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Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2021

Check it out to see what's new and different for the next 12 months. 

'Fat but fit' is a myth when it comes to heart health, new study shows

The negative effects of excess body fat on heart health can't be cancelled out by maintaining an active lifestyle, according to new research.

14/02/2021

CDC Recommends Steps To Prevent COVID-19 Spread At Gyms

The recommendations, which were included in reports detailing COVID-19 outbreaks at health clubs over the summer, include measures many gyms are now taking, such as mask wearing, better ventilation and distancing of equipment and members.

30/03/2021

Is it safe to go back to the gym?

5 Things to Remember When Returning to the Gym After COVID-19.

02/09/2020

Warming up isn’t optional, it’s optimal

You might be surprised at how helpful this is, it was out of fashion for a while but we still believe that it's an important part of your workout. 

06/07/2020

Should people wear a face mask during exercise?

Facemasks can reduce the spread of disease including COVID-19, but should you wear one during exercise?  

30/06/2020

Cardiovascular exercise & improved memory

Researchers at UT Southwestern noted a 47 per cent increase in blood flow to regions associated with memory.

04/06/2020

The 15 Biggest Exercise Myths

It can be difficult to keep up a workout regime. New year’s resolutions are quickly set aside despite our best intentions. 

20/05/2020

5 exercises to offset too much sitting

Maybe you're working from home or you're in forced isolation or you've been let go - don't let this current normal play havoc with your body, especially your joints and your posture. 

20/05/2020

Worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2020

ACSM’s annual survey of worldwide fitness trends is now in its 14th year. Get advanced insight into what's in store for you this year! 

31/12/2019

Why your brain needs exercise

The evolutionary history of humans explains why physical activity is important for brain health

21/12/2019

Yoga is good for the brain

A review of the science finds evidence that yoga enhances many of the same brain structures and functions that benefit from aerobic exercise.

13/12/2019

Try these probiotic foods

Try these probiotic foods instead of Yakult for better gut health

16/09/2019

Exercise makes you happier than money!

Researchers at Yale and Oxford may say exercise is more important to your mental health than your economic status

10/08/2019

Ultra-processed food linked to early death

Ultra-processed foods - such as chicken nuggets, ice cream and breakfast cereals - have been linked to early death and poor health, scientists say.

11/06/2019

Yoga: why every guy should do it!

Here are 5 reasons you should sign up for that yoga class—and make it a regular part of your workout routine, too

19/03/2019

The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of

Fibre - it's not the sexiest thing in the world but a major study has been investigating how much fibre we really need to be eating and found there are huge health benefits.

17/01/2019

Hot fitness trends for 2019!

Fitness trends to think about this year

08/01/2019

What happens if you don’t exercise

Not exercising is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease a study reveals

01/11/2018

The link between nutrition & mental health

Watch Nikki Hart, nationally renown dietitian and nutritionist, discuss the mental benefits of good nutrition   

10/10/2018

Preventing muscle loss as we age

“Use it or lose it.” I’m sure you’re familiar with this advice. And I hope you’ve been following it.

23/09/2018

Beware bad fitness science

Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science

06/09/2018

Long-term health risks from the ketogenic diet

"No one should be doing the ketogenic diet," says top U.S. cardiologist

05/09/2018

These 5 habits literally add years to your life

Harvard researchers studied the lives of 123,219 men and women over 3 decades, to learn exactly how much extra time good habits can add to your life.

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18/06/2018

Why plant protein is better for you than animal protein

Study after study shows that meat as a protein source just isn’t that healthy. It’s far better to get that necessary protein from plants.

17/07/2018

Hot fitness tends for 2018

This annual survey of worldwide fitness trends is now in its 12th year and sees a shuffling of what's hot for this year and promotes Group Fitness towards the most popular! 

