal exercises at a higher frequency in one week.

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Boxercise; The main benefits

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Exercise is essential to helping you maintain a strong and healthy body, that’s why introducing new types of fitness is so important. Boxercise can be a very challenging yet reward exercise and can certainly take your fitness to the next level after a few sessions. Boxercise is a combination of cardio fitness and strength, using both to maximise your own abilities, for both women and men.

The type of activities within a boxercise session involve engagement of the entire body, burning calories fast. A great exercise for those looking to shed some weight. It also involves skipping, balance, power, agility and boxing punches too.

Boxercise is not only good for the body, but also the mind. The sessions help relieve stress and anger as you can take your frustrations out on a punch bag. Any type of new exercise class is a great way to meet new people, who love to keep fit just like you.

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Why Swimming will complement your fitness regime

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

Whether you need a summer body or simply want to keep fit, your fitness regime should include a mixture of exercises. How about adding swimming into your fitness regime? There are several reasons why doing so will be of great help.

To start with, swimming is fun. The fact that you are working out while at the same time having fun is comparable to none. It helps boost your morale in the process.

Swimming ensures a full body work-out. It doesn’t impact the joints but it is a major cardio workout of the whole body. Swimming also decreases stress levels, after a good a good swimming session, stress levels decrease making it a great fitness tool.

High impact workouts like trail running are good for losing calories but they are intense. Swimming is low-impact and is favourable for people who aren’t used to the gym. Swimming is a great addition to your fitness regime and you may talk a fitness trainer about the best ways to add it in to your routine.

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Increase you fitness by converting your garage into a home gym

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 4:04 am

Having your own gym at home is a great way to keep up your fitness, as you don’t have to travel far or pay for a gym membership. With a gym right at your door step, you will have no excuse to not keep fit.

A great place to set up your own home gym is in your garage, providing it is not already occupied by your car. The first step to setting up your own gym is preparing the garage floor, clearing it from dust and debris. Secondly you may want to consider adding a flooring to the garage too, this can be laminate flooring or even floor paint will do the good. Adding a large wall mirror really helps in a gym as you can see yourself workout, and monitor your personal progress too.

Buying fitness equipment can be a little bit expensive, however you could try search online for second hand items. Starting with a few weights, and running machine and a bench, and the expand from there.

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Joining your local running group: The benefits

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 6:47 am

Running is a good form of exercising for people of all age groups. It involves almost all of the body muscles so regular running will strengthen them all. However, some people find it difficult to run by alone, but don’t worry there is a solution. In recent years there has been a rise in local running groups. Joining a local running group is a solution to those people who cannot stay motivated without anyone pushing them on, but it is also an ideal way of sharpening our talents and socialising at the same time.

If you enrol in any of the local running groups, you may gain a great deal of confidence and make friends at the same time. There may be many running groups in your local area, so you need to choose the best one for your needs. You can select the group that you like the most, and then learn the best running skills from individuals who are really passionate about it. If you’re still at school, remember that most schools have professional or mid-professional athletes who have the responsibility of teaching you the art of running, so ask them if they’re overseeing any sessions after school.

Running has many other advantages too, for example it can be considered one of the best ways to keep your mind occupied with positive thoughts, helping you overcome stress. Reducing stress is of major importance these days, and by running you can trick your brain into releasing feel-good hormones, and even after only a few minutes of running you will begin to feel a lot better. If you are experiencing mild depression, forcing yourself to get up and run can dramatically lift your spirits, by joining this local running group will help you in creating the passion of running in you.

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Benefits of interval training

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 7:29 am

Perhaps you have hit a level and don’t realise what to do next. Interval training is one way that some are making awesome walks in their work out regime. Interval training works by utilising both high force and low power parts to make a total practice program. This is the manner by which it works. Suppose that you are at the exercise centre and you need begin interval training. The program will start with a warm-up. A warm-up is essential for a wide range of practice projects.

Following a three to five moment warm-up, you can start the primary high-force stage. Whatever you do, it is accomplished for sixty seconds. Once that time is up you move immediately to a lower force work out. This should be possible on a similar bit of gear just at a slower pace. When you are done with your workout, keep in mind the chill off to give back your resting heart rate.

This is what is known as the fundamental kind of interval training. There is a more propelled stage for the individuals who are in pinnacle physical condition. Rather than playing out your high power stage for 60 seconds, you can extend it to two minutes or more before moving to the lower force partition. The hazard here is that on the off chance that you take it too far, you could hurt yourself. The ideal range for smouldering fat is at around 75 percent to 85 percent of your greatest heart rate.

Likewise, with every other type of work out, you know the amount you can deal with. It is constantly shrewd to counsel your specialist before starting this or whatever other practice regimen. With interval training, failing in favour of alert will prompt to a sheltered and beneficial workout.

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Build your muscles with the right diet and training

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 3:04 am

Getting ‘ripped’ takes time and doesn’t just happen overnight, if you are planning to build your muscles you need to take extra time to fit in the training and keep to a balanced diet.

You need to work different muscle groups and rotate your training, from legs to abs to arms. Each body area needs its own workout session to see a visual difference. Your muscles keep working for 72 hours after a workout, so you do not want to leave a break longer than this between working the same area.

For your muscles to gain, you need to work them hard and the allow them to repair and recover. It is important you keep a healthy diet while partaking in this type of training as you will be burning fat very quickly. Eating foods high in natural fats such as avocados or nuts, nuts will provide you with the protein you need for your muscle repair too.

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Christmas get fit challenges

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 3:54 am

With Christmas around the corner, over indulging is sometimes inevitable. So the plan is to fix yourself up leading up to the 25th December. With Christmas being a month away the plan needs to start now. Many fitness and nutrition companies have picked up on this trend and are offering 30-day package deals to get in shape for Christmas.

The plans consist of a workout for at least 30 minutes a day for 6 days of the week, resulting in only one rest day. The 30 minutes must include cardio, such as running or a high-intensity workout (giving better results). The other sector is diet, controlling the snacks and increasing your intake of healthy fats and proteins.

We all thought it was just a beach body everyone wants, but now there is a Christmas outfit to fit into, a couple of weddings to go to and you want to be the best shape for them all.

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Getting Fit in 2016

Posted on December 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Many people will be thinking about working out early next year when the calorific Christmas period is out of the way. It’s easy to talk the talk though, and many people may start the year with a bang, going to the gym for several weeks before it all stops completely.

To become a regular ‘gym goer’ or ‘home exerciser’, you need to have one thing; motivation. If you really want to keep fit you have to change your lifestyle somewhat and create a new schedule. Working out isn’t easy, especially when you’re feeling fatigued after a long day’s work, but you just have to find the right balance. Do cardio one day, followed by weights the next, an abs workout the day after and then rest the next day. Then repeat the cycle. Choose workouts that can work out for you!

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