It’s officially the summer and for many it is the time when they want to hit peak physical condition. Whether it’s a holiday to look forward to or simply to look and feel good, fitness is firmly on the agenda across the country. And to help those in need over the next month, we’ve enlisted the help of experts from the world of fitness to steer you in the right direction. With weekly tips, training plans and advice, start your mission of fulfilment here. In our first instalment, NICOLA MARTIN and ANDY VINCENT are on hand to provide their expertise… Nicola, a personal trainer based in the UAE, looks first at how you can SAVE money through Online Training - plus, she provides an epic workout routine... New to online training? So is everyone else. How does it work? Online coaching is the most flexible and most cost effective way to keep fit. You will get a customised training plan that is specifically to you and your goals. I work with what clients have … [Read more...] about How to save a fortune and still lose weight
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If the thought of going to a crowded gym brings you out in a cold sweat and gets your heart pumping for all the wrong reasons, the idea of creating a personalised home gym may have crossed your mind. And if cycling appeals, your eyes will turn to a static exercise bike(or a turbo trainer – a stationary device to which you can attach your 'real' bike. As an example, check out the Tacs Flux Smart Trainer, available for £599 at probikekit.co.uk.) The best exercise bikes are less bulky than a treadmill or a cross-trainer, and it means you would swerve the journey to and from the gym (time efficient for those with busy schedules) or avoid the traffic you might encounter on a road bike (all the while sheltered from the elements), enjoying the same health benefits and performance improvements in the comfort of your own home. It's the one-stop solution to all your weight loss goals and gym-going woes. Right? Short, … [Read more...] about The best exercise bikes: is indoor cycling an effective way to lose weight and avoid the gym?
WITH summer on the way many people are thinking about getting slimmer, but if the gym gives you the creeps then try this instead. By Laura Mitchell / Published 1st May 2018 GETTY GET SLIMMER: Burning more calories a day is way easier than you think Making one simple lifestyle change can help you burn an extra 700 calories per week – and it doesn’t involve dieting or pumping iron.Going for a 20-minute walk is all you have to do to blast 100 calories, so by adding a stroll into your daily routine you could be well on your way to getting lean.The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that you should do a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week to stay healthy.But a recent survey by walking charity Living Streets found that nearly half (45%) of Brits are reluctant to make even a 20-minute journey on foot. Best ways to burn calories without exercising Click through our gallery on the best ways to burn calories without exercising 1 / 10 Getty Images … [Read more...] about Doing this ONE thing every day can help you lose weight – without going to the gym
These strategies can help you come back stronger, in a more peaceful state of mind 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: FILE Practicing self-care strategies during your workouts and in your free time can help you come back stronger, and in a more peaceful state of mind — not to mention they make exercise much more enjoyable. Compiled from Health magazine, here is a list of tips from top trainers who manage to sweat it out hardcore and still make self-care priority. 1) Try a breathing exercise “In session, I connect to my breath. I try to practice 4-7-8 breathing [breathe in for four seconds, hold your breath for seven, then exhale for eight] a couple of times every hour to help me reduce stress and regulate my parasympathetic nervous system,” says celebrity fitness instructor Matt Delaney. PHOTO: FILE 2) Warm up, cool down and hydrate “I practice self-care while exercising by including a dynamic warm-up before any workout and a good … [Read more...] about 8 ways to add self-care to your workout routine
Working an office job has its advantages (free tea) and its inconveniencies (sitting all day and barely getting to move at all). A study published today (31 January) in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology shows that spending a little bit more time standing up could prevent weight gain. The study shows that by standing for six hours a day, people would burn 54kcal more than they would by sitting. It translates to a loss of about 2.5kg in a year and 10kg in four years. Standing is also linked to lower risks of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes. While exercising and sticking to a healthy diet are the safest way to get rid of excess flab, finding the time and motivation to go to the gym can be tricky for some people. In Europe, the everyday desk worker spends an average of three to six hours per day sitting down. In the US, the average ranges between three to seven hours. A research team from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, US, scanned the results of 46 studies … [Read more...] about Want to lose weight? Take a stand today