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The BEST exercises for your body according to a Harvard doctor – and the good news is that running is not included!

Daily MailThe BEST exercises for your body according to a Harvard doctor – and the good news is that running is not included!Daily MailThis type of training involves using weight – which can be your own body, free weights like barbells or dumbbells – t…

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The 10 best running shoes of fall 2017

Best for: Road runners who want the basics done rightThe most impressive, comfortable, and functional running kicks Reebok has launched, these shoes are a blast to pound the pavement in. The sock-like upper is ultra-breathable, flexible, and perfect fo…

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It’s official: You really don’t have to run to train for a half marathon


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It’s official: You really don’t have to run to train for a half marathon
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The best way of preventing running injuries? Weights (it’s thought that weight training can decrease your risk by up to 30%). So I devised myself a little training plan which revolved around weights, spin and HIIT – and with one long run thrown in a

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Emily’s 150-Pound Transformation Started With Meal Prep and a Low-Carb Diet


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Emily’s 150-Pound Transformation Started With Meal Prep and a Low-Carb Diet
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Now that I’m back in action at The Edge Fitness Club, I follow a strengthtraining routine developed by my trainer along with cardio, such as running or the StairMaster. And to change things up, I like to participate in group classes from time to time

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Leading gym offers free pass to celebrate National Fitness Day – South Wales Guardian

Xercise4Less Swansea will be giving non-members the chance to use its facilities for free on Wednesday, September 27 to celebrate National Fitness Day.

Many leisure centres and gyms across the country, including Xercise4Less Swansea, will be getting involved in the day by running various activities to help get the nation more active.

Xercise4Less Swansea will be offering free day passes to anyone over the age of 18 who want to improve their health and experience the gym’s facilities.

National Fitness Day is a UK Active run initiative that is designed to encourage and celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity in the UK. It is the largest physical activity celebration in the country and offers a huge range of activities for people of all ages.

This year’s National Fitness Day will be the most wide-ranging to date, with 20,000 free events taking place across the UK.

Simon Tutt, CEO at Xercise4Less said “National Fitness Day is a fantastic initiative and it’s great that Xercise4Less Swansea will be involved in the day. We want to offer everyone the opportunity to try our gym and hopefully it will lead to some members of the public becoming healthier and more active all year round.”

People can claim their free day pass by visiting the Xercise4Less website and entering their details at xercise4less.co.uk/national-fitness-day.

The complimentary gym pass should then be shown to a member of reception upon arrival at the club.

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Leading gym offers free pass to celebrate National Fitness Day … – South Wales Guardian

Xercise4Less Swansea will be giving non-members the chance to use its facilities for free on Wednesday, September 27 to celebrate National Fitness Day.

Many leisure centres and gyms across the country, including Xercise4Less Swansea, will be getting involved in the day by running various activities to help get the nation more active.

Xercise4Less Swansea will be offering free day passes to anyone over the age of 18 who want to improve their health and experience the gym’s facilities.

National Fitness Day is a UK Active run initiative that is designed to encourage and celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity in the UK. It is the largest physical activity celebration in the country and offers a huge range of activities for people of all ages.

This year’s National Fitness Day will be the most wide-ranging to date, with 20,000 free events taking place across the UK.

Simon Tutt, CEO at Xercise4Less said “National Fitness Day is a fantastic initiative and it’s great that Xercise4Less Swansea will be involved in the day. We want to offer everyone the opportunity to try our gym and hopefully it will lead to some members of the public becoming healthier and more active all year round.”

People can claim their free day pass by visiting the Xercise4Less website and entering their details at xercise4less.co.uk/national-fitness-day.

The complimentary gym pass should then be shown to a member of reception upon arrival at the club.

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Gym and Studio Sync lets Strava users upload their indoor workouts too – Digital Trends

Why it matters to you

Strava now tracks not only outdoor activities like running and cycling, but gym workouts too, providing a more complete picture of a user’s fitness routine.

Strava[1] (iOS[2]/Android[3]) has been one of the top fitness apps for outdoor athletes for several years now, allowing runners, cyclists, rowers, skiers, and even rock climbers to track and share their workout data online. But the company knows that not all workouts take place outdoors and that many of its users spend plenty of time in the gym too. To better meet the needs of those users Strava is updating its platform[4] by adding a new option called Gym and Studio Sync[5]. This feature not only expands the number of activities tracked by the system, but gives users credit for a variety of indoor workouts they do too.

Gym and Studio Sync allows Strava users to link their account with select gyms, fitness studios, and even other apps to automatically upload workout data directly to their online profiles. This gives Strava, which already sees 11 million activities uploaded each week, the potential to become the one-stop shop for storing all workout data, making it easier to track performance improvements from all activities over time. Of course, the data will also be available for sharing with friends too, sparking friendly rivalries and spurring a bit of competition among users.