05/01/2018

The biggest reason you gain weight as you age has nothing to do with your metabolism

15/12/2017

New study confirms that coconut oil is alarmingly high in saturated fat

Coconut oil, it turns out, is not the health food people think it is. “You can put it on your body, but don’t put it in your body.”

20/17/2017

Why weight training is ridiculously good for you

We now recognise it as a seminal part of general health and well-being at all ages

12/07/2017

Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging

Older women with low physical activity and 10 hours of daily sit time had even 'older' cells

09/03/2017

Hot fitness trends for 2017!

It's that time of the year again - let's see what's going to be coming our way this year! 

31/122016

The healthiest people in the world eat a lot of carbs

Japanese people are, as a whole, very healthy: the reason for Japan’s superior health? Their grain-heavy, high-carb diet.

30/11/2016

How much protein do you actually need?

Incredibly effective marketing means Americans are eating a lot more protein than they actually need 

09/09/2016

7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

People go plant-based for lots of reasons - for inspiration, check out these benefits you can expect

26/04/2016

Fitness trackers reveal the damaging pitfalls of the modern approach to self-improvement

This technology can take a dark turn if it ends up enabling an unhealthy preoccupation with fitness and weight.

16/03/2016

Study: HIIT no more effective than steady-state cardio for new exercisers

A study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that HIIT is no more effective than steady-state cardio exercise for sedentary people new to exercise, and may actually turn these people off. 

03/02/2016

Why your muscles get less sore as you stick with your gym routine

The first time back to the gym after a long break usually results in sore muscles. Fortunately, the return trip a few days later--if it happens--is generally less painful.​

11/01/2016

The kid's healthy eating plate

A visual guide to encourage children to eat well and keep moving, created by nutrition experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

10/01/2016

Check out what's in your future for 2016!

It's the New Year - so everyone is hyper-motivated to either start afresh or simply up their game. 

 

But for some of us it means taking a fresh look at what's available and trying something new. 

31/12/2015

Many yoga poses can be safe even during late stages of pregnancy.

A new study, published recently in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, provides encouraging results that many yoga poses can be safe even during late stages of pregnancy.

 

29/12/2015

Coffee might improve your endurance during exercise

Coffee, the world's favorite drug-infused drink, just got slightly more wonderful - if you are an athlete, that is.

27/12/2015

Are kettlebells a good way to train?

They can offer a great bang for your buck when it comes to time spent exercising and quality of results 

02/12/2015

Pregnancy workout tips

Stay safe whilst pregnant and continue to enjoy the benifits of staying active for you and your baby! 

10/11/2015

How important is water? More than we realise!

Digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue and headache are just some of the adverse effects from not drinking enough water. We need it as much as air we breathe in! It’s not a joke.

01/11/2015

The power of synchronsied  movement

In a recent study, it was found that synchronising with others while dancing raised pain tolerance. It also encouraged people to feel closer to others. This is because when we watch someone else do the same thing at the same time as us, our brain ends up with a merged sense of us and them.

27/10/2015

Yes or no. Is salt ok for you?

The science on salt is polarized, a study finds slightly more than half of papers support the idea that salt is bad for your health 

18/08/2015

Kettlebells kick butt

Because there are so many fitness fads out there it's often very hard to know which are really effective and those which are not. 

23/07/2015

A study was undertaken to understand the factors that positively influence older women to exercise

As older people are less likely to be active, it is important for practitioners and health professionals to understand what stops people who are less active from joining and sticking to long-term exercise plans.

 

07/05/2015

Choosing the right shoes

You've got so many choices - but how do you get the right shoe for you?

16/03/2015

How much sugar is enough?

World Health Organisation recommends adults should have no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day​

05/03/2015

What should you eat post-workout?

Here are six rules to follow, and how to prevent overdoing it, which can cancel out the weight-loss benefits of breaking a sweat

01/02/2015

Do fitness trackers work?

Wearable fitness monitoring has become a $1.15-billion industry

31/12/2014

Do you really need sports drinks?

What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

01/01/2015

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