Beginners’ exercise guide

Knowing where to begin when it comes to starting an exercise regime can be difficult, so I thought I’d make it easy. I will be splitting this blog into two monthly parts, with the starting up information first.

How much exercise should I do?

In the UK, the National Health Service advises that we should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week, with exercise on at least five days a week, to help lower the risk …

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24 Mar, 2017

High Intensity Interval Training

High Intensity Interval Training is a strategy that involves alternating short periods of intense exercise with less intense recovery periods.

The idea is that we do short periods of all-out work, followed by short periods of active rest to make the body work harder than it does during steady cardio exercise. An example might be 45 …

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23 Feb, 2017

Exercise & Heart Health

We are all aware that being physically active is vital for good heart health. Exercise can strengthen the heart muscle, help keep our weight under control as well as reduce high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Perhaps not as many of us realise the benefits of different types of exercise. Here’s how different exercises benefit …

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17 Jan, 2017

Yoga & Pilates

According to the Huffington Post, over 20 million people were practicing Yoga in the U.S. in 2012. Pilates, too, is rising in popularity. Many practice Yoga and Pilates to get the benefits of both.

Both Yoga and Pilates offer stress-relief, flexibility, strength, control, and endurance. The biggest difference between the two is the emphasis on the spiritual component in classes …

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19 Dec, 2016

Quick ‘n’ easy exercises

We all know that exercising regularly has numerous benefits. When we exercise, the brain releases chemicals that help improve our mood and reduce depression.

Unfortunately, we often find it difficult to follow a scheduled workout routine due to time restraints, lack of focus; or simply because we’re feeling lazy.

TV Exercising

If you spend a lot of time watching television, then a fitness ball may be the solution. By sitting on a ball instead of in your armchair, you’ll strengthen your core muscles and improve balance without …

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19 Oct, 2016

Plank exercises

The plank has many benefits and is one of the best exercises for core conditioning. It works glutes and hamstrings, supports posture, and improves balance.

If you’ve never tried one, a plank may look easy, but it’s deceiving. While getting into the proper form is straightforward, holding the position takes strength and endurance in your abs, back and …

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17 Sep, 2016

Qigong

Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.

The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe …

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19 Aug, 2016

Step Aerobics

Step aerobics is an easy exercise routine that can be enjoyed by all ages, as long as you can balance and co-ordinate movement comfortably. It only requires a step bench for equipment and a good pair of shoes or trainers.

A bench may be anywhere from six inches to twelve inches in height. It’s important to make sure it’s sturdyand provides …

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20 Jun, 2016
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