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Personal Training makes you look good and feel great. My role is to provide you with the tools for you to achieve this. If you are committed and have the desire, try your best, think outside of the box and have a bit of fun you can achieve your health and fitness goals. Live life in the active lane. Little active steps taken today, lead to giant progress strides tomorrow.

Matt

"Together we'll achieve your goals"

  • Posted on: 21 May 2017 - 13:24
    TEAMWORK DREAMWORK WALK Massive inspired high 5 to all you rockstars who came on the April Team Walk, really proud of and inspired by you all, means a lot to me. Great turnout and great way to get active and enjoy fresh air, take in great scenery and fun fitness. Lots of laughs and banter - mainly at my expense of course :-) Some great hills tackled and through the woods and fields. Looking forward to the next teamwork walk and please get in touch if you would like to join us. You can see see our Matt Swaz Fitness Facebook page and our Twitter page. TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAMWORK High 5, Matt Swaz Fitness :-)  
  • Posted on: 20 May 2017 - 19:46
    Our metabolism is all the chemical processes that happen in our body that help to keep us alive and living and keeps our organs functioning normally, such as breathing and digesting food. These chemical processes require energy and this is called the basal metabolic rate (BMR). It is our metabolic rate which determines the amount of calories we burn. Having a higher metabolic rate means that we are burning more calories - even at rest - which makes it easier for us to lose weight and also keep it off. Our size, gender, genetics, and age play a part in our metabolic rate. However, as the infographic above from Health Central shows there are ways that we can control it and even maybe increase our metabolic rate. This includes: - Eating...
  • Posted on: 20 May 2017 - 13:49
    A study published in the International Jounal of Obesity suggests that eating an egg first thing each morning for breakfast could help with limiting our calorie intake throughout the rest of the day. The study reported that leucine, which is an essential amino acid found in high quality protein such as eggs, most likely gives a weight loss advantage when dieting by helping to decrease our loss of lean muscle tissue, whilst also increasing our loss of body fat and stabilising blood glucose levels. The research discovered that increasing high quality protein within the diet gives a metabolic advantage as a result of high content of the amino acid leucine. As reported by the researchers, both the quantity of high quality protein eaten, and...
  • Posted on: 19 May 2017 - 14:04
    I was pleased when Lexi Watkins from Reviews.com contacted me to see whether I would be interested in sharing the extensive and detailed research they had done on Yoga Mats, with the aim of finding which is the 'best' one. Review.com has conducted over 50 hours of extensive research on dozens of Yoga mats, consulted with over 100 yoga professionals and read 50 industry publications as part of the research. Lexi informs me that the aim was to find the 'best' yoga mat for the masses by focusing on the mat's ability to provide the right amount of traction, density, comfort and stability whilst also focusing on size, portability, weight, colour, eco-footprint and price. They focused on 30 mats and whittled this down to their top 10.  The...
  • Posted on: 19 May 2017 - 11:13
    I was pleased to be approached by Sree Subramaniam of Traffic Jam Media with regard to contributing to an article and providing expert opinion on the need for specialist fitness qualifications for PTs.  With the number of UK fitness members exceeding 9 million, there being a 5.3% rise in total memberships, and the total market value for the industry being estimated at around £4.4 billion (source: 2016 State of the UK Fitness Industry report), the fitness industry has become more demanding than ever. Therefore, from experience as a PT to meet the demands of clients, set yourself out from the competition and to provide them with an expert service, it is crucial to specialise in and have expert knowledge in different areas and qualifications...
  • Posted on: 18 May 2017 - 14:10
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of 10 exercises that we can do that will help us to get a great whole-body workout in less time. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The exercises are:  - Sumo Squat to Lateral Raise - Dumbbell Straight-Leg deadlift to Row - Single-lift Deadlift to Row - Dumbbell Squat to Overhead Press - Squat with Front-Press - Dumbell single-arm reverse Lunge with Press - Curtsy Lunge with Bicep Curl - Dumbbell Lunge with Hammer Curl to Press - Single-arm Push Press to Overhead Lunge - Split Squat to Lateral Raise Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see 10 whole-body...
  • Posted on: 17 May 2017 - 17:03
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of 4 changes to our daily diet that we can make to help that we can do everyday to help boost our weight loss goals. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The 4 diet changes are:  - Make Veggies the Start of Meals - Load up on Liquids - Streamline your Snacks - Make Dark Chocolate your Sweet Treat Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see the dietary changes we can follow each day. From experience both personally and with my PT clients, achieving our weight loss goals is best achieved by making incremental changes to our diet that become habits of a lifetime...
  • Posted on: 17 May 2017 - 11:09
    In today's high-tech world, it seems like everywhere you look, someone has a fitness tracker on their wrist. Popularity for these health and exercise devices has skyrocketed for anyone looking to better monitor and track their health and activity levels including steps, sleep, heart rate and calories burned. But with all the options out there, it’s easy to get lost in the hype and to be unsure (and maybe even confused) as to which device and tracker is best and most convenient. Therefore, I was pleased when Lexi Watkins from Reviews.com told me that they had spent 6 months testing and evaluating 86 fitness trackers currently on the market to help us make more informed choices when choosing fitness trackers. With the help of fitness...
  • Posted on: 16 May 2017 - 14:36
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of stretches we can do everyday to help develop our flexibility and range of movement and to help us to recover in-between training sessions. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The stretches are:  - Downward Dog - Side Oblique Stretch - Crescent Pose - Child's Pose - Simgle Leg Stretch - Figure 4 - Cat Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see The stretches we can do each day. From experience both personally and with my PT clients, stretching daily is crucial and helps us to retain and develop our flexibility, suppleness and to recover between training...
  • Posted on: 16 May 2017 - 14:00
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of 7 'healthy' ideas for breakfast that we can make ahead to save time and ensure we make good nutritional choices. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The 7 breakfast ideas are:  - Granola Muffins - Huevos Rancheros Jars - Apple Pie Waffle Bites - Java Smoothie Cups - Almond Joy Chia Pudding - Muesli with Cherries - 'Lox on a Bagel' Salad Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see 7 recipe ideas with images that we can make ahead From experience starting the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast is a great way to start the day and to get energised for...

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