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    The Importance Of Treating Yourself When Exercising

    Getting back into your fitness regime

    Chocolate, Beer or the Kebab are not usually foodstuffs that fitness fanatics like to talk about, but that said, it does not mean that you can’t eat or drink the good stuff in moderation! It’s important, both physically and psychologically that you maintain a well-balanced diet. It’s a rudimentary element of your fitness / bodybuilding process. This is where the treat comes into play. This article will explain the importance – both psychological and physical – of the treat in

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    Gym Membership: Contracts, Direct Debits And Other Things You Should Know Before Joining A Gym

    Gym memberships are a great way to loose weight, build muscle and de-stress. However, in recent year’s gym contracts have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons which has resulted in statutory legal changes, Office of Fair Trading investigations into gym operators and the Citizens Advice Bureau spending hundreds of thousands campaigning against the previous statutory schemes. Today’s gym companies offer more open contracts and better customer support. That said, there are still a few ‘cowboy’ operators out there

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    Planning Your Workout: How To Create A Planning Journal

    You need to plan ahead in life. That is why we plan for our retirement, our life goals and in our daily lives. We plan our workloads, our eating habits and our social lives. This planning is an important human element that helps us achieve the very best by using targets to better help inform our successes and failures. This system, if applied to the weight loss, muscle-gaining or general fitness scenario, can help you achieve so much by understanding

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    Stress And Exercise: What You Need To Know

    Stress is a part of the human condition. We constantly feel stress as it is a natural response to pressure. We might have pressures in our home life, relationships, work life and other aspects of our lives which can result in stress. The two biggest elements, according to research published by the NHS (NHS, 2011b), found that money worries and work-related pressures formed the two biggest stress factors in the majority of UK cases. Stress can affect the human body

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    Goal Setting: How To Make Sure Your Goals Are Achievable

    Using your metabolism to help weight loss

    Do you want to set a goal but you’re unsure which shape that goal setting should encompass? This article will explore what pro athletes and veteran amateur athletes do to set goals. We will explore outcomes, planning, mentalities and more importantly thinking clearly. Goal setting is perceived as boring and this can be a realistic description. However, the effectiveness of setting a goal, monitoring that goal and achieving that goal has a psychological effect that helps athletes or amateurs continue

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    Carbs, Fats And Protein: What You Really Need To Know

    Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are macronutrients. Macronutrients are nutrients which supply energy to the body and are required for growth, metabolism and biomechanical bodily functions. Remember the term ‘macro’ means large, so macronutrients are needed in large amounts. The big three macronutrients are protein, carbohydrates and fat. The usual make-up of macronutrients is between 4-9 calories per gram which helps fuel your body’s system. Your body needs these three elements, so omitting one from your diet or regime could have

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    Five A Day: The Truth Behind The Slogan

    We have been educated by the Government, health professionals and exercise professionals for many years now of the benefits of eating five-a-day. However, many people don’t understand why you need to eat five pieces of fruit or vegetables every day? This article will focus on the truth behind the slogan. We will explore the nutritional and health benefits of fruit and vegetables and what portion size is acceptable. We will look at the benefits of a five-a-day diet on the

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    Off-road Running: Five Amazing Ways To Improve Your Fitness

    Off-Road running or Trail Running is very different to running on a road or a treadmill. It is all about variance, terrain and elevation. Off-road running can help by developing more muscles, helping to increase a runners speed and ability and introduce people to the great outdoors. Off-road running requires more ability and endurance than the average run. So, if you are a complete newbie – apart from seeking medical advice – perhaps start with road or treadmill jogging. To

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    Repetition: Your Biggest Workout Enemy

    Human beings are predominantly psychological creatures of habit. We learn through routine. Just think back to how you learned the alphabet, the multiplication tables or playing sports at school. During our informative years we are taught by routine, this route becomes a life-long habit. This mentality permeates throughout your life – the way you brush your teeth, the way you hold your knife and fork even the way you behave in the workplace. This mentality has also affected your gym

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    To Gym Or Not To Gym?…That Is The Question

    Do you have to go to the gym to become a bodybuilder? Is there a greater drive or mental focus if one works out at home, in the great outdoors or in a gym? This article will look at different aspects of bodybuilding in relation to public and private activities and their responses to successful bodybuilding results. The traditional image of a bodybuilder is that of the pumped-up man looking at himself in the mirror whilst pumping iron. It might

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