At the heart of your health…

Atrium Fitness, Ely - At the heart of your health…

It’s National Heart Month

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February is National Heart Month. All month the British Heart Foundation are out promoting healthy hearts. They do this by asking you to make small changes to your daily habits.

The heart is an absolutely incredible tool. It beats around 100 000 times per day, to move around 3600 gallons of blood through 75 miles of blood vessels.

Sadly the heart takes the brunt of a lot of our lifestyle choices. In the UK alone around 160 000 people die from heart and circulatory disease. Every 7 minutes someone in the UK has a heart attack. This is bad in itself, but when you find out 1.2 million men and 900 000 women live with chronic angina, you really start to think.

Being a health club,  we naturally advocate exercise and diet as the way to battle against these heart-related issues. There are other things like stress and smoking also adding to this huge problem.

So, exercise, you knew that would be our number 1 right? There are so many benefits to exercise, that you would get bored of us listing them here. The biggest benefits are weight control and heart exercise. We have a great tool in the club to help you make sure you are training your heart hard enough and long enough. MyZone. MyZone helps you know just how hard you are working by showing your heart rate in 5 different exercise zones. MyZone recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, that is blue and green zones. Or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise, red and yellow zones. Or of course, you could do a combination of the 2. The great thing about MyZone is it takes all the guess work out of it, and tells you all about your exercise session, and effort.

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Nutrition goes hand in hand with exercise. If you are not putting good clean fuel in your body, how can you expect your body to run smoothly?

To start with, control your portion size. Using a smaller plate helps, but if you are loading your plate up make sure you load it with fruit and veg. The more colourful (naturally) your plate of food looks the better.

In terms of grains, of course, Whole Grains are the way forward. Things like whole-wheat, brown rice, oatmeal, barley whole-grain bread etc. If it say whole, go for it.

Reduce your salt. You should be aiming for just 1500mg of salt per day. Too much and you are opening up to a risk of high blood pressure.

There are many ways you can be healthier, if you smoke, you already know you should stop.

Laughter has been proven to help. An article in the Huffington Post tells you about how laughter can lower stress levels, and we know what stress does to you. You can read the article here.

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We love exercising and helping people obtain a healthy lifestyle. We have been doing it since 1992 and have helped thousands of people, and we can help you too. Give us a call on 01353 668888 or email matt@atriumclub.com to find out how we can make National Heart month be the month you change your life.

Coming in February is our brand new eGYM Circuit. Read more about it by clicking the eGYM logo.

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eGYM is on the way

Apologies for the look of our reception area at the moment. The exciting news is that we are expanding. We are bring the most advanced training system available today, to Ely. The system is made up of 8 stations, and will help anyone and everyone improve their strength and fitness. Here is a video explaining what it is all about.

Along with eGYM will come the all new training app. It is very advanced and will show you how you are progressing.

The work should be completed in the next few weeks. The machines are due to arrive on the 16th February. The team will need training and practice first and then we will launch about a week later. We are all very excited to bring this really advanced system to not only Ely, but the UK. Working in partnership with our new gym supplier, Matrix, we will be amongst the first clubs in the UK to have eGYM. Here is a layout of the gym area.

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You can find our more about eGYM at www.egym.co.uk

Celebrate National Fitness Day – 9th September 2015

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We are celebrating National Fitness Day, and we would love everyone to come and join us. We are opening our doors for anyone (over 16) to come and try our gym, classes and pool area. We are putting on a series of taster classes for people to try, the schedule is below.

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All of the classes on the 9th September will be on a first come first served basis. We will be back to normal on the 10th. Members can bring guests along for free and show them their club. We will be having regular demos of our new BoxMaster.BoxMaster-with-base-withKickpad

HIIT Training – TABATA

Tabata was founded by a Japanese scientist named Izumi Tabata and fellow colleagues at a department of physiology in Japan. Izumi and his fellow scientists decided to conduct a study to compare moderate intensity training with high intensity training. He conducted the tests on 2 groups of athletes; 1 of the groups used the moderate intensity interval training and the other using high intensity interval training.

Tabata will help increase your aerobic and anaerobic capacity, your VO2 max, resting metabolic rate, and much more!

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