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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.


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  • Posted on: 20 Jun 2017 - 11:31
    Informative and beneficial infographic from Miramont Lifestyle that shows the benefits of exercising and strength training and also some examples of exercises and training we can do to improve our strength. As the infographic shows, the benefits of strength training include: - Preserving Lean Muscle Mass - Improving our Body Mechanics - Boosting our Energy - Burning more Calories  High 5, Matt 
  • Posted on: 15 Jun 2017 - 13:01
    I  was pleased when Lexi Watkins from contacted me to see whether I would be interested in sharing the extensive and detailed research they had done on Workout supplements, with the aim of finding which is the 'best' one. recognised that no pill or powder is "going to beat a healthy diet and good night's sleep". But for that extra little boost, the "best pre-workout supplements will have a mix of clinically proven ingredients, like creatine and beta-alanine to super-charge anaerobic strength, and caffeine and citrulline to improve endurance".. chose the 'best' pre-workout supplement by eliminating supplements with: - Potentially harmful, dangerous or banned substances - Proptritary Blends  - More than 200g...
  • Posted on: 14 Jun 2017 - 12:57
    Informative and thought-provoking infographic from which highlights and shows the number of calories on average contained in a wide range of different alcoholic drinks. For instance, the infographic shows that: - Champagne, Vodka and Gin contain 96 calories per serving - White Wine contains 121 calories and Red Wine 125 calories per seving - Beer contains 145 calories and Hard Cider contains 150 calories per serving. This highlights that the Calories contained in alcohol can soon add up without us realising. For instance, consuming say 5 beers would equate to 725 calories. Therefore, the calories contained in alcohol can often be labelled as 'empty' calories and a useful starting point with our weight-loss goals is to...
  • Posted on: 12 Jun 2017 - 13:41
    Informative and concise infographic from which shows different kinds of physical activities that we can perform outdoors and the respective number of calories that we can burn by performing these activities. According to the infographic, for example: - Jogging burns off 300 calories in 24 minutes - Tennis burns off 300 calories in 35 minutes - Horse grooming burns off 300 calories in 40 minutes - Skateboarding burns off 300 calories in 48 minutes - Weeding burns off 300 calories in 52 minutes - Walking burns off 300 calories in 60 minutes - Frisbee burns off 300 calories in 80 minutes As the infographic shows, getting more active and thus burning off more calories can be fun and enjoyable. Aim to use exercises and...
  • Posted on: 9 Jun 2017 - 11:06
    Informative, detailed and thought-provoking infographic from Greatist that discusses and highlights all things Calories including: - How many calories are in each 1 gram of Fats, Protein and Carbohydrates  - How to determine our Daily Calorie Intake - Not all Calories are created equal - Losing or gaining weight  Calories are a unit of energy and they measure the energy that our bodies use for fuel and also power the vital processes that keep us alive like breathing and pumping blood around our bodies. As the infographic shows Fat has the most calories per 1 gram with 9 whilst Protein and Carbohydrates both have 4 calories. It also suggests that our daily diet (depending on age, gender, Activity levels etc) should be made up of: - 10-25%...
  • Posted on: 8 Jun 2017 - 14:19
    Positive Health Wellness have produced a definitive guide via an infographic with images of 19 reasons to start and benefits of strength training. This infographic was written by Karen Reed. The reasons to start strength training include: - Reving up Our Metabolism  - Protecting our Heart - Strengthens our Bones - Help Prevent Injury - Improves our Strength Thank you to Kelly Palmer for providing this article and infographics. Please click on the infographic image to enlarge it and see the 19 reasons to strength train in more detail. From experience both personally and with my PT clients, strength training along with cardio training is a great way to improve our health and fitness and appearance. High 5, Matt You can see see our Matt Swaz...
  • Posted on: 7 Jun 2017 - 10:52
    Informative and detailed infographic from PennState PRO Wellness that gives lots of facts and figures on the many benefits of exercise and living an active lifestyle and also ideas on how we can be more active and exercise more. The infographic suggests that adults should do 30 minutes of exercise and being active per day 5 days per week and children 60 minutes of exercise per day 7 days a week. The infographic also states 4 key benefits of exercise and living a more active lifestyle: 1) Helps us to live longer 2) Helps to strengthen our Bones and muscles 3) Helps to improve our mental health 4) Helps to control our weight High 5, Matt
  • Posted on: 7 Jun 2017 - 10:08
    I  was pleased when Lexi Watkins from contacted me to see whether I would be interested in sharing the extensive and detailed research they had done on exercise bikes, with the aim of finding which is the 'best' one. has conducted the research by looking at 157 different exercise bikes and chosing the 16 'best' to review based on 53 features. As say "The best exercise bikes on the market deliver the functionality and adjustability most users need to get a quality workout". chose the 'best' exercise bike by focusing on: - Warranty Features (Brakes, Electronics, Frame, Labour Parts) - Display Features (Calories Burned, Distance, Heart Rate, Resistance Level, RPM, Speed, Workout Time) - Frame...
  • Posted on: 6 Jun 2017 - 16:24
    Informative, detailed and useful  infographic from A.Vogel that looks at the immune system and what can cause a week immune system and what we can do to boost our immune system. According to the infographic, Alison Cullen identifies 6 factors that can cause a weak immune system: 1) Eating a lot of Sugar 2) Drinking excess amounts of Alcohol 3) Lack of Sleep 4) Eating lots of Fatty Foods 5) Smoking 6) Being stressed and unhappy Dr Margaret Ritchie in the infographic suggests that to help boost our immune system we should.: 1) Relax 2) Drink Green Tea 3) Eat a Healthy Plant Based Diet 4) Get Some Exercise The full article and infographic from A.Vogel can be viewed here. High 5, Matt
  • Posted on: 6 Jun 2017 - 10:20
    Informative, detailed and thought-provoking infographic from which compares the calories burned across 3 levels of intensity (slow, moderate, intense) for 6 different exercise activities: - Running - Cycling - Swimming - Aerobics - Yoga - Walking The infographic shows that for all 3 levels of exercise intensity that running burns the most calories followed by cycling and swimming. Usefully, the infographic also shows a range of activities from shovelling snow to dancing to gardening and the number of minutes of activity required to burn 150 calories. According to the infographic, stair walking and snow shovelling require the least time to burn 150 calories as they take 15 minutes. Conversely, washing windows and washing a...


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