Optimising Your Sleep: Improve Physical And Mental Health

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How sleep can help boost your health and fitness

These are uncertain and difficult times for all of us, as the Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly causing great levels of concern. We may be required to stay in our homes for the imminent future, but that does not mean we cannot keep up with our fitness and health. Sleep is a vital component of health, and it is imperative we adapt our lifestyles during these unprecedented times to ensure we get the required amount of rest, improving our fitness and immune system through the on-going Covid-19 situation.

Finding a consistent sleeping pattern to boost your health and fitness

Whether you are able to work from home, have to look after your children or are self-isolating, there are a number of ways in which you can keep on top of your mental and physical health throughout this period of containment. It may sound simple, but even having yourself a regular sleeping pattern can be a key component of building your fitness. The NHS recommends a sleep of 8 hours is a healthy amount for our bodies to relax and reset during the night, preparing ourselves for the rigours of the following day. But how do we go about ensuring we get in our 8 hours?

Follow these 3 simple steps to optimise your sleep and fuel your fitness.

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1. Exercise promotes more efficient sleep

Exercise is one of the quickest wins we can have to get a better night’s sleep. Getting into a regular pattern of exercise can really pay dividends not only for your fitness, mental health and confidence, but it can also enable your body to relax on a night, ensuring you get the required amount of sleep to wake up healthier and in better condition.

Whether you have home gym equipment, the space to store home gym equipment or you are relying on core exercises you can still benefit hugely from training either in the morning or before you go to bed – there is no right or wrong time of day to workout. Exercise supports your ‘body clock’, allowing your body to understand the time of day and the situation better. This will allow your body to realise that it is night time, therefore getting ready to shut down and giving you a better chance of optimising your sleep.

The main objective is to get your hear rate going, improving circulation and blood flow for a healthier body and a healthier you. Having a good sleeping pattern will certainly benefit your fitness.

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2. Pay more attention to what you eat and drink

This may sound like a bit of a given, but it is vitally important nonetheless. As we are embarking on an unusual circumstance of being indoors, away from society and away from our daily routines for a while, nutrition will become a key component to your fitness and sleeping pattern. Lets be honest, we all have a craving for ‘comfort food’ every now and then, and being at home for the majority of the day is a temptation we can all do without.

Instead of going into your cupboard for your favourite packet of crisps, or biscuit, make sure you are training yourself to think about what you are putting into your body. Replenishing yourself with the right fuel is vital for preparing your body for a healthy sleep. Try to avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of when you would usually go to bed. So, if your bedtime is usually at 10pm, you shouldn’t be having a big meal after 8pm, for example.

If you like a hot drink before going to bed, why not substitute your tea of coffee for a Chamomile tea? This helps to boost your immune system, reduce anxiety and depression and improve skin health. In addition, chamomile tea has some unique properties that may improve sleep quality. Fruit and vegetables of course are always encouraged, but the main threat to your sleep would be putting caffeine, sugar and carbohydrates into your body relatively close to when you would like to sleep.

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3. Relax your mind

  • A good sleep can be achieved by keeping your mind relaxed in the evening, especially if you have had a busy day working from home or looking after the kids. Having a warm bath will help your body and mind prepare for sleep, or even participating in light exercises such as yoga can relax your body and mind for sleep.

 

  • Put your mobile phone on ‘do not disturb’ or stop scrolling through your social media accounts once you are in bed. This will keep your mind occupied and distracted, hindering the sleep hormone ‘melatonin’ from being released. Reading a book, however, can help, but it is better to read on your sofa or chair rather than in bed. Keep your bedroom for sleeping in.

 

  • If you have to do a few hours of work on an evening, like catch up on emails or update a spread sheet, then try to give yourself at least an hour of relaxation before going to bed. This will help your mind switch off from work and forget the issues of the day, allowing you to focus on sleeping.
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Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone.

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What is Free Weights Training?

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What are free weights?

Across at all 51 of our Xercise4Less gyms, we provide members access to a wide range of free weights equipment that helps everyone, regardless of ability and fitness level, to work on their gym journey with confidence.

