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Dean's September Health and Fitness Blog

Check out Dean's latest health and fitness blog, where he asnwers some topical questions:

 

I need some fast fitness results but I lose concentration in classes. Is there one which would hold my interest and give me speedy results?

Classes are great for making you keep up the pace but I know some people find them repetitive. How about trying Bootcamp?

Bootcamp gives you a tough, intensive workout session which will challenge every muscle – and you get little rest time during the class so you shouldn’t have time to get bored.

Based upon military style fitness training, bootcamp sessions are a very efficient way of getting a good cardio workout and a targeted strength workout, while wasting very little time. You will ache afterwards – so be prepared, but you will see results fast too. If you are looking to burn calories this is a good choice  – you can burn up to 600 calories during an hour’s bootcamp workout. The LC offers sessions early in the morning on Tuesdays.

I suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder and I dread the onset of the autumn and winter months. Would more exercise help me?

Yes, without doubt. Exercise is scientifically proven to boost endorphins in the body which have a positive affect on our mood. I know it can be hard to motivate yourself to get moving when you are feeling low, but regular exercise,  daily if possible, would pay dividends.

Try to schedule at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise each day – whether that involves taking an exercise class, walking on the beach, getting on your bike or going for a swim. Exercising with a friend might help you too – if you can make exercise social you are more likely to enjoy your session.

Not only will regular exercise boost your mood, you are likely to feel better about yourself and about life if you look and feel fitter. Take the chance to exercise outside as often as you can too – that way you can absorb as much uplifting daylight as possible.