Wednesday, January 18, 2017

5 Easy Ways to Reach Your 2017 Fitness Goals

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It’s a brand new year! A fresh start. A clean slate. While the New Year may seem like the perfect time to make good on resolutions, most people wind up cutting their losses and sliding back into old habits by February. Research shows that only 8 percent of people carry out their New Year’s resolutions, which isn’t the least bit surprising, but it doesn’t have to be like that!

Resolutions fail because people set unrealistic goals. When results aren’t visible right away, people get discouraged and revert back to their old lifestyle. Don’t be one of those people! Easier said than done, right? We understand it can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but living well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be a priority. We’ve outlined a few simple tips to reach your fitness goals one step at a time. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Here are five ways you can make 2017 your healthiest year yet!

1. Stick to your plan.
fitness plan notebookIn business, you have quarterly sales quotas, launch requirements and retention goals that all play a part in your larger company objectives. Fitness is no difference. When it comes to your health, you should have a roadmap and smaller achievements each month that contribute to your big year-end goal. It’s important to outline what you need to do each month to get where you want to be come 2018. Once you make that plan, try not to deviate. It’s important to remember that structure helps build results and can help you measure your success!

2. Drink more water.
Hydrate! The human body is composed of 60% water and the average 70kg adult should be consuming about 2.5-3 litres of water per day. But many of us don’t drink nearly enough water to satisfy our needs. As we participate in physical activity, our bodies require more water to replace the minerals and fluids lost when we sweat. Instead of reaching for one of those sugary juices or fizzy drinks, try sipping on a bottle of water. Water helps to flush toxins out of your system, it regulates the body’s cooling system—which is especially helpful in the summer—and provides oxygen to fuel your organs.

3. Control cravings with healthy alternatives.
Let’s be honest. A warm chocolate chip cookie does sound pretty amazing for an afternoon snack, but it’s definitely not the healthiest option. Cravings for sweet or sugary foods tend to indicate a number of things. You may be lacking essential nutrients or you could be tired or you may even be dehydrated. If you’re craving something, try satisfying your craving with a glass of water or something healthier, such as a serving of fruit or maybe some veggies.

4. Vary your workouts.
Variety is the spice of life! Daily routines can get boring and you may lose interest over time. Motivate yourself to exercise by using varying workouts each day. For instance, start off the week with some resistance training with TheraBands to increase your range of motion and facilitate muscle toning. Midweek, try boosting your stamina with some cardio to get your heart pumping or build lean muscle by using some weights. By the end of the week, give your body a break by finding balance and boosting flexibility with some yoga! Using a yoga ball can help improve your posture, balance and coordination without putting too much stress on your joints!

5. Stretch it out.
Always remember to STRETCH. Stretching every day can help you prevent injury because flexible muscles are less likely to experience resistance or soreness during physical activity. It can also minimise post-exercise pain and alleviate tight muscles. It’s important to stretch each and every day, especially before and after exercise. To further prevent injury, you may also want to wear a particular brace to stabilise your muscles and help you avoid over extension.

To help with your fitness and wellness goals this year, we’ve discounted a large range of selected fitness products by 25%! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Relieve Elbow Pain & Soreness with the Thermoskin Sport Tennis Elbow Strap

Close your eyes, it’s the last Sunday on Rod Laver Arena. You’re walking to the line, 40-0 up, about to serve to the 12-time grand slam champion and world’s best returner. You gaze across the net and see them in their trademark stance, eyes wide, focused and ready. There are nearly 15,000 on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next. You calmly enter your stance, bounce the ball, then throw up your serve and hit it as hard as you can down the tee. It’s an ace! You’ve won! The crowd goes wild! You collapse to your feet, thrust your arms up in the air and cry out with joy!

You’ve dreamt of playing in a world-class tennis match ever since you stepped onto the court that first time, and it’s one of the many reasons you keep coming back to play day after day. However, not all of us are Federer or Djokovic and this intense passion can sometimes cause injuries, such as tennis elbow.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a small tear on the outside of the elbow where the tendons and muscles meet. It can happen suddenly but is most often caused by overuse, hence the reason many tennis players suffer from this ailment. Tennis elbow traditionally effects people between the ages of 30 and 50. If you’re a passionate athlete, we understand that nothing can keep you off the court. This mentality can often lead to a worsening of the injury, eventually sidelining you for an extended period of time, and there’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to play.

How Can You Treat It?

The first thing you should do is ice the area and give it a break. This may be tough for some of you because, let’s face it, nobody enjoys being injured. It’s not fun watching from the sidelines, but once you’ve given the elbow some rest, you can ease your way back into the game.

Now, of course, you should take some precautionary measures to ensure the tension is being taken off the elbow during physical activity to minimise the risk of re-injury. Our Thermoskin Sport Tennis Elbow Strap is designed with a VR system that provides adjustability and a tendon pad to target localised compression. Its lightweight G7 Flex lining provides warmth and comfort, making this a great elbow support for all types of daily activity. It can be worn during periods of increased physical activity or during your daily routine.

Due to its composition and its effectiveness, the Thermoskin elbow support is fully endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Australian Institute of Sport. It is recommended for the treatment of tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and forearm strain.  

Do you or someone you know have tennis elbow or a similar condition? We’d love to hear your story about how the Thermoskin elbow strap improved your well-being. Leave your stories in the comments!