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Best Exercises for Back Pain

4 of the best exercises for back pain

If you’re suffering from a bad back, it can be difficult to keep up a regular exercise routine. I know how frustrating this can be, which is why I’ve used my exercise referral qualification to compile this list of the best exercises and activities you can try that might alleviate your pain.

 

 

  • Yoga & Pilates

 

There are many benefits of fitness classes like Yoga, Pilates, and also Body Balance, both physical and mental. It can help you become more flexible, improve your strength and even help to combat stress. This activity is particularly good for those suffering from back or neck pain because it helps you strengthen muscles that may be weak and causing the discomfort. Depending on how adventurous you wish to be, why not try a different yoga style? There are many to choose from including Bikram Yoga (also known as “hot yoga”), Viniyoga, Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. We also include Yoga and Pilates sessions on our fitness retreats in the UK and our Portugal Bootcamp.

(https://www.self.com/gallery/yoga-poses-to-relieve-lower-back-pain)

 

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  • Swimming

 

The great thing about swimming is that it is a low impact aerobic exercise. The water supports your weight therefore making it easier for you to exercise without putting any strain on your muscles or joints. There are classes that you can join which will increase the intensity of your workout in the water. We love the fact that we have pools available at our retreats and encourage our clients to use these facilities.

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  • Walking or hiking

 

Not only can walking be done anywhere, anytime, it is a low impact exercise that will benefit you in more ways than one. You’ll strengthen the muscles in your feet, legs and hips, improve your posture and just getting out in the fresh air will make you feel better. Alongside improving your cardiovascular health, you should also witness some pain relief in your back. Similarly, hiking provides the same benefits particularly if you’re carrying a backpack that adds a little extra weight to your outing.

https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/exercise-walking-better-back-health

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  • Resistance training

 

Probably one of the most important exercises to do to strengthen your back is resistance training. You must always ensure that you have proper form whilst lifting weights so that to not make your condition any worse but it is essential to strengthen your back and core muscles as well as speaking to a professional to see if your hamstrings or glutes are tight which could also be causing lower back pain. 

If you would like to try a variety of classes and talk to us about how we can help you then CLICK HERE to check out our bootcamp retreats or HERE to send us a message

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* If you are really struggling with your back and are unsure on what exercises to do then we recommend a physiotherapist to go through movement analysis with you and decide on the best course of action. 

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How to stay fit during the 6 weeks holidays

How to stay fit during the 6 weeks holidays!

The kids are off school for a whole six weeks and you feel like your time isn’t your own anymore and you have fallen out of routine. Sound familiar? DON’T PANIC!! I know you have worked hard but with a few of these simple tips to follow, you can ensure that you stay on track and don’t undo the progress that you have made!

 

Set yourself a goal

You may be out of routine but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a clear and concise goal to work towards. Not only will this give you something to focus on but you are more likely to achieve a set goal than to just vaguely establishing a routine.

This can be something as simple as;

  • Attending the gym twice a week
  • Attending a class or joining a local bootcamp or fitness weekend
  • Going out for a long walk with the family more often
  • Not indulging on the kids snacks!

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Spend time in the kitchen

This may seem a boring one but think about it, when was the last time you weren’t rushing in from work, grabbing something quick to feed yourself and the family or bunging something in the microwave?

Take the time you have to fall in love with cooking again and batch cook to make it easy for yourself on your busier days. You can even get the kids involved!! Most kids love to cook, it’s hands on, it’s messy and there’s plenty of room for creativity, not to mention a sense of achievement at the end. Teach your kids this life skill and you really will set them up for life, combine it with making their meal and you’ve set them up for the day too (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-tips-cooking-kids)

By the end of the 6 weeks holiday if you feel you need a getaway and have someone else worry about your diet and fitness then check out one of our all All inclusive or self catering bootcamp retreats

