It’s finally Friday again! And I really have a Friday feeling this week! Lots of plans to get out on my bike and get running after a few weeks being busy away with work.
Cardio is important, especially as I am hoping to start training for my first duathlon, BUT strength training is just as important. This weekend get started on your upper body strength-Pilates is not just for abdominal work, it is for balancing the whole body.
Here are 2 challenges to kick start your weekend of strength and upper body balance!
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It’s Sunday! Often our day to take things a little easier, enjoy the rest day and have less scheduled plans. Your body still needs some essential ingredients for creating a healthy body and a healthy mind! Their really easy to achieve and should be your focus every single day!
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With the long summer nights finally upon us- are you making the most of it?
Last week I wrote about the importance of cross-training and how our weekly exercise should include elements of cardiovascular work, strength training, core and flexibility. That’s a lot to fit in to one week! And this applies to everyone, whether you just want a healthier lifestyle or you are training for a big event.
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Cross-training! Why is it so important?
Cross-training is essentially training in different sports/activities other than your main one. It is so easy to get carried away with wanting to get better at your main sport that it is all you do, every day, every week. But the benefits of cross-training are tremendous. After spending this weekend at the British Adult Ice Skating Championships, where everyone is so fully focused on ice skating, and ice skating only, it brought it to my attention again that having a well balanced training programme is the way to succeed, regardless of your sport.
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It’s Friday again!
So today was Work Out At Work Day!- this is a nationwide physiotherapy drive to encourage fellow co-workers (and the nation!) to participate in more exercise, and to move more at work!
We ran Pilates classes for staff, circuits classes and provided small fitness challenges!
So I’d like to invite you to complete one of the challenges for your Friday fun!
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It’s nearly Friday! Is the weekend your chance to do more activities, or to have a rest? The weekend is a great time to unwind, get away from work and spend some time doing what you love. A little indulgence is often necessary too! But find the time to squeeze in some Pilates principles to your day. Think CORE, think POSTURE, think BREATHING, think MOVEMENT!
Here is just one tiny challenge to motivate you to keep going and stay strong!
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How do you achieve your personal best?
I’ve been running for a long time but only competitively for the last 3 years, and like everyone else I have good and bad runs. This year however each race I have completed I have achieved my PB, out running my previous race time every time. I won’t lie it hasn’t been easy and I was shocked after each race with the time, as I never run to race time in training. So how do you continue to push the boundaries and achieve more?
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Do you exercise daily? Do you move often?
A recent weekend in Amsterdam was an amazing reminder of how accessible they make daily exercise! With over 18million cyclists within the capital it really does put most other places to shame. They make it their daily commute so it is not a chore, an effort or a hassle, but rather an efficient and practical way to exercise daily.
Try taking this outlook on your exercise routine this week- make it practical, efficient and part of your day!
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Welcome to Freshly Centered!
Finally! Here is the start of my website, bringing you fitness, health and wellbeing information with a pilates twist. I hope to bring together all aspects that I am involved in to deliver some interesting reads such as:
- Fitness advice, training plans and motivation
- Pilates programmes
- Injury prevention and treatment tips with the latest evidence and research
This is all very new to me and it has been an exciting project so far for 2014! I am very excited to finally launch the site today! Please bear with me on technical problems and we may be slow in getting going as I learn the ropes of running an online site… But for now please watch this space!