Fitness

Kettlebells – Are They Right For You?

August 29, 2016
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Exercise fads come and go and one of the more recent is kettlebells. Kettlebells are not, in fact, new at all and pre-date almost all other forms of strength training with the exception of bodyweight training. The strongmen of India, Russia, and even Scotland all used heavy balls with handles on them to develop prodigious strength long before kettlebells re-emerged and gained increasing popularity a few years ago.

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Weight Loss

How To Lose Weight With Pokémon Go and Stepz

August 22, 2016
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If you love to walk and use Stepz to keep track of how far you have traveled, you are already ahead of the weight loss game. Stepz not only tracks the number of steps you have taken but also calculates the number of calories you have burnt and you can compare your statistics with those of your friends.

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Running

Six Foods Runners Should Eat On A Regular Basis

August 16, 2016
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Your body is an amazing machine capable of incredible feats of fitness, endurance, and strength. However, like almost all machines, it’s only as good as the fuel it is supplied with.

Like a car, if you put poor quality fuel into your body, it will not work properly and could even break down. If you want to avoid this problem, you need to consider your diet as much as you do your training plan.

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Walking

5 Ways Pokémon Go Can Increase your Daily Step Count

July 30, 2016
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Video games are often thought of as one of the causes of sedentarism. Many kids and adults alike have been guilty of whiling away too many hours sat in front of a computer screen rather than exercising.

Pokémon Go, the newest video game craze, it different. You have to get up and get out of your house to play it!

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Nutrition

Top 10 Healthiest Herbs And Spices

June 6, 2016
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Herbs and spices can make all the difference between a dull meal and a delicious one. Many bland foods can be completely transformed with some smart spices and herbs. However, it’s not only your taste buds that will benefit from herbs and spices, your health will too.

Herbs and spices have long been used in both Indian and Chinese medicine and many modern drugs come from herbs and spices.

While it is unwise to try and self-medicate using herbs or spices, there is no reason not to use them in an effort to make your meals healthier and taste better.

There are literally hundred if not thousands of herbs to choose from – some of which are rare and expensive such as saffron. To help you make informed choices, here are TEN of the healthiest herbs and spices, the list taking into account availability, cost, and benefit. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section below.

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Weight Loss

The Truth About Why You Are Not Losing Weight

May 30, 2016
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Are you stuck in a weight loss rut, unable to make any meaningful progress? Frustrating isn’t it! Chances are, if your weight loss has stalled you are guilty of making one, some or all of the following mistakes and once you acknowledge where you are going wrong, you’ll soon be able to kick-start your weight loss progress.

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Nutrition

Supplements: Do You Need Them?

May 23, 2016
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I’m often asked what I think about nutritional supplements and whether you should take them. In today’s article I thought I’d spend a few minutes answering this frequently asked question…

If you open any glossy magazine or newspapers or watch TV, you cannot fail to have been bombarded with advertisements and advertorials for nutritional supplements. Nutritional supplements fall broadly into two categories – performance enhancing and health enhancing and, according to the media, it seems like we should all be taking them. But, is this really the truth?

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Nutrition

Top 10 Nutrition Tips For A Healthy Life

May 16, 2016
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Sometimes, the amount of nutritional information around can be overwhelming. With much of it being contradictory, it’s hard to know just where to start! With that in mind, the purpose of this blog post is to provide you with 10 common sense and easy to apply changes so you can, little by little, re-route your current eating habits towards and healthier and more nutritious diet.

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Motivation

You Cannot Manage What You Cannot Measure

May 9, 2016
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When it comes to fitness and weight loss, many people fall in to the trap of just “doing it”. They exercise, they eat less, but they end up making no real progress. When it comes to getting results from healthy eating or working out, often it is not enough just to take action, those actions need to have direction.

Adaptations to nutrition and exercise are SPECIFIC to the actions you take. Walking further or faster trains your body to walk further and faster whereas doing more squats will strengthen your legs. Specificity is one of the most important exercise principles.

So, if you have specific goals that you want to achieve from your workouts and eating plan, you need to effectively manage what actions you take and that way you will get the results you want.

Thankfully, there is no need to keep yourself in the dark and eat or exercise without direction. There are lots of ways you can quantify your actions and measure your progress to ensure you fitness moves forward and does not stagnate or regress.

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Nutrition

Pros And Cons Of Protein Powder

May 5, 2016
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Protein powder and exercise are inextricably linked and have been so for many years. Championed in fitness and bodybuilding magazines since their inception, protein powders have gone through several transformations as our understanding of nutrition has improved. Early protein powders were digestively unfriendly egg-based powders but most modern protein powders are made from gut-friendly whey – a byproduct of cheese manufacture.

Just because you exercise doesn’t automatically mean you have to make protein powders part of your diet despite what the magazines and their adverts might tell you but they can be useful in certain circumstances…

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