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  1. Maintaining Your Mental and Physical Health During a Pandemic

    All over the world there have been a number of restrictions put in place due to COVID-19 which have impacted our regular day to day lives massively. As a result of this, our mental health has been greatly impacted by these rules and regulations. But to help us keep ourselves balanced we have seen a large uptake in people exercising and getting creative, so within this blog post we are going to look at the various ways in which you can improve your physical and mental health during a lockdown.


    Find Activities Which Engage Your Brain

    While in a lockdown you might find yourselves spending a lot more time at home by yourself. And more often than not we find that alone time can be precious but can also be hindering to your mental health if you have too much of it and feel isolated. During these times you may find that you find yourself binge watching TV series and movies or endlessly scrolling through social media. But these provide only a limited amount of satisfaction and engagement before becoming mundane.

    Therefore, you could start to find activities to fill your day with which will keep your mind engaged and almost distracted from the current situation to create a feeling of peace. You could work your way through puzzle books such as wordsearches, crosswords, sudoku to keep your mind active. There is also the option to join in with online and TV show quizzes as well as the possibility to start a family, friends or work quiz which could also give you the social interaction you may have been craving.

    As well as looking into puzzles and quizzes you could also join a number of online courses and start studying a subject which has caught your eye, but you have never found the time to sit down and go through properly. Finding a course that interests you will keep you motivated and could also help with future

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  2. All You Need to Know About Micro HIIT

    hiit ladies

    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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  3. Track and Field Events – Hurdles


    In previous weeks we have looked into the track and field events of the Olympics covering the short and long-distance aspects. However now we are going to see how hurdling events compare to these previously discussed sports and how it can benefit you. So, if you want to find out more about this form of track and field event, then keep on reading. Within this blog post we are covering the following topics:

    • Types of hurdling races
    • Heights of hurdles
    • How it differs from track running
    • Health benefits
    • Getting involved
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  4. Track and Field Events – Long Distance

    long distance track mensLast week we looked into the type of track and field events which are part of the short distance categories. Staying on the same topic, this week we are going to explore the opposite end of the scale and see what the longer distance events entail. So, if you want to find out more about long distance track and field events and how you can get involved to reap the multiple health benefits of the sport then keep on reading. In this post we cover the following areas of this sport:

    • Type of events
    • Training aspects
    • Health and fitness benefits
    • How to get involved
    • Why to get involved
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  5. Track and Field Events – Short Distance

    The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner, due to take place this summer. And as a result of this summer competition on the horizon, there is no doubt that people are starting to look into different event types and sports in which they can get involved with in preparation for the big games. Therefore, in this article we are going to focus on the athletics category of the Olympics and to start with we are going to investigate the short distance track and field events. So, if you want to find out more about these events, then keep on reading.

    short distance track and field events blocksOverview on the Events

    Short distance track events are often known as sprinting as this is a type of running which requires a large burst of speed and energy to get you to the finish line rather than over a prolonged period of time. There are a number of different sprinting events in the Olympics athletics category and they are split up into three different distances. Each distance has a men’s and a women’s race in which the genders compete separately but still run the same length. Below are the three main distances you will come across in sprinting races for athletics:

    • 100M
    • 200M
    • 400M

    Helping you to get enough force to start the sprint, athletes will start the race in a crouched position with their feet on blocks. These blocks give the runner the ability to begin the run in a stable stance which providing them a piece of solid apparatus to push off from. Having the blocks means that you can have a stronger start with a higher forced push off compared to standing still as speed and strength is key in this type of race.

    Training Requirements

    The ability to run at a high speed for a short period of time might come naturally to some, but you can also tra

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  6. How Kickboxing Can Work For You

    Kickboxing is an excellent way to relieve stress and build muscles as you use your own bodyweight to control the strength and accuracy of each move. Originating in Japan, kickboxing is an umbrella term for many different types of combat techniques, but within this blog post we are going to focus on kickboxing as a whole. Throughout this blog post we are going to see how implementing kickboxing moves into your fitness regime can positively impact your health. So, if you want to find out more about this one on one sport, then keep on reading.

    How is Kickboxing Effective?

    Kickboxing is a form of HIIT exercise which means that it is a high intensity workout with small interval bursts. With kickboxing you strike the opponent using the lower part of the body which means that you require a heightened level of balance which will develop over time when practicing kickboxing. Along with improving your balance, here are another few ways in which practicing kickboxing elements could improve your overall health:

    • Great stress relief
    • Improved coordination
    • Weight loss
    • Builds and tones muscles
    • Enhanced strength and stamina
    • Boosts confidence
    • Improves posture

    Due to the number of cognitive benefits of kickboxing, their techniques and elements are often recommended for the older people to improve their strength and stamina. Despite this, kickboxing isn’t just for a certain demographic. Everyone can practice the basic moves and elements in specialised fitness classes by following trained professionals.

    As you are working with your own body weight which kicking and punching you will find that the more strength you put behind your move the more effective the workout will be. This type of training is great for those that prefer to workout alone as you could do it by yourself or with a sparring partner who is wearing the special padded equipment to prevent injury.

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  7. Rediscovering the Rowing Machine and How it can Benefit You

    rowing machine solo

    In recent years we have seen the popularity of the rowing machine at a gym drop as more cohesive workouts and equipment have been introduced. However, in this blog post we are going to look into what a rowing machine can provide for you in terms of a full body workout with added resistance. So, if you want to find out more about this forgotten piece of kit in your local gym, then keep on reading. Within this blog post we cover a range of topics such as how using the rowing machine could benefit your health as well as how to get involved. Here are just a few reasons why you should give rowing a go:

    • Weight loss
    • Increase stamina
    • Stronger immune system
    • Enhanced core strength
    • Improved posture
    • Strengthens arms and shoulders
    • Tones muscles
    • Improves flexibility and balance
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  8. How Surfing Can Benefit Your Health

    surfingSurfing is a great way to keep fit whether it’s a familiar holiday past time or a core summer sport for you. There are many positive effects of surfing and different ways in which you can get involved with the sport from a recreational to a fitness aspect. Surfing is a general term for a surface water sport which involves one person riding waves in the seas on a board. Under this umbrella sport there are different types of water sport which you can take part in, here are just a few:

    • General surfing
    • Body boarding
    • Body surfing
    • Kite surfing
    • Wind surfing
    • Tow-in surfing
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  9. Biohacking and How it Works

    biohackingHave you ever heard of the latest fitness trend to sweep the nation called Biohacking? Want to learn more about it? Then this article is for you. We have put together a cohesive post covering all you need to know about Biohacking. From the basics to trying it for yourself, keep on reading if you want to find out more about this trend. Within this post we cover the following:

    • What is Biohacking
    • Types of Biohacking e.g. Nutrigenomics, DIY Biology and Grinder
    • Biohacking at home e.g. Caffeine, Diet, Blue Light and Fasting
    • Benefits and Drawbacks of Biohacking
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  10. All You Need to Know About Military Fitness

    military fitnessHave you ever heard of Military Fitness and wondered what it takes to be a part of it? Within this post we are going to look into the latest trend of Military Fitness and how you can get involved with specially designed courses which will push you to achieve your goals. So, if you want to find out more about Military Fitness and how it could work for you, then keep on reading. Within this post we are covering the following areas of Military Fitness:

    • What is it?
    • Different levels
    • Selection of classes
    • Equipment used
    • Where to get involved
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