General Health and Fitness

We write easy-to-follow articles and guides on general health and fitness. These articles will help you take control of your fitness and build a strong and healthy body using best practice. 

If you're just starting out on your journey, everything that you need to know can be found in our health and fitness getting started guide

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Fitness Glossary

A simple health and fitness glossary with common terms and definitions with links to further reading... Read More

Apr 14 2009
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Gym Etiquette

Advice and rules for the modern day gym with our guide to gym etiquette... Read More

Jun 05 2013
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How to Get the Most from Your Fitness Training

How to get the most from your workouts and achieve your fitness goals quicker and how to become more efficient and effective... Read More

Dec 02 2012
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Motivation for Fitness

How to get motivated, stay motivated and achieve your fitness goals... Read More

Jul 20 2011
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Ways You Need to Create a Healthier Office

A guide on how to create a healthier workplace for optimal health and fitness... Read More

Sep 01 2013
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Beginner's Getting Started Guide to Health and Fitness

A getting started guide with a step-by-step approach to building good health and fitness. Designed for beginners, this article keeps to the facts and gives you a simple, tried and tested approach... Read More

Oct 15 2013
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Fitness Myths

Fitstream debunk the most commonly believed health and fitness myths... Read More

Nov 05 2013

What is Fitness?

The textbook definition of fitness is "Good health or physical condition, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition."

Expanding upon this, a person's fitness can be based upon physical competency in the ten recognised fitness domains -

  • Cardiovascular / respiratory endurance - gathering, processing, and delivering oxygen.
  • Stamina - processing, delivering, storing, and utilising energy.
  • Strength - application of force by muscle(s).
  • Flexibility - maximising the range of motion at a given joint.
  • Power - application of maximum force in minimum time by muscles.
  • Speed - minimising the time cycle of a repeated movement.
  • Coordination - combination of several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement. 
  • Agility - minimising transition time from one movement pattern to another. 
  • Balance - controlling the placement of the bodies centre of gravity in relation to its support base. 
  • Accuracy - controlling movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

The Fitstream Philosophy

The Fitstream fitness philosophy is designed to help everyday people build an effective fitness programme into their lives. We focus efforts on -

  • Creating a balanced fitness programme for modern life, that compliments rather than dominates.
  • Promoting total fitness across all ten fitness domains. 
  • Encouraging training that supports health and functional ability, improving everyday performance.
  • The pursuit and application of informed, efficient nutrition and exercise principles.
  • Objective-oriented, results-driven fitness plans.

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The Fitstream approach to fitness is about embracing and ingraining health as a way of life, and not shoehorning a tired, ineffective routine into an already hectic schedule. There are no shortcuts or miracle pills, and no equipment with a plug is going to give you the body of your dreams.  

We tell things straight, backed up by science, and encourage training methods and equipment that really work.


Fitness in a Nutshell

Eat high-quality, natural food, train consistently, and get enough water and sleep. Avoid repetitive training schedules and build in spontaneity, varying types of exercise at different frequencies, difficulties and intensities.

Getting Started with Fitness Training

  1. Set yourself realistic and measurable short and long term goals. We perform best when we're working towards something and if you don't know what it is you want to achieve how can you work out what it is you need to do in order to get there? 
  2. Plan how you will achieve your goals. Now that you have your goals in mind, what is it that you will need to do to achieve them? See Fitness Planning.
  3. Keep a training journal. A training journal is a great motivational aid and helps you track progress and figure out what is working best for you. Read our article on keeping a training journal and download an example log sheet.   

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Disclaimer

Always consult your GP before undertaking any form of weight loss, fitness or exercise.