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Spinning became pretty popular during lockdown, we’ve all heard of the cult of Peloton, but spinning classes first rose to popularity way back in the 1990s. Endurance bicycle racer Jonny Goldberg spent ten years designing a workout program that could be done on a stationary bike, and so spinning was born. Spinning is a low impact cardiovascular workout that doesn’t put too much stress on the joints, which makes it a great way to keep fit when recovering from an injury. There are two key factors at play when spinning, the speed and the resistance, which allows you to go...

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They say motivation comes and goes but that self-discipline sticks with you. None of us feel motivated 24/7, and it can often come in sporadic waves. Here are some tips and tricks you can use on those days when you’re not feeling quite so motivated to work out.   Reward Yourself Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business advises to give yourself tangible rewards. He outlines the neurological habit loop involving, the cue to trigger the behaviour, for example leaving your gym gear on the chair next to...

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We all know the benefits of exercising, but do we consider the benefits of where we’re performing that exercise? Naturally the gym tends to be our go to as it has the equipment and space for most types of exercise. However, there are some brilliant benefits to training in the great outdoors, particularly if you don’t have time to travel to a gym near you. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider moving your workout outside from time to time. You get a boost of Vitamin D Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin...

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Across Ireland and the UK, the average number of snacks consumed per day is 2.5. Snacking gets a bit of a bad rap, but snacks can be beneficial in that they can increase nutrient intake and sustain energy levels. They can also be a great way of working more healthy foods into the diet and prevent overeating at mealtimes. However, a lot of grab-and-go snacks are high in saturated fat, sugar, and salt, offering little nutritional value. Lower-carb, higher-fibre snacks have shown to have a better effect on blood sugar and insulin levels than high-carb snacks. The ideal snack will...

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Originating in India, around 5000 years ago, yoga is a form of exercise that focuses on flexibility, strength and breathing. According to a national survey conducted in the Yoga Journal and the Yoga Alliance, the number of people practicing yoga in the US alone grew by over 50% from 2012 to 2016. If you’re debating taking up yoga, here are a few of the benefits. It’s a great way to improve flexibility Yoga can improve flexibility as holding yoga stretches and poses for a period of time allows muscles to go deeper into the stretch. Yin Yoga tends to hold...

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