Tips and Trends: A March Overview

We’ve just entered Spring – officially – so its time we should all start thinking about how we’re going to look in our upcoming holiday pictures. Just picture yourself strutting down the beach in the Algarve, rocking a body that YOU are proud of. To get there though, why not try out some of this month’s top tips and trends that we have seen in the news. Here are a few examples:

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Last month, one of the trends that we introduced you to was HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Throughout March, it seems that high intensity workouts have stuck around, and the start of Spring has seen ‘Tabata Training’ rise up through the ranks to become one of the most popular classes to attend. Tabata provides a 20 minute high intensity, head-to-toe workout and has been proven to achieve greater results than a steady one-hour exercise. Tabata is also a great option for those who are looking to burn calories as one 20 minute session can continue to burn calories for up to 12 hours. If you want to find out more about the science behind Tabata, see their official website here. Intrigued? Check out our Tabata sessions on our Andover Leisure Centre timetable.

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This popular cinema snack is being increasingly recognised as a new health food. London Fashion Week saw 5,376 bags of the stuff get eaten by models and celebrities. The trend is running high across the A list community and in homes across the UK, with popcorn being the snack of choice at the moment. But why? Popcorn is full of fibre, antioxidants and something called ‘polyphenols’. Polyphenols are a type of chemical found in plant foods that help towards the prevention of a range of diseases. Start popping!

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Stability balls have been around for a very long time, and they are still as beneficial as ever. Incorporating one of these space hoppers into your usual exercise can put you on a fast track to gaining a stronger core. Stability balls heighten the intensity of your traditional legs, bums and tums workout. Doing exercises such as crunches and planks with a stability ball works your muscles more than if you were doing them on a mat. These exercises also improve spinal stability and are especially valuable to those who have quite sedentary jobs / lifestyles.

So there we go, March’s trend overview. Let us know of any other trends that you have heard of or tried yourself by tweeting us @ValleyLeisure or writing on our Facebook page here.


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