Motivation & Goals

Getting into a routine with exercise can be tough (trust us, we know). Setting yourself a challenge, like signing up for a fun run or committing to climbing a mountain, is a great way to get motivated and keep you on track. We sat down with Accredited Exercise Scientist, Nardine Presland, to get her tips on how to set yourself a fitness challenge (and succeed!). Why is it a good idea to set yourself a challenge? A fitness challenge not only provide a reason to improve, but can also demonstrate what the body is capable of. Whatever the size of the challenge,...

What is mindfulness? Humans; we love to think - its part of us - its our kind of thing. It’s an incredibly simple, yet challenging mental technique adapted from a Buddhist practice to now suit non-religious contexts. Some people may think its about clearing your head and thinking about “nothing”. But in theory it’s actually more than that, its stepping back and hearing your thoughts without judgment with a relaxed but a focused mind. To sum it all up its basically being aware of what you are doing, when you are doing it, and becoming a master of your mind, rather than being...

We all know that exercise is important for our physical and mental health, yet it can be even more important for those who travel. If you travel often for business you’ll know the inside of every airport, where to get the Uber from and how to pack light. We also know that keeping your exercise habits may be low down on your priorities. Let’s face it – making sure you remember to pack your laptop charger may be more important that popping the runners in your bag. Did you know that: Your chances of catching a cold are 100 times higher on a...

At this time of year, everyone is making new years resolutions to make their year happier and healthier than the one before! Everyone needs a little motivation sometimes and what better time for our Exercise Experts to share some top tips to add some physical activity into your life, and to keep it up! 15 exercise tips to get you started and keep you motivated into the New Year and beyond!   1 - "Add variety to your exercise plan! Whether it be a different workout, cycling instead of swimming or changing up the location. Boredom with your routine can lead to lower adherence...

As soon as the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve, we start to think about the resolutions and goals that were made in the last month of 2017. New Year – New You is a term that gets thrown around throughout the month of December and whilst this phrase is meant to be motivational, setting goals is not about re-inventing yourself, it’s about working towards something that makes you feel happier and healthier. A Guide to Setting Your Goals You need to consider what is important to you and what will have a positive impact on your mental and physical health and...

A mum’s life is a busy one and squeezing exercise into the day is a challenge we all face however being active from the very beginning will not only help mum’s physical and mental health, it also has a ripple effect on the entire household encouraging the whole family to be more active too!   Tips for mum's with kids in the following age groups:   From PREGNANCY to BIRTH The rule of thumb is to maintain your current physical activity when you fall pregnant. Avoid contact sports, exercises lying on your tummy (and back) and be weary of unstable joints however exercise is...

For some, the idea of doing anything when in the company of 20+ strangers can be daunting. If you then combine that with the self-consciousness that many people feel about their bodies or fitness levels, it is understandable that trying a new exercise class can be nerve wracking!   The good news is that there are some ways to alleviate your anxiety when taking a new group fitness class, here we share some tips:   Arrive early If you're already nervous, don't add more pressure to yourself by arriving when the class is full. You may end up struggling to find a spot if the class...

With the RSPCA holding it's annual Million Paws Walk on 21st May 2017, we thought we'd highlight the reasons why your dog makes just the pawfect exercise partner for both your physical and mental health!   They get you outside There's an abundance of research to suggest that exercising outdoors reduces feelings of stress and improves mood. Fresh air and sunshine perk you up; the dose of Vitamin D from sun exposure helps fight mental conditions such as anxiety and depression, and is also great for bone health, and the fresh air releases the serotonin, the feel good brain chemical, making you feel perkier than...

It doesn’t matter how fit you are today, the aim of any exercise program should be to progress. In other words try and do a little bit more tomorrow than you did today.  If you do this you will reach levels you wouldn’t think possible today. This was never better demonstrated than when Henry (name changed), an eighty four year old man arrived at my gym.  He was driven up to the gym by his son and was dropped off at the disabled parking spot.  It then took him nearly twenty minutes to walk twenty metres with his walker to the...

According to data collected from Exercise Right Week 2016's survey - out of over 8800 participants, 63.5% exercised with the main motivation being 'to lose weight' and 'to get fitter'. Only 31% considered lengthening, and improving their overall quality of life when exercising. The remainder of participants were training for athletic purposes. We all know that exercise has physical effects on the body, such as weight loss and increasing overall fitness; but what about the positive effects it has on what's on the inside; your mental health, and your bank balance?   We share with you some of the hidden benefits of exercise:   It saves you money Not only...