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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Know the Reason Why We Love Cycling

We Love CyclingJumping on a shiny new steed and pedalling off into the sunset is a glorious feeling – you just can’t beat it! But if you haven’t saddled up for a few years, you may be wondering where to start or why to bother. Don’t worry! We caught up with Gareth Turner from Cyclebeat (cyclebeat.co.uk) to chat about the benefits of life on two wheels and how you can get back in the race.

Wheely wheely fun

Whizzing around on a bike gives you a great sense of freedom and there are so many types of cycling, and types of bikes, you can try. ‘Cycling can be very varied and fun – try mountain bike trails, exhilarating downhills, BMX and road biking with amazing views,’ says Gareth. Plus it’s one of the few workouts in which you can have a good gas with your mates, too! Have you every tried catching up over a quick swim or disco rave class?! ‘Cycling can be very social by riding in a group and also with the family – everyone can get involved,’ adds Gareth.

Slim cycle

Jumping on your bike is a fantastic way to blitz calories and trim down. ‘Cycling is a great way to lose weight and a brilliant way to burn calories – you can burn around 500 calories an hour cycling and sometimes much more,’ says Gareth. ‘Cycling can also have the added benefit of increasing your metabolism – even after the ride is over.

And it’s a great option for working out on your commute. Think about it – you can get your workouts in on the way to and from work and cancel that gym membership altogether if you want! ‘And, because it is a non-weight bearing exercise, it’s a lot easier on the joints than something like running, so you can do it more often,’ says Gareth. Sounds good to us!

It’s also a great toner, working your lower body hard, which – thanks to this focus on the bigger muscles in your body (bum and legs!) also burns fat. ‘Cycling helps to tone your muscles and works your calves, thighs and bottom, while also giving your shoulders and arms a workout, too,’ says Gareth.

Healthy heart

Cycling is not only bags of fun, and a great way to stay in shape, it’s good for your heart, too. ‘Cycling improves cardiovascular fitness,’ explains Gareth. ‘And the British Heart Foundation says that cycling regularly can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by up to 50 per cent.’

Mind matters

And getting on your bike could have benefits for the mind, too. ‘It’s not just the body that sees the benefits, as cycling is believed to reduce stress, anxiety and provide a sense of wellbeing,’ says Gareth. A cycle home after a long day is a great way to shake off your worries.

Get Fit on A Budget?, Here Its Tips

Fitness rampage spending comes in numerous structures, from wearing extravagance unit on a keep running, to sprinkling out on costly exercise center enrollments and paying additional for pro preparing that guarantees results. It’s not about vanity – it’s about certainty, solace and core interest. In the event that you look great, you feel great and that helps you marshal the eagerness to assault a workout. Yet, do you have to glimmer heaps of money to stay in shape? No, obviously not – and there are a lot of things that you shouldn’t burn through cash on. With the developing number of free applications and workout locales, also appealing attire that won’t void your stashes, staying in shape doesn’t need to abandon you bankrupt. The key is to work out which items are justified regardless of your pounds. What’s more, that is the place we come in…

Here are fit on budget tips :

1. LOG ON, SLIM DOWN
Turns out there’s more to online videos than yelling goats and Prancercise (Google it). In fact, the internet is a wealth of fitness knowledge. Among some of our favourite freebie workouts are the Tone It Up girls (www.toneitup.com) and Yoga With Adriene (yogawithadriene.com). And you can even get free A-list workouts on the net – visit Icelandic trainer Svava Sigbertsdottir’s Viking Method YouTube channel to find out how Nicole Scherzinger works out. And you thought the web was for socialising!

2. IN-STORE CLASSES
Specialist classes don’t have to cost a penny. In fact, some are free of charge. Earlier this year, Sweaty Betty launched a ‘Get Fit 4 Free’ campaign that gave fitbies access to in-store classes, recipes and online videos. And all Sweaty Betty boutiques across the country offer free classes to members all year long. London-bound? Lululemon Covent Garden and King’s Road stores offer complimentary yoga and running club every week.

3. RACE YOUR DOG
Turn your furry friend into a fitness pal. Personal trainer, Alison Beadle (livewellbhappy.co.uk), tells clients to race their dog because it’s a great form of fat-burning interval work – walk fast, jog and then sprint! ‘It’s interval training with a difference,’ says Beadle. ‘One of my clients has beaten her dog once but only by cheating and throwing the ball in the opposite direction!’ It’s harder than you think.

4. LOOK FOR DISCOUNTS
Gym memberships can be expensive – but not if you’re smart! Most gyms offer a cheaper membership if you’re prepared to go to the club during off-peak hours – usually between 10am and 4pm, and not including weekends. Ask gyms if they do discounts for students or single mums, or register at payasugym.com to get up to 60 per cent off gym costs.

5. COMPETITIVE COMMUTING
Make your commute count by racing against the clock with Beadle’s commuting circuit. ‘Speed walk along the corridors, power walk up escalators and see if you can do it faster each time,’ explains Beadle. ‘If you need a little competition to motivate you, challenge a friend to walk it faster than you.’

6. LUNGE, LUNGE, LUNGE
Lunge like no-one’s looking. The simple move is one of the best exercises for your legs and bum – and you can do them anywhere. ‘Walking lunges can be done around your own home all day, every day,’ says Donohue. ‘There is nothing you can find in a gym that beats walking lunges for the entire lower half.’

7. HIT THE GREEN GYM
Got access to a park? Then you have all the kit you need to get fit – benches, a running circuit and maybe even an outdoor gym. ‘Keeping fit and healthy doesn’t need to be expensive,’ agrees Muir. ‘The great outdoors is free – go for a walk, bike ride or jog. Too cold? That’s no excuse, as you can even run up and down your stairs to get fit.’

No Time for Excersice?, Try These Trick

Be a green goddess

Do you always duck out of cutting the lawn? Heaving a mower around is a great exercise for your core, legs and arms – and is a major calorie burner.

Squeeze!

Stuck in traffic yet again? Don’t sit and stress: work your pelvic floor. You can even do it on the bus, but try not to scare the people around you!

Trim at your chair

If you work in an office, the chances are your posture will suffer as a result of hours sitting at a desk. Use your upper back, shoulders and abdominal muscles to maintain a good posture and try squeezing an air-disc between your thighs to work your adductors. Better still, sit on a Swiss ball.

Get in a fix

Burn those calories by getting stuck into some DIY around the house. Sanding walls, tiling floors and building cabinets all require serious strength, ladies.

Wash the car

Go on, it needs a good clean, anyway. If you’ve got a van, then you’llreally work up a sweat. Make sure to switch hands when you’re scrubbing to get a good, even workout.

Spring clean

Yep, that’s right. But we’re not talking a regular dust ’n’ wipe here; we’re talking moving the furniture, scrubbing the walls and all that jazz. It’ll get your heart going, and you’ll be rewarded with a sparkling house!

Get off your trolley

No, not like that! Opt for a shopping basket rather than a trolley if you’re not planning a huge shop, and really work your upper body. If you really must use a trolley, once you’ve bagged everything up, carry it back to the car by hand.

See the sights

How well do you know your local area? Set aside a day with friends to walk around the local sights, as if you were tourists. You may be surprised how many calories you burn in a day spent scurrying around on your feet.

Stairway to fitness

An oldie but a goldie: don’t even think about calling for that lift! Dragging yourself up the stairs might seem tough at first, but your fitness will step up in no time.

Have a break

Get into the habit of exercising whenever the TV show you’re watching hits an advert break. You can do crunches, run on the spot or even drop down into the plank position. Try to wait until your dinner goes down first, though.