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National Fitness Day 2015

National Fitness Day 2015

Posted on: 02 September 2015 by Sarah-Jane Perera Twitter

When I first moved to London, I could count the number of friends willing to go for a run, yoga or try a new class with me with one hand. Now that i'm part of Run Dem Crew, I have lots more friends to try new activities with me - doing any of these activities is always enjoyable but they're much more fun with company. 

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What Does Fitness Mean To You?

What Does Fitness Mean To You?

Posted on: 01 September 2015 by Focus Training Twitter

Here at Focus Training, we live and breathe fitness! Whether we're conjuring up newer and more innovative ways to help our students through their studies, or supporting those swapping the nine to five for a career in fitness, we love what we do, and do what we love!

As an official blogger for National Fitness Day, we fully support the quest to get the nation excited about fitness! So, for a little inspiration, we asked the Focus Training team what fitness means to them...

 

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Real Life : Turning Research Into Practice

Real Life : Turning Research Into Practice

Posted on: 19 August 2015 by Dr Steven Mann Email: Dr Steven Mann Twitter

A news article on the BBC website caught my eye last week. It reported that academics from the United States had published a study concluding that reducing fat in your diet results in greater body fat loss than reducing carbohydrates. This is interesting not only because the study before that had resulted in the argument that it was carbs, and not fats, that we should be cutting when trying to lose weight, but also because the study actually found both diets to be effective - just one slightly more than the other in this instance.

 

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Introducing our new charity partner- Anthony Nolan

Introducing our new charity partner- Anthony Nolan

Posted on: 05 August 2015 by Laura Parsell Twitter LinkedIn

ukactive's new charity partner is Anthony Nolan; a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer.  Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer and for thousands of people a blood stem cell transplant is their only hope of survival. A stem cell transplant is a treatment to try to cure blood cancers and disorders like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Anthony Nolan uses its donor register to find transplant donors for people with blood cancer; facilitating over 1,200 transplants every year.

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Working together for an active future

Working together for an active future

Posted on: 28 July 2015 by Kyle Linzell Email: Kyle Linzell Twitter LinkedIn

Take a trip back to early 2012 and the physical activity agenda within a local authority would have looked very different. Sport development and the local sports centre would have played a part, but public health and getting more people, more active, more often may not have played as important a role.

 

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What does Osborne’s budget mean for the active leisure sector?

What does Osborne’s budget mean for the active leisure sector?

Posted on: 21 July 2015 by Stan Jackson Email: Stan Jackson Twitter LinkedIn

What does Osborne's budget mean for the active leisure sector?

Public Health cuts and a 'pay rise for Britain' were the key points from George Osborne's budget last week. Although the pros and cons of both of these big decisions continue to be debated, ukactive's policy team has taken a closer look at the financial details hiding in Gideon's red briefcase. 

 

 

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The end of the big box? A rebellion has broken out…

The end of the big box? A rebellion has broken out…

Posted on: 14 July 2015 by Steven Ward Email: Steven Ward Twitter LinkedIn

The fitness industry is "broken." It's a model that we shouldn't "believe in anymore." The mainstream operators, which drove its growth, "aren't focused at all on the customer experience... It's an outdated model: you're locked into expensive direct debits; meanwhile, many don't even offer towels for free."

 

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Empowering Activity: Stories from the Front Line

Empowering Activity: Stories from the Front Line

Posted on: 07 July 2015 by Elisa Smith Email: Elisa Smith Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

When we talk about the tide of inactivity in the UK, we often speak of inactive people. An increasing number of people of all ages and backgrounds are now living sedentary lives and our children are the least active generation in history. Our mission at ukactive is to reverse this tide of inactivity and our Let's Get Moving (LGM) programme is one of our flagship ways of delivering on this mission. Set up with the backing of a range of partners such as Sport England, Nesta and a spreading range of local authorities, the programme is changing lives across the country.

 

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“Blue Dawn” has potential to spell purple patch for leisure

“Blue Dawn” has potential to spell purple patch for leisure

Posted on: 01 July 2015 by Stan Jackson Email: Stan Jackson Twitter LinkedIn

A Conservative majority need not mean the rollback of public sector funding for activity, writes External Affairs Manager Stan Jackson

David Cameron would have been as surprised as the rest of us to wake up on the morning of Friday 8th May to learn he'd be leading the first Tory majority government for a generation.

 

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Measurement is a must to get Generation Inactive moving

Measurement is a must to get Generation Inactive moving

Posted on: 22 June 2015 by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Email: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Nothing is more important than ensuring our children have a healthy and happy start to life.

Instilling good habits, values and routines from an early age can set children on the right pathway, giving them the tools and the chances to thrive into adulthood. Nowhere is this truer than with a positive association to movement.

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