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The Popularity of In-Home Personal Training

posted on 24 January 2012 in Exercise

It’s a fact that the stars of Hollywood all keep in shape thanks to their personal trainers. With very busy lives and little time to get to the gym, most celebritiies choose to have their personal trainers come to their home. In fact, the popularity of home-visit personal training has grown so rapidly, it is now leaving many of the gyms behind. Throughout the UK many every day people from working mums to busy business people are choosing to follow the example of the stars and get fit with the help of an in-home personal trainer. So why?

Michael Williams, a personal trainer Leeds explains, “for many people in-home personal training has become a real alternative to the gym. More and more personal trainers are also choosing to leave the gym behind and visit clients in their homes. This is because it’s proven that most people who choose to exercise feel far more comfortable training in a private setting; an environment that is familiar to them. Wall to wall mirrors, loud music and long queues is not everyone’s idea of a great place to get in shape. With the private setting of home comes the individual attention that focuses on getting clients’ real results.”But of course, there is another key reason why in-home personal training has become so popular. “Most people who join a gym have a brief honeymoon period of 3-4 weeks and then they simply lose motivation and stop attending,” explains Sarah Mornay, an experienced personal trainer Bristol who specialises in at-home personal fitness. “With in-home personal training, there is no option to stop attending, as your personal trainer comes to you. This helps clients maintain discipline and structure even on those days when they may feel a little less motivated. With this, comes results. Fundamentally that is what it's all about, delivering fitness results for our clients.”

Unlike fitness sessions in a gym which rely on big and bulky cardio and weights machines, home fitness routines with a personal trainer rely much more on functional fitness, using simple but effective training equipment such as dumbbells, resistance bands, medicine balls, kettlebells, boxing pads, jump ropes and hand weights. Emphasis is placed upon one-to-one instruction, interaction and support, as well as motivation - keeping you going when you need it the most. Most of the fitness equipment that an in-home personal trainer uses can also be purchased affordably, which allows individuals to continue with their fitness program at home, even when their personal trainer is not there. Working out in this way, it quickly becomes clear why the gym has become a much less popular choice over the last decade for those with busy lifestyles.

So if you’re keen to get into fitness and need some help staying the course, an in-home personal trainer could well be your answer. Wherever you live, there are numerous options to turn your home into your own gym and have your personal trainer come to you. This way, you can get the body you’ve always wanted without even leaving your front door.

High-Intensity Training Can Prevent Plateaus and Increase Health and Fitness

posted on 11 August 2011 in Exercise

High-intensity training can dramatically improve an existing exercise routine and help an individual avoid hitting a plateau. The main goal of high-intensity training is to elevate the exerciser’s heart rate beyond where it would normally go with low-intensity exercise like walking or jogging. Quick bursts of activity at a high heart rate burn more calories per minute than a sustained effort at a lower intensity and can even improve metabolic function so that the exerciser continues to burn more calories after the workout has ended. Any existing fitness routine can be adapted to incorporate principles of high-intensity training.

For cardiovascular activities like walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming, adding intervals to a typical workout will increase the intensity, burn more calories, and make the workout more beneficial. After a 10-to-15 minute warm-up, alternate between one minute of higher speed (practically a sprint) and one minute of recovery (a very easy pace) for five cycles, or ten minutes total. Finish the workout with a 10-to-15 minute cool-down at an easy pace. Over time, increase the number of cycles to ten so that the workout never becomes too easy. This will ensure that the exerciser consistently achieves positive results.

Another way to add high-intensity training to a cardiovascular workout is to add basic strength training calisthenics like sit-ups and push-ups. During a 30-minute walk or bike ride, stop every ten minutes and do a set of 20 sit-ups and 10 push-ups. This will increase the heart rate and thereby the intensity of the workout and will also help increase strength and improve muscle tone. High-intensity training does not require any specialized equipment beyond a pair of walking or running shoes and a desire to increase the benefits of exercise. Unlike some fitness programs, it is based on perceived effort and individual heart rate and can be adapted for all individuals. To achieve a higher level of health and fitness, try incorporating high-intensity training into your current fitness routine.

Sweating: Your Ticket to Looking and Feeling Better

posted on 3 August 2011 in Exercise

Saunas have been used in many cultures for centuries to help people feel better, look better, be healthier and live longer.That’s because sweating is good for you. Although we are bombarded with advertisements telling us “Never let ‘em see you sweat”, the fact is that sweating is one of the healthiest things you can do.

