Fitness and Exercise

How Important Is Food And Supplement Timing?

David Kingsbury | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

This might sound too good to be true but it really isn't. It's all part of tailoring your fitness to your lifestyle. You may split your calories and macros across two, three or four meals, or even five and six if you really want an extra challenge! As a general rule, I would recommend three meals per day and one snack.

So... Would You Like To Know The Latest Wellbeing Travel Trends?

Stella Photi | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

I set up Wellbeing Escapes 11 years ago and it's been very interesting watching the emergence of wellness travel from truly embryonic beginnings to where it is today. My team and I have the privileged position of speaking to our clients on a daily basis which allows us to understand their needs but also the challenges that they are facing in their lives.

An Athlete's Secret To Fat Loss Success

Ali Stewart | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ali Stewart

Train low and compete high. No, this is not some kind of mood or drugs related reference, this is a method that has been used by athletes since the dawn of time. There is a reason that elite athletes have great body composition and fitness levels. It is the simple mastering of periodizing food around their training for the best response.

To My Sexist Toerag of A Boxing Instructor

Poorna Bell | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

all women everywhere When we stood in a circle and you went round sparring with us one by one, you made fun of my punching - you mimicked the feeble jabs made by girls who slap at each other. You singled me out. I notice you didn't do this with any of the guys who missed their punches.

Five Things We Learned About Fitness In February

Chris Hall | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

Staying on top of the latest research in health, fitness and strength and conditioning can be confusing - there's so much of it, and so much of it is conflicting. But I've looked at the research that came out in February and picked out five gems you can use in your training straight away.

Three Reasons You Shouldn't Use Cheat Meals And What To Do Instead

Theo Brenner-Roach | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Brenner-Roach

The fact of the matter is if your diet is set up properly and you meet your daily calorie and macro needs cheat meals aren't necessary. It's all about balance, if your diet includes foods you love there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, you just have to account for it.

The Importance Of Female Weightlifting

David Kingsbury | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

I incorporate female weightlifting into many fitness plans as the benefits are endless. Lifting weights helps to build and improve muscle tone and body composition. It's also good for preventing osteoporosis, as is strengthens bones and increases bone density.

Protect Your Knees From Injury This Ski Season

Ian McDermott | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ian McDermott

Skiing is very physically demanding and puts a huge strain on the muscles and joints, especially on your knees. If you've been inactive since your last skiing holiday, you won't be well conditioned or prepared and you'll be putting yourself at greater risk of injury.

Evidence Says Exercise Lowers Your Risk Of Cancer

Lee Thrash | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Thrash

It's safe to say that society has accepted the body-mind-spirit connection, especially in times of stress and illness. Research is firmly behind the idea that one of the keys to all three is to take care of the first: the body. Scientists are now trying to determine specific ways that exercise improves the risks associated with cancer- before, during and after diagnosis.

How Fitness Can Change Your Mindset

David Kingsbury | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

You probably already know that working out is great for both body and mind, as exercise releases endorphins. These powerful brain chemicals trigger positive feelings that help to control stress, manage pain and stay focused.

Why Soft Tissue Knee Injuries In Rugby Need To Be Taken Seriously

Ian McDermott | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Sport
Ian McDermott

According to the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project, there were 645 match injuries that led to time lost from training and/or match play i...

Why Isn't My Diet Working?

David Kingsbury | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

So you have been following a diet for a while. You have been eating healthy but not seeing results. You have been making meals packed full of quality ingredients and snacking on home made bars, nuts, seeds and dry fruit.

The Pros And Cons Of Tracking Food And Fitness

Karen Oliver | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Oliver

Fitness trackers and food journals are big business these days. Back in 2012 when I had just lost 60lbs, I was the only person I knew who wore a fitness tracker (apart from a few of my online friends on MyFitnessPal).

However Wrong It Is, Buying Fitness Gear Motivates Me To Go To The Gym

Amy Packham | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Packham

Last week on a day where I intended to go home and relax - shock horror - I ended up going to the gym instead. I was tired and I hadn't been slack at working out that week, but there was one thing drawing me there.

Dad Tapes Medicine Ball To Stomach During Workout To Experience Pregnant Wife's Pain

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Parents

A dad decided to find out what it is like to carry around the weight of a full-term baby on his belly during a workout. Milchuck Blake, from Virginia,...

Gradually Build Up Marathon Training To Avoid 'Runner's Knee'

Ian McDermott | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ian McDermott

According to Sport England, more people are signing up to marathon events and the number of weekly runners in England rose by 63,000 to 2.1 million in 2015. But with greater numbers of you pounding the pavements, are you taking adequate precautions to protect yourselves against injury?

Swimming After A Mastectomy

Lee Thrash | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Thrash

Because it's so gentle, swimming after breast surgery is an excellent way to exercise all your major muscle groups and avoid muscular atrophy that's sometimes seen in post-surgical patients who remain sedentary for prolonged periods. W

How Learning To Love The Gym Eased My Anxiety

Katie Teehan | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Teehan

'Oh god, have you been at the gym again?' I arrive to dinner with friends carrying a tell-tale sports bag, and inwardly wince at their reactions. The joking 'you're obsessed' comments, the well-meaning but misplaced concern that I'm doing too much, and even worse, the implication hanging in the air that somehow my attendance at a spinning class makes them feel bad, or a bit lazy.

How To Create Lasting Habits To Hit Your Fitness Goals Effortlessly

Theo Brenner-Roach | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Brenner-Roach

They are the things you do repeatedly, every day, over and over. They run in the background and determine the path you take and the progress you make.

What Trying To Stay Young Does To Your Body

Dr Nick Summerton | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nick Summerton

We all want to stay young for as long as possible. But trying to cling onto the lifestyle you had in your 20s doesn't keep you youthful. It might do something for you psychologically, but physically there are repercussions.

Ways To Stick To Your Training

David Kingsbury | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

Getting or even staying fit is hard, there's no doubt about it. It's that difficulty that makes it all worthwhile. Achieving your own fitness battle is as much a physical tussle, as it is a mental one. We live and die by our beliefs. If you believe you can do it, you're right. If you believe you can't, you're also right. Which would you rather be?

Three Strategies To Crush Any Goal Even After Motivation Has Faded

Theo Brenner-Roach | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Brenner-Roach

Goal setting is the road map for your journey and will keep you on course long after motivation has faded. It lets you focus on the here and now whilst keeping you safe in the knowledge that everything you're doing is taking you closer to your overall goal.

Top Three Supplements You Should Be Having

Ali Stewart | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ali Stewart

I don't want to get into a long rant on the efficacy of the multitude of supplements out there so, here is the low down on my top three supplements that I do think have positive effects and scientific backing.

Do Push-Ups Build Your Arms?

David Kingsbury | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

The traditional push-up is generally considered to be a chest exercise, and not one that you would normally focus on to increase your arm muscles. However, push-ups do target the triceps brachia muscles, which are located on the back of the arm.

New Year, Old FAT Me!

Thandi Ejindu | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Thandi Ejindu

We forget this, or sometimes don't take it into account at all - for instance we can be often so focused on losing weight as quickly as possible using calorie restrictive crash course diets that we forget as soon as we stop and try to eat normally again we'll gain all, if not more, of the weight back.