Loren Astbury

  1. How Social Media Influences Our Attitudes Towards Health and Fitness

    social media health and fitnessIn recent years we have seen Social Media participation soar, which means that no matter how old you are, you are bound to have at least one social media account or at least know of them if you are to young to sign up. There are a number of platforms out there which gives people the opportunity to share their entire lives or snippets of their life with their followers and family. However this exposure can be great for some influencers but can also open yourself up to negative interaction with other users. Nowadays we are so engulfed by the world of social media, that checking and uploading to it regularly is second nature, so there is no doubt that we find ourselves heavily impacted by the images and videos we see online along with interacting with other users. 

    On the subject of the impact of social media on us all, we are going to focus on how the health and fitness communities online and body image accounts are affecting their users or altering their attitudes towards exercie and healthy eating. These platforms can be such a positive place to get involved, but it can also be a breeding ground for online bullies and trolls as well as influencers promoting harmful eating and fitness habits so it is important to stay vigilant when online.

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  2. New Tech for Making Commuting by Bike a Breeze

    cycling commuteWhether you live in a city or country environment, you may find it easier to commute to work using your bicycle. However, travelling in rush hour traffic across a long distance while still making sure you are able to carry all of your work essentials and clothing with you can prove to be a struggle. So if you are looking for a way to make your life easier when it comes to cycling to work, here are five pieces of tech which have been manufactured for a hassle free ride.

    1. Commuter Pants by Rhone
    2. Bike Helmet by Lumos
    3. Tern Vektron Electric Folding Bike
    4. Abus Bordo Lite 6050 Bike Lock
    5. Samsonite 2WM Backpack
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  3. How the Cycling Community is Promoting Women’s Participation

    cycling womens participationCycling is a fantastic way to keep fit, commute to work or even explore the world from a different viewpoint. Cycling doesn't require any expensive equipment, simply a bicycle and protective gear. This actitivity gives you a freedom you cannot get when relying on public transport or driving your car. Although this activity is very widely participated in due to its convenience and excellent health benefits, we often find that the exposure of men's racing and clothing is very different to those catered towards women. In recent years we have seen this change slightly to see more women's only and inclusive bicycle races and events as well as mainstream and boutique clothing companies creating gear for ladies. This added inclusion is constantly growing and is leading more and more women to take up the sport as a hobby or competitively rather than just for commuting.

    Therefore, within this article, we are going to see how this new movement is shaping the cycling community through the promotion of women's participation. So, if you want to find out how this much-loved activity is evolving or how you can get involved yourself, then keep on reading.

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  4. Running Gear on a Budget

    running gear on a budgetThe technology and fit of running clothing is forever changing and adapting to contain even better mositure wicking properties or heat retention panels. However with this constant update to the fitness world when it comes to clothing, these new items of gear often come with a heavy price tag. Therefore, whether you are a regular runner who is aiming to keep fit, or a seasoned marathon runner, you will always be on the lookout for the best quality sportswear on the market which won't break the bank. And to help you find budget friendly alternatives or acknowledge which items require investment more than others, we have put this article together for you.

    So, if you want to find out how you can save money while you are shopping for your fitness wardrobe, then keep on reading.

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  5. Changes to the Worldwide Badminton Rules

    badminton rule changeBadminton is a much-loved sport by many who practice it recreationally as well as competitively. However, if you are taking part in badminton matches professionally, you may already be aware of the recent update to the rules. But if you are not up to date with the international rules with regards to badminton, then within this article we are going to discuss the changes which have been made that have professional players in uproar. Earlier this year it was announced that there would be major changes to the professional rules of badminton worldwide and since the release of these adjustment, the sporting world has not been happy as these changes will alter the professional game drastically. 

    Within this article we are going to have a look at the rules in question which have been updated and how these would each impact the athletes involved. So, if you want to find out more about what has got the badminton world talking, then keep on reading as we will fill you in on all things to do with these changes and how the way we watch and play badminton globally will differ.

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  6. Why You Should Try Pool HIIT Exercises

    hiit pool trainingAt the gym and during fitness classes, HIIT is a prefferred method of working out as it involves high intesity bursts of reps with a break or a cool down type of movement inbetween before moving onto a different activity in the routine. And as this is a popular form of training, there is no doubt that this type of exercise pattern has been adapted a variety of ways. Within this article we are going to look into how the HIIT training programme has been developed for use in the pool. The water works as a great resitance to each HIIT movement performed which means that you are guaranteed to have a more effective workout while having fun. If you want to find out more about this type of fitness training then keep on reading as within this post we cover:

    • The benefits of HIIT training
    • The positive effects of resitance training
    • How HIIT and resistance training work together
    • Getting the most out of your workout
    • Finding ways to get involved
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  7. The Must-have Running Shoes of 2019

    running shoesEvery runner knows how important it is to invest in the best shoe to suit their needs. And with sports brands constantly manufacturing and inventing new technology for footwear, we find it can be overwhelming when you are shopping for a new pair. Therefore, we have put this article together to discuss five most recent running footwear launches by major brands in the market. We are also going to take a look at how effective they are along with their RRP, the shoes we are exploring today are listed below:

    • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35
    • Adidas Ultraboost 19
    • Under Armour HOVR Infinite
    • New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit
    • Asics Roadhawk FF 2
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  8. How Smart Balls Can Improve Your Training

    smart footballOver recent years technology has dominated the fitness community by allowing athletes to gather more in depth information on their training. The most common way is to use a wristband tracker; however brands have been evolving the tracking technology to allow you to practice your sport freely without having to worry about syncing a band to your phone. 

    Within this article we are going to look into some of the must-have sports technology which could help you take your training regime to the next level. In this article we are going to look into the technology created by Dribble Up. There are three types of smart balls created by Dribble Up and we are going to explore each of these further within this post:

    • Smart Soccer Ball
    • Smart Basket Ball
    • Smart Medicine Ball
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  9. Six Upcoming Wellness Festivals in the UK You Need to Visit

    wellness festivalIn recent years the health and fitness trends have evolved along with the addition of emotional well-being aspects. And from this, is where Wellness Festivals were born. Typically when you think of a festival, you think of muddy fields and obscenely loud music until the early hours. However, Wellness Festivals are the exact opposite of this and help you become one with your body through allowing yourself to escape from everyday life.

    Therefore, if you have not come across the concept of Wellness Festivals before, we have put together a list of six events held here in the UK which might peak your interest. Along with this we are going to look into what a Wellness Festival actually is and how you can benefit from attending. So if you want to find out more about this health trend on the rise, then keep on reading.

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  10. Four Ways in Which Exercise Can Help Save the Planet

    exercise save the planetPossibly one of the biggest worldwide concerns is that of the longevity of a healthy planet. As humans there are a long list of things which generation after generation has done to harm the world. However, the strive to reverse the effects of Global Warming are hot on consumer and company minds alike. And this is why we have seen such a great advance in technology and alternative methods of creating products and services which help us give back to the environment.

    So within this article we are going to look into various improvements in the fitness world are helping us save the planet. We will also explain how easy it is for you to get involved with making simple changes in your day to day life which will help reverse the damaging effects on the world. There are four main topics we are going to cover in this blog post and they are as follows:

    • Sustainable Sports Clothing
    • Alternative Commuting Methods
    • Enhanced Gym Equipment
    • Innovative Drinking Bottles
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