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Avoiding injuries for newbie runners

Whether you’re taking up running for a fitter summertime look, or you’re still determined to keep that New Year’s resolution to run your first 10k, with summer just around the corner it’s no time to take chances with injuries that may keep you stuck on your sofa and missing all the fitness fun. As a first time runner, you’re probably discovering the mad benefits, and adrenalin rush, from persistently hitting the road. But what a bummer unexpected injuries are. Here are ways to keep injuries at bay:

 

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4 Common Squatting mistakes

Squatting targets the all-important leg and gluteal muscles – key muscle groups for lower body strength and a supertoned lower half. However, doing it incorrectly means missing out on the benefits. Here are common mistakes to make sure they aren't holding you back from getting the most out of the move.

 

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Functional Exercises to Master

Whether you lift weights, garbage cans, babies or cars, that is a functional exercise. In the gym, some exercises target our functional muscles, building them up so that we can perform everyday actions or sports techniques well. These exercises help to build overall strength and balance, and augments your resistance to injury.

   

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Tone abs without crunches

Feeling bored with your usual sit-up routine? Want a core strengthening exercise without your usual time consuming, uninteresting and tiring crunches? Here are 4 fun and effective moves to mix up your workout and tone your midsection!

 

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5 ways to get bikini ready

Ok, we know its cold out there, but summer will be here before you know it. The time is now to start exercising if you want to be beach, pool, and bikini ready when the warm weather hits. Here are a few lifestyle and exercise habits to to give you a head start for the hot season.

 

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Basic Offensive Systems

Basketball is like a game of chess. In order to beat an opponent, a coach must develop strategies and tactics to out-manoeuvre his/her opposition. The best teams and coaches know exactly what they will be doing on every possession during a game. A team of coaches and players who understand and can implement their offensive systems will have a major advantage over a team who is unorganised and just plays “run and gun” where no one on the team knows what his/her team mate is going to do, let alone what the coach will say/do.

   

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5 Exercises for couch potatoes

Ok, so the cold weather is keeping you snuggled on the sofa for more hours than you really should be. As the temperatures drop, its gets harder and harder to tune off your favourite series. For those coach potatoes who know they really should be doing more, a few exercises you can do during commercial breaks, using just your couch and pillow.

 

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Fitness ball exercises can decrease injury

Chronic pain from a sporting injury or from pushing too hard while training is a problem many active people face from time to time. Many people know the benefits of training with a fitness ball for muscle tone, but they are also useful for preventing and rehabilitating injuries, and can even help alleviate chronic pain. Fitness balls are great for overall balance and range of motion too, which also helps prevent injuries.

 

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Using Capoeira for Fitness

Do you want a workout that’s cardio, core, strength and stretching all in one? Capoeira, a form of martial arts that mixes primal movements like lunges and squats with elements of dance and acrobatics, is a fun and effective way to get your sweat on.

   
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