Find the thing that you enjoy, the thing that pushes you to the next level and makes you so proud when you get there. I can't imagine my life without fitness now and although I no longer do my trusty Jillian DVDs I've moved on and found other things I enjoy doing.
It's that time of year when the parties are non-stop. There are work parties, drinks with friends, the big two - Christmas Day and New Year's Eve - and all the fun and frivolities in between. While it's the season to be jolly, one downside is we're going to consume far more calories than we would normally and probably gain, hopefully just a little and not too much, unwanted body fat.
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.
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.
What people forget, or probably don't even realise is that when we gain weight (body fat) due to a calorie surplus, we create more fat cells to store fat molecules as energy. Fat cells never disappear, we can burn the stored fat within the cells, but the cells themselves remain.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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!
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 ...
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.
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:
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.