High-intensity interval training

The popularity of high-intensity interval training is on the rise. High intensity interval training sessions are commonly called HIIT workouts. This type of training involves repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times. What are the benefits of HIIT? HIIT training has been shown to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity (which helps the exercising muscles more readily use glucose for fuel […]

Maintaining the habit

‘There is no elevator to success – you have to take the stairs’ Five ways to maintain your exercise routine over the holidays: Schedule it in your diary Find times during the week where your exercise is least likely to be replaced with other appointments as we head well into the busy festive season. The upside: you will feel energized and ready to tackle anything tinsel-related. Identify your reason for […]

Fab Food Month Week 4: Healthy ready-made meals

Fab Food Month Week 4: Healthy ready-made meals

Fresh is best, but there are some foods worth having on stand by. Even if you are a super-organised person, there are times you need to rely on quick, go-to options to pull together dinner. For those occasions, LGF has done the groundwork and found a list of the best supermarket foods to have at home so you can make meals on the run and avoid the calorific take-away option. […]

Fab Food Month Week 3: Healthy substitutions

Fab Food Month Week 3: Healthy substitutions

Choosing alternatives that are lower in saturated fat, less sugar and reduced sodium will result in less calories consumed and greater nutritional benefit. You can make many of your favourite recipes healthier by substituting a few key ingredients. Lentils Lentils belong to the same legume family as beans and chickpeas. They come in different shapes and colours, and once cooked offer a variety of textures. Dried lentils can take about […]

Why water?

There are plenty of options when you are looking for a cool drink on a hot day or after exercise. But not all drinks are created equal. Gatorade Nutrition facts (per 355mL) Energy 90 kcal (377 kJ) Carbohydrates 23g -sugars 21g Sodium 160g Potassium 40g Ingredients Water, liquid-sugar, glucose-fructose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavour, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, colour. A well-marketed sports drink, Gatorade contains about 6 teaspoons […]

Fab Food Month Week 2: Healthy Hydration

Fab Food Month Week 2: Healthy Hydration

Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sports drinks with electrolytes may be useful for people doing high intensity, vigorous exercise in very hot weather. These drinks, much like soft drinks tend to be high in added sugars and […]

Fab Food Month Week 1: Healthy Snacks

Fab Food Month Week 1: Healthy Snacks

Finding a healthy option to get you through to lunch or satisfy that 3pm sugar- craving can be a challenge. While homemade is often preferable, we understand that it’s sometimes hard to avoid convenience. We take a look at some of the healthier supermarket snack options suitable for school lunch boxes, desk draws and when you’re on-the-go. What to look for in store-bought snacks: Less that 100 calories (418 kj) per serve The fewer […]

Beautiful cossies from Bella Bathers

Most women love summer and swimming but dread buying a new swimsuit. With this in mind, we are very excited to introduce you to Bella Bathers, swimsuits that will make you look and feel fabulous whilst being comfortable to wear, sophisticated and glamorous. Designed for real women, Bella Bathers help you hide any wobbly bits, whilst complimenting and celebrating your feminine curves. Inspired by the glamorous 1950’s era, Bella Bathers […]

Exercise and common injuries…don’t let that stop you!

Some of the more commonly diagnosed injuries, while may cause discomfort, do not have to stop you from engaging in regular supervised exercise. Plantar Fasciitis, Swollen Knee, Carpal Tunnel, and Shoulder Pain, are a few common injuries, you may be familiar with, all of which can be managed safely with exercise. Exercising safely in these cases is important to manage the injury and maintain good health. Unfortunately, injury isn’t always […]

Foot types and proper footwear

Our feet go through a lot everyday as the forces exerted by the body during walking can increase up to 1.5 times and up to 3 times during running. Add in 10,000 steps during a typical day while (possibly) wearing ill-fitted shoes – its no wonder we want to put up our feet at the end of the day. Knowing your foot type is critical to finding the right shoe […]