the benefits of exercise

What are the benefits of cardio?

Which exercises are cardio exercises? When you think of cardio, your mind might automatically go to running, but that’s not your only option. There are a number of cardio activities you can do. These…
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Cool down exercises

What are cool down exercises? As well as warming up before exercising it’s equally important to cool down. Cool down exercises can be a combination of stretches and gentle movements that you do follo…
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Why swimming is good for you

Can swimming help to improve my fitness? Swimming is incredibly good for your body as the water-resistance ensures that no muscle group gets left out. It is highly recommended for those trying to ton…
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Why walking is good for you

Because walking releases endorphins, those brain chemicals that make us feel good, even heading outside for a little stroll can help banish anxiety, reduce stress and shake off a bad mood. Walks also…
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Warm up exercises

What are warm up exercises? Warm up exercises are gentle stretches and movements that you should do before your main workout routine to prepare your body for more intense physical activity. Doing war…
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How to Walk Faster

In this post, we'll explain how you can increase your walking speed, the benefits of doing so, and some things to keep in mind when you're working towards a faster walk. Benefits of Walking Faster T…
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What is BMI?

In this post, we'll be telling you what BMI is, how you can calculate yours, and what the different values can mean for you and your fitness routine. What is BMI? BMI stands for 'Body Mass Index'. I…
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What is Heart Rate Zone?

What are Heart Rate Zones? You most likely already have a good understanding of what your heart rate is, and you’ve possibly already used it to measure your workout intensity, but just to recap: your…
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What is Spinning?

What is spinning? Unlike stationary bikes, indoor cycling workouts like Spin are designed to mimic the feel of a real-life bike ride. You can adjust your own resistance, which means that in an instan…
A group of people lifting weights at a Bodypump session.

What is Bodypump?

What is a typical Bodypump workout? Bodypump involves a mixture of aerobic and weight training, all based around 'The Rep Effect'. The theory is that light weightlifting, with a lot of repetitions, w…
People taking part in a pilates class

What is Pilates?

What does a Pilates session involve? The movements in Pilates are usually done one after the other, with no repetitions. They have names, like ‘The 100,’ ‘Criss-Cross,’ the ‘Elephant,’ and the ‘Swan’…
Someone taking part in continuous training

What is continuous training?

Continuous training is basically the opposite of interval training. This might sound daunting if you’re a beginner, but the workout itself is actually quite adaptable. You can vary your intensity depe…