By davidsouthby1, 17-Dec-2012 07:54:00
Food for thought over this coming Christmas period
By davidsouthby1, 11-Oct-2012 11:21:00
Well, it’s that time of year again....
The holidays are long over, but those pesky extra pounds from weeks of inactivity laid on foreign beaches, and an assortment of delicious summer cuisine have stuck around. Unfortunately, as the temperature drops, so does our motivation to exercise. This does not mean you have to hibernate and put your exercise program on hold. There are many activities to keep you healthy and working towards those predictable New Year’s resolutions until spring comes around. However, there are some precautions that you must take before stepping out into the cold to begin your workout.
Four Tips to Ensure a Safe and Comfortable Outdoor Winter Workout
Check the Temperature & Wind Child Before Heading Out!
While exercising outdoors in colder temperatures can be a relief from the sweltering heat and humidity of the summer, be sure to check both the temperature and the wind chill. A good rule of thumb is to use indoor exercise equipment if the temperature drops below zero. Reason being, running/exercising increases the air movement around you and can make sub zero wind chills even more extreme.
Dress in layers.
The first layer should be made out of a synthetic material, such as polypropylene, to help remove sweat away from the body. Avoid fabrics such as cotton, which can actually contain the moisture within your clothing. Wear an outer layer that is made out of a breathable material such as Gortex. This will protect you against the wind and the elements while still allowing heat and moisture to escape, thus reducing the risk of overheating and chilling. Nevertheless, make sure to avoid over-dressing, as your body will heat up as you begin to exercise.
Protect your extremities.
When the body is exposed to the cold, its first defense is to conserve core heat and direct blood flow away from the extremities. This is in part due to the majority of your body’s heat escaping through your head, feet, and hands.
1. Wear a hat to help your body retain heat, which will allow your circulatory system to distribute more heat to the rest of your body.
2. Wear gloves or mittens to allow your fingers to share body heat.
3. Wear thick wool socks to keep your feet warm. Allow enough room in your shoes to accommodate a larger sock.
This is especially important in cold weather as fluids still escape through sweat and cold air. The cold air also has a drying effect that can increase the risk of dehydration.
When running and exercising outside, it is very important to pay close attention to your body and the signals it is giving you.
Be safe and have fun! (but please don't hibernate...)
By davidsouthby1, 10-Sep-2012 16:51:00
Fear not there are many other inspiring sporting events to focus on in the wake of the London 2012 games. Take time to check out the progress of Bradley Wiggins and his fellow team mates on the Tour of Britain.
Better still, get on your bike and enjoy these fabulous late summer days. Join a local bike club for further inspiration and motivation or come down and see us for your own cycle fit programme.
By davidsouthby1, 30-Aug-2012 11:12:00
The Olympic effect has rippled out to our local rowing clubs where membership numbers are swelling. Whether your goals are to stay in shape, develop your fitness, or even compete in tournaments, Indoor Rowing can help you get there.
As well as being a low-impact way to give yourself a full-body workout, Indoor Rowing also offers you the opportunity to hone your rowing technique.
We have compiled a series of training routines using the indoor rowing machine (Erg) but technique on this excercise machine is very important, not only to get the most our of your workout, but also to prevent injury.
See our home page for a few of our recommended Erg indoor rowing routines to get you started or better still come along to the Fitnessworks gym where we will be happy to put you though your paces.
By davidsouthby1, 10-Aug-2012 07:51:00
Women are ushering in a golden age of sporting equality following successes at the London 2012 Games. Two weeks of Olympic competition have left many indelible memories, but few have matched the priceless sight of Nicola Adams winning Britain’s first boxing medal of the Games, and first ever by a woman.
I am hoping that this will inspire the ladies of Cambridge to become more involved in exercise and new sports. Our Happidojo Judo Club, based at Shelford Rugby Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, offers classes for all abilities. Why not come along for a free trial session?
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