Have a Healthy Christmas

With so many consumable treats vying for our attention over Christmas, it’s easy to appreciate how this can become the unhealthiest time of year! Yet – believe it or not – you can still enjoy the festive season and all that it’s got to offer while remaining healthy. Here are some easy-to-action tips that everyone can follow for a healthy Christmas.

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Enjoy your fat burning lunch!

It’s common knowledge that exercise helps to burn fat, but what you eat also plays a vital role in shedding the pounds. While lots of foods will increase your fat stores, there are certain ingredients that can actually help you burn fat. Here are some fat-busting ingredients to include in your lunchtime repertoire.

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Stretches every lifter should consider

If achieving a sculpted physique is top of your agenda, you might be keen to make a beeline for the weights as soon as you enter the gym. But to ensure your muscles are ready and primed for action, pay attention to performing some stretches first.

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5 Shoulder Workouts to Try!

If you’re looking to tone your body, focusing on your shoulders will be key. Not only do broad, bulky shoulders boost your physical appearance, but strong shoulders make arm movements easier, whether you’re lifting weights down the gym or moving items at home. Importantly, when shoulder muscles are in good form, you reduce the risk of injuries in this area, which can impact the whole of your upper torso.

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Cardio and Bulking

It’s a common misconception that cardio and bulking shouldn’t be combined. In fact, if you’re trying to bulk up, cardio training can provide great gains.

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Take a Look at these Kettlebell Exercises

A kettlebell is a type of cast iron weight with handgrips that stems from Russia. Although it has been around for many years, kettlebell training has enjoyed a recent resurgence, with classes popping up everywhere.

It’s easy to see why kettlebell training has become so popular. By targeting endurance, strength, agility, core, balance and even cardio, you get a dynamic, full-body workout using these ball-shaped weights. As well as helping to improve your agility and coordination, kettlebells can give you a better posture and alignment. Since you focus on multiple fitness aspects at once, kettlebells are a particularly good choice of weight for those with limited time on their hands.

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Check Out these Sweet Tooth Swaps

Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet treat? For some people, the urge to satisfy their sweet tooth can be impossible to resist, but this doesn’t do any favours for their waistline or health. Yet, indulging in a sweet snack doesn’t have to be all bad! By making a few healthier swaps, you can still hit that sweet spot without piling on the pounds… or feeling guilty. Kick those sweet cravings into touch with these healthier alternatives.

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Boost your Smoothie with Protein

Smoothies are currently very much on trend, and it’s easy to see their appeal. For starters, smoothies are very quick and simple to prepare. Even if you haven’t got time to whizz one up first thing in the morning, you can do it the night before and store it in the fridge. With so many options to include in a smoothie, they offer great versatility to your diet, providing a wide range of vitamins and minerals. So, if you get bored of one flavour after a while, it’s simple to switch over to a new taste by adding different fruit and vegetable ingredients, and even nuts and seeds.

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Benefits of Barefoot Training

Barefoot training may seem like a new phenomenon, but it’s actually all about going back to basics. By ditching your shoes and relying on your feet to support you during exercise, your whole body stands to gain.

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Barefoot training is essentially working out without any shoes or using footwear with minimalist support. Why would you want to bother when there’s a heap of footwear out there to keep your feet protected? The problem with shoes is that they make your feet lazy. They do the work of you, so that foot and ankle muscles become dormant. Continue reading Benefits of Barefoot Training

How to Help your Joints and Ligaments

Joints and ligaments help the body to move easily. Ligaments are mostly made up of collagen and are connective tissues that typically bind one bone to another. Joints connect two bones together and are surrounded by cartilage and synovial fluid. These cushion joints and prevent them from rubbing together. Along with tendons and the muscular system, joints and ligaments work in unison to aid movement.

It’s important to keep your joints and ligaments healthy, strong, and stable so that you can move easily and don’t suffer from any aches and pains. Exercise is generally good for your joints and ligaments as it strengthens them, but it can put pressure on these vital structures, possibly causing damage. However, there’s a lot you can do to look after your joints and ligaments, so here are a few suggestions that should help.

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