I’m not talking about nervous sweating that leads to under-arm stains and clammy palms. I’m talking about pouring-out-of-your pores sweat. Literally. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is responsible for many functions that keep us alive and healthy. One of the important functions it serves is to eliminate toxins from our body. Sweat not only helps cool us, it also carries normal biological waste as well as environmental toxins out of our cells. Helping this process by using a sauna on a daily basis, or as close to daily as you can, is one of the best ways to get your body clean and vibrant. Using a sauna every day will make your skin glow, help you lose weight, help you sleep better, improve your immune system, improve circulation and help you relax. If you are new to using a sauna, it is important to check with your medical professional first to make sure it’s okay for you to start using this life-enhancing tool. You can buy a pre-made sauna, or build your own, or use one at a local gym or health club. What’s important is to do it. You can gently stretch in the sauna, increasing the many benefits of using the sauna. Do a few easy twists, a mild forward bend, and some shoulder stretches. Make sure to drink plenty of water, during and after the sauna and add some fresh squeezed-lemon to the water to multiply the detoxifying effects of the sauna. Start slow, 10 minutes a day for the first 4 or 5 days is fine. Then move up to 20 minutes for another few days, and add 10 minutes every 2-3 days until you can comfortably stay in the sauna for an hour. Listen to your body and take breaks whenever you need them. You won’t believe how good you feel when you start to sweat every day!

Hula Hoop Your Way to a Healthier Life

posted on 29 June 2011 in Exercise

Hula hooping can be tons of fun and great for your health. Many people think of hula hoops as a children’s toy, or something outdated, but adult sized hula hoops can be great exercise. Not only are they tons of fun, but they provide a great cardio and abdominal workout, and are good for your back. The workout is low impact, so you don’t need to worry about your knees, ankles or other joints. The motion used to hula hoop also requires you to use many muscles in your back which makes it loosen up. So, if other cardio activities cause you pain or discomfort, hula hooping may be a great option for you.

Hula hooping helps to increase the flexibility of your spine, which can help eliminate back problems and discomfort as well as avoid future injury. You can also work other muscle groups such as your legs and arms by hooping on your legs or learning new techniques. The cardio benefits of hula hooping can also help to regulate blood pressure and improve your hearts performance. Also, since hula hooping is fun, it makes exercise less of a chore. Improving your skills and learning new techniques provides entertainment and presents new challenges for hula hoopers.

Hula hoops are also inexpensive when compared to many other fitness choices such as treadmills or joining a health club. Going to the gym may also be inconvenient or simply difficult to motivate yourself to do. Investing in a hula hoop generally only costs between $20-$40, and is more enjoyable than going to the gym. In my own experience as a hooper of a year, it has eliminated my back pain, improved my cardio performance and helps me continue to lose weight. When I first started, I could simply hoop on my waist, but after practicing, I can hoop on my neck, knees, elbows, and do many tricks which help keep hooping enjoyable and challenging. Try one out today!

On Why Everyone Should Go Running Everyday

posted on 2 June 2011 in Exercise

Many people today struggle with health issues. Many of these issues would be resolved if people would exercise more often! Going running is an amazing solution. I go running every morning and I absolutely love it! It helps with so many things. It helps to keep unhealthy weight gain to a minimum by burning calories. It keeps your heart pumping hard and really active.

Heart disease is a very scary cause of death. Running keeps your heart healthy and strong. It can help improve your breathing. Running also gives more energy! It may seem weird that working so hard can make you feel less tired, but it is so true! After I go for a run, I have so much energy and I am ready to do anything with my day. Running can also strengthen your muscles. It helps tasks become easier because your body is physically stronger. I love to garden, and I have longer endurance to be outside pulling weeds or hauling bags of soil because I run so frequently. Running can even help your mental health. People who struggle with depression are encouraged to exercise. It helps to get the chemicals in the brain balanced. It also helps you feel productive and to feel like you have accomplished something.

I believe also helps people to reach their goals. When you are able to do something physically, like run every day, it shows you how strong you really are. Then, when you have goals at work that you want to reach, you feel like you have the strength to do it. Running can even become a lifestyle. It helps you to feel like you can be active and involved. It helps you to know that you can accomplish a lot with dedication and diligence. I absolutely love to run every day!

The Real Benefits of Running Every Day

posted on 22 September 2010 in Exercise

This might not be the most interesting tip for healthy living, but it is guaranteed to lead to a better lifestyle. And, it is simple. In order to be healthy, one needs to regularly schedule time to run. I am sure that most people are aware of the healthful benefits of running. It is a cardiovascular exercise, in that it raises your pulse and gets your blood flowing. It also strengthens your muscles, particularly in your legs. And, it is aerobic exercise, because it gets people breathing hard. All of these benefits lead to a more healthy life. Take my life for an example. I spend my days at work, sitting at a computer. I tend to overeat, and I tend to focus more on meat and sweets, instead of fruits and vegetables. Because of my lifestyle, I was at risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and becoming overweight. But, I decided to do something about it, and I started to run. I don’t run every day. I only run about three to four times each week, and that is only dependent on the weather. And, running only takes about twenty to thirty minutes in the morning. It was difficult starting out. I found that I was not able to run that far, or for that long of a time. But, after several weeks, I began to notice that I was not as tired, and that my lungs were not as strained. So, I pushed myself further and harder. I don’t plan to run marathons, but I do want to do something active to keep my lifestyle healthy. And, while there are many health benefits to running, the best reward is that feeling that one gets when they get back home from a run, and they feel good. It is worth running just to have that sense of accomplishment every morning.