Free weights includes a lot of equipment and that’s why we have dedicated free weights gym zones. In these zones, you’ll have access to dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, weighted plates, medicine balls and also benches. By combining some of these pieces of kit or using them solo, you’ll be able to kickstart your fitness journey. Try something new. Free weights give the opportunity to do exactly that. If you’re not too sure where to start, look at our workout guides or speak to a member of our friendly team.

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Free weights workouts to boost your health and fitness

When working out using free weights, the possibilities are endless. That is the best thing about using free weights – they’re inclusive. Everyone can give it a go. Weights start from 2kg and range all the way up to 75kg, so whether you’re a gym beginner or a weightlifting expert, Xercise4Less Gyms have something to suit you and your fitness journey.

New to the gym? Not so familiar with free weights? No problem. Ease yourself into this training with light dumbbells and barbells. Grab a couple of dumbbells and perform exercises like a shoulder press and bicep curls to boost your upper body strength. To improve your lower body strength, start with simple barbell squats or lunges, once you’ve build your confidence and perfected your form, start increasing the weight slightly and push yourself.

By pushing yourself whilst using free weights, you’ll start to notice results quickly. Weight loss results will increase as you push your heart rate to increase which means that you burn more calories. Muscles will grow and become stronger as you push them to become more defined and prominent. Sometimes our members just want to work on strength and conditioning and free weights assist with this perfectly. Using the gym isn’t always about getting ripped or dropping 5 stone, it’s about staying health, happy and confident. Our free weights help you to do this in a way to suit you.

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Use free weights to suit your fitness journey

Everyone has different goals. Everyone has their own gym routine. Everyone has their own fitness journey. The amazing thing about free weights gym zones at Xercise4Less Gyms is the inclusivity. Navigate the gym best to suit you. We provide members with large exercise spaces, especially in our free weights gym zones meaning that you have the freedom and flexibility to choose how you use the area. Try some chest exercises on the benches or step into our Olympic training platforms and practice your deadlifts, squats and glute bridges for a major full body workout.

We understand that some people like to train solo and others like to have a gym buddy. Whatever your preference, the free weights gym zones at Xercise4Less Gyms is perfect for you. If you are someone who prefers to focus on their gym goals on their own, free weights training can be great for your mental health. Release worries, anxieties and lift your mood by lifting weights. Start to sculpt your physique to look how you’ve always wanted and once you notice the changes in your body that you’ve always wanted, you’ll have your free weights training to thank!

Don’t delay your fitness journey for any longer, maximise the free weights gym zones in Xercise4Less gyms today.

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There’s something to suit everyone at Xercise4Less Gyms. Whether you’re working on weight loss, muscle gain or just want to steadily increase your health and fitness, we’ve got a wide range of facilities to help you. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to gyms or an experienced gym user, at the People’s Gym, we include everyone.

Choose from quality weighted equipment, cardio machines, our unique boxing and MMA facilities or smaller fitness studios including spin studios. Not forgetting our inclusive Ladies Only zones and our wide range of group exercises classes including the famous Les Mills classes that will help you feel more motivated whilst making friends.

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5 Ways Of Improving Your Health In The Gym

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Strengthening Exercises

You simply cannot put a price on your health, and going to the gym is a great way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing as well as developing your immune system. Exercising can be the catalyst for weight loss, fitness, boosting your mental health and building up muscle. Whatever your aims and targets are, you can rely on friendly, inclusive Xercise4Less Gyms to give you what you need to achieve your goals.

We have provided you with 5 top tips for improving your health in the gym.

1. Get your heart pumping with cardio exercise

Boosting your cardiovascular fitness is a crucial element of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, giving yourself a healthy heart and improving circulation, blood flow and your general respiratory condition. The common misconception is that cardio fitness is monotonous and boring, which, if you repeat the same exercises you are bound to fall into that mindset. Step your fitness up with moderate-intensity exercise two or three times per week, spending roughly 30 minutes to ensure you break sweat and get yourself ready for more prolonged exercise as you develop.

