Blog
The Kiss Fitness Blog

Health & Fitness

Fitness Articles & Resources

 

 

6 Simple lifestyle changes to get you moving more

Getting movement ingrained as one of your habits in the everyday things we do is the most achievable way to get moving more. Being more active requires a deliberate effort, walking or cycling instead of using the car. Commuting to work on the bike or walking the kids to school are simple everyday changes we can make to be more active.

These six simple changes to your lifestyle can make a massive difference to your overall health and well-being; no expensive gym equipment is needed, only simple lifestyle changes.

Add a comment

How to set up a home gym on a budget

Keen to set up a personal workout space in the comfort of your own home but you’re not sure if your bank balance will stretch far enough? You’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we take a look at three easy ways you can make yourself a home gym without it costing you a fortune.

Buy your equipment online

To keep your spending to a minimum, you could buy your sporting equipment online. On the web, you’ll be able to compare prices easily, read reviews and look around for deals, which is ideal if you need to stick to a specific budget.

While it’s a given that you’ll be able to find sporting equipment from websites that specialist in this area, you might be surprised at what else you can find on the internet. For example, online retailers Hi House sell everyday essentials as well as fitness products including yoga mats, workout gloves and gym balls at affordable prices, so it’s definitely worth looking around on the net to see what you can find.

Only invest in pieces that you’ll actually use

From kettlebells, lifting bags and resistance bands, to treadmills, rowing machines and cross trainers, there are a whole host of sporting accessories and pieces of apparatus that you could include in your home gym. However, it’s important to be realistic and only buy what you’ll actually use.

Think about what it is that you want to get out of your home workout space to establish which pieces of equipment you’ll need. This will help you stick to your budget, and it also means that you can add to your gym over time.

Don’t always go for the popular brands

When it comes to buying equipment for your new home gym, you’ll find that there are a variety of different sporting brands to choose from, such as Nike, Puma, Reebok and Adidas. However, while these brands might be among the most popular, they are often accompanied by a big price tag, which isn’t ideal when you’re looking to set up a workout area on a budget.

So, to avoid paying over the odds to furnish your gym, try to steer clear of these brands and go for the lesser known sporting lines instead. You should find that you’re able to buy very similar equipment at much lower prices. To make sure that what you’re buying is the real deal, do your research beforehand and check out reviews online.

Setting up your home gym doesn’t need to break the bank, especially if you keep these tips and tricks in mind.

Add a comment

What could be more relaxing than a gentle application of heat combined with a relaxing massage? A hot stones massage uses smooth, heated stones as a tool to deliver a deeply relaxing treatment. They can be used solely to relax and sooth or combined with sports massage to allow deep relaxation of tight muscles and soothe soreness. The hot stones can also be complemented with cold (cool) stones to compliment, refresh and invigorate.

The use of hot stones to promote healing dates back thousands of years – Indians would heat them by the fire and use them to treat sore muscles. The stones commonly used in today’s treatments are basalt (volcanic rock) which have been tumbled – smoothed.

Heat applied through hot stones, and massage increases blood flow, metabolism and lymph function. Heat can also provide a sedative effect promoting deep relaxation and relief from chronic pain. A therapist is then able to work deeper into the muscle following the application of heat increasing the healing benefits.

Add a comment
What is Sports massage and how could it benefit me?

Sports massage as the name suggests is a bodywork therapy geared towards the physically active.

It is a soft tissue massage carried out only by qualified sports massage therapist. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of anatomy followed by a thorough consultation the therapist will incorporate various techniques to manipulate muscles, tendons and ligaments (soft tissue) to elevate pain and tension, reduce swelling and lack of mobility stimulate blood flow which promotes healing and allow your body to move as it should by enabling it to realign.

Sports massage can be carried out pre (to stimulate) and post-event (to relax/normalise) as well as to rehabilitate (post injury/trauma) and as a restorative treatment as part of a training program or at regular intervals by non sporting individuals who perhaps just get stiff and tired or have twinges and niggles (as most of us do!)

