parkHIIT Corporate Challenge

parkHIIT Corporate Challenge

There is so much going on with parkHIIT and in the workplace wellness space at the moment. It’s been a really exciting and very active couple of weeks! Here’s a snapshot of what’s been going on over the past 10 days alone:

  • Both parkHIIT and the Workplace Wellness Ireland community formally joined the Healthy Ireland network

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13 Races in 2015

13 Races in 2015

Happy new year everyone! For my first article of the New Year I’m chatting with a friend of mine, Glenn Redding. Glenn set himself a serious fitness challenge for 2015 and I hope that reading his story here can inspire others to challenge themselves in 2016. I met Glenn on an overnight bus in India a few years ago. We went on to star in a Bollywood movie together on that same trip (seriously) and as Glenn said when I was chatting to him recently “I’m still kind of a big deal in Bollywood, Brian”. Glenn hasn’t let this superstardom go to his head though and in this article he answers my questions on the fitness challenge he set for himself last year. What challenge can you set yourself for 2016?

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Which activity is right for you?

Which activity is right for you?

Swimming, rock climbing, weight lifting, hapkido, crossfit, ninjutsu, running, cycling, football... I could go on and on citing sports I once tried, enjoyed for a while and later stopped practicing (or should I say quit, gave up?!?). What about all the equipment, clothing, shoes and gadgets bought for each sport that are now gathering dust?!? Why can't I (we) stick to the sport and keep doing it? Too busy at work, the weather doesn't help, tiredness? Excuses and more excuses!!

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Anyone for Tennis?

Anyone for Tennis?

I’ve written about resistance training and running quite a bit on Office Worker Health but I haven’t really gone into too much detail on other sports and activities. That’s all about to change this week as Vanessa Boschetti discusses her passion for tennis. Vanessa has a really busy office job so I loved reading about how big a role tennis now plays in her life outside of work, both from an exercise perspective and socially. It’s clear from this article how passionate Vanessa is about tennis and I’m sure her enthusiasm will have many of you picking up a racket very soon.

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10k Race Day Nutrition Guide

10k Race Day Nutrition Guide

As part of my Sports Nutrition diploma, I was tasked with compiling a menu for an individual competing in a 10 kilometre race. The focus was on pre, during and post event nutrition. I created an imaginary client, John Doe, and detailed the full optimal nutritional support for John for the evening before and the day of the race. This full nutritional support includes proper nutrient loading for performance and recovery, and optimal fluid consumption. I assumed John to be a regular office worker with the intention of sharing this as a case study on the site and in the hope that anyone reading it could get some value from the plan the next time they are preparing for a 10k race (the plan can be tweaked for shorter or longer distances). Here’s what I submitted, if you do take any of this advice for an upcoming race then please let me know how you get on!

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Know Your Weaknesses

Know Your Weaknesses

This week on Office Worker Health I’m delighted to welcome a guest post from my old University class mate Mark O’Brien. Mark is a Cert 4 qualified personal trainer and physical therapist. His qualifications include a Diploma in Physical Therapy, a Diploma in Remedial Massage and he is currently completing an Advanced Clinical Diploma in Myofascial Release from his new base in Sydney, Australia.

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My Comfort Zone

My Comfort Zone

I've been hitting the gym three times a week every week for the last 6 months for resistance training (check out my routine here), with a bit of cardiovascular exercise thrown in on top of that probably twice a week. I'm delighted with my discipline and I can honestly say my exercise routine has become a habit now which was a goal I had set for myself. This might sound like I'm patting myself on the back here but that’s not the case at all because overall I'm a little disappointed with my progress. The blame for my slow progress, I believe, can be laid at the door of my ‘comfort zone’ (and the fact that I'm not getting out of it!).

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From Exercise-Phobe to Exercise Freak

From Exercise-Phobe to Exercise Freak

Hey everyone. Something slightly different for Office Worker Health this week, it's my first ever guest post woohoo! My friend Cliona has shared her story on how she has gone from zero exercise to being an absolute fitness fanatic all in the space of a year. Cliona is a busy office worker so I know many of you will really identify with her exercise journey.

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Are you summer ready?

Are you summer ready?

The summer is upon us. It’s time to take advantage of the good (hopefully) weather and get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise. The summer is a great time of year for encouraging people to exercise. Whether you’re starting out with a new goal, getting back into things after a break or just looking to add some cardio to an existing training programme, the long summer evenings can often be the motivation we need to get started.

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