A cardio workout means exercising to work your whole cardiovascular system. This means that you exercise hard enough
to get your heart beating faster to pump oxygenated blood from the lungs around your body to deliver oxygen to the
muscle. You need to be able to work hard enough to break into a sweat, increase your heart rate but still be able
to hold a conversation.
Weight training, resistance training or strength training is not just about body builders lifting big weights. It
combines repetitive exercises and resistance such as free weights, weight machines and resistance bands to improve
muscular strength and endurance. By exercising regularly and following a combined programme that includes both
resistance and cardio training you can enjoy long term health benefits.
Running is the most popular sport on the planet and it’s quite easy to see why. You can do it with minimum cost
outlay; just a pair of running shoes and you’re good to go. Not only do you gain countless health benefits like
lowering high blood pressure, improved resting heart rate, sleeping better and lower cholesterol, but as a bonus
you also get to eat more carbs like pasta and potatoes.
Swimming is a fantastic low cost aerobic exercise that is suitable for almost everyone, no matter what age, size,
ability or gender, and easily accessible. It can be done individually as a workout or you can take a more leisurely
approach and involve the whole family. By practising a variety of different strokes such as front crawl, breaststroke,
butterfly and back stroke you will be recruiting almost all of the muscles in your body, giving you a full body
Cycling is a low impact way of improving cardiovascular fitness that avoids some of the repetitive strain injuries
associated with other sports. Cycling using a well chosen type of bike that is appropriate to your size and build
can avoid putting excessive stress on joints, and help stimulate metabolism. Cycling can dramatically aid weight
loss whilst at the same time providing a low stress way of travelling. Reduced blood pressure, improved muscle tone,
and numerous cardiovascular benefits are all associated with this healthy travel alternative.
A Personal Trainer (PT) used to be someone who worked alongside the rich and famous or someone who helped celebrities
achieve their dream bodies, but now more of us are feeling the benefits that PT or fitness instructors (FI) can deliver.
So whether it’s help to maximise your gym time, wanting to achieve a positive impact on your health or improved
motivation to help you reach your fitness goals, a PT or FI can really help you achieve your goals...
Starting a fitness programme can be daunting and the best place to start is by creating a training plan. Without this,
you have no idea where you are going and how you are going to get there. A plan helps you to look at where you are
currently so you can prioritise your fitness goals. The plan can be used as a tool to monitor how you are getting on.
It will help you plan changes and recognise what works and doesn’t work for you.