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Get bikini-ready with NeuroTrim, the must-have addition to your summer diet.

No matter how body-confident you are, the thought of stripping off to a bikini is enough to bring out the insecurities in most of us. But if you want to avert bikini crisis in the lead up to your summer holiday and get a hot body fast, sip on NeuroTrim, the secret slimming drink A-list stars like Kim Kardashian swear by!

NeuroTrim, part of the NeuroDrinks range offers an easy way to support weight loss. At only 37 calories per bottle, this non-carbonated drink contains a special form of konjac fibre which helps to control appetite and keep pesky hunger pangs at bay. This delicious hydrating drink is also packed with green tea extract, which is well known for it’s metabolism-charging powers. Hello bikini body!

For more info on the range, visit www.drinkneuro.co.uk

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Check out our latest issue!

The latest issue of Women’s Fitness is on sale now! It’s your ultimate guide to staying body-beautiful all summer long…

The sun is finally shining and it’s time to get ready for the beach. Our latest issue is jam-packed with everything you need to look fabulous through the warm weather. Our look-gorgeous guide features an easy 2-week diet to get you ship-shape for the season, top tips to beat bloating and the must-have summer beauty buys. Plus, we’ve put together a run down of the women to watch at the London 2012 Olympics and top ways to boost your body in 24 hours. Don’t miss it!

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Beat indigestion with yoga

Yogi David Olton reveals his yoga postures to help fight indigestion.

Wind relieving posture

Lie on your back with your left leg straight and place your right knee towards the chest with hands clasped around shin.

Inhale deeply filling your lungs.

Hold the breath and lift the head and shoulders bringing your nose to your knee.

Hold your breath retaining the position for a few seconds.

Exhale and slowly lower back to the original position.

Repeat three times on the right leg and three times with the left.

Revolving abdomen

Lie on your back with your knee bent and together above hips.

Place arms by the side shoulder height and palms face upwards.

The back of the head should be resting on the mat with chin in alignment with the chest so the neck is long.

Inhale deeply, and on the exhale float the knees towards the right elbow, place right hand on outside of left knee and turn chin towards left shoulder.

Hold for 5 deep breaths. Inhale head to centre first, release right hand and bring knees back to centre above hips.

Repeat exercise three times on each side.

Forward bend

Sit upright with the legs together with feet flexed.

Feel the sitbones, (the two boney parts of your bum) pressing down into the mat.

Inhale, lifting out from the hips and raise the arms alongside your ears.

Exhale and fold from the hips and reach your hands around your feet, (you can use a towel if you cant reach ).

Extend your trunk along your legs and bend your elbows out to the sides as you pull on your feet.

Lower your head until your forehead rests on your shins.

Hold for about 20 seconds.

To come out, raise your head and release your hands. Keep your back straight raise your trunk and come back to the original position.

Ideally practice every day, or three-four times a week if time is tight. Begin with a few rounds of the sun salutations to warm and limber your body before moving into the aforementioned asanas. Remember a little goes a long way, so even 15 minutes a day should reap benefits.

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New issue of WF on sale today!

Get your fitness fix with the latest issue Women’s Fitness.

Our Love Your Shape special has everything you need to get body confident, from workouts and figure-flattering fashion to top ways to slim-down and boost your body love. Don’t miss our tennis special and spring beauty buys to make sure you look gorgeous this season!

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Last minute marathon tips

Preparation is key when it comes to marathon success, so make sure you feel ready for the big day with these top tips…

With three days to go until the first of 2012’s many historic sporting events, the countdown is on to get race ready. After hours of pounding the pavement for training and soothing painful blisters, 35,000 runners will descend on London to clock up those sacred 26.2 miles on Sunday.

Making sure you are prepared mentally and physically is crucial in the run up to any big sporting event, and here ex-army fitness expert Lucy Wyndham-Read reveals her top tips to get race-day ready:

Renew Yourself

It’s important to make sure you get used to any food or sports drinks you intend to use during the race. Choose drinks that are replacing sweat you lose during training, such as ZICO Coconut Water, (www.zico.com/uk) which helps to balance fluid levels along with high-carb and sugar food. Take small mouthfuls of both throughout the race.