As well as preventing boredom, mixing up your exercise can help to prevent overuse injuries, and giving specific muscle groups a break from being continually worked. Instead of just pounding the treadmill, why not try ramp up your fitness on the bike, rowing machine or the cross trainer. At Xercise4Less Gyms we have a dedicated cardio section, allowing you to handpick the workout to suit you, with a wide range of fitness equipment to achieve all your aims and goals in a friendly, inclusive environment.

After completing moderate-intensity exercise for a number of weeks, you will then be gradually feeling fitter and able to take on more strenuous exercise. Step it up with high-intensity training, stimulate different muscles and gain different responses from your heart and blood flow. A great example of high-intensity exercise is a HIIT workout. HIIT training is perfect for maximising your time spent in the gym, meaning you can gain the most from a set period – typically 20 – 30 minutes, but of high intensity training. Primarily designed to boost your cardiovascular fitness, especially improving your VO2 max (your level of fitness through consumption of oxygen).

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2. Tone your body with resistance workouts

Blasting belly fat can be an uphill struggle but using our incredible range of resistance machines will help with your weight loss goal as well as enabling you to build muscle or enhance toning. Work your full body in our designated resistance zone, mixing up your workouts to create real fitness results as well as giving you a sense of enjoyment in the process.

From a health perspective, resistance training can lead to a healthy heart, improving your balance and strengthening your bones. Resistance training is a physical activity designed to improve muscular fitness by exercising a specific muscle or muscle group against an external resistance. The external resistance can be at your discretion, whether you prefer to use include free-weights or weight machines.

Strength and resistance training also increase your level of endorphins which work to boost energy level and improve your mood. Having a better level of energy and a happier mood will lead to optimal performance, meaning you are more likely to achieve all your fitness goals. This form of training can also encourage you to have a better night’s sleep.

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3. Enhance your mental wellbeing through fun group exercise

It can be inspiring and motivating to have like-minded individuals around you with relatable goals. Exercising in a group can also give you confidence to push yourself to your limit and proving to yourself – as well as others – that you can go to that next level. Group classes are designed to be functional, but also incorporating the fun element of fitness, especially when the team environment is created. At Xercise4Less we encourage all our members to participate in group fitness classes, helping each other to achieve goals as a team.

Group classes also offer a structured setting which is ideal for those who do not want to plan a workout for themselves. This is a stress-free option, especially for new gym goers or anyone who is looking to build their social network or just not comfortable doing a solo workout. Getting involved with gym classes can encourage you to meet new people with similar lifestyles and goals, and you can always go for a coffee and have a post gym de-brief!

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4. Channel your aggression with combat exercise

Need a quick release of aggression? Why not visit your local Xercise4Less Gym and put on the boxing gloves to hammer the punch bags. Boxing is a great way to blast the calories and get you fit in barely any time at all. Boxing also works to improve your co-ordination, balance and agility to keep you light on your feet and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness. Give it a go!

If you are used to training with a gym buddy, get yourselves in the boxing ring and put on a pair of pads and do some sparring with each other. If boxing is not quite your thing, or you want to try something completely different, we also boast a Mixed Martial Arts cage for you to do battle in.

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5. Structure your fitness with a routine

Building a fitness plan or routine can be quite problematic. You have a whole host of ideas and targets that you want to achieve, and no idea how to do it. We’ve all been there. Thankfully for you, your Xercise4Less gym membership allows you to train in a range of different zones, whether it be cardio, resistance or combat. There will always be a piece of fitness equipment available for you to build your workout. The best advice would be to start of slow, and work to a plan that gives you a little bit of a sweat but not overdoing it.

Once you feel more comfortable and confident in the gym and in your body, you can start to progress your fitness and take it to the next level. Try doing more intense versions of what you have been previously doing or lift heavier weights than you could manage before. Putting together a simple but effective workout can be all the difference from achieving your targets and not doing the correct exercises.

If you arrive at the gym and are still unsure, then do not hesitate to ask a member of our friendly staff who will be more than happy to help. Additionally, the inclusive environment we have created enables members to talk and assist each other. You might need to work on your technique or have some support when lifting, don’t be afraid to ask a fellow member for help.

In the long run, having a more structured workout will lead to maximum efficiency. Once you have found your rhythm, you will see the benefits both physically and mentally as everything begins to fall into place.

