Interval Training – To Time Poor for Training? Maybe Not!

by Darryl on February 28, 2010 0 Comments

Society today is a fast pace environment. Keeping up with the basic tasks necessary to maintain a reasonable standard of living takes a lot of personal time away from us. Working hours have increased; family pressures including raising kids and meal preparation are increasingly taking time out of our days. With the necessary sleep required and the fixed hours in a day this means that something has to give. Unfortunately with statistics showing the increase in people who are overweight or obese and have  it seems that diet and exercise seems to be the big loser to these changes.

However all is not lost and having an athletic body and being physically fit is not a pipe dream. You may ask how that is! I need to exercise x hours a day and eat less produced foods to become more healthy which is correct, however changing up your exercising and ...

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Pole Dancing – A popular sport moving to the biggest arena the Olympics

by Darryl on February 28, 2010 1 Comment

As we have seen with the top 10 fitness trends there seems to be a movement to away from traditional exercise and sport to new exciting specialty exercise. The latest fitness news is that there is a push for Pole Dancing to be included which makes sense. The sport of pole dancing combines strength, stamina, flair and artistry which when performed by a professional is made to look very easy. However I can tell you that the athletes that perform these routines are every bit as difficult as many of the other sports that compete for medals at the Olympics including rhythmic gymnastics, ice skating, synchronized swimming and many others.    

The question that should be asked now is why has this surfaced and why is it an issue? Is it because of the low TV rankings of the Olympic winter games. Of course the sport will gain massive interest as ...

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Research Shows Physical Activity at School improves Children’s Health

by Darryl on February 24, 2010 3 Comments

We all are creatures of habit. Most of our faults or bad habits have been bought about by events or habits picked up as a child and continued through adult life. In saying this the creation of a healthier more physical lifestyle as a child will increase your chances of continuing this through your adult life. However previous studies were inconclusive as to the benefits. Well it seems that the latest study shows what we have suspected for a while that extra physical activity during and after school improves our children’s health.     

Hopefully the education decision makers are taking notice of this study as a healthy child will have a lower body fat content, a decrease in weight related illnesses and will build good habits that will aid them through life. More fitness and dietary lessons in the school curriculum can only lead to fitter, healthier children. Here are ...

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Becoming a Fitness Trainer

by Darryl on February 13, 2010 0 Comments

Perhaps there is no profession that will give you lots of physical benefits than being a physical fitness trainer. You get to work-out every day while getting paid for it. If you are conscious about your health and how your body looks, this profession may be the right one for you. Being passionate and interested in seeing others get fit and healthy as you help them do so can also be the a reason for you to pursue a career in fitness training. 

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How to Become a Physical Fitness Trainer

Know your skills and your attitude. The first step in knowing if becoming a trainer is right for you is to determine if you have the right attitude for it. Wanting to be fit or having ...

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Benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oil

by Darryl on February 12, 2010 0 Comments

We all have seen the commercials touting omega 3 fish oil as the next best thing for the heart. Fish and fish oil are the best sources of ocosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which are good types of fat.  However, our bodies cannot manufacture these fatty acids, which means, that we must get our required amount from the diet.

Proven to be completely safe, omega 3 fish oil does come with numerous benefits. It is also recommended by fitness trainers to be taken by their clients to help them build muscle, lose fat and improve their fitness condition.

The following are just some of the health benefits of omega 3 fish oil fatty acids:

  • Reduces the risk of heart attacks by lowering triglyceride levels
  • Reduces the risk for abnormal heart rhythms
  • Reduces the risk of strokes
  • Slows down the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces the ...
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POLAR RS800CX MULTI SPORT Heart Rate Monitor with G3 GPS Review

by Darryl on February 10, 2010 0 Comments

Various data can be stored in various time intervals; moreover, training files can be combined for storing consecutive training sessions. This monitor also allows display zooming and automatic lap recording. It can store up to 99 training files, has a long battery life, and training reminder ideal for active users.

Product Specifications:

•    Altitude, ascent and descent
•    Temperature
•    Automatic age-based target zone (bpm/%/% HRR)
•    Average and maximum heart rate of each lap
•    Average, minimum and maximum heart rate of training
•    Heart rate
•    Cadence – current, average and maximum
•    Cadence-based target zones with visual and audible alarm
•    Incline Measurement
•    Speed – current, average and maximum
•    Speed-based target zones with visual and audible alarm
•    Running Index
•    Speed-based target zones with visual and audible alarm
•    Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum
•    Adjustable recording rate – 1s, 2s, 5s, 15s, or 60s
•    Memory left indication
•    Training files (with summaries) – 99
•    Display zoom
•    Graphical target zone indicator
•    Date and ...

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3 Steps to help your body fight Heart Disease

by Darryl on February 7, 2010 1 Comment



As February is observed in the United States as American Heart month the team have researched the 3 main steps that you can easily implement in your lifestyle that will help your body fight heart disease. These are during meal times creating a healthy heart conscious diet, completing regular exercise and quitting smoking.



Heart Healthy Foods

What are the foods that are highly recommended by the expert nutritionists that will help to fight off heart disease? Below is a list of a few foods that have previously been proven to aid the heart.  

1.)    Nuts

Nuts are an excellent source of Vitamin E especially almonds which contain healthy oils and fiber that helps keep cholesterol level low. A lower cholesterol will aid blood flow around the body. This is important as it means the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to meet the bodies blood demands ...

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UK Fitness Study 20% of People Don't Benefit from Exercise

by Darryl on February 4, 2010 0 Comments

Recent studies in the UK have found that Fitness training isn’t for everyone. It is claimed that 1 in 5 people receive no or little benefit from regular exercise. I would look at this finding and have the headline that 80% of people who exercise receive large benefits from regular exercise. It’s a “glass half full” type of thing for me. The studies conducted were completed on a sample size of 600 people with the aerobic exercise being cycling which is a good low impact aerobic exercise.

The claims for the unfortunate 20% were that they could have bad DNA genes that are affecting the benefits from regular exercise. These 20% shouldn’t be disheartened as moderating your dietary intake can aid weight loss as well. Here are the Fitness News headlines on these topics.

Fitness flop? It's all down to the genes, claim researchers

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Zumba Fitness Review

by Darryl on February 3, 2010 9 Comments

Hot on the heels of the increase of fitness enthusiasts, the Zumba fitness routine gives men and women of various ages a diverse way of keeping their bodies fit and healthy. Zumba is a fitness exercises that focuses on resistance training as well as interval cardio training in the guise of Latin style beats and dance moves. The short exercises promote fat burning, calorie burning, and muscle toning easy and achievable. Body movement and swaying to the different Latin beats is the one of the basis of Zumba fitness, and it helps enthusiasts shed pounds while having fun.

About the Zumba Workout

Imagine a workout that has you dance Mambo, ChaCha, Calypso, Meringue, and Salsa. Add a bit of belly dancing, rock and roll, and some great tunes and you already have the center workout offered by the Zumba fitness DVD series.

The main ingredients in Zumba are the dance ...

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