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Health Benefits of Swimming – Get started and stay motivated with the Aspire Channel Swim!

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Health benefits of swimming With the heat wave continuing for another week, the thought of getting into a nice cool swimming pool sounds like heaven! Swimming is perhaps one of the best forms of exercise that you can do in terms of working your whole body with minimal risk of injury. There are a huge number of benefits to getting in a pool regularly, which is why it is so good to include in your fitness routine. So why is it such a great form of exercise and how do you get started and keep motivated? 1. It Will Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness Swimming regularly will simply make you fitter, especially if you do it frequently and get your technique nailed. If you have a good technique you will clearly…
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Feeling the HEAT … Tips for keeping you hydrated!

Feeling the HEAT … Tips for keeping you hydrated!

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The HEAT is ON! So keep hydrated! Now that summer is in full swing and the heat wave is set to continue through the UK this week, it is even more important to keep your fluid levels up! Water makes up between 50-70% of our body weight. Proper hydration is vital for your body’s performance, as well as your daily heath. Your skin looks better, you have more energy and generally feel better. Every cell and tissue of your body requires water to run at peak efficiency. For an athlete or fitness fanatic, this is especially important. The benefits of water Digestion - Water helps digestion by: Helping to carry nutrients in the blood Helps the kidneys to function Enables your body to remove waste It also supports other functions like:…
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Strength Training – why you should include it in your weekly workout!

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Whatever your sport or fitness goals, Strength Training should be a key part of your exercise routine to help you to achieve a healthier, stronger, leaner body. More people are starting to see the positive results of cross training and adding weights or resistance to a workout. Here are just a few of the benefits: ŸPromotes fat loss ŸLowers blood pressure ŸIncreases bone density, helping to prevent fractures or osteoporosis Prevents age-related muscle loss Helps to burn fat Can improve posture ŸIncreases metabolism ŸImproves sporting performance Our lean muscle mass gradually reduces as we age, so it’s important that we work our muscles with weight bearing or resistance exercises regularly. What are the Options? Strength training doesn’t just have to be done in the gym or involve bench-pressing a huge…
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Spring Clean your Health

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Finally spring has arrived (sort of!) Now that April is upon us, we have gained another hour of daylight, we are fresh from the Easter break and at the beginning of a new financial year. We may not yet have the spring weather that we had all hoped for, so why not make the most of those drizzly days and invest some time in giving your health a spring clean to set you up for a great year ahead? Here are a few tips to get your body and mind in great shape for a healthy and lean 2018! 1. Revamp your workout routine We can all get a little bored with the same routine, especially when it comes to working out. Many of us set goals to get fit in…
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Top tips for Marathon Training!

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Its that time of year again when the majority of people are making New Year resolutions to get fit and healthy after the festive season. For a few thousand of us, we will also be in starting out on our training for a spring marathon. Whether you are running your first marathon or aiming for a personal best – getting to the start line is half the challenge! Here are some top tips to help you on your way…   Get the right trainers I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting the right shoes! You are going to be pounding the pavements for a few miles until April, so having the right shoes to suit your feet and your running style is crucial. Most good sports shops will test your…
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Marathon Training Top Tips!

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Its that time of year again when the majority of people are making New Year resolutions to get fit and healthy after the festive season. For a few thousand of us, we will also be starting out on our training for a spring marathon. Whether you are running your first marathon or aiming for a personal best – getting to the start line is half the challenge! Here are some top tips to help you on your way… 1. Get the right trainers I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting the right shoes! You are going to be pounding the pavements for a few miles until April, so having the right shoes to suit your feet and your running style is crucial. Most good sports shops will test your…
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Top Tips to achieve YOUR Work Life Balance

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If you're finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, you're not alone! Many people are putting in extra hours, with limited time for themselves and using their smartphones to be on call when they're not physically at work. Most of us will spend an average of 40 hours a week at work, around 99,117 hours in our working life - that’s a solid 11 and a half years of solid slog! Interestingly, we also spend ….23,214hrs washing clothes; 6mths queuing; 38,003hrs eating; 26yrs sleeping; 20wks on hold; 136 days women spend getting ready!!! Long working hours and stress from work can have a hugely detrimental effect on physical health, family, relationships, and our emotional or mental wellbeing. Sick…
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The Benefits of Exercise

The Benefits of Exercise

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Many people hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course, get a rockin’ bod, but working out has above-the-neck benefits, too. For the past decade or so, scientists have pondered how exercising can boost brain function. Regardless of age or fitness level (yup, this includes everyone from mall-walkers to marathoners), studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits. Get inspired to exercise by reading up on these unexpected ways that working out can benefit mental health, relationships, and lead to a healthier and happier life overall. 1. Reduce stress. Rough day at the office? Take a walk or head to the gym for a quick workout. One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief.…
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Are you eating too much sugar?

Are you eating too much sugar?

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Diabetes Awareness - Cutting back the sweet stuff Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications. The World Health Organization estimates that over 382 million people worldwide including 4.05 million people in the UK have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. Excessive sugar intake, together with lack of physical activity has been highlighted as the main cause. Only yesterday we saw in the news that the UK is now the most overweight nation in Western Europe. An alarming fact and…
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