Chocolate – A health gift from the Gods?

Cocoa - The health Benefits

Theobroma cacoa is the name of the plant that provides raw cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate.  This plant has a long history of supposedly being a cure for almost everything from fatigue, indigestion, emaciation and hemorrhoids to respiratory ailments, cancer, depression and heart problems, in fact, the Aztecs believed the plant to have divine origins. 

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Fire Up Your Powerhouse – Burn calories and avoid pain!

Glutes, they’re the biggest group of muscles in the body and sit between the upper body, lower body and core.  They’re a crucial muscle group in all movement involving the hips such as walking, running, jumping, throwing, dancing, twisting, lifting, bending, in fact, there’s not much you do that the glutes don’t have a part in.  They’re the powerhouses of the skeletal muscle system that get you up and moving.

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Do You Even Know Where You’re Going?

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Zig Ziglar once said "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time". And he's absolutely right. We all have good intentions that we're going to lose weight, start exercising regulary, cut down on alcohol and chocolate, <insert your intention here>, but very few people actually get around to doing anything about it. We're always going to "begin tomorrow". Well you know the other saying, "tomorrow never comes".

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How to Fit Exercise into a Busy Day

Fit Exercise Into a Busy Day

Still wondering how to fit exercise into a busy schedule even though the days are getting longer? We cram our days full from the minute we get up until the time we fall into bed exhausted at night, but not making a bit of time to focus on you and your health and fitness could have repercussions down the line.

Here are six ways that you can use to fit exercise into your already busy schedule.

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The Importance of Sleep for Weight Loss

sleep and weight loss

Recently we’ve been talking to a lot of ladies about sleep in relation to their results on their weight loss journey so we thought it was worth clarifying some of the things we’ve been telling you. Lots of people suffer from poor sleep habits at some stage of their lives. Unfortunately women tend to be more affected than men.

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12 Things You Can Do To Increase Your Fat Loss

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Making big changes and trying to overhaul your life to lose weight might seem like the best thing to do to get results but actually it's more effective, and a lot easier to incorporate small changes into your lifestyle which will add up and give you lasting change. Here are 12 tips that will help you lose the most fat possible.

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Get Better Results In Less Training Time with HiiT


High intensity interval training (HIIT) is when you alternate between high and low intensity exercise(s) or between high intensity exercise and a short period of rest. For example, a short sprint up a flight of stairs followed by a walk back down is interval training. Or a set of burpees followed by bodyweight rows.

If you’ve ever done a HIIT session you’ll know that body weight conditioning exercises for 15 minutes can be a lot more challenging than a walk around the block and actually can get you better results than a much longer, steady state cardio session, i.e. running at a steady pace.

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Yeah But… You Already Know This

How often have you got some very sound direction from someone with more knowledge on a subject than yourself and still you’ve gone “yeah but…?”

It’s human nature. We’re a difficult bunch. As soon as we think someone’s telling us what to do, taking away our right of choice, we start to question it or rebel against it. Our own behaviours, the ones that aren’t necessarily helpful to us, we carry on without question, the bag of crisps each night, the cans of fizzy, finishing the kids meals, watching reruns of Desperate Housewives instead of going out for a walk or jog, the negative self-talk instead of being kind to ourselves. It’s our choice, no-one told us to do it so we just get on with it!

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Lets get intense… HIIT

When your workout isn’t working out!

Did you know that you’ll experience a 2-4% decline in your resting metabolic rate with each passing decade after the age of 25? Add to this metabolic decline a 5lb loss of muscle mass with every decade and its’ no wonder we experience “middle aged spread.”

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Myzone Heart Rate Zones – Purposes and Benefits

Do you feel like you’re not working out hard enough unless you’re in the red zone? Some people do seem to think they’ll not get any benefit from their workout unless they’re really crushing it, barely able to talk and sweating profusely but each of the heart rate zones has their purpose and ideally you should end up with an app calendar that shows a range of different levels of intensity.

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