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It’s Never Too Late to Get into Skiing

All ages and skill levels can benefit from a day out on the
snow, as skiing can be considered both good for the body and good for the mind.

Rod Hughes, Vitality Member

As an aerobic endurance activity, skiing can help an
individual to burn calories and lose weight. Beginners also can get a good
cardiovascular exercise by working the heart and lungs from walking up the
slope rather than using the ski lift.

Vitality Member Rod Hughes (72), is a retired man who has
discovered the benefits and excitements of skiing in his later years. 

In Spring 2018, he had the opportunity for the first time in
his life to go on an organised ski trip to Austria.  He enjoyed the experience so much, he’s off
again this year too.

One of the most important decisions he made ahead of his skiing trip was to
train and build his fitness level up to a standard that would benefit his
“ski fun” 

Says Rod, “The team at Vitality helped me in my quest to
achieve the required fitness level. 
Several weeks before the trip, I followed the advice of my fitness
instructor and undertook a training programme which focussed on core
rehabilitation, power, single leg strength and functional strength.  This course made my first skiing experience
extremely enjoyable. I not only had the fitness 
to ski every day but also had the confidence in my core strength to take
on some of the more difficult slopes.  I
would highly recommend skiing as a challenging but rewarding sport for anyone
who is looking to bring some variety and excitement into their fitness
regime.  The ‘aprės-ski’ was great fun
too!”

Rod’s Training Programme

Rod has shared his pre-ski training programme with us as
follows:

Week One:

1. Warm ups on the Matt, Stretching Sets, 
2: Core Rehabilitation
3: Functional Strength
4: Power and Leg strength
5: Further Outdoor exercise


 Week Two:

1. Adding additional Functional Exercise,

  • Front squats.
  • BOSU jumps
  • Box Jumps
  • Lateral Jumps
  • One foot Jumps.

Week Three:
1, Plyometric Exercise( Jump Training )

  • Box Jumps
  • Off-set squats.
  • Lower Abs on the Swiss Bal.
  • Superman
  • Leg Tucks
  • Cross crawl

Week Four:
1. Single Leg shin Toe Touch
2. Lateral Lunges

Weeks Five & Six

  1.  Consolidate and add fresh air walks and Jogs.

And some final words of advice from Rod: “Don’t try to
progress to quickly instead work on your technique with use of weights.”

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Why Women Should Train with Weights

It’s a myth that only men can benefit from training with
weights.  Weight training should be
integrated into the fitness regime of women too.  It’s not all about developing huge muscles as
as this type of strength training can help to improve your fitness levels as
well as weight loss and your overall health. 
In fact, training with weights can also have a positive impact on your
heart, bones and joints.

Women train with weights

Vitality Health & Fitness has a dedicated weights section fully equipped with weights and other weight training equipment suitable for men and women in  both the Neath and and Port Talbot Gyms.

Top 5 Reasons why Women Should Train with Weights

More and more women members at Vitality are using the
weights area thanks to support and encouragement from the fitness team who have
come up with the top five reasons why women should train with weights.

Burn off Fat

Many women will blast the treadmill in a bid to burn off
excess fat.  However, strength training
is a far better way to lose belly fat compared to any cardio exercise.  Why? 
Because aerobic and cardio exercises will burn both fat and muscles, but
weight training will exclusively burn off fat alone.

Drop a Dress Size

As mentioned, earlier, it’s a myth that strength training
will only ‘bulk you up’.  The reality is
that, due to lower levels of testosterone than men, a woman’s ability to build
muscle is more difficult.  So, the more
muscle you have compared to fat, the smaller you will be.  And don’t be alarmed if your weight goes up
when you start strength training, you’ll probably find that your dress sizes
goes down a size or two and people will start to comment on how ‘fit’ you look.

Weight training also burns off a huge number of calories.  If you start to lift weights, your muscle mass will increase and it is this mass that determines your resting metabolic rate.  So, as long you have introduced strength training into your fitness programme, you will be burning calories all day long, even if you are just sitting down and watching TV.

Become More Flexible

If you combine weight training with stretching classes like
Yoga or Pilates for example, your overall flexibility will improve far more
dramatically than if you just stuck to static stretching.

The best way to build up your weight training to help with
flexibility is to start with lighter weights and then increase the weights as
your strength and ability improves.

Strengthening Bones and Joints

Weight lifting will help to strengthen your bones as well as
improving your muscle strength and overall flexibility.  When you lift a weight for example, the
muscles will tug on the bones of your arm which in turn creates new cells,
making your bone mass increase and improve in terms of strength. What’s more,
the stronger your muscles, the easier you will find it to hold your joints in
position when exercising.

Improve your Fitness

Whether you are a runner, a swimmer or a cyclist, whatever
sport you enjoy, the stronger your muscles, the better your overall performance
and fitness levels will be.  This is
because weight training strengthens your core making you better able to support
your body weight during other types of exercise.  What’s more, your limbs will be more powerful
and able to sustain longer bursts of physical activity.

Vitality Health & Fitness

If you think weight training could be for you, pop on down
to Vitality Health and Fitness in heath or Port Talbot for a free trial and try
out our dedicated weight training area for yourself.

For more details, call us today on the numbers below or sign
up for a free pass at www.vitalityhealthandfitness.co.uk.

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