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How Going To The Gym Can Boost Your Immune System

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We all pick up a pesky cough, a runny nose or get the common cold from time to time. But how can we help ourselves become more immune through fitness?

Performing gentle exercise when feeling a few degrees under the weather can help to fight off that nasty bacteria, blasting out our lungs and airways with some cardio or resistance work to build up a sweat.

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The health benefits of exercise

Exercise and working out can provide a range of health benefits to help boost your fitness and even contribute to a better immune system in the process. This will provide your body with more resistance against infections. Simple exercises such as a 20-30-minute walk, going to the gym or even a bike ride can reduce the number of colds you get in a year.

Pop down to your local Xercise4Less gym and get your heart pumping through physical activity, increasing your heart rate to try and flush out the bacteria from your lungs and airways. This, in turn, may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu or other illness. Exercising causes change in antibodies and white blood cells. Your white blood cells are the body’s immune system cells which work tirelessly to fight disease. When exercising, these move more rapidly so they could detect illnesses far sooner than they might have before.

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Slow and steady wins the race

Furthermore, exercise slows down the release of stress hormones, and therefore, lessening the impact of stress on your health.  It is important to remember that while exercise is good for you, make sure you don’t overdo it when you are feeling below par. Heavy or intense exercise when showing symptoms of a cold or flu would not be advised, but a short, pulse raising workout could be extremely beneficial. Working out too hard can make you feel worse and slow down your recovery, so just be mindful with your level of exertion.

Train in our dedicated cardio or resistance zone to boost your fitness, with a range of fitness equipment to enhance your immune system.

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Benefits of Combat Training in the Gym

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Get stronger and fitter in the combat zone

We provide all members with access to our great quality combat facilities so that regardless of ability and fitness level, have a go and work on improving your fitness and general health.

Our full-size boxing ring will rival any boxing gym and the Mixed Martial Arts cage presents a unique opportunity to strengthen your body. Training in the combat gym zone will not only help you to strengthen muscles but also help you to lose weight and burn body fat.

Work on weight loss and fat burn

Wanting to lose weight fast? Try a workout using the combat gym zones at Xercise4Less gyms. By including boxing and Mixed Martial Arts into your workout programme, you’ll be taking on a serious fitness challenge and push your heart rate to its peak meaning that you’ll burn a large amount of calories in a short period of time. Burning excess calories will help you to lose weight quick and leave you feeling a lot more body confident.

It doesn’t matter if you have no combat-style training, we encourage all of our members to give it a go and try something new. Using the boxing equipment is a real physical challenge but definitely one that you won’t regret because after your workout you’ll feel happier, much more energised and relaxed.

Combat training is an intense full body workout that will improve your strength. Sparring in the ring will use muscles in your arms, legs and core. Boxing bag workouts can be as challenging as you like but are guaranteed to work multiple muscle groups at one time. Try a couple of punches and then some short sprints, or even 10 punches and 10 burpees, and just repeating this process. This mixture of cardio and strength training will you lose weight and burn excess body fat in shorter period of time.

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Improve your mental health strength

Another amazing benefit of combat workout such as using the punching bags or having a spar in the MMA cage is that it will do wonders for your mental health. Think about your really bad days, when you’re stressed and feel stretched and overworked. Imagine that you were able to let all of this out on the boxing bags or by shadowing boxing in the ring.

Everyone should be working on their mental health regardless of their physical ability. This is where the combat gym zones step in. They provide you with enough space to workout for however long you like to become mentally stronger. By releasing your stresses from a long day at work on the combat gym zones in our gyms, you’ll feel happier and much more relaxed in every day life which is something that we all need a bit more of.

Not forgetting about endorphins. Endorphins are what your body produce during exercise so that once you finish your workout you’re left feeling much more relaxed and happy. You may initially find the combat zone intimidating but when you think about the after effect, it’s worth giving it a go!

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Benefits of Resistance Machine Gym Workouts

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Improve your physical health with resistance machines

By using resistance machines available to you in our Xercise4Less Gyms, you’ll be able to transform your body and transform your fitness. Move one step closer to your fitness goals by using our resistance machines gym zones which include machines such as the leg press, lat pulldown and abdominal crunch.

