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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 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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Why do we sometimes not lose weight when we exercise?

Reading Time: 4 minutes There are many health benefits of physical exercise, but sometimes, the one we want is simply weight loss. There’s nothing more annoying though, than being committed and disciplined on the exercise front and then getting on the scales at the end of the week only to find you haven’t actually lost any weight – or […]

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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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Exercise and sustainable long term weight loss

Reading Time: 3 minutes Losing weight is a challenge, but it’s really only half the battle. The other half is keeping it off. Many people who lose weight ultimately gain it back, with research showing that only around a fifth of those successfully keeping the weight off in the long term.1 Don’t lose faith though, as there are scientifically […]

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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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Fitness at 40 and beyond

Reading Time: 3 minutes What to know about midlife exercise needs Turning 40 is a big milestone in life. On the one hand you may feel as youthful as you did when you were 20, but all you have to do is walk into a greeting card shop and you’ll be faced with rows of cards telling you that […]

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Overcoming barriers to physical activity

Reading Time: 4 minutes Quite often, the most difficult thing about any type of regular movement workout is simply finding the motivation to start. It’s not even that moving your body is necessarily going to be hard… but not moving it is almost certainly going to be easier. Not moving your body won’t bring you the wonderful health benefits […]

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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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Balance – why it’s so important and how you can improve it

Reading Time: 3 minutes For any movement we perform, balance is a fundamental aspect of it. Often it will come without having to think about it, for example, simply standing upright on our own two feet requires us to maintain balance. While it often comes without thinking, that doesn’t mean it’s something that should be taken for granted. Studies […]

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What helps joint health?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of us may not even think about our joints until something has gone wrong—particularly if they become swollen or painful. This is often the case in particular when it comes to exercise. It’s probably safe to assume that many of us exercise in order to keep our muscles strong and our cardiovascular system in […]

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The relationship between sport and correct nutrition

Reading Time: 5 minutes How to achieve your sporting goals Reducing fat or building muscles – the targeting of sports nutrition is versatile and can have different effects on the body. Sports nutrition that includes a balanced combination of minerals, vitamins, and essential nutrients offers the most benefits. The individual composition of the diet in sport not only depends […]

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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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Discover the best exercises for heart health

Reading Time: 3 minutes How regular exercise helps us live a heart-healthy life Being physically active is one of the three pillars of heart health, along with eating well and mindfulness. Studies have shown that taking part in regular exercise improves factors linked to cardiovascular health, resulting in lower blood pressure, healthier cholesterol levels, and better blood sugar regulation.1 […]

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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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Overtraining

Reading Time: 3 minutes How much exercise is too much? Anyone actively training to increase their performance can be at risk of overtraining – especially when using high training loads to achieve your fitness goals and improve performance. As studies have shown these can only be tolerated by your body through periods of rest and recovery.1When considering how much […]

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Feeling the effects of exercise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Regular exercise is the best solution for a healthy body, offering a whole host of short- and long-term benefits. The main benefits can be split into three areas: 1. Aerobic endurance 2. Strength gains 3. Psychological benefits While helping to improve your physical shape externally and the health of your body internally, exercise can also […]

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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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Exercising mind and body as we get older

Reading Time: 3 minutes Life is a precious commodity, one that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted during our younger years, when the future seems infinite and our energy boundless. Then time intervenes. As the decades pass, that energy seems a little less boundless. There’s less in the tank. It’s a little more difficult to […]

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Is your diet fit for purpose?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Making well-intended resolutions, aimed at positive lifestyle changes, is not uncommon – especially after moments of indulgence. At such times it’s only natural to give some serious thought to a sensible diet and maybe more exercise. However, it’s important to understand how “healthy eating” differs from diets aimed solely at weight loss. Keeping an eye […]

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Staying active at home

Reading Time: 4 minutes We all know that exercise is good for us. Aside from the obvious health benefits of exercise to manage your weight or keep fit, it’s also proven to help boost your immune system and your mental health.1 So, if it’s not already part of your daily to-do list, now is the time to add it […]

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Rowing – the boat sport

Reading Time: 3 minutes What rowing has to offer If you are seeking a great workout for the entire body, rowing is well worth considering. This historic sport is wonderful for building overall body strength and it provides a fantastic cardio workout at the same time! Rowing is not a fast-moving trend but requires patience and dedication to achieve […]

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