Saturday, 31 December 2011


Well everyone, here we are, poised at the start of the New Year – what’s it going to be like for you?

Why not join us at our launch party at the Health Club at Lakeside Lodge at Pidley on Saturday 7th – drop in any time between 11.00 & 16.00 and see what Forefront Fitness has to offer.
Take a few minutes to think about how you might get fitter in 2012 – you might not be competing in the Olympics – but you can ‘Be the Best You Can’ – a look at your food intake and your exercise levels might be the starting point you need – why not come and see how Forefront Fitness can help you ?

Its not all about impossible diets or exhausting exercise regimes – it’s about thinking what goes in and how much you burn off.

Why not make 2012 your fit year? It might be easier than you think!

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Healthy Living Helps

It’s always nice to be reminded about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle – and exactly what this means. And this month, a new study (Professor Kay-Tee Khaw, Cambridge University) does just that.

Scientists studied the lifestyle habits of more than 20,000 men and women aged between 45 and 79 years between 1993 and 1997.

The adults were given one point for each of four healthy behaviours:

Not smoking
Being active
Sticking to acceptable alcohol intakes
Eating plenty of fruit and veg.
The people were then followed up around 11 years later.

Those who scored zero points due to smoking, being inactive, drinking too much and having poor intakes of fruit and veg, were four times more likely to have died during the study than those who scored four points for fulfilling all the healthy lifestyle factors.

Those who scored two points – in other words they had two unhealthy lifestyle habits but two healthy ones – were twice as likely to have died.

The scientists then worked out that a person who scored zero had the same risk of dying as someone with a score of four who was 14 years older.

As a result, they conclude that ditching just four unhealthy habits can help you live 14 years longer.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Bone Density

We are looking at bone loss this week

Check with your GP first – then consider what is best for you to keep your bones strong.

After menopause, the drop in oestrogen levels means bones lose density more rapidly, but exercise and diet can counter or reverse this.

We do know that walking and resistance training can help to increase bone density (Nottingham University research)

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) says that 20 minutes on a vibration plate may benefit bones (but not for people with established osteoporosis).

Diet too, can help. A US nutritional expert, Professor Katherine Tucker of Tufts University in Boston suggests;

Protein with every meal – there is a suggestion that higher protein intake results in less bone loss over time.

Extra fruit and veg will help because they are rich in magnesium and potassium to protect against calcium loss. Leafy green veg contains Vitamin K which can help reduce the risk of hip fracture by two thirds.

Avoid processed foods and don’t add extra salt because this can leach calcium from the bones.

Love red foods because they are rich in lycopene. Professor Tucker says that eating about 4 servings of lycopene – rich foods such as tomatoes leads to a lower risk of fractures.

So the message (courtesy of Woman & Home) – is watch your diet and keep up the exercise for good bone health. Don’t forget too, that keeping your weight down puts less strain on the bones so is worth working on too!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Vintage Marathon

There’s hope for us all!

The Olympic torchbearers have been chosen – included is Moira who is 84. Moira did her first marathon last year by walking 1,876 times round her village hall (Guardian 09.12.11) at a rate of quarter of a mile per week – she walks using two sticks – OK – so she’s not Paula Radcliffe – but its her Personal Best !
Forefront Fitness helps you to be your best – make 2012 the year that you achieve something special – contact us today to get your hands on pre launch offers

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Exercise lessens cancer risk

Cancer Research UK published some interesting research today - check their website for more detail, but basically, having a healthy lifestyle will lessen your risk of developing cancer. We already know that being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes (Diabetes UK) and now, here is further evidence that exercise and weight loss is good for you!

Why not make 2012 the year that you take action and get your body into good shape? At Forefront Fitness we can advice on healthy food options and suggest a work out that is right for you

Give us a ring - 'Getting healthy is easier than you might think'!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Running Buddies - Ready and Waiting

Running Buddies are ready!

We have all been First Aid trained. A really great trainer - Jim Smith from St John Ambulance spent Saturday with us and showed us how to deal with any First Aid emergency we are likely to encounter whilst out running.

So, if you think you can't run - give us a try - we have Buddies to get you started and to help you set a realistic goal.

You think you can run a little, but want to run further or faster? We can help - our experienced runners can give you hints and tips and enhance your training. Perhaps you have your sights set on a new Personal Best? We have experienced runners who will challenge you.

Don't forget, 100 calories used per mile, that's pretty good going!

Drop us an e-mail, Running Buddies are ready. We can meet you at a variety of times and we can come to you, so no more hesitating, no more feeling unsure. We all carry mobile phones and wear hi-viz tops. We can even advise you on 'best kit'. Slip on those trainers - it's easier than you think!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Great Eastern Run 2011

Well, we did it! Tristan, Steve and Marion ran the Great Eastern half marathon on Sunday. It was really well organized; fully marshalled and with plenty of First Aiders to hand. There were well stocked and frequent water stations and even loos along the way!

The route was lined by the people of Peterborough, who, as always, turned out to cheer the runners on. The weather was ideal, cool to begin with, but not too cool and the rain held off.

We got round in a great time (2 hrs 16 mins) - admittedly not super fast, but we kept going and ran all the way. We know our running style well enough now, took the first couple of miles gently, found our 'steady state' and kept going and going. We resisted the temptation to overtake everyone we could and just paced ourselves. We also resisted the temptation to walk, especially between 10 and 11 miles when there doesn't seem to be much left in the legs.

Eventually the finishing line appeared and we made a sort of swift sprint to the end! We were rewarded with medals, goodie bags, drinks bottles, bananas and energy drinks. Swiftly reunited with our labelled bags we set off home feeling very pleased with ourselves.

Why don't you try it? A year ago neither Steve nor Tristan would have contemplated running 13.1 miles. Just look what can happen with some training and determination. Give us a ring, we have Running Buddies waiting to help you to be your best - who knows, next October you coud be running it with us!

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Welcome to the ForeFront Fitness Blog

Here at ForeFront Fitness, we offer a professional fitness training service tailored towards those aged over 40 years of age to help you to Be Your Best.

This Blog will allow us to keep you informed of what we're up to, offer advice and tips and let you know of any upcoming events we have planned!