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So far, Gym and Studio Sync integration has been announced for Flywheel Sports[6] and Expresso[7] cycling studios, the Fitbod[8] (iOS[9]) and LiveRowing[10] (iOS[11]) apps, Life Time[12] gyms, and the Peloton[13] cycling trainer. This gives users the ability to upload data from their morning spin class[14] or workout routine at the gym for instance, or share the data from a cycling or rowing session that they completed indoors while at home. Previously, those types of fitness routines went untracked within the Strava platform, but now any workout conducted with these partners will automatically be shared to the system.

If your favorite gym or studio is not currently on the list, do not lose heart. Strava promises that it will be expanding the list of supported gyms, studios, apps, and devices over the next few months, bringing more partners into the program. The company says that with the addition of the Gym and Studio Sync program, it will now track more than 31 different types of activities, giving users a more well-rounded fitness experience.

To find out more visit strava.com[15].

References

  1. ^ Strava (www.strava.com)
  2. ^ iOS (itunes.apple.com)
  3. ^ Android (play.google.com)
  4. ^ updating its platform (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ Gym and Studio Sync (blog.strava.com)
  6. ^ Flywheel Sports (www.blog.strava.com)
  7. ^ Expresso (www.blog.strava.com)
  8. ^ Fitbod (www.blog.strava.com)
  9. ^ iOS (itunes.apple.com)
  10. ^ LiveRowing (blog.strava.com)
  11. ^ iOS (itunes.apple.com)
  12. ^ Life Time (www.blog.strava.com)
  13. ^ Peloton (www.blog.strava.com)
  14. ^ morning spin class (www.digitaltrends.com)
  15. ^ strava.com (www.strava.com)
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How To Up Your Fitness, Fast – Without Spending On A Gym Membership – HuffPost UK

Summer might be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean your workouts have to slow down. When autumn rolls around and the evenings get dark, it’s nice to head to a warm gym to keep fit. But what if you don’t fancy giving a third of your take-home pay to your local gym?

Never fear. There are alternatives that don’t involve fighting another gym-goer for the treadmill. You don’t even have to get dressed to try out kettlebell exercises at home in your pyjamas. Take your fitness to the next level and save pennies while you’re at it.

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Kettlebells

When you’re short on time and you don’t want to get dressed to workout, try kettlebell exercises at home. A kettlebell is a cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. You can use them for strength and cardiovascular exercise. Swinging a kettlebell around is seriously hard work. You’ll work up a proper sweat while burning calories and toning muscles.

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Wild swimming

Swimming pools can be pricey and they are often filled with screaming children. If you don’t mind braving the cold, find your local wild swimming spot and go for a dip. Hampstead Ponds is a famous wild swimming lake in London and is a lot cheaper than regular pool, at £2 a dip. 

Swimming is a low-impact workout so it’s great if you are recovering from an injury, plus you’ll start to see your fitness improve in a whole new way. Take a look at the Wild Swimming[1] website for local swimming ponds near you.

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Plenty of cities have pay-as-you-ride bikes now, making it cheaper than ever to go cycling. It’s fantastic for building cardiovascular fitness and toning your muscles. Regular short cycle rides are the best way to get fit. Start biking twice a week and gradually build it up – before long you’ll be that person powering uphill on your bike with legs of steel.

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Tennis doesn’t have to involve signing up to an expensive club. Whacking a ball around is one of the best ways to get fit while having fun. Tennis is all about quick explosive movements and dynamic strength, plus it builds stamina and encourages coordination. There are dozens of free access tennis courts around the country. Some even offer free coaching for families. Find your nearest free tennis court on the Tennis For Free[2] website.

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While not traditionally thought of as a fitness regime, yoga can be an intense workout if you practice the right style. Ashtanga and vinyasa style yoga not only stretches muscles but also strengthens your core and tones your upper and lower body. A one-hour vinyasa class burns nearly 600 calories. You can easily practice yoga at home by following YouTube videos or join a pay-monthly site. Try Yoga With Adriene’s 45-minute Power Yoga class[3] for starters. 

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All you need to start running is a pair of trainers. The beauty of pacing pavements is you can do it anywhere – whether it’s on your commute to work or along the coastal path on holiday. Start with a short 10 minute jog and slowly build up to 30-40 minutes. Don’t berate yourself if you have to walk.

Just challenge yourself, next time, to run a little further. Running is the perfect fitness regime if you want to see results fast and it is totally free.

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HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. It involves short bursts of exercise that you can do at home to build strength, stamina and increase your metabolism. Fitness Blender[4] is one of our favourite YouTube channels for HIIT exercises. You can choose different length workouts, from quick 10-minute cardio sessions to kickboxing and skipping. You don’t need any special equipment and you won’t have to pay a penny. If the sun is shining, take that HIIT regime outside and do it in your local park.

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References

  1. ^ Wild Swimming (www.wildswimming.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tennis For Free (tennisforfree.com)
  3. ^ Power Yoga class (www.youtube.com)
  4. ^ Fitness Blender (www.fitnessblender.com)
  5. ^ Suggest a correction (www.huffingtonpost.co.uk)