Mobile phones are changing our lives in so many ways, and our health and fitness is no exception. So many people are turning to apps to work on their fitness, using virtual personal trainers to guide them through exercise plans to improve fitness levels. But with hundreds of apps available to help different aspects of our health, it can be difficult to know which apps are the most helpful. So Future London has taken a look at some of the top-rated workout apps on the Apple App Store, so you can decide which might be best for you. 30 Day Fitness Challenge This app does what it says on the tin. Sign up for a commitment to work out for 30 days and the team behind the app says you will watch your body transform. The app eases you in slowly with shorter, slightly less intense exercises and encourages you to build up intensity each time. You need to pay and subscribe to take the challenge, which unlocks hundreds of exercises with accompanying videos and allows you to track your … [Read more...] about 6 best workout apps to improve your fitness and well-being
What does it take to be a fitness trainer
That's the first thing that strikes me, looking out the plane window. The vast expanse of a dazzlingly white polar ice sheet, which covers 80pc of the country's surface, stretches as far as I can see. It takes nearly an hour to fly over it. I'm flying with three friends into Kangerlussuaq, Greenland's main airport. Our plan is to walk the Arctic Circle Trail, a 165km hiking route through the pristine wilderness that lies between here and Sisimiut on the coast. Our oversized rucksacks weigh 20kg apiece. Packed with tents, warm clothes, stoves and freeze-dried food, they contain everything we need for 10 days. We all have plenty of outdoor experience, but have never walked so far through such remote terrain. The Trail can be done by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and backpacking experience - but you have to put in the preparation. Over the last six months, we've trained hard and planned forensically. With no roads or even tracks, the only way out is on foot or by rescue … [Read more...] about 40 shades of Greenland: What does it take to hike the Arctic Circle Trail?
By Neil Gibson, Heriot-Watt UniversityCrossFit, circuit training, group exercise, functional training, resistance training, cardio training. Feeling dizzy yet? Never before have there been so many structured activities at the gym vying for your attention. Simply idling into the gym and heading for the recumbent bike seems very old fashioned. More choice, however, is not necessarily a good thing – and the gym floor, with all of its complex equipment and confident lycra-clad inhabitants, can be a daunting place. While my work with athletes often involves a range of complex training approaches using a host of equipment, you can still exercise effectively using the most basic apparatus on the gym floor. After all, there are enough barriers to making exercise an integral part of your week without the environment itself hampering your progress. So why not take a simple approach? Here are few tried and tested (yet easy) exercises which, when combined with a broadly healthy lifestyle, … [Read more...] about Gym membership: how to get the most out of it, according to a sports scientist
Elaine Coulham has spent months training as hard as possible to get in shape for the bodybuilding championships. Her efforts were rewarded last week when she won her category in the Natural Physique Association's British Championships after five years away from the sport. So what does it take to get in shape like this? She took Grimsby Live inside her strict routine. Fitness classes "As a fitness trainer, I already spend a lot of time working out. I teach between two and four hour-long classes every day of the week, which can be very intense. "The classes that help me most are Body Pump, which is a mixture of weight lifting and cardio that improves your strength, and Body Balance, which combines yoga and pilates. Body Balance is very good for relaxing mentally and helping me keep my focus when I'm training. "I also teach Body Combat, which is mixed martial arts, and Spinning, which is traditional cardio on a static bike. These can add up to very tiring days, but I never go easy in … [Read more...] about What does it take to get in shape like a bodybuilding champion?
Former ballerina and Harvard alumna Brynn Putnam believes our fascination with our image is fueling the next big trend in fitness. "There's something really magical about seeing yourself in the mirror and seeing yourself working hard," said Putnam. She calls her invention MIRROR. When it's off, that's all that it is. But turn it on and your very own personal trainer is staring back at you -- with instructive workouts live or on demand. MIRROR's Vice President of Fitness is Kailee Combs. "Is it the same rush you get when you're actually in a gym live?" CBS News' Michelle Miller asked. "It's almost like even more of a rush. Eventually we're going to have thousands of people that pop up on that screen," said Combs. "Just, like, the idea that we can reach so many people with this MIRROR makes it really exciting," Combs said. The device was test marketed in 100 homes, connecting phones to an app that learns the goals, injuries and preferences of users. Classes range from cardio and … [Read more...] about It looks like a mirror. But a personal trainer stares back at you when you turn it on