What is HOLISTIC FITNESS?
The concept of holistic fitness goes beyond the usual targets of cardio and strength training. It considers the entire body as a "whole" and approaches fitness by also considering your internal and external environment to optimise your goals: body composition, skill development, aesthetics, athletic performance and overall wellbeing.
How to you train HOLISTIC fitness and sports?
Training using a holistic approach means you consider a broader range of training methods and styles. You will be viewing your physical performance, aesthetics, nutrition and mental wellbeing into the mix using a variety of different approaches.
How does GENETICS affect your physical fitness?
How do I lose BELLY FAT?
One of the most frequently asked questions on the internet. Let us be entirely honest: there is NO PRODUCT or fad diet out there that can miraculously get rid of your belly fat. What's more, you cannot spot-reduce belly fat by targeting a specific area (e.g. crunches/situps).
Do SUPPLEMENTS really help?
How can you increase your FLEXIBILITY?
What is the difference between MOBILITY and FLEXIBILITY?
How do you improve your STABILITY?
Stability exercises target the smaller "stabiliser" muscles that keep your joints working correctly, reducing unwanted movements. Stability training will allow your joints to move, your body to function in a correct movement pattern and utilise the right muscles. Typical stability training exercise involve challenging your balance and controlling small movements and weights.
Is it OK to work out when I'm SORE?
Firstly, you need to understand if you are feeling pain (sharp) or if you have a lactic acid build (sore). If you're feeling any sharp pain, consult your coach, physiotherapist or doctor before you carry on training. If you're feeling a little sore: this is a sign your previous training was VERY efficient... perhaps TOO efficient if you're so sore you cannot move. Recovery is an essential part of training: if your body feels like it needs a break, it may need it. Learn to listen to your body and next time you train, make sure you push yourself enough to feel it, but not so much that you can't move the following days and need a more extended break between sessions.
Is SITTING bad for you?
Human beings did not evolve sitting in chairs: we have evolved with movement being an integral part of our lives. Sitting for extended hours of time (or being fixed in ANY permanent position for the majority of time) will inevitably build up to give us back pains, poor posture, difficulty moving, hip and knee stiffness and could lead to more severe consequences. Even if you exercise for an hour a day, staying still in the same position can have serious consequences. Try to vary your seating positions and add as much opportunities to add movement into your daily routine.. it doesn't have to be exercise: just move a little more!
How much should your EXERCISE?
The answer depends: how much do you MOVE daily? Exercise is only a solution to increase our movement quota: so the answer entirely depends on your existing habits. Of course, certain statistics will say that the "average" person should exercise for 150 minutes of moderate activity and 75 of vigorous activity per week. Of course, this is only a statistical guideline that does not take into consideration your "daily active living" quota.. movement is life! So if you move more, you need to exercise less!
What is DAILY ACTIVE LIVING?
Daily active living coniders how much movement you integrate in your daily life, for example walking to get your shopping, cycling to work, gardening, cleaning, running after your toddler.. adding enough movement into your daily routine is a great way to boost your wellbeing. So if you move more, you'll need to exercise less!
What is the difference between STRENGTH and ENDURANCE?
What is the difference between STRENGTH and POWER?
What is the difference between SPEED and REACTION?
What is the difference between ACCURACY and AGILITY?
What is PROPRIOCEPTION?
Proprioception is our body's ability to perceive movement and space, enabled by the ongoing exchange of information between our brain and our nervous system. For example, our ability to close our eyes and still touch our nose.
Can HORMONES effect my performance?
Hormones are a chemical messenger that enable multiple functions in the body. They vary based on our permanent biology as well as changes in our internal and external environments. If our body has a shift of hormonal patterns (from stress, fatigue, puberty, menopause or changes in our diet for example) it can have an effect on our athletic performance. We can use nutrition and other means of holistic training methods to support improvements in our wellbeing and athletic performance.
Can STRESS affect my exercise performance?
Studies show that mental and physical stress can inhibit our physical performance abilities. Including a mental wellbeing plan as well as training strategies to improve our performance capabilities is considered a HOLISTIC approach to sports training.
How can I improve my BALANCE?
BALANCE is a combination of several physical aspects: proprioception (your body's ability to percieve it's position within space) joint stability (your muscles and connective tissues working correctly to keep joints in place) and the vestibular system (your internal compass, monitored within your eardrums). You can improve your balance throught stability training exercises, yoga, pilates and slow, controlled exercises using unstable surfaces.