Why Kids Clubs are key to fighting child obesity

It’s not easy to keep your child active in a hyper-connected world. Parents are battling for their child’s attention, distractions from state of the art game consols and smart devices more powerful than the rocket that took ‘man’ to the moon. These attention-sapping devices combined with the plethora of popular fast food outlets marketed at…

5 Reasons to Plank Everyday

Core stability is fundamental to not only performance in sport, but to everyday life, the plank exercise also known as a prone bridge is a highly effective core stabilisation exercise. If you are an elite athlete or someone just looking to increase fitness and lose weight or fif you’re elderly or recovering from injury, this exercise and core stability training as a whole can provide significant benefits, these include;

6 Simple lifestyle changes to get you moving more

Getting movement ingrained as one of your habits in the everyday things we do is the most achievable way to get moving more. Being more active requires a deliberate effort, walking or cycling instead of using the car. Commuting to work on the bike or walking the kids to school are simple everyday changes we can make to be more active.
These six simple changes to your lifestyle can make a massive difference to your overall health and well-being; no expensive gym equipment is needed, only simple lifestyle changes.

Choose Sport Specific Training for Better Results

Exercising & adhering to a regular training plan is not for those who just want to lose weight. The need to be fitter, more able with better performance is often though participation is sport or a regular sporting activity. While generic training has it’s benefits and to some degree might benefit anyone, training specific for the activity or sport you regularly undertake or compete in will bring about better performance and reduce the risk of injury.

Personal Trainers are trained in creating training plans with the wealth of exercise knowledge to build effective and specific training programmes that reflect sport specific movements, from the warm up to training muscles to fire in a certain order with maximum performance, to get the most out of your training you need to get specific.

Specific Training = Better Results

 

3 Barriers to exercise (and why you think, i’m not fit enough)

By far, the title of this blog post “I’m not fit enough to exercise” is mind boggling as it makes little sense yet it’s often the reason for not participating in regular exercise. Here are a couple of examples you probably wouldn’t say but essentially are the same as our first saying.

  • I’m not dehydrated enough to drink
  • I’m not clever enough to learn

In the saying we are comparing our level or ability to do something against the solution to increasing that level or ability, therefore it’s a very odd statement. There are however various reasons why people who believe they are not fit enough to exercise (this could be you) feel they are not able to, they include;

Do you have time to exercise?

Finding the time to do things that you want to and need to do, can be one of the hardest things we have to plan around. A busy job and long hours don’t really help us either, if you want to exercise, if you want to get fit and if you want to start leading a healthy lifestyle then “I don’t have time to exercise” is just not good enough. It’s essentially a decision already made up, the statement implies you have little intention to try or plan to exercise. The truth is the things in life we do, we do because we want to do them and therefore have MADE time to do them. If you want to do something, you need to make the time to do it.

Why you shouldn’t weigh yourself everyday

How often do you weigh yourself? Is it a benchmark for your activity & lifestyle decisions? If you are trying to lose weight, no doubt very regularly, you weigh yourself. Looking down at that all important number, if it’s high, your heart sinks and if it’s low, you feel over the moon. 

But, are we looking at the right number?

Many factors influence your weight, it’s important to understand what else is going on and how this might affect your weight before we evaluate our performance on one lonely piece of data.

3 Reasons to Get a Workout Buddy

Starting a new fitness regime and eating healthy can be tough, especially at the start. The hardest part is motivating yourself to get up and go! Exercising with a friend is proven to improve exercise adherence, meaning you will stick to your training for longer and achieve better results. Simply arranging to meet your friend at the gym, the park or at a Personal Training Session will make you emotionally accountable with a social contract, you will be much less likely to let your friend or trainer down.