Stretch it out

Stretching is essential in the few weeks before the race – your body will have clocked up lots of miles but if you’re not stretching properly you could damage your muscles.

Last minute prep

Don’t try anything new on race week. Keep your routine, training and food intake exactly the same so that your body is fully prepared and won’t have any shocks.?

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Get rewarded for being sociable and fit

By on November 5, 2011 in Fitness

Win a free CrossFit session and a pair of Reebok RealFlex trainers by using your Facebook or Twitter account!

Sportswear giant Reebok is to become one of the first global brands to target fitness enthusiasts at scale using PeerPerks – the influence marketing platform that rewards people for being social online.

PeerPerks, Reebok is offering 1,000 free CrossFit training sessions to users with influence in sports and fitness. 100 influential athletes will also be given a free pair of Reebok RealFlex trainers before their CrossFit session.

The Reebok campaign starts on the 10th April, and will target athletics, sports and fitness lovers. Users can sign up for the sessions using either a Facebook or a Twitter account and invite their friends to join them. The free sessions will be in Manchester and Leeds.

Click here to find out more.

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Are you pushing yourself hard enough-

By on November 5, 2011 in Fitness

If you’re pottering along to the gym two or three times a week, but don’t feel you’re seeing real results, the answer may be simple. The workouts you’re doing may not be very effective, or you may not be working hard enough! But don’t worry, if you think you’re guilty of taking your foot off the gas, we’ve got four sure-fire ways to give your workouts the boost they’ve been waiting for!

Up the intensity
While a 30-minute steady-state run has long been the fall back of many a fitness fan, research is now stacking up to show that these sorts of workouts are considerably less effective than those of a higher intensity and shorter length.

Doing 10 one-minute sprints on a bike with about a minute’s rest between, three times a week, is as effective at building muscle as many hours of conventional long-term biking less strenuously, according to research conducted by scientists at McMaster University in Canada. So ditching your slow and steady sessions on the treadmill, cross trainer or pavement for a shorter workout of sprints and rests should help you see results in no time.

Get a personal trainer
Sometimes there’s nothing like a scary ex-marine shouting at you from across the park to get your backside in gear. We’re all guilty of giving ourselves an easy ride now and again, so getting a personal trainer could be your route to the body you’ve always wanted.

Sometimes we simply underestimate our own physical ability and it can take an outside with an objective viewpoint to make us see what we’re capable of. ‘A personal trainer will mix up your routine with a variety of exercises and challenge your body in new ways, which should kick-start your metabolism. Having someone else pushing you to achieve will also increase the intensity of your workout, helping you to overcome the plateau,’ says?London-based personal trainer Mollie Millington (www.ptmollie.com). ‘Be sure to let your trainer know what your goals are so they can tailor the workout accordingly.’

If you’re going to get a trainer, find someone who’s registered with REPs, and who is prepared to offer a free first session to see if you like it before you commit to more. Try to find someone who you can afford to train with at least once a week so you can really get the most from them.

Get a heart rate monitor
Getting feedback about how hard you’ve pushed yourself in a session is a great way to monitor your progress and identify where you’re doing well and where you might be slacking. Heart rate monitors, usually comprising of a belt and a watch, are a great way of doing this.

MYZONE (www.myzone.org) monitors are the next generation of this and can display your effort levels live in real time, when used in a class, or store your effort levels (in the memory of the belt) when you’re working out independently. This information can then be wirelessly uploaded and accessed by an online user account, letting you check out how you did post-workout.

H2 Bike Run (www.h2clubs.co.uk) offer spin classes using the MYZONE heart rate monitor, which allows you (and the rest of the class) to see your effort levels projected onto a wall at the front throughout the class in the form of a coloured square with a percentage in it.

