Fitness and Exercise

Ten Reasons To Ditch The Gym And Get Outdoors

Professor Greg Whyte | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Greg Whyte

If you're bored with the gym, lacking motivation to exercise, or simply finding exercise too much like hard work, then the great outdoors may be the perfect antidote. You don't need a national park on your doorstep to enjoy the great outdoors: countryside; forests; seaside; parks; and even gardens offer the same positive benefits to your exercise programme.

Give Cancer The Chills And Get The Bug For Winter Fitness

Colin Gentry | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Colin Gentry

Bigger muscles or a smaller waist may be your goal, but a stronger immune system is one of the best results from a regular fitness routine. Achieving it is also far more rewarding and pleasurable than the body's natural line of defense: a fever.

How Exercise Can Make You Happier

Melinda Nicci | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Melinda Nicci

Raise your hand if you've been here before: your workout clothes are neatly folded in your gym bag, you've remembered to pack your sneakers, socks and a hair tie, and you've blocked off your schedule for a session at the gym - but you don't actually make it there. Yeah, I've been there too from time to time.

Creating The Perfect Gym In Your Garden

James Willmott | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Willmott

The number of health conscious people in the UK is on the up and commercial gyms can be incredibly busy at peak times. With costly memberships and families trying to juggle the demands of modern life, more and more are creating their own workout space at home.

Top Tips For Keeping Fit When You're A Student

Chris Hall | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Hall

Balancing lectures, essays and socializing with your health and fitness is tough - there's no two ways about it. But despite the copious alcohol on offer, and resulting late night trips to the kebab van, it is possible to stay in shape while you're at university. Here are six top tips for keeping on top of your fitness when you're studying!

Four Top Hacks For Making Change Stick

Chris Hall | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

As we run up to Christmas every man and his dog will be talking about what they're 'going to do' in 2017, so I've thrown together some of my favourite hacks for creating change but more importantly, for making it stick! Hopefully some of them will be new to you, and remember that although they're mainly focused on changing your health for the better, these can be applied to all areas of your life.

Why Working Out In Winter Will Make You Faster, Slimmer And Happier

Colin Gentry | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Colin Gentry

When the clocks went back in October, regular gym-goers not only received an extra hour of sleep but some extra square footage in the gym too. Year af...

5 Ways To Encourage Your Child To Exercise More

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Parents

British children are some of the least active in the world, according to a new study, presented to the International Congress On Physical Activity and...

The Evolution Of The Revolution: How Mobile Is Changing Consumer Habits

Marta Krupinska | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Tech
Marta Krupinska

Have a think about the last time you looked at your phone? How many times have you used it in the last hour, or day? Nottingham Trent University found we look at our phones about 85 times a day. What did you last use your phone for? To make a call? Probably not.

Five Things We Learned About Fitness In October

Chris Hall | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

The clocks have gone back and the evenings are darker, but the pace of fresh new research into health and fitness hasn't slowed down at all. Here are five things we learned last month that may well be useful for your own training! Especially if you suffer from DOMS or a stitch...

How To Choose The Best Exercise Based On How You're Feeling

Melinda Nicci | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Melinda Nicci

The best part about these exercise choices is that they are designed to make you feel better by the time you get to the end of it. When exercise makes you feel good it's the best positive reinforcement for sticking with it and maintaining your motivation. So, here they are!

Why Your Desk Needs To Come With A 'Death Waiver' More Than Your Fitness Class!

Jacqueline Hooton | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hooton

If we can encourage less active people to become more active we could prevent one in ten cases of stroke and heart disease in the UK, and one in six deaths from any cause. Furthermore, regular physical activity can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, many of which are on the rise and affecting people at an earlier age.

How To Get A Mind Blowing Pump Every Time You Train

James Haskell | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

There's more to a good 'pump' than just vanity, though. A pump shows that your body is in a state of readiness to train, and that your muscles are being filled with nutrient rich blood ready to kickstart the recovery process. Chasing a 'pump' at the end of a workout may actually fast track your gains.

The Lessons I Learnt From A Hostel (Not A Classroom)

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

People tend to make assumptions about gap years. I was probably not ready for university, not mentally stable enough to make it through the year or I ...

No More Excuses, Go To The Gym!

Chris Wharton | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Wharton

As the miserable weather draws in and Christmas is round the corner, you hear more and more people giving excuses on why they can't incorporate exercise into their lives. It's time to stop! You are better than that. Next time you excuse your lack of exercise, remember the following reasons to pick up your gym kit:

Don't Be In The Dark About Late Night Workouts

Colin Gentry | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Colin Gentry

A calorie burned at 9am is the same as a calorie burned at 9pm, but there are benefits of working out past your bedtime. Consider becoming a night owl and making the most of the gains that can be had exercising after dark.

This Season's Outdoor Fitness Trends

Professor Greg Whyte | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Greg Whyte

'Outdoor' is the new 'indoor'. The rise of 'Green Exercise' has led to the development of a range of new and exciting ways to make the most of nature's gym. Here are five of my favourite outdoor fitness trends for 2016/17.

Is Fasted Cardio Feeding You An Empty Promise?

Colin Gentry | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Colin Gentry

Anyone who regularly follows fitness models on social media will no doubt find someone championing fasted cardio. "I've been on the treadmill for 2 hours since 6am and haven't eaten a thing! #skinny" Valencia isn't the only filter at use here though. It's time to slow down the pursuit of fat loss and get your fill of the facts.

Five Ways You Can Change Your Eating Habits To Improve Your Training

David Kingsbury | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

When people hear that, many of them will think it means a complete overhaul of what they eat and when they eat it. If your diet is a complete and utter mess, that may be the case, but for most people it simply means making a few easy changes to what you're already doing. With these few small amendments to your diet you're going to make big gains with your exercise.

Three Reasons Why You Should Skip Legs Day

Colin Gentry | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Colin Gentry

The next time you feel your lower back aching, your knees caving in, or you start walking over to the abductor machine, either corner a personal trainer who knows what they're doing or head home and swat up on your research.

11 Ways To Beat Your Training Demons

Professor Greg Whyte | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Greg Whyte

You've set yourself a challenge. You have taken advice and chosen a goal personal to you, something you have always wanted to achieve, and made sure it is challenging but achievable. Now it is time to deliver but, you have a history of letting your training demons take over and wreck your chances of success.

How I Hygge-Up My Health

Kat Farrants | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Farrants

As Autumn descends, going hygge in everything we do seems like such a good idea. I'm wondering how the health and wellness industry will take on such a sensibly happiness-inducing concept in an industry that often seems to thrive on more than healthy amounts of self-hatred.

The Lifestyle Plan

David Kingsbury | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

I often get asked how I transformed Hugh Jackman's body so quickly. The truth is he had base of training lasting more than a decade. This training history changes everything when it comes to results.

How Planned Recovery Time Can Help You Balance Work And Fitness

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Busy as your days are with demands at work and home, you’ve made time for exercise and (no surprise here) you’re feeling better in body and mind. ...

Stop! Step Away From That Vitamin C Pill!

Ruben Tabares | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruben Tabares

The secret to a lot of what I do as a strength coach and nutritionist is supplying my clients with cutting edge training methods and the best nutrition advice currently available. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of those secrets with you in this blog.