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Involve the Family

Just as you might involve the whole family by cooking healthier meals for everyone, you can also get them excited about working out.  With the kids off school it can be hard to find time to workout, so try to find fun activities that gets everyone out the house and active together.  Knowing how to stay fit during the holidays is always going to be challenging but try going on bike rides or hikes, followed by a picnic or even take the whole family swimming.  The options are endless! (https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/school-holiday-deals/)

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Get your workout done early morning

The kids are off school so they will want that lie in probably just as much as you do but take that quiet time to get your workout done. Whether it be outdoors or a home workout to set you up for the day at least you can use this alone time without the kids shouting for your attention or trying to escape whilst you’re doing your downward dog. If you are struggling with fitness why not check our online personal training offers or ladies fitness retreats and bootcamp holidays.

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Summer fitness and gym alternatives

Summer fitness and gym alternatives

It’s that time of year again, and throughout your journey for the typical “beach body” you’ve found yourself unmotivated and hating the weekly grind that you manage at the gym. Perhaps you’re visiting your local gym 2 to 3 times a week, while also working out at home, and not seeing any results. Maybe you’re someone who has tried every diet, fad or otherwise, under the sun, with no success.

In the end, it comes down to pushing your body to new levels while supporting it properly.

Summer fitness doesn’t need to be like torture, and you don’t need to attend your local gym alone or work out rigorously at home to get fitter. There’s a plethora of summer bootcamps and weight loss weekends all over the UK who are more than happy to accept anyone looking to turn their life around and start a journey to a better version of themselves.

What is a residential bootcamp retreat?

Whether it’s a bootcamp weekend or a bootcamp course, these intensive training courses have swept across the world for the last few years and can be one of the most effective ways of kick starting weight loss and fitness for any individual. There are UK bootcamps that are for beginners, as well as bootcamps abroad, and ladies bootcamps. These training programs are designed to build strength and fitness through a variety of intense group intervals over a  1 hour period at a time.

Can I attend a ladies only bootcamp?

Most definitely! There’s actually a huge market for ladies bootcamps and bootcamps that cater specifically towards being more accessible as female bootcamps. This is because women don’t lose weight and gain muscle in the same way men do, and some feel a lot more confident around their own gender.

What is a weight loss or fitness retreat?

Weight loss retreats and fitness retreats work a little differently to bootcamps. Instead of attending your bootcamp in the UK and just attending that hour a day, you would be taking yourself away from the hustle and bustle of city life, most likely to a remote area in the UK or somewhere abroad.

Are holidays for weight loss really a thing?

Indeed, they are. With a weight loss or fitness retreat or even a bootcamp abroad, you can escape for around a week to a beautiful place where you’ll spend several hours a day really pushing yourself in an intensive training camp. What you do with the rest of your time is completely up to you.

Holidays like this typically offer several types of package, raging from self-catering to all-inclusive retreats.

Interested in us?

Here at Motivate Bootcamp, we offer ladies bootcamps both in the UK and abroad. At the moment, we have several packages available from our weight loss holidays in Portugal, as well as our 2-day and 3-day UK bootcamps.

We do our best to make all of our bootcamps as accessible for ladies as possible, which means that we offer our fitness retreats and bootcamps in some of the most beautiful locations both in the UK and abroad.

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Why you should consider Fitness Holidays

Why You Should Consider Fitness Holidays

 

Whether you’re heading off on a fitness retreat or a bootcamp abroad, there are a number of fantastic benefits that come with choosing a fitness holiday. Of course, everyone enjoys a relaxing week away with family and friends. However, wouldn’t you prefer a holiday with fitness and health benefits? There are a number of benefits of choosing a fitness holiday, which is why they are becoming more and more popular. So, why should you consider opting for a bootcamp retreat in  the sun this year?

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Here’s Why You Should Choose a Fitness Holiday

 

  • Try Something Different – Even if you have been working out for a long time, it’s good to try something different eventually. Swapping your standard gym sessions or your nightly run for a bootcamp weekend or a 7 night residential bootcamp abroad is a great way to push your body in a new way. This can lead to impressive results in a relatively short amount of time.

