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Motivate for Exercise Success

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (6)

Exercise is tiring - for both the body and the mind. The key to keeping going is motivation. Find what works for you, but here are some tried, tested and proven ways:

1) Hire a personal trainer. Well I would say that wouldn't I?! But research shows when you have a professional pushing and supporting you (and giving you workouts that are bespoke to your needs) then going to the gym - and coming back time and time again - is a lo...

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HIIT the ground running

Posted on July 8, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (112)

If you want to get the most amount of exercise done in the least amount of time - and get results quicker too - then look no further then high intensity interval training (HIIT)

It's not new but that doesn't mean it's not worthy of repeated promotion. And, while you might have heard of it, do you really understand what it means and do you know what the precise benefits are? If not, here's the lowdown:

HIIT ...

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It Just Takes Two

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (1)

NEW research shows that working-out with a partner helps you stick to an exercise regime.

But, a couple of gym trips a year with your nearest and dearest won't work, you have to do it regularly to reap results.

A study published in Health Education Research that looked into the management of diabetes through diet and exercise found that those people who worked-out with a partner fared better in controlling...

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Step It Up

Posted on October 6, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

There's a new piece of kit in  gyms right now - only it's an old piece of kit. Yes, we're talking about the Stairmaster/stepper (see pic). Once the machine oif choice for gym bunnies intent on burning calories it was mainly retired off around ten years ago in favour of its trendier sister the Crosstrainer in which the arms and legs move simultaneously. But thanks to an Instagram generation which is more concerned with a...

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NOT ALL FRUIT IS EQUAL

Posted on February 3, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

YES, fruit is good for us and we should be eating it as part of a healthy diet. Fruit contains nutrients, minerals, fibre, water, anti-oxidants and many are low calorie.

But beware, some fruits are better than others in terms of their sugar content and if you're looking to reduce your sugar intake and/or lose weight, then be careful which ones you choose....

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Strength, Conditioning, Core and Cardio = PiYo

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (1)

There's a new kid on the exercise block and its name is PiYo.

As it's name suggests, it's pilates/yoga combo class which brings togther the mind/body practices of yoga with the conditioning, stretching and dynamic movement principles of pilates.

The added benefit is that it's v...

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Fitness Trackers are Good for...Jumping On

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (3)

'Fitness Tracking Devices Don't Improve Health'

This was the headline in a national newspaper recently. The story was borne out of the results of a scientific study which monitored 800 people using a Fitbit device over a year. The research found that while users exercised more at first, there was 'no evidence' the gadget promoted weight loss, improved cardiovascular fitness or blood pressure.' The study also found that 90 per cent of ...

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Get SMART to be Smart

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Aside from compiling bespoke workouts for clients, I believe a personal trainer's most important role is that of motivator.

Let's face it, getting yourself to the gym (or your chosen place of exercise) on any sort of regular basis can be a challenge and, once you're there, working as hard as you can is tough. It makes sense, therefore to have someone or something that ensures you a) turn up and b) work to the best of your ability.

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The Honest PT

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

REBOUNDING is the new kid on the exercise block and gyms all over the country are laying on classes quicker than managers can say 'jump to it.'

It's incredibly popular - and now I know why, having done a couple of sessions myself.



Firstly for anyone that doesn't know what rebounding is, I'll describe...

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The Honest PT

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2)

IN THIS REGULR FEATURE, PERSONAL TRAINER AYLIA FOX SHOOTS FROM THE HIP ABOUT SOME ASPECT OF THE HEALTH, FITNESS OR WEIGHT LOSS INDUSTRY. SOMETIMES HER VIEWS ARE PROVOCATIVE, SOMETIMES THEY'RE JUST INFORMATIVE. EITHER WAY YOU'LL WANT TO TAKE NOTICE.

THIS WEEK'S SUBJECT: THE BLIGHT OF BLISTERS (AND HOW TO BEAT THEM)  As you get ...

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