There are many benefits to resistance training that you don’t want to miss out on. Resistance machines help with muscle gain and improve individual muscle strength. Using these machines regularly will also boost weight loss and burn fat at a faster rate which will improve your body confidence and make you feel happier and healthier.

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Resistance workouts increase strength and build muscle

One of the best things about resistance machines at Xercise4Less Gyms is that they help you to get stronger and grow muscle. Resistance training allows you to work on growing individual muscles through targeted movements. For example, the lat pulldown focuses only on your latissimus dorsi (lats) which allows you to really push yourself during your back workout to get bigger and stronger. If you feel like you’ve got specific problem areas on your body or just want to work on getting some muscles bigger than others, resistance machines can really help.

Xercise4Less Gyms have resistance machines that help you work all muscle groups. During your next back workout, use the seated row. For your next abs workout, use the abdominal crunch. For your next shoulder workout, use the shoulder press. Whatever your fitness goals, however you want your body to look, resistance machines will help you to achieve the muscle definition you want.

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Weight loss with resistance workouts

The possibilities to achieve your weight loss goals at Xercise4Less Gyms are endless. You’ve got access to a wide range of cardio equipment, an amount of free weights equipment to last a lifetime and resistance machines that allow you to target every single muscle group.

Resistance machines help you to isolate key problem areas and work these muscles to make them stronger but also more defined. You’ll increase muscle definition by losing body fat too. For example, if your lower arms bother you and are a reason for low body confidence, the tricep extension machine and seated tricep dip will help you to reduce body fat and build muscle in your arms. This will result in toned arms. 

Resistance machines also help you to burn calories at a quicker rate. Following a resistance workout, especially at a high-intensity level (i.e. low weight, high reps or intermediate weight and fast reps) will increase your heart rate and put your body into a fat burning state. This helps your body to burn more calories and ultimately lose more weight. To work towards your weight loss goals, don’t neglect resistance machines because they can really help to improve your weight loss journey.

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Benefits of Free Weights Training in the Gym

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Use weights to smash your fitness goals at Xercise4Less Gyms

Lifting free weights in our gyms has a number of positives that will you to help you to get stronger not only in the gym but in daily life too. To move one step closer to those all-important fitness goals, start lifting weights in our free weights gym zones and you’ll soon notice the benefits! Using dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells will boost your workouts and your fitness to a whole new level.

All Xercise4Less gyms across the UK have a wide range of free weights equipment that you can use at your will to take your gym sessions up a notch. Whether you’re looking for a wide range of weighted dumbbells, want to use Olympic lifting platforms to train for your next powerlifting competition or want to practice your barbell squat form, our gyms can provide all the equipment you need.

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Regular weight training helps weight loss

Make the most of the free weights gym zones available to you as part of your great value membership with Xercise4Less Gyms. It provides you with all the equipment you need to smash your personal fitness goals. A big benefit of weight training is that it helps with weight loss.

By following a weight training routine, your heart rate will increase and you’ll start to burn calories at a quick rate. When people think of weight loss, they usually think of using cardio machines, but you can follow a cardio-style workout in the free weights zone to help you lose weight quicker. For example, kettlebell swings are a great cardio exercise and fat burning exercise. Dumbbell squat jumps and medicine balls slams are other exercises that require free weights equipment but really help with weight loss and fat burning. Once you’ve finished a free weights workout, your body will continue to burn calories for a longer period of time compared to a cardio machine workout. So, for weight loss free weights training seems like a no brainer, right? A combination of cardio training and free weight training is the perfect recipe for weight loss and to improve your body confidence

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Free weight exercises will improve strength

Most people use free weights equipment to build their muscle strength and increase their muscle size. Lifting, pushing and pulling free weights is by far the best way to build muscle and get stronger in your everyday life.

