The use of foam rollers has increased in popularity over the last few years. A foam roller is usually a cylindrical shape, much like a log, that is made out of foam. Most personal trainers recommend using them for the ‘self-massage’ of tight muscles post workout.
Starting a fitness/weight challenge can be incredibly daunting. In particular, many people fear that they will need to sacrifice their social life, and eating foods they enjoy. Going out may seem like a bad idea, as we come face to face with peer pressure and temptation.
We know what you’re thinking. The dietitians and Goodlife trainers are going to say ‘swap your chocolate eggs for boiled eggs’ this Easter. But believe it or not, we are all for a little indulgence! Celebrating traditions is an important part of living, and this includes enjoying the holiday foods.
Looking for something ‘heartier’ to listen to on your commute to work, morning walk or weights session? Maybe you’re looking to make some changes to your life, and need some practical advice and direction?
When it comes to nutrition, we take a balanced approach and don't believe in diets or deprivation. So imagine our excitement when we heard our friends over at YouFoodz had formulated a 70/30 meal plan, to ensure you never feel like you're missing out.
Sure – there are some processed, high GI carbohydrates we can live without. However, there are just as many nutritious, low GI carbohydrate foods that benefit our health and our wellbeing. We feel strongly about including these nutritious carb foods in your diet, and here are 5 reasons why:
Poor sleeping patterns can have a harmful impact on our lives, in particular, our fitness levels. Do you think a lack of sleep is affecting your health? We have listed four symptoms linking sleep deprivation with poor nutrition and fitness outcomes.
No doubt, embarking on a fitness challenge (either self-directed or with Goodlife) will bring about some changes to your lifestyle – both with exercise and with food choices. We would like to offer you some advice to help you prepare you for change, and stay committed.
Feel like a cheeky snack after dinner? Go for it! We’ve gathered a collection of ‘ready-to-eat’ and ‘make-yourself’ snack ideas that are nutritious, satisfying and low calorie – i.e. totally guilt free!
Pre, intra and post-workout supplements can be marketed as complete game changers for your training and results, but often these are overhyped as part of a sales pitch. In this post we will go through the actual benefits and drawbacks.
Perhaps cravings have less to do with our nutritional needs and more to do with psychology and hormone responses. We have listed six of the most the most common reasons, and how to overcome them. If you experience food cravings regularly you need to read this!
Type in ‘meal plan for weight loss’ and around 5 million results will pop up. You’ve got to remember that all of them won’t be as reliable as seeing an Accredited Practising Dietitian or Accredited Sports Dietitian and getting that individualised plan. But we will list here some of the steps to help you create your own.
With the festive season just around the corner, it can be tricky sticking to health and nutrition goals. Our solution? Offer to bring a healthy dish to your Christmas party! Your friends, family and colleagues will appreciate the effort, and you can rest assured there will be something ‘waist friendly’ for you to tuck into!
With the new year looming so many of us are thinking of what we want to achieve in 2019. And making resolutions is a good thing – effective goal setting gives you a sense of direction and purpose, boosts your motivation and narrows your attention.
The most hectic time of year is here. And no, we’re not referring to Christmas and Hanukkah, we’re talking about school holidays! With so much extra time with the kids, why not get moving with them and teach them about the importance of exercise? Here are our top ways to stay active with kids over the holidays:
Considering the foods we enjoy during Christmas - think luscious roasts, chocolates and Christmas pudding - moderation is especially important. If you’ve feasted over holiday seasons past, and don’t ‘bounce back’ the way you used to, we have prepared five rules to help you enjoy your holiday meals more sensibly.
Let’s talk about your bum. Your booty. Your butt. Whether you’re looking to gain a bit more shape, build more size or increase the strength in your glutes, everyone could benefit from a strong derrière. Whether you’re looking to build your booty for a sporting goal, practical reasons or aesthetically, I’ve got some top tips to get you there.
There are a whole host of benefits that go hand-in-hand with working out in the morning. But if you’re not used to rising with or before the sun, it’s going to take a bit of practice before you find yourself springing out of bed and into your activewear.
