Monthly Archives: April 2020

  1. Sustainable Workout Clothing

    There is so much to consider when choosing new workout clothing from what clothing is suitable for the type of exercise you are doing, to fit, style and colour, but have you considered how sustainable your workout clothing is? Many new businesses are popping up offering environmentally friendly exercise gear, many with different focuses in their sustainability efforts. From ethical labour, through recycled, organic and sustainable materials, to minimising carbon footprint and recycled water used during production. We take a look at some of the different environment friendly policies being implemented and the brands to look for depending on what is most important to you.

    Exercise Gear Made from Sustainable Materials

    For many years we have seen companies such as Nike and Adidas producing sports clothing from recycled plastic bottles. But, in 2020 there are many more types of recycled materials being used by different brands in the manufacturer of workout clothing.

    Recycled Nylon

    Similar to recycled polyester recycled nylon diverts waste from landfill. Items such as fishing nets, carpets and tights are most frequently used to make recycled nylon. The process of recycling these products into recycled nylon uses less resources, including water and energy, than those required to make new nylon. However, the process is costly and results in recycled nylon exercise clothing being more expensive than when new nylon is used. If you care about the sustainability of the workout gear you purchase take a look at the Field of cottonrecycled nylon shorts available from Organic Basics. 

    Organic Cotton

    Cotton is actually a plant, grown in hotter countries with major growers being the USA, China, India, Turkey and Brazil. However, not all cotton is grown equally. Much of the

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  2. Retro Workouts – The Old New Way Too Get Fit!

    It is April 2020, most of the world is in lockdown. Gyms are closed and some countries are even stopping residents leaving their homes to take daily exercise. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, many people are turning to old-school exercise videos to maintain their fitness and workout within the confines of their own homes. Over recent years there has been a slow and steady reintroduction of retro fitness into trendy City gyms, however this has quickly snowballed into a major phenomenon for the masses.

    Retro Fitness Gyms

    From New York to London, inner city gyms are always looking to introduce new trends to keep fitness fanatics interested. In London Gymbox’s Gymnasium has been a huge hit. Girl climbing rope in a PE classThe Gymbox classes are inspired by retro PE lessons. Many of us shudder at the thought of school PE, so how is it such big business?

    Nostalgia is the simple answer. Even if we didn’t realise it at the time, being a child is often one of the most amazing times of our lives. Even those sweaty PE classes invoke powerful memories. With Twitter feeds full of ‘adulting’ fails, and Peter Pan style refusal to grow-up tweets, a surprisingly large number of adults are clamouring to revisit this childhood experience and take part in retro PE lesson style workouts.  

    This specific class includes equipment such as monkey bars, vaults and ropes to climb. The nightmare of most people’s youth, but an extremely popular addition to the Gymbox fitness class schedule. Such activities are great workouts, particularly under the tutorage of a fitness instructor that won’t tolerate slacking off or teenage style excuses.

    In the USA there is the Retro Fitness franchise that offers many different class styles. Tapping into some of the most popular fitness trends Retro Fitness has

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  3. Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis – Small Changes Can Equal Big Results

    Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, also referred to as NEAT, is not a new health and fitness fad, or a drastic lifestyle upheaval, it is the answer to a long-term, achievable healthy lifestyle. We have been told for many years to move more and to eat less. Essentially that is the concept of NEAT, but it isn’t a quick fix diet, and it doesn’t require you sweating it out at the gym at 6am every day. It does, however, require small lifestyle changes over the long term for gradual weight loss and health benefits.

    What is NEAT?

    Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is the calories you burn throughout everyday activities. But what does that mean? A calorie is the unit of energy that your body uses to function, and the use of calories can be split into three components:

    1. Basal Metabolic Rate: This is the number of calories that your body uses to survive. These calories power the brain, heart, liver, muscles and other organs that are required to continue working even while you sleep.
    2. Man walking up stairsThermic Effect of Food: This is the calories that are required to digest the food you consume and turn it into energy. This is why you may have heard of ‘calorie free’ or ‘negative calorie’ foods, such as celery that use more calories in the digestion process than they actually contain.
    3. Thermic Effect of Physical Activity: This is the calories used in movement, and includes exercise such as running or cycling, but also the calories that you burn doing everyday activities such standing up or cleaning.

    But, where does Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis fit into all of this? NEAT is the non-exercise component of the calories burnt through Thermic Effect of Physical Activity. So, while doing household chores, walking around your home or office, even brushi

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  4. All You Need to Know About Micro HIIT

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    Keeping on top of your fitness is always on people’s minds as they consciously try to make time to attend your local gym or go outside for regular exercise. But what if I told you that you could still get an effective workout in the comfort of your own home in a manageable short time frame? Within this article we are going to look into all elements of Micro HIIT and how it works to keep you feeling energized and healthy when on a tight schedule. 

    Within this post we are going to cover:

    • What is Micro HIIT
    • How it can benefit you
    • Positive effects
    • How to get involved
    • Example exercises
    • Putting together your own plans
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