According to Sport England’s most recent Active People Survey, athletics – including running – has recorded the biggest rise in participation of any sport in England in recent years. Even without the survey results, the growing popularity of running is clear to see every day on our streets. More and more people are lacing up their trainers and getting out there.
As someone who has been a synchronised swimmer for many years and now a coach and a judge, when I’m asked why I am still involved, the main reason I would give is simply that it’s so much fun! ‘Synchro’ offers all the benefits of swimming but in my opinion it is much more diverse, in terms of content. It incorporates gymnastic and dance skills, musicality and rhythm.
Michelle Obama recently shared a picture of herself working out with her friends. She accompanied the social media post with a note about how she and her ‘crew’ make time to come together and exercise as a group.
We’re now firmly into event season, with running and other charity challenges taking place left, right and centre.
Mass participation events are a great motivator to get you and your family into shape. They give you a goal to aim for and if you’re fundraising too that will give you even more incentive to keep going.
We’re a nation of tennis-lovers – each summer we’re gripped by collective Murray-mania as we gobble down our strawberries and cream, dreaming we’re sat on Henman hill.
Last month Cruz Beckham, the 12-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham, posted a social media video of himself at the gym, using a rowing machine.
Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.
Did you know that just 30 minutes of swimming 3 times a week will provide you with a full body workout, providing you with many benefits including increased cardiovascular fitness, increased calorie burning (and a higher metabolic rate), weight loss, muscle toning and what’s even better it will definitely lift your mood! Swimming is also a great fun family activity and a very important life skill.
So, let’s take a normal day at the office… You wake up, get ready, go to work and then you sit down to start your day. Out of nowhere you feel your neck stiffening up. And then…“Ouch! I must have slept funny…”. How many of us have experienced this? Some of us actually experience it regularly!
Why Weight Lifting?
Weight Lifting is a new, up and coming sport, that actually is many sports secret weapon! Before we go into that though, a bit of history first! Weight Lifting is one of the oldest competitive sports, dating back to as far as ancient Greece. There is evidence it even existed on Mt Olympus with engraving on a boulder stating someone had lifted it. Sounds crazy but it’s true. It’s also been part of the Modern Olympic Games since its inception in 1896 with the very first GB Olympic Champion, weight lifter Launceston Elliot.