MYZONE effort points are awarded for each minute that you spend within each heart rate zone so, under 50 per cent of your maximum heart rate equals 0.5 points, 50-60 per cent of your maximum heart rate equals 1 point, 60-70 per cent of your maximum heart rate equals 1.5 points 80-100 per cent equals 2 points and so on.

As your effort increases, your square changes colour from blue to green to yellow and finally red, so everyone in the class (and your instructor!) can see if you’re really putting the work in! You wouldn’t want to be lagging behind with your square lit up in blue if the rest of the class are powering ahead with their squares on red!?

And it can be used in other forms of exercise aside from spin. ‘I use MYZONE as a way of carefully tracking the intensity I am putting clients through during their SGUT (Sol Gilbert Ultimate Training) sessions,’ says Sol Gilbert of ZT Family Fitness (www.ztfamilyfitness.com). ‘Using MYZONE has definitely helped to show clients in real-time how hard they’re actually working. I often tell them to work out within a certain heart rate zone, so if I tell them to work out in the yellow zone they can actually see if they’re in it, or if they need to work harder to get into it.’?

Lift heavier weights
There’s a common misconception that if women use heavy weights they will end up looking bulky, but doing fewer reps with a heavier weight could actually be the key to seeing real results from your workouts, particularly for weight loss.

‘Lifting heavy weights will not make you huge! You simply don’t have the testosterone levels in your body to build big muscles!’ says Rory James Manning, personal trainer and managing director of RJ Fitness (www.rj-fitness.co.uk). Rory says this is one of things he has most difficulty getting female clients to understand.

‘Lifting light weights will not get you nearly as toned as lifting heavy weights and there is no such thing as toned or un-toned muscle, muscle is muscle.? It can be big or small, but not “toned”. The best way to appear lean or “toned” is to have as much muscle as possible, while having the lowest body-fat percentage possible,’ says Rory.

If you’re doing lots of reps with light weights, it’s time to change up your game plan. ‘Are you guilty of going too light- If you are completing 15 reps or more you almost certainly are, as this won’t be heavy enough to split the muscle fibres! And you won’t see the same kind of fat loss you would if you increased your weight!’ says Rory.

And having more muscle will burn more fat. ‘A pound of muscle burns about 20 calories a day while a pound of fat burns less than five calories. Therefore the more muscle you build, the more fat you burn!’ says Rory.

If that sounds appealing to you, put down the light dumbbells, swap them for a weight that will really challenge you and take the number of reps you’re doing right down. ‘Take your rep range down to between six or 10 reps per set and increase your weight so the last two reps are almost impossible to get out (while keeping good form)!’ says Rory.

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Top 10 Marathon Recovery Tips

By on November 5, 2011 in Fitness

The first hour
1. Keep moving
“It will go against everything you’ll want to do after finishing the marathon, but keep moving for a little while after you’ve crossed the finish line. ?The London Marathon has a great funnelling system that guides runners back to where they collect their bags, embrace this by walking and shaking out your muscles. ?This continuation of slightly active movement will improve recovery by taking the body gradually down to its base-line and slowly reducing the heart rate back to a normal level.”
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2.?Avoid sitting or lying down
“No matter how much your body is aching to do so, avoid immediately sitting down or lying down after you’ve finished the marathon as this will be counterproductive to the body’s recovery process. The average runner takes over 40,000 steps in a marathon, so stopping too quickly can increase trauma to muscles, meaning they stiffen up and less able to recover.”

3. Get your family and friends to carry your finishing bag
“While it may seem like a small thing, after running the 26.2miles the added weight of all the freebies in your goodie bag will only strain your already over-worked muscles further and delay the onset of muscle recovery. If you’ve family or friends meeting you after the finish, get them to carry your finishing bag.”

The first 24 hours4. Try to eat as quickly as possible
“This might feel difficult after all the sweet drinks and gels on course, but eating some carbohydrate (pasta) and protein (chicken) will kick start recovery. Believe me, your muscles are craving it! If you struggle in the immediate period, try to use drinks, such as a milkshake, to get some calories in to feed tired muscles.”
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5. Shower (and if you are really lucky, a massage!)
Showering will help you to recover mentally as much as physically. Some hard core scientists would suggest a cold shower, but even the process of getting your clothes off, showering and getting into some fresh clothing will help revitalise you in the short term. ?If you are lucky enough to have access to a massage, it will be a great help to keep the circulation going, helping you recover faster.”

