Going to the gym shouldn't just be about working out, it can also be a place to meet new people, relax or have fun. Here, we run through our top things you can do to make the best of your gym membership.

Updated: Thursday 13 June 2024

Published: Wednesday 30 December 2016

If you’re into running, you’ve probably heard about fartlek training. This popular training method is great for boosting your training, whether you’re knee-deep into a marathon plan or looking to run 5k for fun. But what does fartlek mean, and what’s really involved? Keep reading to explore how this Swedish running phenomenon can help take your training to the next level.

Updated: Wednesday 12 June 2024

Published: Monday 4 January 2016

The three peaks challenge is a popular outdoor endurance climb in the UK. The challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike, and Mount Snowden back-to-back. If you’re considering it as your next adventure, we've put everything you’ll need to know about the challenge in one place to save you time researching.

Updated: Tuesday 21 May 2024

Published: Tuesday 21 May 2024

For many of us, focusing on the positive things in life is a lot harder than dwelling on the negatives. Gratitude journaling is a quick and easy self-help technique that trains the mind to think more about the things (big or small) we’re grateful for.

Updated: Thursday 9 May 2024

Published: Thursday 9 May 2024

The holy month of Ramadan marks a period of fasting for Muslims around the world. This religious obligation requires those who are fit and able to abstain for eating and drinking during daylight hours. We’ve put together the guide below to answer any questions you might have about fasting, nutrition, what and when to eat, and who’s exempt from fasting during Ramadan.

Updated: Friday 8 March 2024

Published: Monday 29 January 2024

The half-marathon distance bridges the gap between “short” distance and “long” distance running. For beginners or those that have done a 10k event it the past, 13.1 -miles (21km) is a challenging but attainable distance – as long as you have the right training plan.

Updated: Wednesday 17 January 2024

Published: Wednesday 10 January 2024

If you want to get into resistance or strength training but aren’t sure where to start, look no further. Our expert led workout can be done in the gym or at home (if you have the right equipment) and contains everything you’ll need to get started. Before you start working various different areas of the body, we’ll walk you through the warm-up, the best compound lifts for you, and cooling down afterwards.

Updated: Tuesday 16 January 2024

Published: Wednesday 3 January 2024

Couch to 5k is one of the most popular running programmes out there. Great for beginner runners looking to start their fitness journey, C25K is recommended by the NHS and balances walking, jogging, and running to build up to running the complete 5km distance.

Updated: Thursday 4 January 2024

Published: Thursday 4 January 2024

Whether you’re training at the gym because of the weather, or you prefer the feel of running indoors, the convenience and versatility of the treadmill have made it a popular bit of kit. To help you maximise your time on it, Fitness and Wellbeing Manager Simon Francis has put together several expert workouts for use at home or in the gym.

Updated: Tuesday 12 December 2023

Published: Monday 11 December 2023

Going to a gym class for the first time can be daunting. If you feel scared or apprehensive about attending a fitness class alone, you’re not the only one. We’ve put together this practical guide to let you know how bringing a friend along can help.

Updated: Monday 11 December 2023

Published: Tuesday 7 August 2018

Tennis as a game can be broken down into a series of points that start with the serve. Because it’s a unique part of the game that doesn’t mirror the other fundamental tennis shots, learning to serve can be tricky for beginners.

Updated: Wednesday 11 October 2023

Published: Wednesday 11 October 2023

The volley is a technically difficult shot that has a huge payoff if you can get it right. The idea is to return the ball before it hits the ground, breaking up the tempo of the point by catching your opponent off guard. The technique requires great composure and anticipation, along with a good understanding of positioning on the court.

Updated: Wednesday 11 October 2023

Published: Wednesday 11 October 2023

The forehand is a staple shot in any tennis players repertoire. The ability to deliver a strong and accurately positioned ball on your dominant side is the building block for the rest of your game.

Updated: Tuesday 10 October 2023

Published: Tuesday 10 October 2023

Whether you’re feeling inspired by Wimbledon, or you’re looking for a fun family activity you can play at the park with your family, tennis has something for everyone.

Updated: Tuesday 10 October 2023

Published: Tuesday 30 June 2015

Whether it’s functional strength or aesthetic appeal that you’re looking for, training your biceps is a vital part of any weightlifting routine. All you need is a bar and some weights or a set of dumbbells. To save you time and effort, we’ve put all the best exercises for building bigger biceps in one place. For optimal results, incorporate your favourite bicep exercises into your wider fitness routine.

Updated: Wednesday 4 October 2023

Published: Wednesday 4 October 2023

This expansive area at the heart of the UK is home to some of the best summit peaks and expansive open areas of hiking terrain in the country. If you’re all about hiking over sprawling green land and walking hills that roll as far as the eye can see, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside area are perfect for you.

Updated: Wednesday 20 September 2023

Published: Wednesday 20 September 2023

Renowned for expansive moorland and unrivalled coastline, the northeast of England has earned its reputation as a must-visit for walking and hiking enthusiasts. From the iconic Hadrian's Wall Path to the serene woodlands of Kielder Forest, the northeast draws adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts from up and down the country.

Updated: Wednesday 20 September 2023

Published: Wednesday 20 September 2023

Home to the world-famous lake district, the northwest of England is home to some of the best hiking trails in the country. The Northwest is made up of diverse terrains ranging from the green shores of Lake Windermere to the dramatic fells atop the Yorkshire Dales and the coastal paths of Lancashire.

Updated: Tuesday 19 September 2023

Published: Tuesday 19 September 2023

If you’re thinking of booking a hiking or walking holiday in Scotland and are looking for some inspiration, you’re in the right place. We’ve put a list of our favourite hiking routes, trails, and paths together to save you time and money. From accessible forest trails to challenging mountain summits, we’ve got something for everyone.

Updated: Wednesday 13 September 2023

Published: Wednesday 13 September 2023

Northern Ireland is one of the most popular hiking and walking destinations in the UK. Of particular interest is the Causeway Coast and the stunning offshore rock formations it’s home to. Whether you’re looking for a coastal hike or you’re interested in exploring a secluded national park, there’s something for you. Northern Ireland is the perfect location for amateur and experienced outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Updated: Wednesday 13 September 2023

Published: Wednesday 13 September 2023