It’s coming up to Christmas, so you’ve got a million and one better things to do than trawling through a packed department store in desperate search of the last minute stocking filler. Well, relax. This list of 5 perfect Christmas presents for every fitness fanatic will take away a little bit of the stress, strain and gift-getting pain. And if there’s something in there that takes your fancy, well, so much the better. You deserve a little treat too, don’t you?
The shops have been blasting out Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas’ since October (but it feels like forever). The sales seem to have started before the season has even begun. The trees, the lights and the OTT décor have all been dusted off and put back on display. Yep, Christmas is on the way and don’t we know it.
Every year Christmas seems to become ever more extravagant. The John Lewis TV ads. The latest iPhone. The Boxing Day blockbuster. More indulgent still, the seasonal coffees that high street chains dream up in a race to out-barista each other. As the temperature drops, the lure of those festive winter recipes increases exponentially. But beware. Because so too does the amount of calories and sugar that come with them. One in particular contains 600 calories and almost 70 grams of sugar in a single cup.
The dark mornings, darker evenings and miserable weather make it hard enough to keep your fitness routine on track. The Christmas season can derail it altogether. All that tempting food. More social events than the rest of the year put together (or that’s what it feels like). Those last minute rushes to find the perfect present, stock up with festive food, visit the family… Even so, you’ve worked hard to stay in shape these last 11 months so let’s make sure you don’t waste it all now. Here are few ways you can stay motivated, maintain your fitness levels and make Christmas a season to be heathy as well as jolly.
The closer we get to Christmas, the more we have to start squeezing into already hectic schedules. When that happens, it’s easy to put our fitness routines on the back burner for a couple of weeks. After all, we’ll get back into good habits in January… won’t we?
Do you like to run a lot? You won’t need telling how much strain it puts on on your knees. In fact, research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reckons that up to fifty percent of running injuries relate to the knees. And the most common running injury of all? Yep, you guessed it. Patellofemoral pain syndrome. Actually, you said runner’s knee didn’t you?
Going to the gym is all about looking good and feeling great. That can start with some stylish gear that makes you look seriously cool even when the heat is on. But have you got a bag to match? You’ll want something practical, of course. Something lightweight and spacious to make it as easy as possible to carry your kit around town. Whether you prefer rucksacks, holdalls or duffle bags, there’s no shortage of choice out there – so here are 6 of the best gym bags to get to grips with.
The harder you work out, the more calories you burn. Not exactly rocket science is it? But what about after you’re showered, changed and out of the gym? Does your body just reset to zero and the calorie count automatically start to rise again? Well, not if you know how to keep your metabolism fired up. So here are a few ways that can help you make sure the effects of your work out leave the locker room with you.
Improve flexibility. Increase energy. Improve your posture. Tone your body. Restore your inner calm. With the list of benefits as long as your outstretched left leg, no wonder yoga has become so popular with classes popping up at gyms and studios all over town. Here’s a short guide to 8 of the best yoga classes in London.
We all know that an effective training programme is only half the story. A good diet is equally important and that’s especially the case for fitness modelling professionals. So we spoke to Esquared founder, IFBB pro Figure and WBFF Fitness Modelling & Figure champion Eleni Plakitsi about her approach to nutrition in the run up to a competition.