Diet Blog - Fitness

Don't dread the treadmill

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Do you find yourself getting bored and giving up after ten or fifteen minutes on the treadmill? It’s frustrating when you know you could physically jog for longer, but your mind just wont let you. But if you have a few strategies to help make the treadmill more fun- or at least make the time pass more easily- you can get through the workout you know you can do.

Here are some ideas for taking the boredom out of running or walking on the treadmill…

Wear a pedometer, lose more weight

Thursday, 17 February 2011
Studies have shown that wearing a pedometer can actually help you to lose more weight. The simple reason is that it encourages you to focus on the goal of achieving a certain number of steps, which you can make up through regular exercise as well as incidental exercise, like walking to the train station or taking the stairs instead of the lift. By having this reminder, it can be easier to make the choice to be active when you’re faced with options- and seeing the amount you have completed can be a real motivational tool.

Making exercise a habit

Thursday, 10 February 2011
Exercising is so much easier when you’re in the habit. If you can make exercise a part of your everyday routine, it becomes something that you’ll do almost automatically, instead of that constant struggle to get yourself out the door. But developing a habit can be hard. Here are some tips to help you get into the routine- and keep it…  

Boxercise for weight loss

Thursday, 3 February 2011

For a fun, fast-paced workout that really packs a punch, give boxercise classes a try. Great for building up your cardio fitness and burning lots of calories quickly, boxercise is a popular exercise for people of all ages and levels of experience, helping you to lose weight and improve your strength, fitness and coordination.

Here are a few reasons why you should get your boxing gloves on…

Easy ways to burn more calories

Monday, 13 December 2010
Want to step up your daily calorie burn? Here are some easy ways to burn more calories in your fitness plan, helping you to shed weight in no time…

Spring into fitness

Monday, 3 September 2012

The sun is finally coming out- and what better time to get in shape? With the sun shining and the air warm, spring is a great time to reinvigorate your fitness plan. Focus on getting outside and enjoy the weather! Get moving and your body will be beach-ready in no time.

If you’ve been hibernating all winter, you might be running low on ideas for getting more active. Here are a few great exercises you can add into your spring fitness plan…

Burn fat faster: The truth about the fat-burning zone

Friday, 17 September 2010

When you’re trying to lose weight, you know that cardio is the key. But what level of intensity is really most effective for burning fat?

The myth of the fat-burning zone

The theory we’re often told is that by doing lower intensity exercise, and staying within a particular heart-rate zone (60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate), your body will start to burn a higher percentage of fat calories. This is often called the ‘fat-burning zone’- and it certainly sounds attractive!

Exercise motivation: More reasons to get moving!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Need more motivation to exercise? It can be hard to convince yourself to get up early to work out, or to head to the gym after a long day at work. Losing weight and looking better is just one benefit of regular exercise, and it can be useful to keep the others in mind!

Here are a few more reasons to convince you to get your runners on…

Workout playlist of the week

Friday, 20 August 2010
Nothing gets you more motivated to work out than a new playlist! Here’s my pick of songs that have got me pumped this week. Fun, fast and reminiscent of summer- if you don’t mind seeing Nine Inch Nails and Ke$ha in the same playlist, these songs will get you moving…

The best time of day to exercise

Thursday, 19 August 2010

There is a lot of debate around whether it is better to exercise in the morning, the afternoon or at night. Choosing the best time of day to work out for you means you can burn the maximum number of calories and get the most efficiency from your fitness plan.

The simple answer is that there are pros and cons to exercising at each time of day, and it will depend largely on your body, lifestyle and natural rhythms.

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