Do you want a time efficient way to exercise? Do you want to lose weight or just improve your stamina and endurance? Are you bored with long, steady-paced cardio workouts? Look no further because interval training is where it’s at!
The festive season is upon us – HOORAY! For many, it’s a time for celebration and the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. For others, it’s when the gyms are closed, there is too much food available and when at least some of this year’s exercise and diet plan are undone!
Don’t let the festive season rob you of your hard-won health and fitness. By all means enjoy yourself and eat some of the foods that you might normally avoid for the rest of the year but also put these fitness-saving strategies into practice. That way, when January rolls around, you won’t feel like you are starting from scratch all over again!
Not so long ago, personal trainers were the reserve of the rich and famous. Music and film stars spent a fortune working with these mythical people to help them get in great shape and the popular media lapped it up. Every time a star went from fat to fit, the trainer inevitably featured in the equation and many trainers become almost as famous as their celebrity clients.
Diet and exercise are inextricably linked and while most people understand what constitutes a healthy diet or a solid workout plan, many are confused when the topic of alcohol comes up. Is alcohol healthy? Can it be consumed as part of a heathy diet? Should people who exercise drink alcohol at all? In this article we’ll lift the lid on alcohol and whether it can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Joining a gym is a big decision. At the risk of sounding alarmist – it could make or break your quest for health and fitness. A good gym can make working out a pleasure and something you look forward to whereas a bad gym can put you off exercise forever. Don’t join a bad gym – join a good gym by following these tried and tested insider tip.
Whether you run, ride, row or cycle or prefer to lift weights, do press-ups or play sport for fitness, a good warm up can make the difference between workout success and failure. For many exercisers, warming up is not considered an important part of working out and some even skip warming up altogether.
While skipping or cutting short your warm up could save you a few minutes of valuable time, you will probably find that, as a result, your workout isn’t as productive as it might be and the time saved may be nullified when you end up losing days or even weeks to an otherwise avoidable injury.
If you are an athlete, or even just fitness inclined, you have probably heard the phrase ‘muscle memory’ being thrown around before. But what does it actually mean? Muscles don’t have memories like the brain does, so how does it work?
Go into most gyms and you’ll see a clear divide between male and female exercisers. Most guys tend to spend the majority of their time lifting weights while the ladies are more likely to be found in the aerobics studio doing group exercise classes or on the cardio equipment working up a sweat in an effort to burn fat and “tone up”.
Time is arguably the most valuable commodity around, more precious than any amount of gold or oil. Many of us wish we had more time and there are a lot of demands on this scare resource. Unfortunately, when time is in short supply, the first casualty is often your workout.
Here are some great ways to make the most of your time so that you never need to miss a workout again – regardless of how busy you are.