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UK National Fitness Day – ‘How to stick to your goals’ by Hero
The mind body bi-directional interaction is becoming more and more influential when it comes to supporting our mental and physical wellbeing. Although exercise itself has been recognized to benefit our physical health, research shows it is much more than just the ability to function. Our mind houses our spirit and motivation, which essentially kicks start any new wellness goal, and regardless of the internal or external challenges we face on a day to day basis, our mind and body continue to perform as one bigger functional unit.
Muscle density vs Fat: how it affects your weight
If you are stepping up your workout, or working out regularly for the first time, you may find that you don’t lose weight and become disheartened. At this point one of your friends will probably say “but you have been building muscle and muscle weighs more than fat”. In this blog we look at some of the facts about muscle density vs fat, why you need both and we start by answering the question – does muscle weigh more than fat?
What is resting metabolic rate?
Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the amount of energy the body burns during rest and the measurement is sometimes used as a benchmark for how efficiently your metabolism is working. If you are focussed on maintaining or developing your fitness, you might be wondering what is a good resting metabolic rate and whether you should be trying to improve yours.
Tips for lean muscle gain
Building lean muscle can be beneficial in several aspects of your life, from improving your confidence to increasing your basal metabolic rate, but what is the best way to go about it? In this blog we take an holistic look at the benefits of building lean muscle and share 8 workout and nutrition tips to help women make it happen.
Overtraining: the symptoms and how to recover
Effective exercise needs a balance of focussed effort and recovery. If you are working hard towards a big race or trying to significantly increase your running distance, this balance might be disrupted and you might be at risk of overtraining. In this blog we look at signs of overtraining, what you can do to recover and get back on track.
Is Yoga Good For Weight Loss?
Weight loss is achieved when the number of calories you use each day, exceeds the number you take in though eating and drinking. So, if doing yoga is part of a programme to make sure you use more calories than you consume, then it will help with weight loss, but is it as simple as that?
Vegan diet muscle gain: The 10 best plant based protein sources
It is often said that building muscle mass is difficult in combination with a vegan diet. This is said to be due to a protein deficiency within this plant-based diet. But nothing could be further from the truth. By eating a varied diet and getting enough plant-based proteins, muscle building is certainly not impossible for vegans.
Which muscles are used in cycling?
Cycling has never been more popular with bike sales soaring and more and more people getting their bike out of storage to have it serviced. If you are getting back in the saddle, upping your cycling game, training for a speed or distance event, or simply want to protect yourself from injury, it is helpful to have an understanding of the muscles used in cycling.
Improving your Vo2 Max: definition, tables & norms
When you are training hard and planning your nutrition carefully, you want to see on-going improvements to your fitness. If you want the maximum results for your effort or are pushing your training to a new level, could focussing on your Vo2Max be the secret weapon you need?
Lean body mass explained
Like many people, you might well be feeling less interested in losing weight, and more focussed on becoming ‘leaner’. The combination of low body fat and good muscle tone which we think of as lean can be judged by measuring your lean body mass, so in this post we are going to look at lean body mass – what is it, how do you measure it and what is the ‘right’ level for you?
Subcutaneous fat: Do I have to much of it?
The first question which people often ask in relation to fat, is “have I got too much of it?”. However, we should also be asking “what type of fat do I have?” and in this blog we look at subcutaneous fat, your subcutaneous fat percentage and how to take action for subcutaneous fat loss.
For longer life expectancy, head to Japan
This year the number of Japanese people aged 100 or older has risen to a record high of almost 70,000 over the past year. Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world, standing at 84.2 years old. That’s twelve years older than the global average and three years older than the UK.
What is a healthy body fat percentage?
It is easy to assume that fat is the enemy of fit, but your journey towards greater health and fitness needs to include an understanding of how much body fat you should aim for, how it is distributed across the body and why healthy fats are vital in your diet.
Fitness doesn’t mean a PE lesson - encouraging young people into adopting healthier attitudes to fitness.
It’s a well-known fact that obesity in young people is one of today’s most pressing issues and, according to research, it’s not going away any time soon. Although it’s a global problem, this country in particular has one of the worst rates of obesity in the world, with the UK now officially the fattest nation in Western Europe and one in every 10 young people aged five to 19 obese1.
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