Rowing fitness for everyone

Rowing is under-rated as a source of cardio vascular exercise. The rowing machine is the only cv machine that truly works your upper body muscles and, when you are rowing, it really is all or nothing. Rowing fitness is a great way to all-round high levels of fitness. Continue reading

Moving on to a new chapter

Whether you are a 17-year-old deciding it is time to hang up your netball kit to concentrate on ‘A’ Levels, a 30-year-old who has come to the end of a starry soccer career, someone whose sporting excellence was cut short by injury, or just someone deciding enough is enough – moving on at the end of an all-consuming sporting career is a difficult decision.
Whatever the reason, there is no need for anyone to completely turn their back on sport. Just as one door closes, so another may well open. Continue reading

Tennis players – the fittest athletes on the planet

I really believe tennis players are the fittest athletes on the planet.
Okay, I am talking about the elite tennis players. Those guys and gals who play the international circuit and are ranked in the top 50-100 places in the world but, even so, every tennis player can follow an elite athlete’s training programme, even if they cannot hit the sweet spot or smash a winner every time. Continue reading

Christmas gifts for fitness enthusiasts

It’s the festive season and the time of year when we should be kicking back, chilling out and spending time with family and friends. What we don’t want is for Christmas Eve to arrive and we are still trawling the shops searching for presents. Avoid that last minute panic over Christmas gifts with our ultimate guide to Christmas gifts for fitness enthusiasts. Continue reading

Breathing – the key to a healthy life

Taking a proper full breath is more than just taking life-giving oxygen into your body – breathing properly bathes the organs in new blood and oxygen; it gently slows the heartbeat, stabilises blood pressure and improves digestion. It actually makes you feel lighter and more relaxed. It also helps you sleep better. The difference between both your physical and mental state once you learn how to take a full breath can be quite incredible. Continue reading