Tag Archives: Fitness

You can’t outrun your fork. But that doesn’t mean exercise can’t help you lose weight or change your diet.

You can’t exercise away a poor diet. (Shutterstock) Cassandra J. Lowe, Western University Every January, millions of individuals make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or eat healthier, if not both. To achieve this goal, many individuals will begin strenuous exercise programs that incorporate too much exercise too soon, leading to fitness burnout or injury. Overtraining can actually prevent you …

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Forget the gym in January – exercise snacking is the way forward

Syda Productions/Shutterstock.com James Brown, Aston University Over the festive season, many of us will have eaten and drunk much more than we usually would – it has been estimated that the average person in the UK consumes around 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone. But, as the last of the leftovers disappear and New Year passes by, many of us …

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How quickly do we become unfit?

Becoming ‘unfit’ happens a lot faster than it takes us to get ‘fit’. New Africa/ Shutterstock Dan Gordon, Anglia Ruskin University and Justin Roberts, Anglia Ruskin University Getting in shape isn’t easy. But after all that hard work, how long do we actually maintain it? Turns out that even the great effort we put into training, taking a bit of …

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Lost your motivation to work out? Here’s why – and how to get back on track

Motivation can steadily fade over time. New Africa/ Shutterstock Ian Taylor, Loughborough University In the early phases of lockdown, the streets were teeming with runners and living rooms were a blur of uncoordinated star jumps and lunges. In fact, physical activity levels in the UK peaked around mid-to-late May, just before lockdown restrictions began to be eased. Now, after months …

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Five tips to help you keep exercising this new year

Try choosing exercise you enjoy. Andrey_Popov/ Shutterstock Bradley Elliott, University of Westminster Exercising more is one of the most common new year resolutions people make. But more than a quarter of people fail to keep their resolutions, and only half maintain some of them. But if that still sounds daunting, here are five tips that may help you better keep …

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Group exercise may be even better for you than solo workouts – here’s why

During the pandemic, exercise classes and groups need to take social distancing guidelines into account. Noam Galai/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images L. Alison Phillips, Iowa State University and Jacob Meyer, Iowa State University Group exercise is very popular: Nearly 40% of regular exercisers participate in group fitness classes. In advance of the coronavirus pandemic, the American College of Sports …

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Winter exercise is important for maintaining physical and mental health

Exercise improves physical health, immunity, and can reduce fatigue. Maridav/ Shutterstock Ruth Lowry, University of Essex and Jo Barton, University of Essex As winter descends on the northern hemisphere and the temperature drops and daylight hours shorten, many people may want to spend more time indoors. And those of us under lockdown for the second time may feel even less …

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