Posts Tagged ‘Physical exercise’

mini abs and legs circuit

March 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Doing this circuit three times should take you around 15 minutes.

It’s a great little circuit to keep you in the fat burning zone and target those areas of the body most of us girls need to tone up – our tummies and our thighs.

Remember – good technique counts for everything, not speed. So do the exercises precisely, keeping your body in line and under control. If you go fast and crazy you’re wasting your time and the only person you’re cheating is yourself.


mini abs and legs mini circuits. Sit-ups, press-ups, leg lifts, plank.

mini abs and legs mini circuits. Sit-ups, press-ups, leg lifts, plank.



The Barre

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

We all know Ballet dancers have awesome pins, muscular and toned but lean too. Precisely what I’m trying to achieve and I’m sure everyone else is too.

Now, this may seem simple, straightforward and a bit pointless. But trust me, the simplicity means you have to focus on form. And you will get results.

Key things to remember – these exercises need to be done slowly and with good form. Cut corners, fall out of good posture or go to quick and the only person you’re cheating is yourself, out of an AWESOME butt and thighs.

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No time to workout? Rubbish!

February 6, 2013 Leave a comment

A familiar excuse among people who like to think they’re busier than the rest of us.

The truth is, if it’s important to you you will find a way. If it’s not, you’ll just find an excuse.

Being healthy and active needs to be part of your everyday life, and it can be fun too.

We were changing the water bottle over in the office and my colleague Ian decided to try a mini circuit with an 18kg bottle! We captured his efforts on Twitter’s latest video app, Vine.

Unfortunately Vine is so new I can’t upload it here, but check out my personal vine – Sophie OMahony – to see them




Watch the muscle boys

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment
Dang Nguyen at L.A Fitness

Dang Nguyen at L.A Fitness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I love weight-training. There’s something uber satisfying about the burn and the ache afterwards. I know, I know, I need to do cardio too. But if I’ve had a bad day, you’ll find me in “muscle beach” with the boys at FX Leisure.


And as much as their grunting and weight-dropping drives me loopy, watching the serious beef-cakes do their workouts you can see some great exercises!


So next time, you’re in there, take a good look at the muscle-bound and see what exercises they’re doing to train.


But remember, for them, it’s as much about being seen to be lifting heavy weights as it is for training. So their form is often bad, with swinging arms, back bending and ineffective movement.


So, keep your weights lighter, do more reps but keep your form correct for your exercise. Yes, you’ll be lifting less, but you’ll be working your muscles correctly, and more importantly not storing up injuries.



Health and fitness – what’s the difference?

July 25, 2012 1 comment


When you say you want to be fit, do you mean healthy? When you say you want to be healthy, do you really mean fit?


Health and Fitness are two distinct terms.


HEALTH – is a measure of general well-being.

It can be affected by many things, including food, environment and diease.

It’s a general term describing the overall state of someone’s mind, body and spirit. Good health – free from illness or disease, no suffering from an impairment. It’s vague! Being healthy DOES NOT mean you are fit.


FITNESS – is a measure of physical capability. 

Fitness is almost entirely the result of action.

Consuming a certain food or drink is not going to make you fit. They can help your performance and enable you to train for longer and harder.


Increasing your fitness boosts your health 

The benefits are virtually endless – check out an earlier post of mine “Why Exercise”


You can be lucky and be healthy, with fitness there’s only one way to improve it, work at it.