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Why you Should Join a Running Club

Why you Should Join a Running Club

“You should join a running club”. After the third person made the same suggestion I wondered if they knew something I didn’t. I’ve always run alone, happy at my own pace, competing against myself. Joining a running club had crossed my mind, but the idea of running with lots of people made me nervous – my perception was that I simply wasn’t good enough. A general impression of running clubs is that they are for ‘serious’ runners: gnarly men and whippet-like women who run marathons at weekends and compete in county leagues. Ruth thought the same: “I was always...
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Pregnancy Exercise : Benefits of  Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy Exercise : Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy yoga helps women to connect to their bodies and their babies in the womb. They learn how to move more intuitively and to trust and have confidence in their bodies during birth. Pregnancy yoga helps women sleep better and keeps aches and pains, that are common later in pregnancy, at bay. As the bump starts to get bigger and heavier and the centre of gravity shifts, some women may start to experience back pain, rib pain, hip pain and shortness of breath. Regular yoga practice can help fine tune our balance both physically and emotionally, as we...
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The True Value of Volunteering in Sport

The True Value of Volunteering in Sport

Here at Join In, we often see the effect that volunteering has on people. We love hearing how rewarding our volunteers find it to help others, and make a difference in their communities. So we decided to look into the subject a little bit more with an independent online survey. What did we find? Our first conclusion was that volunteering in sport makes you happier. This wasn’t exactly new- previous research in other volunteering sectors has found much the same thing. The big question was how much happier? Could we quantify this? Well, yes we could. The results...
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Faster Isn't Always Better

Faster Isn't Always Better

In today’s fast-moving world, it is difficult to find time to work out, let along to stop and stretch our muscles. Understandable, perhaps, that when it comes to stretching versus cardio, cardio often wins out.  We fit in a high intensity exercise class between work, the school run, dinner and bed; if we burn 600 calories in a fast-class, we don’t have to worry about an extra glass of sauvignon, right? Wrong. Sadly, the net effect of our always-on-the-go lives is a constant adrenalin rush that can leave us more frazzled than when we started. Too much cardio and not...
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Sports Massage

Sports Massage

Sports massage no longer resembles the post-match ‘rub-down’ that Bobby Moore was familiar with; these therapists are among the most highly trained in physiology with a wide range of approaches to help anyone from occasional gym members to professional athletes. In fact sports and remedial massage treats anything to do with soft tissue, i.e. your muscles, tendons, ligaments or connective tissue, so postural problems can also be treated as well. What is Sports Massage good for? Maintaining or increasing your range of motion and flexibility. Shortening the time...
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How Mid-life Changed My Relationship with Exercise

How Mid-life Changed My Relationship with Exercise

I was the classic bookish school girl who hated PE. One of my earliest memories is of watching my primary school sports day from the tiny window of the locked loo cubicle where I’d hidden myself. I loathed the cold. I was mortified by  ‘cross country’ running round the local housing estate in red knickers. I was baffled by the fact that despite my scrawny build and long legs, I couldn’t run fast. And, oh yes, that I was so uncoordinated that when it was time for the scary, sporty girls to pick teams, I was actually offered to the opposing side. In fact, those...
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