 

  • Make Weight Loss and Fitness More Fun – Let’s face it, losing weight and getting fit isn’t fun for everyone. In fact, most people find themselves bored and unmotivated when they’re left to their own devices. Luckily this is where a fitness holiday comes in. Fitness holidays are fun and enjoyable, allowing you to lose weight and improve your fitness whilst spending time with like minded individuals. You also get a holiday out of it too as its not all about fitness, relaxation is a big part of it and many camps give you lots of free tome to enjoy the local area too

 

  • Enjoy a Change of Scenery – Heading off to a bootcamp abroad is the ideal way to combine fitness with a change of scenery. Though UK bootcamps are convenient and beneficial, you may want to opt for a warmer and sunnier weekend. There are a number of female bootcamps and fitness retreats abroad to choose from, including many in Portugal.

 

  • Varied and Unique Fitness Holidays to Choose From – There are a number of great fitness holidays to choose from including weight loss retreats, military bootcamps, bootcamp weekends and even bootcamps just for ladies. This means that you’re sure to find a fitness holiday that suits you. At Motivate Bootcamp, we run a number of female bootcamps and this allows us to ensure that there’s an ideal bootcamp for everyone.

 

As you can see, there are a number of great reasons to try a fitness holiday. Whether you’re bored with your current fitness regime or you’re looking to kick start a new weight loss plan, a female bootcamp could be the answer. Get in touch with Motivate Bootcamp to find out more.

 

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Lake District Bootcamp Retreat – June 2018

Back from an amazing 3-day ladies bootcamp retreat in the Lake District, with 12 ladies who all had the perfect boost to their fitness and weight loss whilst having an amazing healthy weekend too

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The bootcamp venue was the YHA Ambleside, with a stunning location on the lake Windermere. It’s a great venue with shared or private rooms, great lounge, and a fully self-catering kitchen where the ladies could store and prepare their meals (it was a self-catering bootcamp retreat)

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The weekend started at 1pm on the Friday with a welcome talk, goals workshop, fitness tests, and a few sessions of circuits, core and stretch which took place in the local park. Following this we all headed back to the venue to relax, sunbathe, and have a lake swim to cool off – it was so hot it was needed! The bootcamp is based on a number of elements including fitness, healthy eating, learning, but also a great chance to have a break away from everyday life. Its perfect for groups of friends or those coming solo too.

The next day started with a variety of fitness sessions including elements of cardio which included combat, resistance which included Pump, and core which included Pilates ,and this took us up until lunchtime. After everybody had refuelled for the day we head out on our walk up to Loughrigg Fell – an amazing walk with breath-taking view that lasted a few hours and we walked about 9 miles in total. The walk was suitable for everyone and was a perfect afternoon (Who says boot camp just involves being shouted at). Once finished we headed back to the venue for a swim and to get ready for a group evening meal into town, perfect way to end the day. Most of the ladies did about 40k steps today too which was a fantastic achievement – so the few gin and tonics in the evening were certainly earned

Day 3 of bootcamp and everyone is still feeling great. The day starts off with box fit followed by yoga, before we go on another walk, this time to the Stock Ghyll waterfall. Great end to the bootcamp with all the ladies ready to get home and continue their healthy journeys (half of them are coming our Portugal Bootcamp in September so they use these bootcamps as a regular event to keep them on track)

It was a fantastic bootcamp experience for all of the ladies involved and one we wont forget, Well done girls you Smashed It!

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Our ladies come to us from All over the UK and Europe and we are constantly adding more venues to give our ladies the best experiences These include bootcamp retreats in Manchester, Buxton, Market Bosworth, Lake District, Snowdonia, Portugal, and next year we will also be launching our Yorkshire 3 Peaks 3 day bootcamp weekend too. Its exciting times for us as a company and we are continually growing, but more importantly our ladies are always at the forefront of what we do

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Why not check us out at www.motivatebootcamp.co.uk and join us on one of our 2 day bootcamp weekends, 3 day fitness & weightloss retreat, or 7 night Portugal Bootcamp Holiday