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Carola Pickenhan - Independent Lifeplus Associate

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What are calisthenics?

Reading Time: 3 minutes What are calisthenics and why should you be doing them? Developed in ancient Greece, calisthenics are exercises of differing intensities and rhythms that can be completed using nothing but your own body weight – although you also have the option of introducing light handheld equipment. The variety of exercises you can perform target everything from […]

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The importance of warming up and cooling down

Reading Time: 3 minutes The importance of warming up and cooling down to improve your athletic performance Since our school days we have been told that it’s important to warm up and cool down whenever we perform any type of movement workout. We probably haven’t questioned it. After all, we know and accept that warming up and cooling down […]

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Dynamic stretching – what is it and why is it so important?

Reading Time: 3 minutes When you think of stretches, you’ll probably picture what is known as a static stretch. This is the type of stretch you would typically do at the end of exercise as part of your cool down routine and would involve standing in a relatively still position while moving parts of your body to gently stretch […]

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The importance of the correct running form for injury prevention

Reading Time: 4 minutes Running is a great example of an accessible movement workout that can really help you reap the health benefits of physical exercise. While it’s relatively easy for most people to pick up, it’s also easy to run without using the correct form and technique, which can lead to a whole host of injuries from the […]

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How do our recovery needs change as we age?

Reading Time: 3 minutes While it would be nice to have the same energy and ability to bounce back in our 40s, 50s and beyond, as we did in our teens and 20s, it’s sadly just not the case. As we get older our bodies don’t respond to our regular movement workouts in the same way. Tiredness, aches and […]

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How can flexibility training benefit your overall fitness?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Flexibility is fundamental for everyday life. In fact, it’s so important that we often don’t think about it until something goes wrong and we start to miss it. Without flexibility we wouldn’t be able to perform everyday tasks, like bending over to pick something up, or sitting down in a chair. Flexibility also enables us […]

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What is strength fitness?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why strength fitness should form a big part of your planned movement workouts. Being physically fit comes in different forms. For example, someone who can run a marathon is no doubt physically fit, but they might not be able to lift heavy weights. Someone who might be able to lift heavy weights on the other […]

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How to figure out the best personal exercise plan for weight loss

Reading Time: 4 minutes Losing weight isn’t always easy. That being said, it doesn’t have to be all that difficult either. To set ourselves up with the best chances for long terms success, sometimes we just need to step back and look at our current lifestyle so that we can come up with an exercise plan that is right […]

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The importance of physical exercise for children

Reading Time: 2 minutes When we talk of children and physical exercise, it’s a lot different to how we would approach a movement workout for an adult – you certainly wouldn’t expect to see a child lifting weights at a gym, for example. For a child, any form of movement could be classed as physical activity, from running around […]

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Strength and conditioning – often overlooked but extremely important

Reading Time: 3 minutes Strength is a term that is often considered to be exclusive to those who lift weights or need power to exert force, such as a boxer or wrestler, but the truth is that all of us – both sportspeople and those with no interest in sports whatsoever – can benefit from a focus on strength […]

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The importance of stretching

Reading Time: 4 minutes Is stretching really that important? How can something so simple bring such huge health benefits? It’s common to associate stretching with something only athletes and sports people need to do but stretching is beneficial for absolutely everybody! Stretching shouldn’t just become a priority when our muscles start to feel tight, or when we feel pain, […]

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The 11 components of fitness

Reading Time: 3 minutes Fitness is often thought of as a ‘one size fits all’ thing, whereby you are either fit, or you aren’t, but the science of fitness actually goes a lot deeper than that and demonstrates that there are a number of components that go into a person being physically fit.1 The strongest, most musclebound person may […]

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Gardening and wellbeing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why gardening is good for you and how to reap its rewards Some people love gardening and view it as an enjoyable hobby. Others see it as a necessary chore. Whatever your viewpoint though, part-time or avid gardeners will be pleased to know that gardening and wellbeing are very closely related! Whether it’s by presenting […]

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An interview with an Olympic Athlete – James Ellington

Reading Time: 6 minutes Ever wondered what it’s like to walk in the footsteps of an Olympic athlete? Lifeplus has entered a sponsorship deal with British Olympic athlete, James Ellington, as he continues his incredible and inspirational journey to elite level athletic competition after a major road accident in 2017. While we’ll be joining him on his journey from […]

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The benefits of doing Pilates

Reading Time: 4 minutes How Pilates can help your body and mind Pilates has become more and more popular in recent years. The benefits from doing Pilates are becoming better known and it’s now a form of exercise not only popular with dancers or people who also like yoga but rather a sport for anyone wanting to get to […]

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Preventing sports injury

Reading Time: 3 minutes Top tips on preventing injury and enjoying the health benefits of physical exercise. Sustaining an injury is one of the quickest ways to derail your fitness efforts. Whether you’re an avid exerciser or are just about to embark on a new fitness program, it’s important to know how to move and exercise properly so that […]

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The Foundation of Fitness

Reading Time: 4 minutes An active life needs a solid backbone… When we think about staying active, we normally envision walking, running, cycling…using our arms and legs to get the heart pumping. We think less often about the foundation of all our movement – the unsung hero that is our back. Barely any of us pay attention to it, […]

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