What is Rest-Based Training (RBT)?

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Rest and exercise are usually thought of as opposites, but they are actually complimentary and dependent upon one another. Just as night can only be defined in the context of day, exercise and rest are similarly connected. Rest is the single biggest determinant of exercise intensity. Without intense workouts, fitness results will be lacking and without rest, intensity will be …

Bupa Apps – Helping You Find Healthy

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We all know how important it is to look after ourselves, and we all know how much time in today’s high tech world that we spend on our computers, ipads, iphones etc, when perhaps we should be getting more physically active! Well go on – get on that computer/ipad now and have a look at this amazing website by Bupa …

Top 8 Summer workout tips

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With Summer hopefully just around the corner, many of you will be booking your holidays and getting excited about hitting the beach, and getting some much deserved sunshine on your body. The realisation however, of it being that time of year again, and having to put a swimsuit on can be depressing. We all know how important it is to …

Elemis & Titanic Spa to the rescue for Marathon Runners

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What an amazing day Sunday 22nd April was for all the runners who participated in the London Marathon.  Congratulations and well done for raising so much money for charity and for your determination and motivation to achieve 26.4 miles!!  Can you believe there were 37,500 this year and as usual the anticipations of the event made front page news. How …

London Marathon – The Best Pain Relief

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The Virgin 2012 London Marathon takes place this Sunday 22nd April, and I remember worrying about what to wear, when to eat and how to pace myself when I ran the London Marathon in 2005.  I was anxious, and particularly worried about muscle soreness and aches and pains, as I had been suffering from muscle spasms in my calf muscle …

Cortisol Stress and Weight

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Cortisol is a steroid hormone, which is produced in the cortex of the adrenal glands and it serves many important functions in the body such as regulating blood sugar and blood pressure. It also provides energy for exercise and activity, and assists your body’s use of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Cortisol is also involved in glucose metabolism, insulin release for …

Top 6 Biggest Workout Mistakes

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Are you a fitness fanatic, love keeping fit, go to the gym regularly spend hours exercising, are not losing weight and not achieving results? Well you could fall victim to a common problem Personal Trainers are seeing more and more regularly – you are making simple workout mistakes. At SK-Life Fitness, a private one-one studio offering Personal Training and Nutrition …

What is “Skinny Fat” Syndrome?

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When it comes to evaluating your health, how much you weigh on the scales is no longer a reliable source. Health experts have noticed a growing trend of people who appear skinny on the outside, yet have a disproportionate percentage of body fat to lean body tissue on the inside. This is known as skinny fat.  Skinny fat people often …

Best Diets To Lose Weight

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I want to talk to you about the best ways to diet, as when I was younger and did stupid diets, even though I didn’t have a lot of weight to lose, I played around with all the fad diets and  as a result binged, yo-yo dieted and ended up getting no where.  When I became pregnant with my first …

The benefits of the Foam Roller with Self – myofascial release (SMR)

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If you have specific areas or muscles that are tight, either due to over-training, reduced activity or weakness, it is likely that this will have a negative effect on your overall training programme.  If this is not addressed through the introduction of corrective exercises to these areas, the problem will be exacerbated and this can have the adverse effect on …

Peripheral Heart Action (PHA) Training

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Peripheral heart action (PHA) training is a dynamic way of exercising your body using very controlled resistance training with weights to increase the strength of your muscles so that your heart pumps faster, like aerobic exercise.  PHA training can give you all the benefits of these two different types of workout in the time it takes to do just one …

Exercise in Winter

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Winter’s darker and shorter days can be a turn-off when it comes to exercising. Don’t be discouraged. There’s no reason to hibernate and store away your fitness gear. Keep active through winter to boost your mood and keep in shape. Exercise is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle, whatever the season. Adults should aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every …

How Do You Lose Abdominal Fat from Stubborn Areas

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Developing a lean, flat stomach takes time and patience, especially when it comes to those last few pounds in those hard to lose places. The lower abdominal fat and “love handles” can be two of the most stubborn and exercise-resistant areas from which to lose abdominal fat. Some people slave away day in and day out on the latest method …

Fitness for new mums

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How soon after giving birth can I start exercising? This will depend on whether you were already exercising before you fell pregnant and when you were pregnant.. If you exercised right up until the end of your pregnancy, you can do some light exercise and stretching from the start.If you stopped exercising during your pregnancy or are a newcomer to fitness, …

Exercise

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By definition, exercise is any movement produced by your skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure – this sounds technical – well yes and no! Exercise includes any structured exercise, like going to the gym, but also lifestyle activities such as walking, shopping and gardening and the good news is that it doesn’t have to leave you exhausted to do you good! Exercise is …

10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

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We all need a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we’re just starting out or we’ve been at it for a long time. Still, there are people who shy away from personal training, unsure of what they’ll get out of the experience or whether it’s worth the money. There are a number of reasons people work with per trainers.  Some want …

Health Benefits of Cool Down/Stretch

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Cooling down and stretching after a workout won’t guarantee less post-exercise muscle soreness, but it will reduce the risk of injury and help to re-stabilize the body temperature and heart rate. Here, at SK-Life Fitness I explain the benefits of a proper cool-down. Why? The purpose of the cool-down is to slowly decrease the heart rate previously elevated during exercise, always …

Strength-Training Mistakes

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Strength-training is an important element of a well-rounded fitness program, but unless you’ve been properly trained or have a personal trainer to show how to safely trainer with good form and technique, it’s easy to get it wrong. Performing strength exercises correctly makes each workout more efficient, effective and safe. Avoiding these frequently-seen exercise errors will help you achieve your …

Are you looking after your back?

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Back Stretching Exercises Warm-up Exercise before Stretching Exercises Always warm up before stretching exercises. Five minutes of walking, or exercise bike, elliptical trainer, or even marching on the spot is enough. Not warming up before stretching leaves your back susceptible to injuries causing back pain. Warm muscles are more flexible than cold muscles and are less likely to tear. Check …