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Men’s Health Week – No need to stress!

#MensHealthWeek – 3 tips and 4 exercises….

One man in five dies before they reach 65, that’s before they even get to retire! The Men’s Health Forum have set out to help all men stay fit and healthy longer and this week was Men’s Health Week. To do our bit we are offering some tips and tricks to help men stay fit regardless of their budget.

The first thing to say is that Mental Health is a major contributor to the Men’s Health Week drive. For anyone who keeps active and stays fit they will know that the endorphins released during exercise really help to combat stress. Not only this but the social and feel good aspect of exercise further heightens mental well being. If you want any further advice visit the Beat Stress page of the Men’s Health Forum website. Here’s a few things we recommend that may be useful to try:

  1. Prioritise

There is lots going on in the average UK males life: work, family, friends, all really important stuff. Exercise is often shoved to the back of the pile but it really shouldn’t be. It is key to a long, happy and healthy existence. Quite often the main problem is that exercise is just too low down on the priority list, so re-prioritise it, plan it in to your weekly schedule and start to feel the benefits.

  1. Do something that makes you smile

When you are exercising you should have a smile on your face, if not at the time, think of those hard leg sessions, then certainly after at the results. If you see exercise as a chore change it! There are so many options for the modern UK man to get fit, different sports, past-times and activities that can get you, and more importantly, keep you fit.

  1. Have some ‘go to’ exercises

With the best will in the world, sometimes you just don’t get time to fit in the exercise. If this is the case have some ‘go to’ exercises. These should be something that make you feel like you are getting the results and be efficient in terms of time. Here are some suggestions:

Press Up

Ok, Ok, the Press Up conjures up images of army camps and forced exercise but it needn’t be. Set yourself a time (between 1-3 minutes) and see how many you can do. The next time you do it to the same time and try to beat your total. There is a reason the Press Up is so widely used. It works!

Plank

Working a bit on the core now, the Plank is a great, no-nonsense way of engaging and working the core. Again set yourself a target time and hold it for as long as you can.

Deadbug

The Deadbug is a great way of using a few muscle groups that will come in handy in the gym or on the sports field. Simply lie on your back put your legs up and bend your knees to 90 degrees, put your arms straight out in front of you and straighten one leg to just above the floor and return. Repeat with the other leg. You guessed it! Time yourself and see how many you can achieve.

Burpees

A great cardio and muscular workout, extend your time for this one and see how many burpees you can complete. Start in the press up position ‘hop’ your feet to be in line with your chest then jump up from that position. Reverse the action and repeat.

Sprints

Set yourself a 25-50 metre distance and sprint it. Walk back and repeat. Set yourself a bi time limit and really work at doing as many as you can.

i-motion gym is passionate about helping people to reach their fitness goals and hopes that you find the above information useful. If you would like any further advice then please feel free to pop into a gym and speak to one of our Personal Trainers who wiil be happy to help you. Good luck in reaching your personal targets and good health.

i-Motion Gym are proud to have over 90 classes a week and if you want to try something a bit different why not visit www.i-motiongym.com/classes to book on one. Remember a habit is just a learnt behavior, they can be positive or negative, good luck in developing these positive gym habits!

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