Need Advice?

Need Advice?

Whether you're training to lose weight, for size and strength, or to shape, tone and condition, we've tried to be as responsible as we can in sharing our thoughts.

As ever, we'd always recommend that you make your own informed decisions as training advice changes all the time. 

In any case, before embarking upon any exercise programme or following any guidelines make sure they're exactly right for you. Whatever your plans, good luck with your training and enjoy the body shape and weight you choose.  

For those who want to go back to the very basics, we thought we'd use this space to remind you of the benefits you can expect from your chosen training programme.

Health Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity

  • Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints
  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Improve psychological well-being
  • Enhanced work, recreation, and sport performance
  • Reduce or maintain body weight or body fat
  • Reduce high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • Reduce high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol
  • Reduce the risk of developing and/or dying from heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer
  • Reduce the risk of developing diabetes

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

  • Increased maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max)
  • Improvement in cardiovascular/cardio respiratory function (heart and lungs) 
  • Increased maximal cardiac output (amount of blood pumped every minute)
  • Increased maximal stroke volume (amount of blood pumped with each beat)
  • Increased blood volume and ability to carry oxygen
  • Reduced workload on the heart (myocardial oxygen consumption) for any given sub maximal exercise intensity
  • Increased blood supply to muscles and ability to use oxygen
  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure at any level of sub maximal exercise
  • Increased threshold for lactic acid accumulation
  • Lower resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure
  • Increased HDL Cholesterol (the good cholesterol)
  • Decreased blood triglycerides
  • Reduced body fat and improved weight control
  • Improved glucose tolerance and reduced insulin resistance 

 Benefits of Strength Training

  • Increased muscular strength
  • Increased strength of tendons and ligaments
  • Potentially improves flexibility (range of motion of joints)
  • Reduced body fat and increased lean body mass (muscle mass)
  • Potentially decreases resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • Positive changes in blood cholesterol
  • Improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity
  • Improved strength, balance, and functional ability in older adults

To read more about healthy training nutrition, click here.