6. Wrap your muscles with compression technology
“Compression is a great strategy for facilitating blood flow, and in turn recovery. Using SKINS RY400 recovery range could help you feel all the better in the short term and in the next few days (skins.net).?The targeted support from the garments will help give your muscles extra stability in the time of need, whilst over the next few days they are proven to reduce delayed onset of muscle soreness. In simple, terms you’ll feel better sooner.”

7. The low down on alcohol:
“Who are we to suggest you stay away from alcohol! You probably aren’t going to, and in truth why should you – it is time to celebrate. Just be aware that the alcohol will promote dehydration and potentially slow down the body’s recovery process. ?Therefore, whilst no one would begrudge the drink, it might help to go easy!”

The next day
8. Avoid stairs
“The one movement everyone will struggle with the day after is walking down stairs. The muscle damage will be high – you can’t avoid it. Therefore help yourself and keep life simple. If you can avoid work then do so, but certainly avoid excessive distance to cover or stairs to climb. If there is a day to take the lift, this is the day you are allowed!”

The following week and beyond
9. Exercising again
“In truth, you should allow at least 7 days to recover fully, and for some of you, even longer before you begin to exercise again. There is no hard and fast rule, but light exercise e.g a gentle 30 min jog or light swim will be great for recovery, you can then build up then from there the week afterwards, introducing 3 x sessions like that. ?If you wanted to push a 5k at pace, then waiting the full 7 days before you put on your running shoes might be more sensible.”

10. Finally – the next marathon! If you’ve truly caught the marathon bug, this will depend on how experienced you are. The more experienced in marathons then the quicker you could go again. A simple rule of thumb would be 2 marathons per year, so you have plenty of time. Any more than this, and it’ll be tough to run a personal best!

For more running tips subscribe to Health & Fitness magazine. We’ll give you 3 issues for £1!Nick is Director of Sports Integrated, and a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited physiologist. He has a vast experience of working with athletes from beginner through to elite, across a range of sports. Nick is also Head of Sport Science at the Sotogrande Tennis Academy, and is published in both academic and specialist press.

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Bridal blog: Seven steps to perfect eyebrows

By on November 4, 2011 in Fitness

They say that your eyes are the windows to your soul, so if that’s true – I have a very shabby pair of curtains! My brow hairs are awful. They grow in different directions, and grow amazingly quickly, which has led me to over-plucking them and getting slightly tweezer happy!

So when I heard, of the new treatment HD Brows, a seven-step treatment, developed by the Nouveau Beauty Group, to leave with you the best brows for your face I thought I would give it a go – according to all my wedding magazines, shaping and tidying your brows can change and alter the shape of your face.

The 7 steps are as follows;

1)?? Consultation
This helped me and my stylist, Jane to determine which brow shape would best suit my face, what colour my brows should be and the usual filling in of a form, with all my basic details and allergies.

2)?? ?Tinting
If you have thin, or over plucked brows (like me), you don’t need to worry because the consultant will tint your brows to match your hair or natural colour.? Jane chose a dark brown colour, to match my hair. The dye was left on throughout the whole procedure and I was advised to leave it on for a further 24-hours to help it develop further.

3)?? Waxing
I’ve had my brows waxed before, so knew their wasn’t much to worry about here – I find waxing around the eye area is relatively pain free.? Jane used a specially created wax to ensure that it doesn’t pull or hurt the skin, which was used to create the arch and start the whole shaping procedure.

4)?? Trimming
My brows were then combed through and trimmed to make sure they were tame and of the same length. ?A bit like a hair cut for my brows!

5)?? Threading
Using very fine cotton, Jane then threaded just above my brow to blend the hairs in naturally to the rest of your face. ?If you haven’t had this before, it’s a weird sensation. It doesn’t hurt but makes a funny noise and is slightly uncomfortable.