Unlike a relaxing spa massage, a sports massage usually targets specific areas of the body, targeting areas of pain and often working just below the pain threshold at times. Treatments can manipulate your body into feeling a little sore the following day, and you should be advised to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol for a short period following treatment. This is a result of increased circulation and waste products being metabolised by your body. Rest assured the outcome outweighs these potential side effects! The full effects of a sports massage usually take 24-48 hours to kick in by which time you should feel comfortable, mobile and refreshed.

Add a comment
Dry July Challenge 2017

The Kiss Fitness exercise challenge for July is not actually an exercise, however it is an exercise in self control and discipline when it comes to our favorite tipple, it is off course #DRYJULY. You might have heard or even taken part in the popular Dry January challenge. This challenge however is much harder, it's takes place over a part of summer where there are numerous occasions where we might want to drink, at weddings, parties, bbq's or a lazy Sunday afternoons. This is what makes it such a challenge. Join us this July for Dry July, you'll reduce your calorie intake and might even lose weight.

Ditch The Booze and Lose Weight! Are you In

Drinking enough water everyday and limiting other drinks is one of the most fundamental things we can do for weight management and staying healthy. It's important to consume enough water to maintain a healthy water balance, your water input must equal your water output. I guess this is much like accounting, if the in's and out's don't balance, there is something wrong. So as well as keeping DRY for July, we want you to stay hydrated, preferably with water, not cordial and defiantly not juice.

Take the plunge and stay DRY this July

Add a comment

Dry July Challenge 2017

The Kiss Fitness exercise challenge for July is not actually an exercise, however it is an exercise in self control and discipline when it comes to our favorite tipple, it is off course #DRYJULY. You might have heard or even taken part in the popular Dry January challenge. This challenge however is much harder, it's takes place over a part of summer where there are numerous occasions where we might want to drink, at weddings, parties, bbq's or a lazy Sunday afternoons. This is what makes it such a challenge. Join us this July for Dry July, you'll reduce your calorie intake and might even lose weight.

Ditch The Booze and Lose Weight! Are you In

Drinking enough water everyday and limiting other drinks is one of the most fundamental things we can do for weight management and staying healthy. It's important to consume enough water to maintain a healthy water balance, your water input must equal your water output. I guess this is much like accounting, if the in's and out's don't balance, there is something wrong. So as well as keeping DRY for July, we want you to stay hydrated, preferably with water, not cordial and defiantly not juice.

Take the plunge and stay DRY this July

Add a comment

Summer health and safety advice for older people

Summer is, of course, an exciting time. The weather, hopefully, will take a more positive turn, bringing some sun and warmer temperatures for all to enjoy. But of course, when the climate grows hotter, this can also lead to a number of health issues, especially for older people and those that require the use of stairlifts at home. Although there are a number of things people need to be aware of and steps to take, there’s no reason that the nice weather can’t be enjoyed by everyone, and hobbies such as gardening and trips to the beach can’t be pursued. To help those in their golden years make the most of the hotter months, while still staying healthy and safe under the sun, this guide full of summer health and safety advice for older people will hopefully prove to be a valuable tool.

Read More

Add a comment

Fitness Tips from our Expert Personal Trainers

#FitTipTuesday is where we share a little bit of insight that you probbaly don;t already know about health and fitness, we share these tips on our Instagram and Tumblr Social Media accounts. We welcome you to share these awesome tips with your friends and family and don't forget to follow us on Instagram for daily motivation, tips and fitness hacks.

Every Monday we share a little dose motivation in the form of qoutes and words of wisdom to get you set towards your health and fitness goals.

Follow our social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr to see our visual motivational ques on your feed.

Follow the hastags #MondayMotivation

 

Join our Newsletter

Invalid Input
Invalid Input
please use a valid email address
Are you human?
Invalid Input

Ask Us