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04:00

And now a little light food for thought



Two of the toughest challenges in picking up an exercise routine are persistence and perseverance. Sound familiar?

We all know – and read everywhere, day in, day out – how good exercise can be for us. It does not just boost our mood (especially at this time of the year when eating and drinking seems to become the norm, along with watching rubbish on the telly) but it also strengthens our mental wellbeing. Exactly what the doctor would prescribe given the grey skies and the shorter periods of daylight.

Light deprivation during the winter months and its knock-on effects can have quite a debilitating effect on us all. Outdoor exercise, or ecotherapy as it is referred to in a wider context, can be as effective as antidepressants to counteract negative thoughts and anxiety. Unlike the gym or other enclosed environments, the great outdoors stimulates our senses. Such exposure to the colours, sounds and smells of nature can boost confidence and self-esteem, both of which are natural precursors to those two challenges mentioned at the start: persistence and perseverance.

Getting physically fit and achieving personal goals then follow on more easily.

At the MOOSE we believe in working with our clients to get the most from your training sessions. We keep it fun, friendly and fabulous. It’s a great opportunity to work out, enjoy some fresh air, laugh and have a break from family and work.

Even better – WE come to YOU! Very persistent and persevering.





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12:17

High Intensity *what*?



You’ve probably heard of high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

It involves short, brutal bursts of movement, brief rest periods and a lot of sweat.
MOOSE aficionados already know that it’s an effective way to build muscle mass and cut fat, but it also increases your baseline fitness fast!

Those ‘in the know’ will talk about Tabata training, which was devised by a Japanese professor – Izumi Tabata – based on a study of Olympic speed skaters. We won’t go into the details (because it involves lots of facts and figures and we are all way too busy to deal with that) but suffice to say that the results from Dr Tabata’s research showed that high intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems than other conventional exercise.

“Help! But what does that actually mean?” we hear you cry.

Worry no more, the MOOSE will distill the eight HIIT key elements for you:

  1. Efficient – HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule, as it delivers maximum results in minimum time
  2. Burn more fat – intense exertion makes your body consume more calories after the workout, for up to 24 hours (yes, really!)
  3. Healthier heart – extreme training produces extreme results: making your heart work that bit harder means you are then able to do more (lengthier runs, longer bike rides) at the same pace
  4. No equipment – your body is an amazing thing, and it’s all you will need for an HIIT workout
  5. Lose weight, not muscle – the HIIT regime allows you to preserve hard-earned muscles while ensuring most weight loss comes from fat stores
  6. Increase metabolism – HIIT stimulates the production of your HGH (human growth hormone) which slows down the aging process, inside and out
  7. Do it anywhere – yes, just like it says on the box
  8. Challenging – no time for chit chat, reading a magazine, catching up on the news: HIIT demands your full attention to be effective, but the good news is that each session is short, sharp and seriously hard!

So, are you game to try HIIT out?

The MOOSE can tailor a program specific to your needs, within the timeframe you require, and – you guessed it – deliver it straight to your door.

No excuses accepted!


 


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04:00

The ‘core’ of cycling



15 October 2014

With the number of cyclists in London growing exponentially and daily commuters now tallying around 30,000 (yes, really), the focus of most pedal-pushers – aside from spending exorbitant amounts of money on Lycra and equipment – is two-fold:

1.     how do I get faster on two wheels, and;
2.     how do I get stronger?

We’ll be honest: the first won’t happen without the second, and that’s where MOOSE and his hardy team come in.

Core stability is what it’s all about.

A strong core is a fundamental part of bike riding: it keeps the body stable on the saddle. With all the pressure on abdominals, obliques and latissimus dorsi (the large muscle across your shoulder blades) during a cycle ride, it is imperative that you strengthen your core to minimise discomfort and injury in the back.

A stable platform will ensure that your hips, thighs and knees work efficiently in delivering power through to the pedals, and that, ultimately, will be what makes you faster in the long run.

So who better to help out than team MOOSE? We cannot guarantee a Tour de France win or a gold medal in the Time Trial World Championships, but we can ensure your core strength improves and delivers other – two-wheeling – results!


 



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10:39

Mums to run



3 October 2014


Any mother knows that there are never enough hours in a day.

Between waking up (after an interrupted night’s sleep), getting ready, sorting children out with a myriad of paraphernalia – uniform, bags, PE kit, permission slips, homework, creative art projects – and ensuring they have washed faces/brushed teeth and hair/put shoes on correct feet, before even heading out the door, is it any wonder that we are already exhausted before our first cup of coffee? And it is only 9am!

If there is one exercise guaranteed to lift your spirits and your mood, energise your body and mind, and get you some valuable ‘me’ time away from your beloved offspring, it is running. And running outside, in fresh air, whatever the weather is by far the best way to keep healthy and get into great shape.

But what if you want a running companion, something more than a set of headphones or a one-size-fits-all training program in your ear?

Fear not, the MOOSE is here!

Not only do our intrepid trainers join you for the duration of your trek along the towpath, they tailor each session to your needs and will pepper the run with interval training, core exercises and great chatter to keep you motivated. A workout ‘on the go’ that will deliver results faster than you can say Usain Bolt.

Or almost.

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned marathon runner, we can put you through your paces – the huge benefit of having a personal trainer come to you and dole out encouragement and energy, whatever the weather!

No excuses when the MOOSE shows up on your doorstep!




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