How many times have you woken up on a Monday morning, bursting with more motivation than your favourite Pinterest account, ready to workout twice a day, every day, only to the have those intentions unstick like Teflon by Wednesday? Don’t worry, you’re not alone… we’ve ALL been there!
Training is all fun and games until you wake up the day after a huge session, in so much pain, that a single flight of stairs requires the same amount of mental stamina as Everest. Congratulations, you’ve been hit by, you’ve been struck by… DOM’s… the not so smooth criminal also known as delayed onset muscle soreness. So what now?
When you think pancakes, you automatically think sweet, stacked and dripping with syrup, right? But what if we told you that we’ve got a post gym approved version, that not only packs a serious nutritional punch, but also proves you can have your (pan)cake, and eat it too!
Our immune system, our risk of chronic diseases, our body weight and even our mood can be linked back to the health of our gut. The million dollar question is – how can we improve the health of our gut, and in doing so, improve our physical and mental wellbeing? We’ve listed five healthy habits that you can follow:
The world of exercise and fitness can be a bit confusing for both the novice exerciser and someone who has been training for a while. If you’re confused about where to start, try following the below tips to find an exercise routine that’s right for you.
Spring is finally here. The mornings are getting lighter, the days are getting warmer, and summer clothes are looming! You would think all these motivators would help us to spring out of bed in the morning to get our exercise done. Sometimes it's not. Follow our top 8 tips to get yourself out of bed in the morning to exercise!
I mean, who doesn't love a bliss ball? When apricot & coconut go so well together, these little bite-sized treats will have you curbing those three o'clock cravings in no time! The best part is, they are super easy to make, and no bake!
Are you aiming to gain muscle, boost strength, and improve your balance and stability? That’s great to hear! Strength training has been shown to reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.
The physical and health benefits of exercise are pretty well known – improved cardiovascular health, stronger muscles, improved bone density, lower heart rate and decreased blood pressure, to name a few.
We use our smart phones to work, shop, read and every now and then we call a loved one! With technology so available at our finger tips, it makes sense that our smart phones are the first place we visit when it comes to getting fitter, losing weight, eating better, sleeping better and finding sports activities we can join in.
EMOM stands for Every Minute On the Minute and is an interval style of training where you perform a specific exercise on every minute for a certain amount of reps, then rest for the remainder of the minute. It’s also one of the most effective workouts you can try!
Whether you're new to a class or a group fitness fanatic, ensure you get the best workout every time in every class with these simple tips. Ensure you get the best workout every time in every class with these simple tips.
When it comes to exercise, simply showing up just doesn't cut it. While the right approach can get you in the best shape of your life, the wrong approach can leave you stuck, frustrated and even injured. Find out the five most common workout mistakes and how to avoid them so you can stay on track to being your best self!
Avoid the Christmas blowout and keep yourself on track with some of the best tips to help you through the festive season. From staying hydrated, to making smart food choices, surviving Christmas just got easier.
From the music, the full-body strength workout to that post-pump burn, a BodyPump class offers something for everybody. If you haven’t already, raise the bar – the barbell that is – and learn why you should try it!
Struggling with to stick to a vegetarian diet? Getting familiar with these basic goods and stocking your vegetarian kitchen makes reaching for a quick snack or the ingredients for any recipe just that little bit easier.
Celeb fitness instructor Tracey Mallett and bbarreless founder knows better than anyone that her programs work. Here, Tracey reveals everything you need to know about bbarreless including her favourite exercise to start building strong abs!
Two litres, four pints, eight glasses – there’s plenty of myths floating around about hydration, but just how much water should we be drinking on the daily? We’re turning on the tap of truth with 4 ways to get your optimum H20 intake.
If "get fit" and "eat healthy" are at the top of your list of 2015 resolutions, our Brand Ambassador Jess Connelly has some advice to give yourself the best chance of creating healthy habits in the New Year.
If you're not on a first name basis with the kettlebell, then the swing is a great place to start. It's designed to work the posterior chain muscle group to improve strength and explosiveness in the body.