The best way to push your muscles and strength to the limit is to following a workout routine involving a number of compound movements. Compound movements are exercises such squats, deadlifts, pull-ups and bench presses. By doing compound exercises, you’ll be pushing numerous muscles at one time which will eventually result in them getting stronger and bigger. By working multiple muscles at one time, you’ll be improving your balance and coordination. Performing an exercise such as a barbell deadlift isn’t easy but once you get your form right, you’ll smash it and start improving the strength in your back, arms, legs and glutes.

Combining the main two benefits of free weights training – weight loss and muscle gain – will leave you with muscles that are much more defined and prominent. Whatever your level of weight training experience, using the free weights gym zone is something we encourage all Xercise4Less members to do. It’ll benefit your general physical health in daily life and also help to strengthen your mental health.

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Become a part of the Xercise4Less community today and take those all important steps towards improving your fitness and reaching your fitness goals. Try strength training in our free weights gym zones or lift weights in our resistance machines zones – either way will help you to gain muscle and burn excess calories quickly. We provide members with the private ladies only gym zone too to help women workout with confidence. Don’t forget about our wide range of group exercise classes including the famous Les Mills workouts.

Whatever your fitness level; whether you’re an experience gym user or never used a gym before, join Xercise4Less Gyms today and start transforming your physical and mental health.

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Benefits of Cardio Training in the Gym

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Cardio Treadmill Workout

Regular cardio workouts help with weight loss

No matter your fitness level or experience of gym workouts, cardio training is something that everyone can do and should do to help them get fitter and healthier. By working on your cardio fitness, you’ll soon reap a number of benefits that will mean that you leave the gym happier.

One of the biggest benefits of cardio training is weight loss and by including regular cardio workouts in your workout programme, you’ll lose weight quicker. If you’re using an Xercise4Less gym to try lose excess weight and reduce your body fat, you need to be doing regular cardio training. This could mean using a treadmill, an exercise bike, a rowing machine or a stair climber – whatever suits you and your gym session.

Cardio Equipment - Bike

Smash your fitness goals with cardio training

Whatever Xercise4Less gym you visit, you’ll find a large cardio gym zone. We provide this space so that every single one of our valued members has the freedom to work on their fitness journey in away to suit them. It doesn’t matter what your current fitness level is, the cardio gym zone allows you to take your workout at your own pace.

Whether you’re using the gym to maintain your current health and fitness or you’re competing for a major sport competition, cardio training can help you. To make sure we’re at our full health, we should be doing some sort of physical exercise every single day. For some people this may be spending 90 minutes running up and down a football pitch or it could just mean spending 20 minutes in the gym using a cardio machine. Either way, some form of cardiovascular training will improve your physical health. It will increase the strength of your heart as you’ll be pushing yourself to your limits and testing yourself. You’ll also reduce your risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol as you sweat away body fat and burn excess calories.

The more that you raise your heart rate, the more calories and fat that you burn from all over your body. This puts your body into a weight losing state, but only if you are in a calorie deficit too. To really smash your weight loss goals and take your personal fitness to the next level, it’s important to do regular cardio training.

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Cardio workouts can improve your mental health

Not only will cardio workouts help you to lose weight and reduce your risk of serious health issues, they help you to focus on and strengthen your mental health. Physical exercise is proven to produce endorphins which leave you feeling happier and much more positive. If you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues, try to do some cardio workouts as regularly as you can to promote happy hormones around your system.

With cardio training, you can do low intensity workouts such as walking on the treadmill with a slight incline or a steady cycle on the stationary bike – doing this for a long period of time allows you to switch off from everything going on in your head and focus on your gym workout. Whether you prefer going to the gym solo or with friends, use your time doing cardio training as a distraction that will not only improve your physical but mental health.

Rowing Machine Workout

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Take your health and fitness to the next level by working on your cardiovascular fitness by using quality machines such as treadmills, rowing machines and exercise bikes in the cardio gym zones in Xercise4Less Gyms.

We’re proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. Become a member of Xercise4Less Gyms today whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experienced gym goer because our quality cardio equipment can help you to lose weight. Our members also find everything that they need to help them reach their personal fitness goals including dedicated Ladies Only zones, specialist facilities and spaces and a number of group exercise classes including Les Mills workouts, spin and legs, bums and tums.

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