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stay motivated to exercise

How to stay motivated to exercise

It can be hard to stay consistent, but consistency is key to making long term improvements to our health. Not every workout has to be intense or amazing or personal best smashing  Sometimes, you jus…
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How much exercise is needed

How much exercise do you need?

The answer to this question can vary a lot depending on who is asking it! To work out how much exercise is right for you the main thing to consider is what your goals are. Are you looking to lose or m…
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How to track calories during exercise

What exercise burns the most calories?

Running Running is considered by many as being one of the best exercises for burning through calories quickly, although the exact amount that you can burn will depend on a few things such as running…
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Exercise Tips for working out

Exercise Tips

Tip 1. Never underestimate a warm up! Injuries, pulled muscles and stiff joints make exercise a complete nightmare! A short warmup before you start can have huge benefits. Not only will you be more r…
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reducing blood pressure with exercise

How does exercise help lower blood pressure?

How can exercise lower blood pressure? Exercise improves the health of heart and blood vessels. It makes your heart stronger so it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood around your body. Exercis…
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How does exercise help depression?

Depression can leave people unable to concentrate on or complete basic tasks, unable to enjoy life and unable to feel hopeful for the future. If you're experiencing the symptoms of depression it's imp…
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Exercise for Anxiety - does it work?

How does exercise help anxiety? First, the science-y bits. Increasing your heart rate increases the availability of neurochemicals like serotonin which can reduce symptoms of anxiety. Exercising make…
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looking at the benefits of exercise

What are the benefits of exercise?

Understanding the huge range of benefits for mind, body and spirit that can be unlocked through exercising is a great way to motivate you to take that first step and do that first session, whether it…
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Mental health and exercise

What are the mental health benefits of exercise?

Exercise to help with stress and anxiety The act of doing something physical, whether it be going for a walk, lifting weights, running or yoga, releases the hormone cortisol. Cortisol has a number of…
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What is a cycling sportive?

Who can take part in a cycling sportive? You don’t need to be a seasoned cyclist or professional athlete to take part in a cycling sportive! Cyclists of all experiences and abilities come together to…
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runner holding shin with shin splints

Shin splints – what are they and how can I treat them?

What are shin splints? The main symptom of shin splints is pain that runs down the front of your lower leg (your shin), and you are likely to experience it whilst doing a high impact exercise such as…
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How to swim faster

Improving your technique The best way to start moving through the water at greater speed is to perfect your technique, becoming more streamlined and reducing the amount of water resistance created wh…