6)?? Tweezing
This was the most eye-watering part of the process in my opinion, but because she had waxed and threaded already, there wasn’t much left to pluck out, just the odd hair here and there. My eyes watered, but I wasn’t crying, honestly!

7)??Aftercare
Jane, then ran through how to care for my new brows and filled in any sparse areas with the HD brow kit.? She also gave my some HD Brows Grow Baby Grow, which should help to nourish weak hair follicles and speed up hair growth on the areas I have over-plucked. She then finished off with a sprinkle of mineral make-up to take down the redness, so I could go back to work without people noticing I had had my brows beautified. There is nothing worse than walking around with bright red eyebrows from the waxing and threading. It definitely done the job and covered it well.

The whole treatment took just 30-minutes and should last a good six to eight weeks.
Having perfect brows completely enhanced my facial features and made any makeup look, look ten times better.? I love having a tidy eyebrow arch and will be definitely be going back for a top up.?

Click here to find a salon near you.?The price varies but it should be around £25.

For more beauty tips, subscribe to?Health & Fitness?magazine.?We’ll give you three issues of £1!?

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Get fit with tennis

By on November 4, 2011 in Fitness

Get a grip

With summer just around the corner and the promise of lighter and warmer evenings, taking your workout outside will be w welcome change to your routine.

And if you are looking for inspiration to get active, Britain’s tennis courts are a great place to start. Trying the sport get you fit for summer and give you a greater appreciation for Wimbledon-mania this June.

Love-all

The modern game of tennis is one of the most exciting in all of sport, demanding incredible endurance, explosive power and balance – not to mention huge reserves of focus and dedication. The men’s game in particular is serving up some of the greatest rivalries in the professional sport right now, with a resurgent Novak Djokovic taking top spot by leap-frogging the ongoing battle for supremacy between the established Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – not to mention our own Andy Murray nipping at their heels.

But the wonderful thing about tennis is that it can be practiced by just about anyone, of virtually any age and ability, and is as serious as you want to make it.

The benefits of tennis are numerous, with a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finding that regular play improved aerobic fitness and the leanness of a player’s body, as well as bone and cardiovascular health.

Court in the moment

Tennis can be a very sociable sport, especially if you join a tennis club or play with a friend. Doubles games are particularly good for older or less mobile people, who want to enjoy a competitive game without as much exertion.

Of course, you are going to need some rudimentary sports kit. Rackets for beginners tend to be relatively light and therefore easy to handle. In addition, they will have a proportionally larger head, meaning that it will be more forgiving to off-centre shots. As you develop, you can choose slightly heavier rackets with smaller heads, which will give greater precision to your shots. Just make sure you get one with the right size grip, with at least 1cm of free space between the tips of your fingers and the heel of your thumb when you grip the racket – any tighter and you could risk tennis elbow. A convenient way to pay for your tennis kit could be by credit card, especially?if you’ve got a card that offers a 0 per cent period on purchases or rewards your spend.

And of course, one thing you absolutely do need is a court. Joining a private club is a great place to start. There will be professional coaches on hand to direct your game and give you strong basics, and an existing social scene, with players of all abilities ready to welcome you. And if you become more serious, there is competitive play at all levels of ability, both within clubs, between them, and in open singles and doubles tournaments at local, county and national levels.

If you are unwilling to commit to paying out for membership fees – or if you don’t think the club vibe is going to be for you – then you may like to try local public tennis courts. Typically found in parks, these can either be free, or allow you to ‘pay and play’ each time the mood takes you. There is even a thriving club scene on public courts in some areas. To get started, try using the free park court finder on the Tennis for Free website, which is dedicated to making the game accessible to all.

For more fitness tips subscribe to Health & Fitness magazine. We’ll give you three issues for £1!Sainsbury’s Finance is a trading name of Sainsbury’s Bank plc. All information correct at time of?publication, but may be subject to change. Any views or opinions expressed in this?article are the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of any part of the Sainsbury’s Group of companies.?

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