5 MOST POPULAR ARTICLES OF 2019



It has been an eventful year! The articles on this website have proven a big hit with thousands of views and (hopefully) lots of great tips and tricks learned! For most, it's the time of year for reflection, to look back at the year gone by and assess what you have achieved. It's a time to evaluate what has worked and what hasn't and to learn from the experience.


With that being said, what have been the most popular articles on aFitness Personal Training in 2019? Let's take a look:


#5. 4 TIPS TO BOOST FITNESS OUTSIDE OF THE GYM



When people look to get in shape the first port of call is often a gym or a personal trainer. While it is a great place to start, it is not enough to guarantee good results in a short period of time. If your energies don’t extend beyond the boundaries of the gym walls, you will not achieve what you want to achieve in a manageable manner. As important as it is to have a focused routine of exercise, there are many other things you can do outside of the gym to help you achieve your goals...




#4. 3 SIMPLE TRICKS TO IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY



Sore backs, stiff necks and painful joints are often the results of tight - and weak - muscles. This tightness stems from either injury, movement inefficiency or imbalances, and are often down to our lifestyles and daily routine. We are not designed to sit for long periods of times and stare at screens all day. When this happens over a prolonged period of time we end up with the aforementioned ailments - sound familiar?..


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#3. 4 SIMPLE RULES FOR BECOMING HEALTHIER



We all need to start somewhere. Often, the thought of embarking on a fitness regime is daunting and the road to achieving your goals can seem like a long, difficult one. As the saying goes, however, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". These are four simple rules to follow in order to get fitter and healthier...




#2. 7 FOODS YOU MUST EAT (IF YOU EXERCISE REGULARLY)



When you exercise regularly, your nutritional needs change. The additional requirements range from an increase of protein, minerals, vitamins, fluids and antioxidants. These help to keep the body functioning correctly, aid in muscle synthesis and reduce oxidative damage caused by the stress of exercise. Below are 7 foods you should add to your diet if you exercise regularly...




#1. EAT MORE OF THESE 5 FOODS



Weight loss should always be achieved in a healthy manner. Severely restricting your caloric intake is not recommended and can lead to mineral and vitamin deficiencies which, in turn, will hamper your weight loss efforts. With that being said, to lose weight, you MUST be in a calorie deficit - burning more calories than you consume - and this is done in two ways, calorie restriction and an increase in exercise. Because of this, more often than not, you will be told to eat less of this and less of that...



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



JOHN MAITLAND

John Maitland is a personal trainer with over 10 years’ experience. He has worked alongside a wide range of leading CEO's, entrepreneurs and medical professionals. John is a keen athlete and holds a black belt in Shaolin Kung fu. A fan of the great outdoors, he can often be found exploring the British countryside and mountains...or breaking pine boards with his fingers.

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