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Exercise Benefits of Beetroot

I have witnessed beetroot juice become more and more popular of the past couple of reasons and it is not just the latest health kick craze. There are actually quite a few studies behind its use for an increase in exercise performance, as well as general health.

 

Beetroot is a deep purple coloured vegetable most popularly bought pickled and sliced into a jar, although it can be cooked and eaten in a number of different ways. Continue reading “Exercise Benefits of Beetroot”

Should You Be Using Protein Shakes?

Oh man, where do I start with this one?

 

Protein supplements can either by bought already made up in a drinkable/edible form and can cost a small fortune, or can be bought as a powder which is much more affordable.

 

The current supplement industry is worth billions of pounds and is still growing as we all look for easier and more efficient ways of getting quality nutrition into our body’s. Protein supplements are by far the most common supplement bought by frequent exercisers.

 

But do we really need them? And what do they even do? (Apart from making us look like we know what we are doing!).

Continue reading “Should You Be Using Protein Shakes?”

Smoothies for Your Health and Fitness

My wife was speaking to a fellow instructor the other day and had asked if I could do a piece on homemade smoothies, and what foods are best to put in them around times we exercise.

Smoothies are an excellent way of consuming food before and after we exercise as they are very easily digested and contain massive amounts of nutrients to allow our body’s to perform at their best. Continue reading “Smoothies for Your Health and Fitness”

Events That Will Make You Laugh, Cry, and Relish Your Health

Whether you are a beginner to exercise or have been doing it for years, it is hard to ignore the new breed of outdoor events that have been growing steadily over the past few years.

 

Boot Camps made a fashionable entrance in the early 2000’s, and now we are seeing multiple varieties of themed races and events. Some of the more popular events you may well have heard of include Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Survival Of The Fittest. Continue reading “Events That Will Make You Laugh, Cry, and Relish Your Health”

Reduce Pain After Exercise In Just 10 Minutes

Many of us have seen that person moving around the ground in pain with a strange object under their body. What the hell is that all about anyway?

 

The object is called a “foam roller” because it rolls and it is made of foam (genius!). The technique is called self-myofascial release. And the point of it? To release tension and tightness of the muscles.

 

So does it work? and more importantly, is it worth the pain ( surely there’s pain, I mean look at that girls face in the above link)? Continue reading “Reduce Pain After Exercise In Just 10 Minutes”

Colours To Be Seen Working Out In

Recently, when passing by a fitness class, I wondered, what makes us choose the colours we wear. Most of the time it can be a complete mix-up, but not always! I am sure we always wear a certain item of clothing for a reason. In CrossFit it is usually next to nothing, see this if your female and this if your male, but some of us (like my wife!) take a long time to consider what colour we wear. It is probably for good reason too.

 

An interesting website I found, empower yourself with color psychology, informs us of the power of non-verbal communication and what it says about us. Continue reading “Colours To Be Seen Working Out In”

The 2-minute guide to basic hydration

Why do we need water and fluids?

Approximately 2/3rds of our body is made up of water, without it we wouldn’t survive.

 

What does is do for us?

Keeps joints lubricated and cushioned.

Keeps the body temperature normal.

Helps remove waste through sweat, bowel movements and urination.

Many, many others (just think how all these are important for you in exercise!!). Continue reading “The 2-minute guide to basic hydration”

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