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Getting Fit vs Keeping Fit

There is a world of difference between 'getting fit' and 'keeping fit'. One obvious difference is that 'keeping fit'  is a practice the regular exerciser cannot bear to forego, while 'getting fit' can feel more like self imposed torture! There's plenty of evidence to...

Functional Fitness Training

Functional Fitness is what we stand for here at OKOactive. Functional fitness training takes a whole body approach to exercise and a good, well planned regime can leave a person moving with improved strength, grace and the confidence of a martial artist! The Kinetic...

What’s my Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)?

When sedentary, the human body will burn energy at a rate of 25 calories per kilogram of body weight. This is known as your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR. Your BMR determines how many calories you need to consume in one day in order for your internal organs and cells to...

…The Cool Down

What is a cool down anyway?... ...Surely I have the rest of the day to do that. Whether you've been pounding the pavements, lifting weights or bending yourself in yoga positions for an hour, somehow during your workout you've dramatically altered your body's...

Sleep well- You earned it!

For all your endeavours to keep fit, a good sleep is one of the biggest rewards coming to you. One of the first things the new exerciser notices is the sheer depth and quality of sleep they're getting following a good session. To be thoroughly spent at the end of each...

The Warm Up – Why bother?

Why is it important to warm up before an exercise session? Your warm up not only prepares your body for what's about to come, it also primes it. Warming up either by stretching or performing a moderated version of the exercise to come, primes the body in several...

Upper Body Training and Getting the balance right

Incorporating the upper body into our workouts is vital for achieving kinetic synergy and balanced results. If, like me you're a keen runner or a cyclist, forgive me for saying, but for all your hard work your athleticism may not show through your clothes as much as...

What happens when we stop training?

What actually happens to the body when we pack away our gym shoes for an extended period? Just a warning, if you love to keep fit some of the following points make for grim reading! When we stop maintaining our physical fitness, even for the shortest period of time,...

Weight training for women

Ladies, it time we pulled our weight! Men and women may get wildly different visual results from the gym but when it comes weight training, muscle is muscle. Until recent years, many gyms still leaned towards gender segregation. Some gyms still do. There's the...

The Older Athlete

What happens to our fitness levels as we age?   The older athlete is in a prime position to command the return of youth and this time round, have the wisdom to make the most of it!   There's no doubt about it. There can't be many people who took up fitness...