This unassuming root vegetable is hailed for improving exercise performance

How to reap the go-faster benefits of beetroot in your exercise routine.  There are loads of trendy and potentially faddy foods that may boost your performance, from BCAAs to cayenne pepper. But the latest food that’s going under the microscope for its fitness and recovery benefits is one that has undeniably healthy properties: beetroot. Research into the root veg has […]

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Build glute muscle with these simple weighted exercises

Want stronger glutes? These barbell and dumbbell exercises are the best way to build muscle.  The glutes are the largest muscle in the body and a key muscle group in your core, helping with alignment and stability of your spine and hips. Plus, they are used as a power driver, helping to propel you forward in running and shift heavy […]

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“I tried 5 common ways to ease post-workout muscle pain. Here’s what really works”

Struggling with post-workout muscle pain? There are loads of techniques to help manage your DOMS, but which one works best? Soft tissue therapist Anna Gardiner tries and rates five popular methods. There are a number of different methods for combatting the dull ache of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), with fitness influencers and professionals swearing by everything from taking ice baths […]

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“I tried running as my new year’s resolution… and it was awful”

Starting to run is simple. All you have to do is get out there and go. But actually sticking with the pain, the overtaking, the boredom – that requires a whole other level of dedication, as newbie Stephanie Conway has been finding out. Given how bleak things have felt recently, I didn’t intend to make a resolution this year. As […]

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The power of positive thinking on your exercise habits

We need to stop thinking of exercise as hard and horrible – this is why swapping negative thoughts is so important. I love exercise – but sometimes I convince myself that I don’t. Not regularly, but often enough to notice it, I find my thoughts slipping into the pattern of ‘I’m so tired’, ‘It’s too hard’ or ‘I hate mountain […]

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This is exactly what happens to your brain when you lift heavy weights

Ever wondered about the psychological effects of weight lifting? Here are five ways your brain will change when you start lifting heavy weights… You’ve probably heard of a ‘runner’s high’, but there’s a whole different high that comes with weight lifting. If you’ve ever lifted heavy weights, you’ve probably experienced this during and after lifting. But what actually happens to […]

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Are we guilty of glamorising the Mediterranean diet?

A glug of olive oil, a load of veg and a slab of tuna or pecorino. That’s the Mediterranean diet that we all know and love… but it may not be the one that all the health benefits were actually linked to 50 years ago.  If there’s one thing most nutritionists and health experts agree on, it’s that many of […]

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